SAT. JAN 9, 3PM | Post-Show Discussion Featuring Tom Getman, Howard Sumka, and Jonathan Kuttab
Following the 3:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback featuring Tom Getman, Howard Sumka, and Jonathan Kuttab.
Howard J. Sumka is an expert in post-conflict reconstruction and development in fragile and conflict-ridden regions. During his 25-year career with the U.S. Agency for International Development, he lived and worked in Kenya and served as the country director of USAID’s Missions in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and, most recently, West Bank-Gaza. He led USAID’s programs for Palestinian state building in support of the Middle East peace process. During his four-year tenure, USAID directed more than $1.6 billion dollars toward improving Palestinian governance, social services, and economic development. After retiring from USAID, he served during 2011-2012 as the CEO of the OneVoice Movement, which mobilizes civil society on both sides in support of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. He is on the board of the American Friends of the Parents Circle-Family Forum, an organization of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families. Dr. Sumka holds a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
JONATHAN KUTTAB is a Palestinian attorney, and human rights activist. He grew up in Jerusalem, studied in the US, graduating from University of Virginia law School, and worked a couple of years at the Wall Street Law firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander. He is a member of the Bar Association in New York, Israel, and Palestine.
Mr. Kuttab founded a number of human rights organizations including Al Haq, and the Mandela Institute for Palestinian Prisoners and is the Chairman of the Board of Bethlehem Bible College, and of Holy Land Trust, and is active in many other civil society organizations in Palestine and internationally. He was the Head of the Legal Committee negotiating the Cairo Agreement of 1994 between Israel and the PLO and has been active in Peace and justice issues for many years. He is a recognized authority on international law, human rights and Palestinian and Israeli affairs.
Tom Getman is a former World Vision executive director for international relations, where he managed diplomatic relations and sensitive negotiations through the World Vision’s liaison office with the UN and the World Council of Churches. He also served on the board of the UN Deputy Secretary General for Emergency Relief as chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies. From 1997 to 2001, he was the director of World Vision’s programs in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. He and his wife, Karen, have three children and three grandsons.