Gershon Baskin founded IPCRI (Israel Palestine Center for Research & Information), a joint public policy think tank. Gershon has been an advisor to Israeli, Palestinian and International Prime Ministers on the Middle East Peace Process. He was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel between Israel and Hamas for the release of 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis –in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit. He is currently country manager for Palestine and Egypt in Gigawatt Global, developing affordable solar projects with the goal of providing clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020. His book The Negotiator – Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas was published in 2013. His new book In Pursuit of Peace in Israel & Palestine will come out in 2017 from Vanderbilt University Press.