Who We Are

The Debate for Peace program is part of the Interfaith Encounters Association and operates with support from the US Embassy in Israel.


Steven Aiello holds a BA in economics (NYU) and an MA in diplomacy (IDC), and currently studies Islam at Tel Aviv University. He has been involved in Jewish-Arab MUN work in Israel since 2011. Steven is Jewish, Israeli and Italian-American.

Nooralhuda Hoji studies physics at Tel Aviv University. She has been involved in interfaith MUN programming since she was 14, winning awards at the first MUN conferences held in Petah Tiqva and at the IDC Herzliya, competing with college students. Originally from Qalansawa, Nooralhuda is a Palestinian Israeli Muslim.


Regional director (Negev and the Golan):

Hassan Hassan completed his studies in the Arabic and English departments of Language and Literature at Haifa University. Hassan started a master’s degree in English linguistics at Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, and is currently continuing his studies at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv. He is a graduate of the TeachFirstIsrael program for training teachers- holding a teaching diploma for English as a Foreign Language.

Originally from the Golan, Hassan has been teaching English for 4 years in the Negev, and is the founder of the NegevMUN club for Bedouin-High-School students aiming to promote leadership skills and to create a positive change into the Bedouin community.

Regional director (Palestinian Territories):

Firas Hans Shahin is from the village of Sawya, south of Nablus. His father and mother are Palestinian and he was born in Ramallah, but he holds Jordanian citizenship. Firas studied photography at Hisham Hijjawi College in Nablus. He love swimming and sports. Firas has participated in many peace organizations between Palestinians and Israelis, including summer camps, conferences and demonstrations. Firas is in charge of recruitment and coordination with students and schools from Palestinian territories.

Research Associate:

Miranda Franklin-Wall attended Tel Aviv University’s Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Mediation program. She is currently writing her thesis on Debate for Peace. Before coming to Israel, she received a BA in theatre arts and film and media studies from University of California, Irvine and worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.


Ugur Kaya graduated from Roskilde University with a specialisation in International Relations this year. His choice of education comes from his own personal background, being a second generation immigrant in Denmark with parents having roots in the Kurdish areas of Turkey. Facing difficulties such as citizenship and sense of belonging in a Western society, Ugur’s focus during his studies has had a sociological approach in order to understand topics such as integration and social exclusion.

Having visited Israel twice since 2015, his interest for the diverse Israeli culture and society has lead him to seek for internship opportunities in the country. During his stay, he is aiming to better understand the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a more objective manner, including a two-sided approach. Moreover, he is happy to enjoy the great social life Tel Aviv has to offer.

Donia Daghash recently graduated from AlBashaer high school for science, and is an Arab Muslim from Deir Hanna (a village in northern Israel). Donia discovered her passion for international relations, debate and conflict resolution about two years ago at her first MUN conference, and since then she has become interested in global issues, conflicts around the world and most importantly helping and learning more about the Israeli community. Donia is now DfP’s first EVS representative, spending a year teaching and helping with refugees in Norway.