Karen Doubilet named Executive Director of PeacePlayers

Karen Doubilet named Executive Director of PeacePlayers

–  Doubilet transitions from 13 years leading PeacePlayers Middle East; Brendan Tuohey takes on new role as Co-Founder and President-

Karen Doubilet is the new Executive Director of PeacePlayers.

31 October 2019 – Washington, D.C.PeacePlayers, a global nonprofit dedicated to uniting divided communities through sport, has named Karen Doubilet as its new Executive Director.  Doubilet was approved for the role by the PeacePlayers International Board of Directors at the organization’s recent board meeting earlier this month in New York City and will begin serving as Executive Director immediately.

Doubilet has served as the Managing Director of PeacePlayers Middle East since 2006. Under her leadership, PeacePlayers Middle East’s program has reached more than 10,000 Palestinian and Israeli youth coming together through the power of basketball. She is an expert in inter-group relations with numerous years of academic and field experience in cross-cultural facilitation, Arab-Jewish relations, and the development and evaluation of integration programs.  In her new global role serving as Executive Director, Doubilet will continue to be based out of Tel Aviv, Israel.

PeacePlayers, which was established in 2001, will continue to have leadership supported by Brendan Tuohey, who now transitions from Co-Founder and Executive Director to serve as Co-Founder and President.  Tuohey will spend more time externally with key constituents and focused on development and partnership engagement while Doubilet will take over running the daily operations of PeacePlayers’ global support team.

“On behalf of our entire Board of Directors, I am thrilled to welcome Karen to this new leadership role,” said John Vaske, Board Chair. “Karen’s proven experience managing and growing our program in the Middle East positions her tremendously well to take on the position of leadership to guide PeacePlayers into our next phase of growth and impact worldwide.”

“I am honored to be provided this opportunity to work with my PeacePlayers teammates all over the world in a more collaborative way as we work together to build a global movement of young leaders striving for a more peaceful world through sport.” said Doubilet.

Lastly, Tuohey, Co-Founder and President, added: “I am so proud of our PeacePlayers family, as leaders like Karen take on the legacy that my brother started nearly 20 years ago.  I look forward to continuing to work with Karen, John and our leadership across the globe to build a new generation of young people who together will demonstrate that a shared future for all of us is possible.”

Through an innovative program guided by core peacemaking principles, PeacePlayers has award-winning, proven success in bridging divides. To learn more about PeacePlayers’ leadership and program model please visit www.peaceplayers.org.

For more information on this leadership transition, please contact Mandy Murphy at mmurphy@peaceplayers.org.

About PeacePlayers:
PeacePlayers is globally recognized for uniting divided communities through basketball. PeacePlayers offers sports programming, peace education, and leadership development to those living in communities in conflict. Founded in 2001, PeacePlayers has evolved into an award-winning organization that has worked with more than 75,000 young people in 22 countries, and operates year-round local programs in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Cyprus, South Africa, and most recently, the United States. PeacePlayers provides youth with the skills to confront conflict with empathy as they grow into ambassadors for peace in their communities to show that if you can play together, you can learn to live together.  To learn more, please visit www.peaceplayers.org.


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