Ms. Julia Pitner is the Executive Director of the Institute of World Affairs.
"Julia Pitner is a Middle East specialist having actively worked on various issues involving different sectors of Middle Eastern society as the former Regional Director and then Director of Search for Common Ground’s Middle East program. She is currently the Executive Director of the Institute of World Affairs on the Lebanon program and a consultant with Ambassador Richard Fairbanks on an Arabic television project. Julia has over 12 years experience working directly with individuals and organizations in the Middle East and the international community involved in civil society, private business, media, and security at both the governmental and non-governmental level. For the last 5 years, she lived in the region developing, managing, and coordinating various projects related to peace-building in Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and Syria. Julia has written and published several articles on civil society in the Middle East as well as the role of women in peace-building. She also delivered numerous presentations and papers on the development and impact of civil society; the issues of human right; and political analysis of current events, trends, and conflicts in the region at international conferences." 
- "About staff", Institute of World Affairs, Accessed October 2006.