Mike Abkin is chairman and treasurer on the board of directors of the National Peace Academy. He previously served with Peace Partnership International, The Peace Alliance, and the Foundation for Global Community. At FGC, Mike designed and facilitated courses related to personal and cultural transformation and, after 9/11, helped develop a vocational training program in Afghanistan. In his former 34-year technical career, he applied systems analysis and simulation modeling for agricultural development and air transportation planning and policy analysis, including projects in Nigeria and Korea. Mike also served with the Peace Corps in Nigeria and earned his doctorate in systems science at Michigan State University. He enjoys time with family (especially granddaughter Coco!), traveling the world, walking in nature, and musing in prose and poetry.