Minds of Peace Team

Dr. Sapir Handelman – Chairman of the Board of Minds of Peace

Dr. Sapir Handelman is the Chairman of the Board of Minds of Peace and a negotiation moderator. Sapir founded the Minds of Peace initiative based on his concepts of conflict resolution in intractable conflicts and a deep study of revolutionary peacemaking processes in different parts of the world. Sapir has successfully implemented Israeli-Palestinian public negotiating assemblies, called Minds of Peace Experiments, in a number of bilateral divided communities both inside and outside the region. These include public groups from Israel and Palestine assembled in conference halls and open public places in Israel and the West Bank, as well, as expatriate Israeli-Palestinian communities in Detroit, Los Angeles, Irvine, Chicago in the United States, and Windsor Canada.

Sapir is the co-laureate of the 2010 Peter Becker Award for Peace and Conflict Studies in recognition of his efforts and academic contribution. Sapir is the editor and co-author of two books: People-to-People Diplomacy in Israel and Palestine: the Minds of Peace Experiment(Routledge), which details the theory behind Minds of Peace; and Peacemaking, Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping: the Challenge of Change in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Routledge). Sapir is the author of two books: Thought manipulation: the use and abuse of psychological trickery (Praeger) and Conflict and Peacemaking in Israel-Palestine: Theory and Application (Routledge).  Sapir is completing the book Elements of Peacemaking Revolutions: Leaders, People and Institutions (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

Sapir is an associate professor (senior lecturer), the head of the Conflict Studies Division at Achva Academic College, Israel. Sapir was a post-doc fellow and an associate at the Psychology Department of Harvard University, the first scholar to receive the Lentz Fellowship in Peace and Conflict Resolution Research three times in a row and he was a visiting professor at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, Detroit.


Ofer Lidror

Hi-Tec entrepreneur that brings his passion and creativity into the organization.
He received the 2010 International Intertraffic Innovation Award for his work.


Miki Dotan

Owner & c.o. of the “third ear” (“Haozen hashlishit”) A well-known brand in music and film.
Entrepreneur and partner in several start-ups.
Studied and taught at Tel Aviv University economics and philosophy.
Former owner of record stores in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Lives in Tel – Aviv.
For the past two years, He is a peace activist in “MINDS OF PEACE”
He believes in resolving the conflict through dialogue between equals.


Adi Smaller – Audit committee

An employee in the building construction industry for over 45 years all over the state of Israel
Lives in Tel Aviv
Active in “Minds of Peace” for nearly two years.
Believes that there is no way to reach a true solution without having an ongoing and genuine dialogue between all residents of the region.


Adar Weinreb

Is a managing partner at Joy Records, an entertainment company that deals with music promotion, artist management, event coordination as well as a revolutionary music startup that provides businesses with high-quality music while giving up and coming artists all around the world publicity for free.
On his free time, Adar is involved in various community initiatives especially ones that involve building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians.

Nirit Oren-Sternberg


Ibrahim Enbawi– Palestinian Coordinator & a Negotiations Moderator

Ibrahim Enbawi is a negotiations moderator. Ibrahim has been responsible for organizing the Palestinian delegations for Israeli-Palestinian public negotiations congresses, which were held in open and central public places in Israel.  Ibrahim has been instrumental in bringing Palestinians from all walks of life to the negotiating table, including some that spent a major part of their lives in Israeli jails for resisting the occupation.  As a moderator he helped to bring citizen delegates to peace agreements that addresses the most difficult and sensitive issues, such as borders, Jerusalem, security and refugees.

Ibrahim has served as the field director of a number of grassroots organizations in the past 10 years, notably the Arik Institute for Reconciliation, Tolerance & Peace (2004-2007 ), Hand in Hand (Yad B’yad) (2010-2011) and All Palestine Youth Commission (2011-2013). Ibrahim was in charge of building relationships between Israelis and Palestinian people, elites and leaders. In 2006, Ibrahim created the first contacts between the Israeli government under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the leadership of Hamas in relation to the kidnapped Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.

Since 2010 Ibrahim has been working on building peaceful relationships between Israeli settlers and Palestinians. Significantly, he arranged several meetings between Israeli settlers from the movement Eretz Shalom and Palestinian leaders, such as the president Abu Mazen and the governor of Bethlehem. The main purpose was to explore the possibility that settlers will remain in their places and live under Palestinian sovereignty after a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will be achieved.

Ibrahim has spent one year of his life in an Israeli jail for resisting the occupation. In addition his brother and uncle were killed by the IDF. Nevertheless, he decided to dedicate a major part of his life to peace activities in the hopes of putting an end to the conflict. In May 2013, Ibrahim was a participant in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.