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Michele Leaman

Michele Leaman

Co-founder, Violence Prevention Network - US

Eradicate Hate:
2022, 2023

Michèle is co-founder of Violence Prevention Network US and draws on a decade worth of start-up, program design, and managerial experience, and 20 years of professional experience in for-profit, non-profit, and academic sectors in the US and Europe.

Joining Violence Prevention Network in Germany in 2016, she led the European Commission funded project “WayOut – Integrated Exit Program” which aimed to implement and improve desistance and rehabilitation programs for offenders of ideologically motivated crimes in prisons and during probation across Europe.

In 2017, she co-founded modus|zad in Berlin, Germany: a new, social impact non-profit organization to counter the rapid evolution of extremism by better leveraging academic research and insights from business innovation practices. Under Michèle’s leadership the modus|zad team has grown to 12 staff members and Michèle continues in the role of managing director, overseeing organizational strategy, growth and operations.

Previously, she designed and implemented an accreditation process for universities developing social innovation programs at Ashoka, the leading global organization for social entrepreneurship, headquartered in Washington, DC. There she advised dozens of institutions—ranging from Cornell and Brown University to Singapore Management University—across four continents.

Prior to her time at Ashoka, she managed a US-wide initiative on advancing personal and social responsibility with college students at the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC.

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The effort to eradicate hate requires the active participation of every component of our society, to include governments, the private sector, communities of faith and indeed every aspect of civil society. There is no more urgent task in front of us. The organizers of the Eradicate Hate Global Summit are doing the United States and the world an enormous service by tackling hatred and extremism with a focus on honest dialogue and conversation, genuine learning and practical solutions. This will not happen overnight, but the Pittsburgh community’s leadership in this effort is genuinely inspiring and motivating.

Nick Rasmussen
Nicholas Rasmussen Counterterrorism Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security