Laura Ligouri is the Executive Director and Founder of Mindbridge, a not-for-profit organization connecting psychological and neurobiological insight to non-profit and government sponsored humanitarian efforts (www.mindbridgecenter.org). Laura’s interest in the intersection of neuroscience and public engagement emerged as a coordinator and researcher at the Saxelab Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at MIT, where neurobiological research often sought to understand the biological underpinnings of implicit bias, inter-ethnic social conflict, violence and conversely collective empowerment. Laura’s work on inter-ethnic social conflict seeks to elucidate the bidirectional, mutual constitution of culture and neurobiological processes that give rise to implicit as well as explicit forms of bias and discrimination. Work on this theme has centered on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict investigating anti-Roma bias in partnership with EU member states. Research is concurrently underway investigating the behavioural and neuroanatomical markers of empowerment from a systems model approach in partnership with PRADAN, an India based NGO working for over thirty years on rural poverty alleviation. To date Laura has written numerous scientific publications, received grants from the Open Society Foundation, and has conducted researcher in conjunction with the DRAPER Institute, the McGovern Institute, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), OSCE Office of Democratic Initiatives and Human Rights, and the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund. Currently Laura is a faculty member in the Neuroscience Program at Bates College.