Our Trainers


Sarah Basha

Sarah Basha is a consultant with more than 14 years of management experience in strategy, direction and execution of projects within the federal government, non-profit and education industries. As a CEO of a Women Owned Small Business and Co-Founder of oneblue.org, Sarah assists clients with alternative dispute resolution techniques and facilitative team-building strategies through workshops and trainings.

Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University, is a Certified Mediator in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a is also a SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia) licensed instructor teaching certified courses in "Conflict Resolution in the Workplace" . She has an extensive and continuous record of serving on non-profit boards, where she advises on strategy and execution of programs. Sarah is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and intermediate Arabic and has a diverse multicultural background which lends to her ability to serve diverse client communities.


Barbara Petzen

Barbara Petzen is director of training initiatives with the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy at CSIS. In this role, she designs and delivers executive education and other training programs with a focus on experiential learning in leadership, communication, innovation, negotiation, temperament assessment, career development, and geopolitics. Barbara is also director of Middle East Connections, a not-for-profit initiative specializing in professional development and curriculum development on the Middle East and global education for American educators.

Ms. Petzen earned an Ed.M. in learning design and leadership at the University of Illinois, a B.A. in international politics and Middle Eastern studies at Columbia College and a second honors B.A. as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University in Oriental studies. Her academic interests include Ottoman and Middle Eastern history, the history and present concerns of women in the Middle East and Muslim communities, the role of Islam in Middle Eastern and other societies, relations and perceptions between Muslim societies and the West, the necessity to globalize K-12 education, best practices in diversity and inclusion, and technology-enhanced education.