Bridging Muslim-Western Relations

Broadcast on August 27, 2013
With Kim Weichel & Yasmina Mrabet

Kim Weichel

CEO of Peace X Peace, Co-Founder of the Institute for Peacebuilding, Social Entrepreneur, Radio and Cable TV Producer

Kimberly Weichel is a social entrepreneur who has worked for 30 years building bridges between cultures and segments of society, providing the skills and education that people need to improve their own lives. She is an advocate for women’s advancement and empowerment and has trained and supported women in many countries. Her background includes extensive experience directing international projects, peacebuilding initiatives, cross-cultural and conflict resolution training, education programs, and international development.

She directed change projects in South Africa for five years under apartheid, led citizen diplomacy trips and directed business training programs in the former Soviet Union, and has worked with many international agencies and consulting firms, including the United Nations. Kim is CEO of Peace X Peace, an international women's peacebuilding organization, and co-founder of the Institute for Peacebuilding. She is a radio and cable TV producer and author, and most recently co-authored the book Healing the Heart of the World.

Yasmina Mrabet

Director of Connection Point Initiative, Web Content Editor
Yasmina Mrabet is Director of the Peace X Peace Connection Point initiative, a global dialogue initiative aimed at connecting Arab, Muslim, and Western women around the world. Yasmina has lived and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, and her experience in the field of conflict resolution has focused on intercultural dialogue aimed at addressing feelings of mutual fear and suspicion between the ‘West’ and the Arab and Muslim ‘world.’ She strongly believes in the importance of creating platforms that highlight the voices, perspectives and contributions of women to society around the world. Yasmina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia. She received her Master’s degree from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where she focused her research on how Arab Muslim women negotiate identity and navigate conflict in the American university setting. To reach Ms. Mrabet, email