Intercultural Leadership Series:
IHP & Peace Day Philly Present

Measuring Peace: Economic and Intercultural Perspectives on Creating a More Peaceful World

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Tuesday 9/15
6:30 pm
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Presentation by Michelle Breslauer of the Institute for Economics and Peace
Has the world become more or less peaceful? What are the main threats to and opportunities for peace today? How do these trends and perspectives on peace vary across regions of the world?


Panel Discussion with IHP Residents
Including Saif Al Saudi, 2015 Davis Projects for Peace recipient 


Performance by World Fusion artist Farah Siraj


Interactive Q & A



Sample global cuisine generously donated by Chattime, Hummus Grill, International Foods and Spices, Sang Kee Noodle House, and more.

The Intercultural Leadership Series at International House Philadelphia is an ongoing project involving lectures, symposiums and live performances. The events aim at fostering discussion and offering insight on the competencies, behaviors and specific skills needed to be an effective leader in an intercultural environment.

Held in the South America Room, 2nd Floor
Event ends at 8:30pm

Michelle Breslauer manages the programs of the Institute for Economics and Peace in the Americas, working with diverse stakeholders to build IEP’s profile and partnerships. In this role, she produces events, report releases, and partnerships for the range of IEP research, including the Global Peace Index and Global Terrorism Index. Michelle also leads the development, program planning, and partnerships of the Mexico Peace Index. She works closely with UN agencies, contributing to consultations and global discussions on the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Michelle speaks frequently on peace, violence, and development at public events and has presented at leading universities, think tanks, and multi-lateral organizations, including American University, the Wilson Center, the World Bank and the United Nations.

Michelle has significant experience managing complex communication strategies on an international scale, including a 5-year tenure at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, where she was responsible for developing and executing public affairs programs from the $700 million capital project. Prior to that, Michelle worked with New York City’s 2012 Olympic Bid, coordinating international relations as well as a local campaign to engage nationality group leaders in NYC.

Michelle holds a master’s degree in Urban Studies from The London School of Economics, where she researched the impact of social capital, and a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the American University of Paris.


IHP resident Saif Al Saudi received a 2015 Davis Projects for Peace grant for a project that he hopes will bring people of all nationalities closer together and build a bridge to better understanding in his homeland of Iraq. Saif, 29, moved to International House Philadelphia in April 2014. He came to Philadelphia to pursue his Master’s degree in Business Administration at Drexel University. Using the $10,000 grant from Davis Projects for Peace, he will create a video that he plans to post on Facebook and social media. His goal is to reach thousands of people in Iraq and around the world with a message of peace and understanding. He has served as a resident advisor at International House.

Named Jordan’s “Musical Ambassadress”, Jordanian virtuoso Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Farah has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious platforms, including the United Nations, Nobel Prize Hall, the World Economic Forum, The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Lincoln Center in New York, MTV, Coke Studio, the TV show Good Morning Live in the USA, MBC TV in the Middle East and the Antena de Oro Awards of Spain. Farah has performed before HM King Abdullah II and HM Queen Rania of Jordan, HM King Juan Carlos of Spain, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HE Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. In addition, Farah represents Jordan annually on United Nations World Peace Day. 

To this date, Farah has toured the Middle East, Europe, India, South America and the United States, spreading the message of peace through her music.