Michael H. Abkin, Ph.D., serves on the Board of Directors of the National Peace Academy and as the organization's secretary and treasurer. The National Peace Academy works nationally and globally to educate for right relationships and safe, healthy, and sustainable communities, and to increase public awareness of and support for a culture of peace. He previously served on the National Peace Academy staff as Education and Corporate Affairs Coordinator and before that as Director of Operations at Peace Partnership International and Special Projects Coordinator for The Peace Alliance and its Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace. In his former 34-year academic and private sector technical career, Mike applied systems analysis and simulation modeling for international agricultural development and air transportation, including projects that took him to Nigeria, Korea, Austria, and Venezuela. Then, at the Foundation for Global Community, Mike designed and facilitated courses related to personal and cultural transformation and sustainability, developed a vocational training program in Afghanistan, and was project manager for the Foundation’s program at the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona. Mike taught high school French and mathematics with the Peace Corps in Nigeria and has volunteered at home with local nonprofits, city government, and political movements. He earned his doctorate in systems science at Michigan State University and served on the faculty at Michigan State from 1971-1981. Mike enjoys traveling in the world, walking in nature, and musing in prose and poetry.
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