NTF team members

The Negotiation Task Force unites a diverse team of scholars, students, and professionals from Harvard University and beyond to produce innovative negotiation research, analyses, and exercises.

NTF research assistants advance our research agenda through conflict analysis work. NTF case writers create scenario briefing content for our case exercises. NTF associates contribute crucial expertise to Task Force projects. NTF wargame specialists and assistants manage communication flows and computer systems during the Red Horizon exercise.

Arvid Bell
Program Leader, Negotiation Task Force & Lecturer on Government
Arvid is the Program Leader of the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force, Senior Designer with the Task Force’s Red Horizon Project, and Lecturer on Government at Harvard University. He specializes in negotiation analysis, complex conflicts, and international security. Arvid holds a dual degree from Free University of Berlin and Science Po Paris, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Goethe University Frankfurt.

Taylor Valley
Coordinator, Negotiation Task Force
Taylor is the Coordinator of the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force and a recent graduate from Harvard University in 2018, where she received her Master's degree in Russian, Eastern European & Central Asian Studies. Taylor has a strong interest in international affairs and wrote her Master's thesis on the topic of Russia's contemporary relations with Latin American countries.

Alexander Bollfrass
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Alex is a Davis Center and Task Force Associate. A Senior Designer with the Task Force’s Red Horizon Project, he was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, specializing in nuclear weapons policy and proliferation. His research compares how well intelligence agencies perform in assessing other countries' nuclear programs. He was a nuclear weapons policy researcher at the Washington-based Stimson Center and Arms Control Association before earning a Ph.D. in security studies from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Donna Cardarelli
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Donna is the Research Programs Coordinator at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She received her M.S. in Public Relations from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and B.A. in Russian Studies from Hamilton College. Donna speaks both Russian and Mandarin Chinese and has a strong interest in U.S.-Russian-Chinese relations.

Stephen Delaney
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Stephen is currently a consultant in Arlington, VA working in the defense and intelligence sector. Stephen is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School (MPP 18) with experience working in international security cooperation and negotiation analysis.

Naz El-Khatib 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Naz currently works at National Security Action, where he is a Policy Fellow and Advisor. Naz is a graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of Cambridge, where he earned his M.Phil. in International Relations and Politics. His dissertation analyzed China's contemporary foreign policy strategy through the prism of the Belt and Road Initiative. He has additional experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

James Evans 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
James is the Publications Coordinator at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, and an A.M. Candidate in Harvard's Regional Studies East Asia's program. His research focuses on China's government and foreign policy, particularly Beijing's relations with Eastern Europe and the European Union through the Belt-Road Initiative. Prior to Harvard, James read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford and Chinese Language at Beijing Language and Culture University.

Claire Fisher 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Claire is an Operations Research/Systems Analyst in the Strategic Wargaming Division, Center for Army Analysis, G-8, Department of the Army. Claire's current role is supporting and leading strategic and operational wargames and related analyses to support the Army staff, Army Service Component Commands, and Combatant Commands to inform Joint, combined, and interagency senior-level guidance, planning, and decisions. She holds Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from La Salle University and a Master of Arts in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia from Harvard University.

Monica Giannone 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Monica is a trainer, consultant, and mediator specializing in negotiation, coalition management, and multi-stakeholder disputes. She is the Program Director at the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project (KSNP). Monica’s current areas of work focus on civil disagreement within the United States, overcoming partisan divide in U.S. legislatures, gender and negotiation, and value-based conflict. Monica holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Roland Gillah 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Roland is on the Humanitarian Access Team for Libya at Mercy Corps, based in Tunisia, where he analyzes the conflict in Libya. He is also a researcher at the Maghreb Economic Forum, where he studies de-radicalization of returning foreign fighters. Previously, he worked as Senior Analyst at BMNT partners, a civil-military relations firm based in Silicon Valley, where he focused on identifying risks faced by military personnel in conflict zones and rapidly fielding technological solutions. Roland is a graduate of Tufts University, where he studied International Relations, French, and Arabic.

Eva Kahan
Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force
Eva is a research assistant with the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force and an undergraduate at Tufts University (A'22) studying History and International Relations, with a concentration in the Middle East. Eva previously conducted research with the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project’s Middle East Exercise and the US Department of Defense. She spent her junior year in Jordan, where she studied Arabic, volunteered as an English and Hebrew tutor, and conducted field research towards her senior thesis on civil-military relations.

Linas Kojala
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Linas is the Director of the Eastern Europe Studies Center, one of the leading think-tanks in the Baltic states, as well as a Lecturer and PhD candidate at Vilnius University. In 2017-2018, we was a Fulbright Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. His role with the Negotiation Task Force is focused on the evaluation of global developments from NATO's perspective. Kojala's hobbies include soccer and classical music.

Deborah Minjee Kang 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Deborah is a recent graduate from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2018, where she received her Master’s degree in International Security Studies and Migration and Social Policy. After working for the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism as an intern, her Master’s thesis was on the nexus between identity and violent extremism in the United States.

Markian Kuzmowycz 
Case Writer, Negotiation Task Force
Markian is a second-year Master's candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is studying International Political Economy and Russian and Eurasian regional studies, and is interested in conflict resolution, public diplomacy, and economic development issues. Markian interned in 2018 for the New Europe Center, a think tank based in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he researched Russian soft power.

Molly Richmond 
Research Assistant, Negotiation Task Force
Molly is a Research Assistant for the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force working on writing Western Sahara simulations. She graduated from Harvard University in 2018, where she received a degree in History and Literature, with focuses on the Middle East and migration studies. She wrote her senior thesis on refugees from the Armenian Genocide. Molly currently works as a Senior Consultant at an education company called CollegeVine, and loves cooking and being outdoors.

Shivan Sarin 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Shivan is an Associate with the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force. As lawyer and policy analyst, Shivan has written extensively on international negotiation and foreign policy issues. Shivan is also an Associate Director at Social Finance where he works on creating innovative solutions to improve social outcomes. Shivan has previously held positions at Ropes & Gray, the RAND Corporation, and The Energy & Resources Institute. Shivan holds a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Allie Sedgwick 
Case Writer, Negotiation Task Force
Allie is a second-year student in the Master of Public Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School, concentrating in international and global affairs. She spent the summer interning with the U.S. State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok in the Political Section. Her interests are in security and the Asia Pacific region. She is an officer in the U.S. Air Force. 

Gabby Tarini 
Case Writer, Negotiation Task Force
Gabby is a second-year Master in Public Policy student at the Kennedy School. At HKS, she is a research assistant at the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project and the co-chair of the student group Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development. This summer, she was a Rosenthal Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, where she supported the development of strategy and guidance for the Department’s mission to build the defense capacity of foreign forces. Prior to HKS, Gabby worked on nuclear nonproliferation issues at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and received a degree in International Studies from Boston College.

Yuriy Tokarskyy 
Case Writer, Negotiation Task Force
Yuriy is a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. Previously he held senior positions in the diplomatic service of Ukraine, including as advisor to the Special representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for conflicts. His interests are in European security, conflict resolution, and mediation.

Margot van Loon 
Case Writer, Negotiation Task Force
Margot is a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a second-year Master in Public Policy Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her areas of focus include defense policy, arms control, and international cooperation. Most recently, she worked on cooperative threat reduction and transnational issues in the policy office for countering weapons of mass destruction at the Department of Defense. Prior to graduate school, she served as the senior editor for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.

Yuanzhuo (Yuan) Wang 
Associate, Negotiation Task Force
Yuan is a Research Associate at Harvard Business School where he develops cases on leading Chinese companies or foreign entities operating in China in a variety of industries including healthcare, higher education, and others with Professor William Kirby. Prior to his work at HBS, Yuan was a senior associate at Parthenon-EY, a leading management consulting firm. Yuan was educated at Swarthmore College and graduated with high honors in economics and political science.