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Sheila Kohanteb

Forum Executive Director and Executive Director of External Relations

The Pearson Institute

Sheila Kohanteb joined The Pearson Institute in 2017 and has been the Executive Director for External Affairs and the Forum Executive Director since 2019. Kohanteb has a PhD in political science with emphases on international conflict, negotiation, political psychology, and a focus on the Middle East and Northern Ireland. Her research has focused on the impact of fear and threat in conflict.

Kohanteb previously taught courses in international affairs and political science at Northeastern University. During this time, she expanded global internships for undergraduates, and developed international study abroad opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the Balkans, while teaching courses in conflict and negotiation respective to each region. Kohanteb has managed international, corporate, and foundation philanthropy at Northeastern University and Babson College, engaging with donors and facilitating the receipt and strategic allocation of gifts.

As Executive Director of External Relations and Forum Executive Director at The Pearson Institute, Kohanteb is responsible for leading the high-profile programmatic function of The Pearson Institute, highlighting the Institute’s mission, engaging its stakeholders, and enhancing its reputation as a leading research institute.


Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.