Executive Director

daniel w. Van Ness 

Dan Van Ness has been involved with restorative justice for over 30 years, first with Prison Fellowship (USA), where he worked for 12 years and, since 1996, with Prison Fellowship International. In both positions he has directed efforts to reform overworked, underfunded, and ineffective criminal justice systems using restorative principles and programs. 

He led the design team that created the Sycamore Tree Project®, a victim-offender awareness program now running in prisons in 34 countries. He was a principal architect of the UN Declaration of Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters, which the Economic and Social Council endorsed in 2002. In 2013, he received the John W. Byrd Pioneer Award for Community and Restorative Justice from the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.

Van Ness has written and edited several books, including Restoring Justice: An Introduction to Restorative Justice, 5th Edition (co-authored with Karen Heetderks Strong, 2014), the Handbook of Restorative Justice (co-edited with Gerry Johnstone, 2007), and the Gold Medallion winning Crime and Its Victims (1985). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Restorative Justice: An International Journal.

Van Ness received his BA from Wheaton College, his JD from DePaul University College of Law, and his LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.

Program Officer

roy mousalli 

Roy Mousalli has worked with Prison Fellowship International for ten years. He is a mechanical engineer by training but has devoted himself to meeting the needs of underserved people. He founded a social development organization to serve at-risk youth and has been a longtime volunteer with Faith & Light Communities, which works with people with disabilities and their families.

Mousalli holds degrees from American University of Beirut and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Regional Leadership

Prison Fellowship International’s regional offices carry out the Centre’s work with our national affiliates. Each office is led by a regional director.

Francophone Africa        Anglophone Africa        Asia/ Pacific        Caribbean
Samuel N'tcho
Cote d'Ivoire
Enocent Silwamba
Adam Hutchinson
Olga Clarke
Latin America
Middle East/
North Africa
Hugh Greathead
Nikolai Georgiev
Dorestela Medina
Roy Mousalli