The Pocket Project Advisory Board is designed as an honorary committee, a visionary source of collaborative inspiration within the field of collective and intergenerational trauma. The committee meetings are designed as a space of mutual inspiration and learning and the Pocket Project benefits greatly from the collective experience of this committee of experts.
CHRISTINA BETHELL, PHD
is a Professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, where she works to advance a new integrated science of thriving to promote early and lifelong health of children, youth and families. She is the founding director (1996) of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI), a center within the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, USA. She leads a Mindfulness in Maternal & Child Health consortium and a national agenda to address childhood trauma.
JOANA BREIDENBACH, PHD
is a cultural anthropologist, social entrepreneur and author. Co-founder of betterplace.org, Germany’s largest donation platform and the betterplace lab, a think & do tank researching the use of digital technologies for the common good. She supports initiatives in line with her interest in digital-social innovations and invests in mission-driven startups such as Clue, DeepL and Nebenan.de.
PROFESSOR STEPHAN BREIDENBACH, PHD
is Professor for Civic Law and International Economic Law at the European University Viadrina. Since the 1990s, he has mediated and advised in disputes between large economic firms and in the public realm. He co-founded the initiative “Schule im Aufbruch” (School in Change).
SCILLA ELWORTHY, PHD
is founder and former director of the Oxford Research Group, where she worked for twenty years, developing effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics. Scilla founded Peace Direct in 2002, and is now developing the ‘Business Plan for Peace – building a world without war’. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.
ROBERT GASS, PHD
has been known for leading edge work in human consciousness and organisational change for over 30 years. He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Organisational Development from Harvard University. His work synthesizes an unusually diverse background in organisational behavior, social change, humanistic psychology, business, music, and spiritual studies.
EDDA GOTTSCHALDT, MD
is a Pediatrician and Doctor of Psychosomatic Medicine. She is Director of the Oberberg Clinics, Germany, where she established a salutogenic approach (focused on healing and well-being as opposed to disease). She is founder of the Oberberg Association, as well as the Oberberg Academy for Integral Healing, which seeks to balance outer demands with inner needs and expectations.
is founder of CMPartners and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is also founder of the Bridgeway Group, a nonprofit organization which works in conflict-affected regions. Ken serves as advisor to parties engaged in critical negotiations. He also leads and contributes to policy initiatives aimed at strengthening international relationships. Prior to founding CMPartners, he was a Principal at Conflict Management Inc. He received his B.A. from Yale College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
PROF. CHRISTIAN W. MANDL, MD, PHD
is a consultant for the healthcare industry and public health organizations on vaccines, cancer immunotherapy and global health. His engagement includes roles as a Co-founder and Chair, Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for Tiba Biotech (USA), Chair, SAB for Themis Biotech (Austria), and Chair, SAB for the International Vaccine Institute (Korea). Until 2015, he was Global Head of Research, Early and Exploratory Clinical Development at Novartis Vaccines, where he led a global team of more than 300 clinical researchers developing a broad range of viral and bacterial vaccines. Prior to that, Christian was Professor and Assistant Head of the Clinical Institute of Virology at the Medical University of Vienna. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications and holds several patents for vaccine and RNA technologies.
RIVKA TUVAL-MASHIACH, PHD
is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Psychology department at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Her research fields include coping with trauma, stress and illness, and the development of narrative theory and qualitative methodologies. Her clinical work focuses on individual and collective responses to trauma, mainly studying identity reconstruction processes in the aftermath of traumatic events. Today, she focuses on trauma narratives, at both the individual and collective levels, and the role narrative plays in healing traumatic injuries. Prof. Rivka Tuval- Mashiach uses qualitative, as well as mixed methods in her research, and has published two books and numerous peer reviewed papers on these topics.
AFTAB OMER, PHD
is a sociologist, psychologist, futurist and the president of Meridian University. Raised in Pakistan, India, Hawaii, and Turkey, he was educated at the universities of M.I.T, Harvard and Brandeis. His publications have addressed the topics of transformative learning, cultural leadership, generative entrepreneurship and complexity capability. His work includes assisting organizations in tapping into the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. Formerly the president of the Council for Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies, he is a Fellow of the International Futures Forum and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.
is co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation. For the past thirty-five years, William has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from Kentucky Wildcat coal mine strikes to ethnic wars in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. He has taught negotiation and mediation to tens of thousands of executives, labour leaders, diplomats, and military personnel from around the world.
is an American author and founder of the Integral Theory, a four-quadrant grid map and synthesis of all human knowledge and experience. He is an important representative of transpersonal psychology, which concerns itself explicitly with spirituality. In recognition of the pioneering and rich nature of his insights, he has been called ‘the Einstein of consciousness research’.