Board of Directors

In 2021 two of our Board Directors are retiring. We are presently looking for two candidates to replace Han Valk and Geurt Jan de Heus.

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.

Geurt Jan de Heus

Geurt Jan de Heus

retiring Board Director

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’.

Han Valk

Han Valk

retiring Board Director

Han Valk is 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. Until spring of 2021 Han served as the Chair of Stichting Abraham Path Initiative