Managing Director, PeacePlayers International
Karen Doubilet has served as the Director of PeacePlayers – Middle East since 2006, leading programs that have used the game of basketball to unite and educate more than 8,000 Palestinian and Israeli youth.
In this role, Karen has: managed more than $12 M of funding from large institutional donors; led curricula development utilizing basketball to teach peace education and leadership; overseen the first randomized control trial research study in the field of sport and inter-group relations; and spearheaded the first academically-accredited professional certification course in Coaching for Conflict Transformation in cooperation with Wingate Academic Institute, Israel’s leading Physical Education University.
Prior to joining PeacePlayers, Karen worked at several peace-building organizations, including Peace Child Israel, War Child Holland, and the Peres Center for Peace, where she conducted impact evaluations on the organization’s sports initiatives.
Karen holds a Master’s degree from Bar Ilan University’s program on Conflict Management and Negotiating, where she also completed her PhD course work and conducted research on the impact of inter-group encounters in the intractable conflict setting. Karen is a certified mediator and Arbinger Institute Facilitator. She grew up in Toronto, Canada, and has lived in Tel Aviv Israel since 1997 where she currently resides with her husband and two children.