Welcome to the International Center for Contemporary Education (ICCE) website.

The International Center for Contemporary Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in education and social responsibility.

With offices in the United States and the Middle East, ICCE works in partnership with governments, ministries of education, schools and community leaders to support youth in learning to respect diversity, embrace social responsibility, resolve conflicts peacefully, think critically and engage in dialogue.

ICCE was incorporated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Barbara Zasloff, Ph.D., MPH serves as President of ICCE. Dr. Zasloff holds a Ph. D. in psychology from Columbia University and a public health degree (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health from Harvard University. Over a thirty year career in education and psychology, Dr. Zasloff has created and administered numerous classroom and camp programs for children, youth and educators from thirty countries. A professional mediator, Dr. Zasloff was a founder of the international coexistence organization Seeds of Peace where she developed core curriculum and ran residential and follow-up programs for educators. Having worked with youth and adults in the Middle East, Cyprus, South Asia, and the Balkans, Dr. Zasloff creates and administers educational projects focusing on civic engagement. Her programs have been funded by various US government agencies including USAID, MEPI, and ECA as well as by corporate and private foundations.

Dada N. Jabbour, Ph.D. serves as Vice President of ICCE. Dr. Jabbour holds a doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Oklahoma State University and an undergraduate education from the American University of Beirut. Over the past twenty five years, she has served as a chemist focusing on education, research, environmental protection, public health, hazardous materials, emergency preparedness, and redevelopment. She has years of experience in science education and project management. In addition, Dr. Jabbour has managed educational programs for Arab school principals. Her programs have focused on building learning environments in the Middle East that encourage responsible citizenship in youth. She is fluent in Arabic and brings a broad understanding of the Middle East to her international work.

Carol Palinski Hildebrand, Ed.M. serves as Vice President of ICCE. She holds a Master of Education from Harvard University, with concentrations in International Education Policy and Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior and French at the University of Michigan and the University of Provence, Aix-Marseille. Ms. Hildebrand directs programs focused on conflict resolution education, informal education and positive youth development. As a trainer, strategic planner, and technical assistance provider, she works with educational and nonprofit organizations to build capacity and create social change. Ms. Hildebrand’s international work includes serving as facilitator for Arab and American dialogue groups, and as director of training programs in the Middle East. She works in partnership with schools and Ministries of Education to encourage peaceable school environments.