who we are
Jennifer K. Lynne, PhD
Chief Engagement Officer
Jennifer K. Lynne is the founder and CEO of thecontactproject. She holds a Masters in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, with specializations in Identity, Organizational Leadership, and Trauma, and is pursuing her PhD in Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of New England, Australia. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Mind & Life Institute at Amherst College and served as the Professional Peacebuilding Practice Research Fellow at the Partnership for Sustainability and Peacebuilding, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She speaks widely on systems thinking, contemplative practices, and human development, and has been an invited presenter for the International Peace Research Association, the Human Dignity & Humiliation Studies consortium, the National Coalition of Dialogue & Deliberation, and the Association for Conflict Resolution among others.
In addition to her role at thecontactproject, she serves on the Global Advisory Board for the Chetanalaya Institute in Katmandu, Nepal and the CEO forum at the Alliance for Peacebuilding in Washington, DC. Her work and research have reached people from over thirty countries including Nigeria, Cameroon, Indonesia, Cambodia, Central America, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Fiji, Ireland, and the EU.
Communications & Partnership Development
Hillary Eschenburg serves as Program Consultant at thecontactproject, working with communication, design, and partnership development. She has worked with the Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution Program, the Center for Civilians in Conflict, and MAG America, an international humanitarian mine action organization. She created and manages CivilianStories.org, which is focused on sharing stories of civilians in conflict-affected countries around the world.
She has a background in conflict and peace studies with a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Hillary is passionate about contributing to processes that will build just and sustainable peace in communities throughout the world. She enjoys traveling, crossword puzzles, and eating ice cream.
Corporate & Social Engagement
the global advisory board
Rebecca Spence, PhD
Pradeep Dhakal, PhD
Kingsley Okoro, PhD
Zahid Shahab Ahmed, PhD
Pushpi Weerakoon is a specialist in Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice, Development, and Diplomacy,with experience spanning three continents. Pushpi is presently the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Civil Society Coordinator hosted by Transparency International Sri Lanka. She initiated and coordinated the Reconciliation Secretariat for the Sri Lankan government, coordinated projects on reconciliation and development for Search for Common Ground, worked at Bureau for Crisis Prevention & Recovery, UNDP, and the Sri Lanka Mission to the United Nations in New York. During the Sri Lankan conflict she was the Program Manager Legal at the International Development Law Organization, Conflict Transformation Manager at the Business for Peace Alliance and the Director/Registrar at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute.Pushpi holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government as the Mason Fellow/ E. Stokey scholar, Masters in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University as a Rotary Ambassadorial scholar and Postgraduate Diplomas in Business Administration, International & Commercial Law & LLB from the University of Wales & Buckingham UK. She is also an IVLP member of the US State Department and a trained Mediator from Harvard Law School.
Adeola serves as the Executive Director of African Centre for Development and Research (ACDR) based in the UK. His expertise in the dynamics of power, democracy, and development combined with over fifteen years of field experience in international development, civil and human rights, and youth programming in Africa, Europe, Libya, and Turkey, and the UK, has informed his work as a consultant and practitioner. He has worked with the North-South centre of the Council of Europe towards Europe-Africa cooperation on trade and market policies, and served as the Coordinator for the Trainers of Africa & Europe Cooperation, a community practice of 40 organizations in Africa and Europe. He holds a MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) from the University of Sussex.