Sheldon Himelfarb is the president and CEO of PeaceTech Lab, a nonprofit organization working for individuals and communities affected by conflict by using technology, media and data to accelerate local peacebuilding efforts. Headquartered at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Himelfarb and his team carries out the organization’s mission to inspire a new industry of peacetech entrepreneurs by bringing together engineers and activists, MBAs and conflict experts, social scientists and data scientists to design, develop and adapt new solutions to counter age-old drivers of conflict. They work in close collaboration with public and private sector partners.
Himelfarb joined USIP from the corporate executive board, where he was on the Technology Practice Leadership team, working with chief information officers from governments, universities and multi-national corporations. Prior to this, he served as a foreign policy adviser to a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the head of North American Documentary Development for Yorkshire TV, and CEO and executive producer for Common Ground Productions, the media division of Search for Common Ground. He is an award-winning filmmaker, former commentator for National Public Radio’s “Sunday Morning Edition” and author of numerous articles on politics, popular culture and conflict. He has managed peacebuilding programs in numerous conflicts including Bosnia, Iraq, Angola, Liberia, Macedonia and Burundi. He received the Capitol Area Peace Maker award from American University.
Himelfarb holds a doctorate degree from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University.