Who We Are


At Illi Initiatives, we believe a peaceful and prosperous future for the MENA region is contingent upon our ability to foster meaningful and sustainable relationships across ethnic, religious, and national boundaries.  Encounters - at eye level - are one essential ingredient in building meaningful relationships. We also believe in having innovative and responsible leadership in all realms of life. Our affiliates include an international team of academics and practitioners with in-depth and multi-faceted knowledge of the MENA region and of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and community leaders and activists from throughout the MENA region.

Founding Director


Dr. Adina Friedman has over 30 years of experience in conflict resolution and related endeavors, first as a participant in some of the early Arab-Jewish/Israeli peacebuilding programs in the region, and later as the initiator and implementer of many other pioneering projects.