Board of Directors

We are presently looking for two candidates to replace Han Valk and Geurt Jan de Heus who retired in 2021.

Stefan Szepesi

Stefan Szepesi

Chair and Treasurer

Stefan Szepesi is an economist by training with experience in diplomacy and multilateral institutions, especially in crisis areas and with humanitarian interventions. He is Senior Advisor at WesselinkVanZijst, the Netherlands and he is the founder of the expert network Negotiation & Public Service. Stefan is the author of Walking Palestine: 25 Journeys into the West Bank.

Anisa Mehdi

Anisa Mehdi

Secretary

Anisa Mehdi’s many years as a television news producer and director covering the Middle East inform her approach to the role of API’s executive director. Her knowledge of the region, and her production and team leading skills add depth to her work overseeing programming, managing budgets, and interfacing with sponsors, supporters, and the media. Her credits include National Geographic, 60 Minutes, PBS, and ABC News Nightline.

Lionel Sauvage

Lionel Sauvage

Apart from his role as Board Director of the US-based NGO Abraham Path Initiative (501c3), Lionel Sauvage is the founder and chair of FLAX, the France Los Angeles Exchange foundation which is dedicated to developing cultural exchanges between France and Southern California. Previously Lionel was the Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at the Capital Group in London. Lionel was also a long-standing Board member of the Landmine Survivor Network, a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace.