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AVI GOLDSTEIN – Director & Facilitator


I recently moved to Brussels, Belgium. I started my career in the field of negotiation in 2002 working with Vantage Partners, a consulting firm in Boston, MA spun out of the Harvard Negotiation Project. With Vantage, I’ve helped companies learn and institutionalize interest-based methods of negotiation, joint problem-solving, and conflict management in their organizations. Over sixteen years, I’ve developed and facilitated training workshops for a variety of industry-leading companies, including Deloitte, TIAA/CREF, Johnson & Johnson, Applied Materials, and Kraft Foods. Eight years ago I began working in the world of education to introduce problem-solving negotiation as a life skill taught at educational institutions, from secondary schools to universities. I’ve had the privilege of working with many dozens of schools and teachers, and thousands of students across continents, and with leading institutions like Solvay Brussels School, Université Saint-Louis, Fulbright, Teach for All, and Young Presidents Organization. I’ve also applied my experience in creative, principled negotiation as the Producer of several documentary films, and was honored to be a Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow. I completed my bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in Psychology and my M.A. in Non-Profit Management and Leadership at the International School of Hebrew University.

AICHA AYARI – Program Manager


I was born and raised in Brussels. I hold a Master degree in Political sciences and a Master degree in Development and cooperation. After my studies, I started working in a Belgium association in the field of discrimination and racism, before moving to work in education. I taught French and communication in a secondary school in Brussels. Teaching was for me really exciting and challenging as my students were facing strong learning problems in addition to their difficult socioeconomic background. I then turned a  new page of my career by entering the European Parliament as a Political Counsellor. Over 4 years, I had the pleasure to work in an international environment and to explore in depth a wide range of political, economic, social and cultural questions. In 2014, I started working abroad in an international organisation doing advocacy and project implementation and program development. After I gave birth, I decided to go back to Belgium, and met Avi who was starting this wonderful project of gathering students to learn practical negotiation skills for a positive impact on their daily lives. These students come together to meet with students from different socioeconomic backgrounds and Communes, about which they often know nothing or a little. Working with youth in education is a way for me to make a positive contribution and to fight inequalities.



I am a 3rd year Political Sciences student in a trilingual Bachelors program at Université Saint Louis in Brussels. My passion for politics and the world of diplomacy arose early, as I believe it to be extremely important for young people to involve themselves in today’s discussions to make the world a better place. I got to know PATHWAYS thanks to one of Avi’s workshops for the student-led project called the London International Model United Nations, which aims to show young people the reality of the United Nations by playing the role of real diplomats in committees, negotiating on several issues. I’ve been involved in the project for 2 years now and have been my university’s team manager. With that experience, I realized that the art of negotiation is of utmost importance when it comes to international relations. But it comes in multiple forms and also reflects itself in every other area of one’s life; whether it is to make a relationship work, negotiating a salary increase or buying a car. It is essential to learn and practice, which is why I am excited to help others understand negotiation better.

Advisors to PATHWAYS include:


  • BRUCE PATTON: Co-author of the best-selling Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In and Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. Co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, Vantage Partners, and Conflict Management Group (CMG).
  • SHEILA HEEN: Co-author of the New York Times Business Bestsellers Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, and Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well. Founder of Triad Consulting Group and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.
  • MARK GORDON: Founding partner of Vantage Partners, a global consulting firm spun out of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Co-founder and former Chairman of Conflict Management Group, a non-profit organization focused on disputes of international public concern (now merged into Mercy Corps).
  • RACHEL VISCOMI: Director of Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) and Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Law School. Works to train law students to become problem-solving lawyers, as they learn to support clients in rethinking the way they manage conflict in organizations.
  • DONNA HICKS: Author of “Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict.” Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. Former Deputy Director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution (PICAR) at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
  • JOHN METSELAAR: Academic Director & Professor at Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management. Co-Leader, Productivity and Innovation Center, The Conference Board. 30 years experience of leading global innovation at P&G.
  • SHULA GILAD: Senior fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. Previously, Director of Policy Research at Kennedy School of Government’s Institute for Social and Economic Policy.