Program Team

Sherine JayawickramaSherine Jayawickrama
Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Institute for Civil Society

Sherine Jayawickrama directs the facilitation group of the NGO Leaders Forum on behalf of the Hauser Institute. Prior to joining the Hauser Institute, Sherine worked for ten years at CARE USA in a variety of positions, including Deputy Regional Director for Asia, Senior Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to the President. Earlier in her career, she worked with PEN American Center, a New York based nonprofit that advocates on freedom of expression issues, and with NAREPP, a USAID-funded initiative to strengthen environmental policy and regulation in Sri Lanka. Sherine grew up in Sri Lanka, earned a BA in economics and international relations at Scripps College, and an MPA at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.


Peter BellPeter Bell
Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Institute for Civil Society

Peter Bell is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University and chairs the facilitation group of the NGO Leaders Forum. Before joining the Hauser Center, he was a visiting fellow at the Carter Center. Previously, Bell served as president of CARE USA for ten years. He has also been president of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, president of the Inter-American Foundation, and Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. At the outset of his career, he worked for 12 years with the Ford Foundation, including ten years with its Latin American program. Bell’s volunteer positions include being chairman emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue, vice chair of the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, a director of the Global Water Challenge, a director of the International Center for Research on Women and a trustee of the World Peace Foundation. He is a graduate of Yale College and holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.


Ellen Levine

Ellen Levine
Project Coordinator, Hauser Institute for Civil Society

Ellen Levine is Project Coordinator to the NGO Leaders Forum and the Course in Exponential Fundraising at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University. She previously worked for nine years at a global engineering firm in Human Resources and Learning and Development. Ellen has worked as a trainer and teacher at Beijing Medical University, as an overseas service corps volunteer EFL teacher at the YMCA in Taichung, and as an associate with the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Taipei, a non-profit organization involved in implementing methods of individual, community and organizational development. Ellen has taught multicultural classrooms at Boston University and Harvard University Summer School. She holds a master’s degree in intercultural management from the School for International Training in Vermont, and graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with degrees in psychology and child development.