Nanako Tamaru - Executive Director

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Nanako Tamaru serves as BNID's Executive Director. As a licensed attorney and peacebuilding practitioner, Nanako's areas of expertise include gender justice and social inclusion, preventing and countering violent extremism, constitution drafting, and inclusive approaches to statebuilding.

Nanako is also an Associate for Peacebuilding Effectiveness at CDA Collaborative Learning and a faculty member at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She also serves as the Principal and Founder of The Peace and Security Collaborative, where she provides research, training, and facilitation services to a range of NGO, governmental, and multilateral clients.  

Previously, Nanako worked for Inclusive Security where she led research and training programs examining why women's inclusion matters for peace and how it can be achieved. She has also managed peacebuilding programs in Syria and Somalia and has written on issues related to governance and conflict resolution for Mercy Corps, UN Women, United Nations Development Programme, International IDEA, and Conflict Dynamics International.

Nanako holds a Master's Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law. 

Madi Jolly - Programs Associate

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Madi Jolly joined BNID as the Programs Associate as a way to learn about international development and diversify her skill set. A few of her responsibilities include digital marketing, intern development, and program management.

As a proponent for global education, Madi works full-time as a Financial Analyst at Boston University Global Programs and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia in pursuit of her own education. Most recently, she earned her MBA from ESCP Business School where she studied with over thirty nationalities in Turin, Italy and London, England.

Ayia Elsadig - Marketing & Operations Intern

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Ayia is a junior studying International Relations (Middle East concentration), Economics, and Entrepreneurship at Tufts University. She plans to work in education, economic, and entrepreneurial development with a focus on Islamic Finance and women's empowerment in Muslim countries. During her time at Tufts Ayia was a teaching assistant for a course called Visions of Peace in Israel/Palestine, she served as Tufts Middle East Research Group's co-events chair, Tufts UNICEF Advocacy Chair, as a Tufts 180 Degrees Consulting student consultant. Outside of Tufts, Ayia completed a Digital Marketing program through iXperience where she also served as a digital marketing intern for Saving the Survivors. She likes to spend her free time taking care of herself through reading and watching movies/shows from different parts of the world, especially the Middle East.