Board of Directors
Geurt Jan de Heus
Geurt Jan de Heus is a passionate painter and golf player. After studying medicine at the University of Utrecht, Geurt Jan de Heus worked as a manager in the pharmaceutical industry for years. He made a career switch in 1996, when Geurt Jan started focussing on negotiation at RoutsLaeven. RoutsLaeven specializes in training, coaching and advising on the field of negotiation. Geurt Jan became a managing partner in 1998. His creative side shows during his sessions for RoutsLaeven, where he uses a lot of visuals. To make this more concrete, Geurt Jan de Heus released his first book in May 2017, ‘Mastering the Art of Negotiation’.
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 is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at the Capital Group in London. He 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. Lionel was a long-standing Board member of the Landmine Survivor Network, a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace.
Stefan Szepesi is an economist by training with experience in diplomacy and multilateral institutions, especially in crisis areas and with humanitarian interventions. He is Associate Partner at the negotiation consultancy firm RoutsLaeven in 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.
Han Valk is the Chair of Stichting Abraham Path Initiative and the founder and director of Han Valk Fundraising Consultancy & Interim Management. Han is dedicated to support non-profits by offering practical, tailor-made and flexible solutions on all fundraising levels. He has worked as a Senior fundraising consultant with over 10 years of international not-for-profit senior management experience.