Current Board of Trustees

Peter Blum, Chair, is Founding Partner and President of Colrain Capital, formerly Mayo Capital Partners.  Peter was previously managing director, portfolio manager, and senior client service manager for the U.S. Active Strategy of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. and a member of the Management Committee.Prior to GMO, Peter was Managing Director and manager of the Boston Equity Unit, at Salomon Brothers.  He is a graduate of Trinity College, where he was a member of the Board of Trustees and currently serves on the Investment Committee, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
 Barbara Gunderson Stowe, Vice Chair, is a consultant in international philanthropy. With clients in South Asia, East Africa, Europe/UK and the Middle East, she works with organizational leaders to develop strategy and implementation plans for expanding private philanthropic support. She was formerly the vice-president for resource development at MIT.
Dr. Nawal Nour, Secretary, is the Director of the Ambulatory Obstetrics Practice at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, andAssociate Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is an expert on health and policy issues regarding female genital cutting and a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, and established the African Women’s Health Center to provide health and outreach programs to the African community in Boston.
Matthew Henshon, Treasurer, is a founding partner at Henshon Klein, LLP. He served as Special Assistant and Senior Advisor to Senator Bill Bradley during his campaign for the Presidency (2000), assisting with political, policy, and fundraising issues. He has published on law, business, and politics.
Dr. Elizabeth Adelman is a researcher and practitioner working in the field of forced migration and education. Her research explores the intersection of global strategies, national policies and local experiences as they relate to the provision of education to students in fragile and conflict-affected states. Her current work focuses on the experience of and supports for teachers working conflict settings and how they understand their role and responsibilities with regards to the refugee and displaced learners in their classrooms. Elizabeth has over 15 years of experience working in settings throughout Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Middle East. She is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Anat Biletzki is the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University and Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. She has traveled widely, as a visiting scholar/professor at Cambridge University, Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Bergen University, Boston University, MIT, and the National Humanities Center. Professor Biletzki’s publications include Paradoxes(1996), Talking Wolves: Thomas Hobbes on the Language of Politics and the Politics of Language (1997), What Is Logic? (2002), (Over)Interpreting Wittgenstein (2003), and articles on Wittgenstein, Hobbes, analytic philosophy, political thought, and human rights. From 2001 to 2006 she was chairperson of B’Tselem – the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories – and was nominated among the ‘1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005.’
Eileen Babbitt is Professor of International Conflict Management Practice and Director of the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at the Fletcher School, Faculty Associate of the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to her research on identity-based conflicts, post-conflict coexistence and trust-building, and human rights concerns and peacebuilding, she has extensive experience as a facilitator and trainer.
Jacqueline Bhabha is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. lecturer in law at Harvard Law School, the Director of Research at the Francois Bagnoud Xavier Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard and the University Adviser on Human Rights Education to the Provost at Harvard University. She is also a lecturer on public policy at Harvard Kennedy School.
Deborah Chasman is Coeditor of Boston Review. Prior to that she worked at Beacon Press (1989-2002) where she developed the list in race, ethnicity, and social justice before becoming Editorial Director. She has served as a judge for the National Magazine Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.
J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard Kennedy School, and Secretary for Health Care and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston. His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society. He is affiliated with the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.
Melissa Nobles is the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nobles’ research and teaching have focused on the comparative study of racial and ethnic politics, and issues of retrospective justice. Her current research centers on constructing a database of racial killings in the American South, 1930–1954. Nobles served as the Associate Chair of the MIT Faculty from 2007–2009 and Vice-President of the American Political Science Association, 2013-14.
Kenneth A. Oye is the Director of the Program on Emerging Technologies and Associate Professor of Political Science and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on governance of risks in biological engineering, food safety, nuclear and coal power, and pharmaceuticals. His books include Cooperation under AnarchyEconomic Discrimination and Political Exchange, and Eagle in a New World
Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, Ph.D. holds an appointment as Research Professor in the Department of Music and Judaic Studies at Tufts University. He is a Senior Consultant for Hillel International directing the project “Living Our Values.” He holds emeritus appointments at Tufts as Emeritus Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel and Emeritus Jewish Chaplain. His research and writing focus on music and identity, music and spiritual experience, music and advocacy, and the impact of technology on the transmission of tradition.

The work of the World Peace Foundation is made possible by an annual gift from the Ginn Trust.

Ginn Trustees:

Thomas R. Appleton serves as a Private Trustee at the Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Office in Boston where he is also the Treasurer.  He and the firm provide high net worth individuals and families with services such as investment management, financial planning, estate settlement, tax preparation, gift giving and bill paying.  Thomas enjoys working with Boston-based historical organizations and is currently the Treasurer of the Old South Meeting House, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and the New England Quarterly, and the Assistant Treasurer of the Paul Revere Memorial Association.

Katherine L. Babson, Jr., is counsel to the law firm of Nixon Peabody where she practices in the area of estate planning and trust and estate administration.  She serves as trustee for many trusts, including several whose beneficiaries are non-profit organizations and foundations. She has practiced law for 35 years and chairs the investment committee of her firm’s trust department.

Nicholas Safford is the Founder, Chairman and Treasurer of Nicholas H. Safford & Co., Inc, and is actively involved in investment analysis and portfolio management.  For more than 30 years, the firm has advised clients and helped them achieve their investing goals.  During this time, the company has grown from an initial handful of clients to now managing the assets of about $450 million for high net worth families and institutions.

President Emeritus

Robert I. Rotberg, President Emeritus was President of the World Peace Foundation, 1993-2010. Access publications and information about WPF projects developed under Rotberg’s tenure. You can also follow Rotberg’s continuing research on his blog.



World Peace Foundation Board of Trustees (Retired)

Catherine E. C. Henn is Vice President of Corporate and Legal Affairs, The Boston Globe, emeritus.




Philip S. Khoury is Associate Provost and Ford International Professor of History at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author and editor of several books on the Middle East, including Syria and the French Mandate: The Politics of Arab Nationalism, 1920-1945Urban Notables and Arab Nationalism: The Politics of Damascus, 1860-1920, and The Modern Middle East: A Reader. In a short video, he discusses what, as a Middle East scholar, drew him to the WPF.



Thomas M. O’Reilly, Treasurer, is President of Pine Manor College. Previously, he was Global Strategic and Operational Leader for Autopart International. His previous work experience includes: Chief Operating Officer and Board Director with Autopart International; Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President with Sager Electronics; President of the Boston Latin School Association; President of the Boston School Committee; and Trustee with Catholic Charities Archdiocese Boston. He graduated from Harvard College and has an MBA from Boston College Graduate School of Management. In a short video, he discusses why peace needs diverse perspectives.


James Shannon retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) after serving as NFPA president from 2002 to July 2014. Prior to his work at NFPA, he was known as a consumer and civil rights advocate as Massachusetts Attorney General (1987-1991). He was a senior partner in the Boston offices of Hale & Dorr (1985-1987) and was a member of the United States House of Representatives (1979-1985) where he served on the Ways and Means Committee. In a short video, he discusses the value of re-invigorating a political discussion of world peace.


In Memoriam

A personal note of remembrance for Fred Thorne by WPF Board Chairman, Peter Blum.

Frederick G. P. Thorne was a Trustee of the World Peace Foundation from 1987 to 2011, and over that long period made significant and lasting contributions – his wisdom and experience were invaluable to us.  He was an incredibly well-respected and well-loved human being with a wide circle of admirers.   His achievements and contributions spanned the academic world, the business world, and the philanthropic world.

I knew Fred first through business and through fishing, and then through the WPF.  Despite being a generation apart, we became great friends.  He was a mentor – generous with his time, generous in spirit, totally without cynicism.  Fred was instrumental in helping me gain a foothold in the Boston investment community, and I learned over time how many others he’d also helped.  He was consistently insightful and always current.  So many people had time for Fred, just as he had time for them – how widely admired he was!

He loved to fish.  I traveled with him several times through Montreal, and then by train and truck to New Brunswick to fish for salmon in those cold, rainy, remote rivers.  He loved the fishing, and also the eating and drinking and company, the long discussions, the lousy weather – and even as he approached the end, the next or last fishing trip was always part of our conversations.

Fred was wise and warm, funny, tough-minded, loyal, savvy as could be, and surprisingly humble.  Even as his physical health waned, his mind never did.  He was proud of his beloved Bowdoin College, proud of the investment firm that he’d founded (Harbor Capital Management), and proud of the WPF and everything we stood for and accomplished.

The World Peace Foundation owes Fred a debt of gratitude.  We were much the better for his presence.  Personally, I already miss my great mentor and pal.  Rest in peace, Fred.

WPF statement on the death of WPF Trustee, Peter Bell

We are all deeply saddened by the death of Peter D. Bell (1940 – 2014). He was a mentor and an inspiration to many of us, a true exemplar of a life dedicated to public service in the highest sense. Among his many personal accomplishments, he was the longest-serving board member of the World Peace Foundation. Peter’s combination of personal gentleness and a firm, unflinching clarity on principle, was quite exceptional. Our thoughts are with Karen and his family.

His own words, from a 2005 speech to students at Princeton University, illustrate his unwavering commitment to social justice: “Hang on to your idealism; keep it close to you. Let it be the source of your inspiration and energy. After 40 years of public service, I remain an unreconstructed idealist, wiser perhaps but not the least jaded by my decades of experience…What makes my blood run faster about public service are the opportunities to resolve conflict, to make peace, to bring about justice, to protect the vulnerable, and to support the poor and disadvantaged.”

Most recently, he was a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and his career included serving in leadership roles at CARE USA, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, The International Center for Research on Women, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Inter-American Dialogue and Ford Foundation. Additionally, he was deputy undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare during the Carter Administration.

WPF statement on the death of WPF Trustee, Lincoln Bloomfield

Lincoln Bloomfield, Trustee of the World Peace Foundation, passed away on October 30, 2013. Lincoln Bloomfield was the ultimate public intellectual, with service in the Department of State, OSS and US Navy, 30 years of teaching, research and writing at MIT,  extensive on-air television work. His research yielded  14 books, from his “Evolution or Revolution,”  through his seminal “The United Nations and U.S. Foreign Policy: A New Look at the National  Interest” to his final book on “Accidental Encounters With History (and Some Lessons Learned).” He developed CASCON, a conflict simulation tool used by the Departments of State and Defense. He appeared regularly as a commentator on WGBH and had his own program on lessons from history with the Christian Science Monitor Network and was recognized by the US Department of State for his service as a lecturer in the US and abroad. These threads of his life were united by his commitment to fostering cooperative security. Lincoln Bloomfield sought to advance U.S. national interests by identifying mutual interests of allies and adversaries, by proposing strategies to realize his conception of shared security, and by reducing irrationality in U.S. decision making processes. The World Peace Foundation will miss the wit, wisdom, and unstinting generosity of this great and good man.