Pierre Krähenbühl (Switzerland)Appointed by the UN Secretary-General in November 2013, Pierre Krähenbühl became UNRWA Commissioner-General on 30 March 2014. As Commissioner-General, he serves at the level of Under-Secretary-General. A Swiss national born in 1966, Mr. Krähenbühl has 25 years of experience in humanitarian, human rights and development work. Prior to joining UNRWA, he served as Director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from July 2002 to January 2014, responsible for the conduct, management and supervision of 12,000 ICRC staff working in 80 countries. In this position, Mr. Krähenbühl directly oversaw the ICRC response to conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Colombia and Libya among others. He led senior-level negotiations with a range of governments, armed forces and other groups to secure access to conflict-affected populations.
Mr. Krähenbühl’s experience also includes diverse and demanding field assignments in places experiencing profound social change and armed conflict, including El Salvador, Peru, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The father of three boys, he holds an MA in Political Sciences and International Relations from the University of Geneva. On assuming the post of UNRWA Commissioner-General, Mr. Krähenbühl said: “The momentous events across the region are having a profound impact on the lives of UNRWA beneficiaries who are facing one of the most serious protection crises in their history. This presents a challenge which I shall embrace with determination, realism and humility.” For more information, click here.
Christian Picciolini (USA)Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, an author, and a reformed extremist. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and to make something of his time on this planet by contributing to the greater good. After leaving the violent hate movement he was part of during his youth, he began the painstaking process of rebuilding his life. While working for IBM, Christian earned a degree from DePaul University and later began his own global entertainment media firm. In 2016, Christian received an Emmy Award for his role as director and producer of an anti-hate campaign for ExitUSA that helped disengage several youth from white supremacist groups. He has worked as an adjunct professor at the college level, and as the community partnerships manager for Threadless. Most notably, in 2010 he co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit dedicated to helping others gain the knowledge necessary to implement long-term solutions that counter all types of racism and violent extremism. In 2015, Christian published his memoir, Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead, where he details his involvement in the early American white power skinhead movement. (Pillar - meta theme extremism, training)
Haydee Dijkstal (The Hague, Netherlands)
Haydee Dijkstal is an attorney practicing international criminal law and human rights law before international criminal tribunals, regional human rights court and domestic courts. Her practice has included work before the International Criminal Court, International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Special Court for Sierra Leone and the African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and representing victims, governments and accuseds. Haydee is currently a member of the legal team acting on behalf of the Government of the Comoros and victims for the case concerning the Gaza Freedom Flotilla before the ICC. This work includes Alien Tort Statute, Torture Victim Protection Act and Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act litigation in US federal courts. She is also a member of the defence team representing Abdullah Al-Senussi before the ICC, a member of the legal team advising the Tivoli Gardens Committee on international human rights and criminal law issues in Kingston Jamaica, and a member of the legal team bringing proceedings before the African Commission and African Court on behalf of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi. She also founded a UK Charity, called ICL Media Review, dedicated to providing publications on developments in international law. Haydee received an LLM in Public International Law with a focus on international criminal law from George Washington University Law School in Washington DC, and a juris doctor degree from University of Wyoming College of Law. She is called to the bar of the State of Illinois. (Pillar good governance, healing memory)
Susan Savage (USA)Tulsa’s first female and longest tenured Mayor will join an inspiring line-up of leading change-makers featured at the Just Governance for Human Security Conference in Caux this summer. Susan Savage has been widely recognized as a leader in international relations, environmental stewardship, interfaith dialogue and reconciliation. Savage will travel to Caux as part of a Tulsa-based delegation of change-makers whose work on healing history and the promotion of understanding around issues of race in the United States will form an integral part of this year’s Just Governance programme.
Savage has a long history of public service and championing dialogue - during her time as Mayor Savage appointed more women and minorities to city boards, authorities and commissions than at any other time in the city’s history. She went on to serve as the city’s and state’s chief diplomat for international relations and as Secretary of State was a member of Governor Henry’s cabinet, with broad policy and executive duties at the federal, state and local levels. Savage currently resides in Tulsa where she serves as CEO of Morton Comprehensive Health Services, the largest primary care-providing community health system in northeastern Oklahoma serving Tulsa's North Side and provides strategic planning and consulting services to several organizations. (Pillar- healing memory)
John Carlisle (United Kingdom)John Carlisle’s early economic work was researching the Zambian mining industry in the late 1960’s to identify black school leavers who would replace the less educated white supervisors and managers in the Zambian mining companies. He researched, designed and ran the negotiation training for the top civil servants the UK Civil Service Top Management Programme, 1989-1991.In 1991 he established JCP, which became the largest provider of construction partnership deliveries in Europe.
In 2001/2002 John Carlisle was Professor and Chair of the Johnson and Johnson Leadership Development Institute at Rhodes University, South Africa. He was visiting Professor at the Sheffield Business School from 2006 to 2013. From 2011 to 2013, he assumed different governmental roles, his main role being to fight privatisation in both the UK and Africa. Additionally, he acted as personal adviser to UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on organisational best practice and was a member of the Cabinet Office Government Construction Strategy Procurement Commission.
Jean-Pierre Méan (Switzerland)Jean-Pierre Méan holds a doctorate in law from the University of Basel, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He is also a graduate from the College of Europe in Bruges and is admitted to the bar in Switzerland and Canada. He has occupied various legal positions with the Alcan Group in Switzerland and Canada and has been General Counsel of Landis & Gyr, an international manufacturer of electrical equipment based in Switzerland, Chief Compliance Officer of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and General Counsel of Société Générale de Surveillance in Geneva. He is currently in private practice specializing on corporate governance and anti-corruption and advising corporate clients on anti-bribery prevention as well as conducting audits of anti-bribery management systems. He is the author of several publications in the field of international commerce, especially in the field of anti-corruption. He is currently chairing a working group following up on the implementation of the standard. Further info: www.anticorruptionexperts.com and eigenmann-avocats.ch. (Pillar- good governance, inclusive economics)
Rado Harilala Razafindrakoto (Madagascar)Rado Harilala Razafindrakoto is a Financial Inclusion Specialist working at the National Coordination of Inclusive Finance within the Ministry of Finance and Budget in Madagascar. He is part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program (MWF 2016) for Young African Leaders (YALI). Rado is graduated in Public Management from the Madagascar National School of Administration (ENAM). He holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a certificate in Econometrics from the University of Antananarivo (Madagascar), a certificate in Public Expenditures and Public Management from the National School of Administration (ENA Paris), a certificate in Microfinance from the Boulder Institute of Microfinance (Italy), a certificate in SME financing from the National Institute of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (NI-MSME India), a certificate in Financial Inclusion from Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education (USA), a certificate in Public Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA). Outside his professional work, He is very passionate and active in community services such as board member of deacon’s association in his church, auditor of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) alumni association, board member of the YALI Madagascar association. (Pillar- inclusive economics)
Kristin Weis (USA)Kristin Weis is a specialist in sustainable development and peacebuilding professional working to improve how we use and conserve the natural environment. She was a 2014 Caux Fellow and is currently earning a Master of Resource Management from the University of Akureyri through the Coastal and Marine Management Master’s Program in northern Iceland. Her research interests include coastal human mobility issues such as environmental migration and coastal tourism trends, and preventative responses for potential international stability threats related to climate change. Her thesis research explores how tourism affects socioeconomic resilience in Dominica. Kristin was a 2015 VIP Fellow for waste management and eco-tourism in northern Malaysia and a 2013 Startingbloc Fellow for social innovation. She is the founder of Roskanet, a project that promotes smart coastal tourism to benefit local communities and their natural environments
Much of the world’s current migration is caused by environmental change, and this is certain to grow in the coming years. Kristin will be facilitating a workshop on environmental migration at this year's Just Governance for Human Security, she will outline the situation, and discuss what can be done to help those who are being forced to move. (Pillar- sustainability)
Aurora Martin (Romania)Aurora Martin is the Senior Advisor in International Relations for the Romanian Government and Parliament (on behalf of National Agency for Equal Opportunities, Minister of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly Person, and National Council for Combating Discrimination)
She serves as academic lecturer in Good Governance, Non-Discrimination, Cultural Violence and Conflict Transformation at: Wilmington College, Ohio, USA, Russian Presidential Academy for National Economy and Public Administration, Saint Petersburg, University of Belgrade, University of Rome-RomaTre, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Khazar University, Baku, University of Bucharest and lastly her Alma Mater - European Center for Security Studies at George C. Marshall (Germany). Her work at George C. Marshall is a culmination to her career as a student where she produced groundbreaking research on the shifting post-cold war standards of UN nation states on addressing security, R2P, conflict management and its implications for civil society.
As a founding member of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership for Sustainable Development, member of World Association of NGOs (WANGO), she has addressed a diverse audience on Conflict Resolution, Human Security, Human Trafficking, Violence and Equal Opportunities.
She was most recently awarded the Woman of the Year 2015 in Romania for defending and promoting women’s rights. She is Editor (in Chief) for several political science and human rights magazines and founded two magazines: RES Publica, focusing on equal opportunities and gender issues and ProDiversitate, on human rights and human security. Recently she became an US State Department Alumna in Sustaining Civic Participation in Minority Communities and experienced in training civil service representatives. (Pillar- good governance, healing memory)
John W. Franklin (USA)
Mr. Franklin will be facilitating Just Governance for Human Security's workshop on Healing History: the state of race and healing. He is also the main liaison for our Tulsa, USA delegation (Pillar- healing memory)
Paul Turner (South Africa/USA)Paul Turner is the Senior Conflict Advisor at Creative Associates International and leads the technical aspects of projects and activities focused on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) funded by USAID and the U.S. Department of State in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Turner acts as the technical director for USAID's Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation's Programming Effectively Against Conflict and Extremism (PEACE) Indefinite Quantity Contract and supports CVE initiatives within Creative. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching CVE Policy and Practice at American University’s School for International Service and providing instruction on Conflict Management at the University of Maryland’s Minor in International Development and Conflict Management.
Dr. Muna Ismail (Somalia/UK)Dr Muna Ismail is Programme Manager for Initiatives of Change in the UK. She is a scientist and an environmentalist with a passion for land restoration in degraded arid ecosystems for Sustainable Livelihood Development in post-conflict states. In the last two years she has been developing Refugees as Rebuilders™ Training of Trainers (ToT) courses for Diaspora from the Horn of Africa and other conflict-affected regions. This course is focusing on the inter-links between dialogue for Social-Cohesion, Ethical Governance and Livelihood in post conflict society. It also forms part of the development of a curriculum for adult educators working with refugees and migrants, a programme funded by Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership.
Dr Ismail completed her doctoral research at King’s College London in 2011 and subsequently held a visiting postdoc research analyst at the School of Pharmacy, University College London in 2012 and at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, in 2013-14. She is interested in arid land wild crops in the Horn of Africa. Currently she is working to develop a major project on the Yeheb plant’s regeneration and possible domestication in Somaliland using seeds from central regions of Somalia. Yeheb, a hardy, drought-resistant plant that is native to the Somali region, is a source of food to both animals and humans. With the Yeheb initiative, Muna is also developing a consortium of Knowledge Experts in collaboration with Universities (both in the UK and in the Somali region), International and Local NGOs as well as with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Jean-Paul Samputu (Rwanda)Jean Paul Samputu is a remarkable Rwandan man who experienced and survived the Rwandan genocide in 1994. His parents, three brothers and sister were killed by a childhood friend, Vincent. He went through nine very dark years, until he finally chose forgiveness. He met with Vincent at a traditional village gathering and forgave him publically and they embraced. As a singer and song-writer he tours the world with a powerful message of love, forgiveness and reconciliation. He currently lives in the UK and performs around the world.
Letlapa Mphalele (South Africa)Letlapa Mphanlele is the former President of the Pan Africanist Congress (2006, 2008) and was Director of Operations of APLA (Azanian Peoples Liberation Army) during Apartheid who ordered the Heidelberg Tavern Massacre in Cape Town, a reprisal massacre in response to the killing of black school children. Letlapa is a published poet and philosopher. His autobiography, 'A Child of this Soil - the journey of a Freedom Fighter', tells his story of armed struggle and exile. 'Matlalela- The Flood is Coming' is a book of his poignant poetry. He is currently actively committed to healing and reconciliation work with ex-combatants and victims of violence in all groups in post apartheid South Africa. He was a founding member of the Lyndi Fourie Foundation, Lyndi was killed in an attack which he ordered in December 1993, 4 months before the first free and fair democratic elections in SA. View film trailer, ‘Beyond Forgiving’ to see more of his story.
Shalisa Hayes (USA)Shalisa Hayes is the founder of the Billy Ray Shirley III Foundation in Tacoma, WA where she co-facilitates a violence prevention program and works to groom youth into young philanthropists while connecting them to resources that help them with daily living activities, such as academics, lifestyle changes and employment opportunities. As a strong advocate for the safety and well-being of young people, she has also led a group of teenagers in collectively participating in discussions with a variety of government leaders in making the construction of a new state of the art community center on Tacoma’s Eastside a reality. Shalisa also founded the Mothers of Magnitude (M.O.M.) after finding herself connecting with mothers who have lost children to youth violence. With M.O.M.'s she acts as a conduit for a mother's grief (based on her own experience of losing a teenage son to gun violence) while looking to inspire and encourage these mothers to move forward in life after loss. Her mantra: “When he died, he gave me purpose” . Join Shalisa Hayes this summer as she shares her story as a ‘Peacebuilder in action' and as part of our Human Library. She shares on healing memory and preventing violent extremism.
Murat Sartas (Rwanda)Based in Rwanda, Murat Sartas currently works as innovation system scientist in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Knowledge, Technology and Innovation group of Wageningen University (WUR). He is a systems developer working across research, development, innovations, effectiveness and efficiency focusing on metrics and analytics aiming to improve different aspects of livelihood systems: food security, poverty, sustainability. He developed Learning System for Agricultural Research for Development (LESARD) and Scaling Readiness. He is involved in CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Banana (RTB) and CIALCA Project.
Matthew Neuhaus (Australia)Matthew Neuhaus is Acting First Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He was the Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2011-2015 (also to DRC, Malawi and Zambia). He has served in senior DFAT positions, including Head of Pacific Engagement Taskforce and Head of Commonwealth Government Meeting (CHOGM) Policy Task Force. He was the Director of the Political Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and previous postings with DFAT include Kenya, Papua New Guinea, New York, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Senegal and The Gambia. He was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (Senior Adviser, International Division) 2001-2002.
Farai Maguwu (Zimbabwe)Farai Maguwu is the founding Director of the Centre of Natural Resource Governance (CNRG), a leading organization in Zimbabwe. In 2011, he was arrested for his human rights work and detained for 40 days by the government. Later that year, Human Rights watch awarded him with the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. Farai is a PhD candidate at the School of Developmental Studies, University of Kwazulu Natal and holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies and an MA in Peace and Governance.
David Chikvaidze (Switzerland/Georgia)David Chikvaidze is Chef de Cabinet of the Director-General at the UN Office in Geneva. Previously he served as Humanitarian Affairs Officer for the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; and as Chief of the Communications and NGO Partnerships Section Officer at the Office of the High Commissioner. He is a founding member of the Foundation for International Arts and Education. David holds a PhD in Political Science.
Catalina Quiroz Niño (Spain/UK)Catalina Quiroz Niño is co-project manager of the Erasmus+ “Migrants and Refugees as Re-Builders” project led by Initiatives of Change UK with Sweden, Spain and Turkey. She is the Project Design and Fundraising Coordinator of the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Spain. As a social psychologist and pedagogue, she has specialized in formal and non-formal curriculum development, organizational change and process-drive systems. Her PhD work is based on the theme of sustainable development and its relation to the social and solidarity economic model.
Dr Carl Stauffer (USA)Dr Carl Stauffer is an Associate Professor of Justice and Development Studies at the Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Formerly, he was the coordinator of peace education at the Wilgespruit Fellowship Centre in South Africa, where he gained important orientation in post-Apartheid South Africa by working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Peace Accord, and local development committees. In 2001, he helped initiate and launch the African Peacebuilding Institute located in Kitwe, Zambia.
Anjum Asra Ali (Pakistan/USA)Anjum A. Ali is a former professor of Islamic Studies. Born in the USA, and of Pakistani heritage, she has lived overseas in the Middle East and in the USA. With a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French Cultural Studies from Wellesley College, she conducts workshops and facilitation training domestically and internationally. Her graduate degree is in Islamic Studies at McGill University, concentrating on women and children’s rights in Islamic Law and did her research on Child Marriage in Islamic Law.
Vanessa Adams-Harris (USA)Vanessa Adams-Harris has over 25 years of theatre experience as an artist, actor, director, workshop facilitator and playwright. Her credits include print/commercial modelling, national and international appearances with award winning solo shows as Civil Rights Matriarch Rosa Parks, Oklahoma legend Ada Lois Sipuel-Fisher and Lena May Baker. She created Theatre by Me I and II a theatre study for African-American and Native American children facilitating and fostering the possibility of future playwrights, directors, actors and artist with the history of theatre and how children can and should be creators within the arts with the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club-Mabee-North-Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Carol Mottet (Switzerland)
Carol Mottet is currently the Senior Advisor in the Human Security Division in the Swiss FDFA, she focuses on the prevention of violent extremism in its political and operational scope. Previously, as Special Envoy, she led the Swiss team that worked on mediation for conflict resolution in Mali, in support of ECOWAS mediation efforts (2001-2013). After developing and running the Swiss Peace Program in West and Central Africa between 2006-2009, based in Berne, she assumed the role of High Level Adviser for Peace Mediation and Peace Policy in Africa with the Swiss Embassy in Senegal.
Ziad Fouad Saab (Lebanon)
Ziad Fouad Saab is the president of Fighters for Peace in Lebanon.
Additional Counselling Support
Aleksandra Shymina (UK)Aleksandra Shymina currently acts as Knowledge Manager at Initiatives of Change UK in London. Over the past years, she has been involved in setting up and delivering projects and events around Europe, including Caux. Her passion and dedication for helping people find peace in their lives has led her to train as a practitioner in Systemic Constellations. She has been trained in the UK and Mexico by world-renowned teachers and has seen her clients experience amazing results in their everyday lives.
Aleksandra will be available throughout the event for individual and group constellations parallel to the programme. The constellations give perspectives in relationships, health, work and decision-making as it explores individual’s histories and experience, good and bad. Constellations provides a new perspective on issues that could be holding you back from experiencing peace. Please see a member of the Executive Committee, or approach Aleksandra to find out more.