Leadership of the Political Leadership Academy
Dr. Alpaslan Özerdem is the Dean of the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution and professor of peace and conflict studies. Prior to his appointment as Dean in August 2019, Dr Özerdem was Associate Pro-Vice- Chancellor for Research at Coventry University in the UK. Dr Özerdem specializes in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction. With over 20 year field research experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia- Herzegovina, El Salvador, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkey.
Bob Mitchell is the founder of the Michigan Political Leadership Program that has been operating at Michigan State University for the last 26 years and now volunteers as Founder and President the Bipartisan Leadership Project. Bob is an educator and business innovator having initiated the nation’s first independent electric transmission company. He has had an extensive partisan career in campaigns and government service in the cabinet of Gov. Blanchard, Chief of Staff of US Sen. Gravel and heading an agriculture agency in Michigan for President Carter.
Dr. Charles Davidson is an Adjunct Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and the founder of ForgottenSong, an economic peacebuilding organization which works exclusively in war-torn countries. His current professional pursuits with ForgottenSong include the economic reintegration of former child soldiers in the Eastern D.R. Congo. He has also worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda, Burundi, Colombia, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, and across Europe.