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Understanding and Using Media and Technology in Building Peace

Anand Varghese

Center of Innovation: Science, Technology, & Peacebuilding
United States Institute of Peace

Anand Varghese works in the Center of Innovation: Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding at USIP. The Center develops innovative strategies for applying science and technology to the challenge of peacebuilding in fragile states, active conflict and post-conflict societies. Varghese has authored USIP reports on topics such as new media, online discourse, and science diplomacy. He graduated from Georgetown University with a masters degree in Democracy & Governance. He grew up in Bangalore, India.

Theodore Dolan

Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict & Peacebuilding
United States Institute of Peace

Theodore Dolan is a Program Officer at USIP’s Center of Innovation for Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding. Prior to joining USIP, he served for two years as a Media Specialist for the Public Sector Governance team at the World Bank Institute (WBI). At WBI, he focused on promoting access to public information and strengthening the role that media plays in establishing accountability and governance. Dolan spent the previous five years working on media development projects at the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), a Washington-based NGO.

Pallavi Kumar


Assistant Professor
American University School of Communication

Pallavi Damani Kumar joined the Public Communication division in 2009 as an assistant professor after teaching as an adjunct faculty member since 2002. An AU alumna, Kumar has more than 15 years experience in public relations. Most recently, she worked at Fleishman Hillard as a vice president in their social marketing practice. While there, she worked on a social marketing campaign for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. Previously, Kumar was an associate director of international public relations at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where she led international public relations activities for several products. Prior to joining Wyeth, as vice president/account supervisor in Ketchum Public Relations' healthcare practice, Kumar was responsible for developing strategic communication plans, implementing consumer media campaigns, coordinating media events, serving as the client contact and managing an account team.