ICNC is currently going through an organizational transition, and during this time staffing capacity is reduced.
Leadership and Staff
Ivan Marovic - Executive Director
Ivan Marovic is an educator, software developer and social innovator from Belgrade, Serbia. He was a student organizer and one of the leaders of Otpor ("Resistance"), a youth movement which played an important role in the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic, authoritarian leader of Serbia in 2000. Since then he's advised numerous pro-democracy groups around the world and became one of the leading trainers in the field of strategic nonviolent conflict. Read more...
Bruce Pearson - Program Manager
Bruce Pearson is Program Manager at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), where he supports online learning, field work, fellowships, and writing and publishing on the use of civil resistance by movements to win rights, freedom, and justice. With ICNC Press, he has coordinated the publication of twenty monographs, special reports, and resources for practitioners—fourteen of which he was volume editor. He also manages the moderated and participant-led online courses and supports courses by ICNC partners and teaching fellows. Read more...
Hardy Merriman - President
Hardy Merriman is President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). He led ICNC as President & CEO from January 2015 until June 2021. He has worked in the field of civil resistance for 20 years, presenting at workshops for activists and organizers around the world; developing resources for practitioners and scholars....
Cathy Smith - Program Advisor
Cathy advises and provides support to ICNC on program services related to global learning, educational initiatives, and other areas of the Center's work. She comes to ICNC with many years’ experience as an extension and outreach coordinator for NC State University. She holds a BA in Mass Communication.
Amber French - Editorial Advisor and Co-Editor of Minds of the Movement
Since joining ICNC in 2014, Amber French has led in developing and managing ICNC’s editorial and media initiatives. Amber led the development of the Minds of the Movement blog, for which she is Co-Editor. In 2016, she oversaw the launch of the Nonviolent Conflict News website, a news aggregator site on civil resistance around the world. She also launched and is managing ICNC Press, which has so far produced six books in online and print editions. Previously, Amber served as editor of the Migration Policy Institute’s Migration Information Source and the UNESCO/Max Planck Institute journal New Diversities.
Dr. Maciej Bartkowski - Senior Advisor
Dr. Maciej Bartkowski is a Senior Advisor to ICNC. For close to eleven years he has held a position of the ICNC Director for Education and Research. He works on academic programs for students, faculty, and educators to support teaching, research and study on civil resistance. He is a series editor of the ICNC Monographs. He holds an adjunct faculty position at Krieger School of Arts and Sciences of Johns Hopkins University where he teaches strategic nonviolent resistance. Dr. Bartkowski is a book editor of Recovering Nonviolent History. Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles and Nation-Making published by Lynne Rienner in 2013.
Shaazka Beyerle - Senior Advisor
Shaazka Beyerle is Senior Fellow at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TaCCC), Schar School of Public Policy and Government, George Mason University. She is a researcher, writer and educator in nonviolent action, with a focus on anti-corruption and accountability (including linkages to governance, development, and violent conflict) as well as gender and nonviolent action.