Speakers & Facilitators
Towards an Inclusive Peace 2017

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 2017

 

Elhadj As Sy (Senegal)

Elhadj As Sy is the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). He began this leadership role on 1 August 2014 and is based at the IFRC secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Sy has extensive experience in leadership roles in the humanitarian sector, having previously served at a senior level with UNICEF, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other agencies for more than 25 years. Before joining the IFRC ‐ the world’s largest humanitarian network ‐ Mr. Sy was UNICEF’s Director of Partnerships and Resource Development in New York. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Sy was Director, HIV/AIDS Practice with the United Nations Development Programme in New York. Before that, he worked with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as its Africa Regional Director and later as Director of Operational Partnerships and Country Support in Geneva. Mr. Sy has also held the position of UNAIDS Representative in New York and Director of the New York Liaison Office. From 1988 to 1997, he served as Director of Health and Development Programmes with Environment and Development Action in the Third World in Dakar, Senegal. He speaks English, French and German.

 

Pekka Metso (Finland)

Pekka Metso is Ambassador-at-Large for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Processes in the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Helsinki, focusing on both multilateral and bilateral fora. A lot of his work concentrates on the ways how peace mediation and peace building could take place when the various religious actors and dialogues are also on board. Ambassador Metso is further a member of the national board dealing with the questions relating to violent extremism and has also worked on a national action plan to this end. His own work includes conducting dialogues as part of the preventive work in this field. He has worked for the past 30 years in the Finnish MFA; his most recent foreign posting was as the Finnish ambassador to Slovenia and to Bosnia and Herzegovina. In his previous duties Metso worked a lot with the United Nations, serving in the Finnish UN Missions both in Geneva and New York, with human rights at the heart of that work. He did post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota.

 

Jonathan Russell (UK)

Jonathan Russell is Executive Director for Quilliam Global and oversees all operations outside of the United Kingdom and North America, including its research, programmes and consultancy. He coordinates FATE (Families Against Terrorism and Extremism), which aims to empower civil society and families across the world to counter violent extremism; and Extremely Together, the joint Kofi Annan Foundation-One Young World project to promote young leaders to counter-extremism. In his 5 years at Quilliam, Jonathan has run campaigns for a cross-party commitment to progressive, effective and human-rights friendly counter-terrorism and counter-extremism approaches; developed evidence-based policy advice for the EU-funded TERRA II; led the #NotAnotherBrother counter-narrative campaign; and provided consultancy work for public and private sector partners all around the world. Jonathan has written several papers for Quilliam and regularly delivers presentations and speaks on panels on counter-extremism online, aspects of counter-extremism policy, and the radicalisation process. He often features in UK print and broadcast media, among them The Independent, CNN International and Al Arabiya. Jonathan is looking forward to participating at the Towards an Inclusive Peace forum to meet others from different backgrounds who are committed to challenging extremism and promoting peace. He hopes to make meaningful partnerships that take us towards action on this important agenda.

 

Fatima Zaman (UK)

Fatima Zaman is currently a Countering Violent Extremism Advocate at the Extremely Together Programme of the Kofi Annan Foundation. She has led on policy work relating to Countering Violent Extremism, Terrorism and Faith-related matters. Her work involves advising key stakeholders on countering-extremism both within and beyond the education sector. She has previously worked directly with local communities and women's groups both in Europe and across Africa, delivering Prevention Programmes. She has extensive knowledge and experience of working in the CVE field at the local, regional and national level. Fatima has expertise on evidence-based counter-terrorism and counter-extremism policy. In 2017 she helped write and design the first ever youth-led countering violent extremism tool-kit and guide. A practical resource to empower youth across the world to actively prevent violent extremism. Alongside this, she pioneered the first ever CVE Roadshow across the UK. Fatima has a keen interest in counter-narratives that seek to dispel, discredig and destroy the narrative employed by extremists. She strongly advocates engagement and dialogue around matters of faith and integration to achieve this. 

 

 

INPUT SPEAKERS 2017

Mathilde Chevée (Switzerland)

Input speaker on narrative analysis

Mathilde Chevée started her career in global advertising agencies and then joined leading Information and communication technologies companies as Global Marketing Director. In this context, she worked in Paris (France), Milan (Italy), San Francisco (USA), Nice (France), and Geneva (Switzerland). She completed a BA in Psychology in 2013 and shift career, dedicating herself to co-develop with youth preventative strategies to stop engagement in risk-taking behavior. In December 2013, combining her expertise in Marketing, technology, and psychology, she founded the Association Kairos in Switzerland to promote solidarity among peers leveraging new technologies. Mathilde has been from 2013 to 2016 co-president of the Swiss Association of professionals against violence and is currently city deputy in charge of youth in Saint Julien en Genevois, France.

 

Andreas Hirblinger (Germany)

Input speaker on community-based indicators

Andreas Hirblinger holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Department of Politics and International Studies, and an MA from the Department of War Studies at King's College London. He also holds a BA in African Studies. Andreas has a strong interest in the role of local actors and institutions play in peace- and transition processes. His doctoral research has asked how the way political leaders and experts make sense of the local affects dynamics of peace and conflict. Through consulting work for various governmental and non-governmental organizations, Andreas has helped to improve the effectiveness of conflict early warning systems on the African continent, linking local efforts to national and international systems. Moreover, he has advised on how to improve the participation of communities in conflict-affected countries in order to secure their basic needs. He has also advised on the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan. Through work with community-based organizations and as a trainer in global education programs, Andreas has learned to cherish the value of inter-persona learning and working on the self as a source of change and therefore he looks forward to join the Caux Forum as an opportunity to translate research into everyday practice.

 

Amal El Deek (Lebanon)

Input speaker on conflict transformation and community-based indicators 

Amal El Deek is a Lebanese national who comes from the war torn Middle East region. Her own country was suffering from civil war for almost 30 years. There is always this ongoing conflict, this black and white narrative. The other is someone people mistrust, exclude, shun because he/she is different, comes from a different religious background, culture, nationality, has different ideas. All these reasons combined motivated her to join Search for Common Ground and their peacebuilding mission as the MENA Regional Specialist in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. There are opportunities in conflict, for learning and growth. With Search for Common Ground, Amal seeks to transform the way the world deals with conflict away from adversarial approaches toward cooperative solutions. She has worked in international development for the past ten years with several organizations including UNDP, UNICEF and USAID. When she is not working, she is passionate about the environment and environmental issues. She has a Master’s in Statistics – Applied Mathematics from The Lebanese University and an MBA in Strategic Management from Notre Dame University in Lebanon.

 

 

 

Community groups

The main focus of Towards an Inclusive Peace is to create a hands-on learning experience that is based on the inputs of participants. Community groups will be the space where this collective learning will take place in a safe but challenging environment. The two main peacebuilding tools that the forum offers to tackle violent extremism are narrative analysis and community based indicators. Knowing that the subject of violent extremism is a complex one, Towards an Inclusive Peace brings in experienced facilitators to guide the conversations within the community groups.

Participants can chose one of the following six community groups before the forum. While violent extremism has multiple layers, participants have the chance to engage in one particular issue with the assigned facilitator.

  • Ethnicity and race (hatred against the Other based on skin color or origin)
  • Gender (sexism, homophobia)
  • Politics (right and left wing extremist parties)
  • Religion (hatred against the Other based on religion)
  • Economy (inequality, classism)
  • Ecology (natural resources and climate change)

 

Facilitators 2017

Andreas Hirblinger (Germany)

Community Group Facilitator on Politics

Andreas Hirblinger holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Department of Politics and International Studies, and an MA from the Department of War Studies at King's College London. He also holds a BA in African Studies. Andreas has a strong interest in the role of local actors and institutions play in peace- and transition processes. His doctoral research has asked how the way political leaders and experts make sense of the local affects dynamics of peace and conflict. Through consulting work for various governmental and non-governmental organizations, Andreas has helped to improve the effectiveness of conflict early warning systems on the African continent, linking local efforts to national and international systems. Moreover, he has advised on how to improve the participation of communities in conflict-affected countries in order to secure their basic needs. He has also advised on the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan. Through work with community-based organizations and as a trainer in global education programs, Andreas has learned to cherish the value of inter-persona learning and working on the self as a source of change and therefore he looks forward to join the Caux Forum as an opportunity to translate research into everyday practice.

 

d'Arcy Lunn (Australia)

Community Group Facilitator on Ecology

As an active, and mostly effective global citizen, d'Arcy is drawn towards anything that builds community through active citizenship and community participation. There are many things to be excited about for a forum such as the Towards an Inclusive Peace. The thing that stands out most for him is to look directly at the elephant in the room and see what we can do about it - inclusion and exclusion. It so obviously an issue in the world today as boarders seem to be transcending from maps into physical barriers and some people wanting to divide instead of unite. We all hope it is just a blimp on the course of humanity. However, to ensure it is we need to be proactive and listen, connect and work together to reduce exclusion and increase inclusion.
d'Arcy is particularly drawn to this forum having spent the past 16 years travelling in more than 85 countries around the world where he has been included into the lives of every kind of culture, class, race and religion. Currently he is in the middle of a Master’s in Peace Studies in Japan at International Christian University in Tokyo. d'Arcy sees this forum as a wonderful place to share his facilitation skills to allow personal discovery, community engagement and global citizenship; as well as gain so much for his pursuits to create a culture of peace in the world.

 

Mam-Yassin Sarr (The Gambia)

Community Group Facilitator on Race and Ethnicity

Mam-Yassin Sarr is the co-founder and director of Starfish International, a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance humanity through girls’ education and service-learning opportunities in The Gambia, West Africa. Starfish International, explores and implements ways in which these girls can use the opportunities they are afforded to directly impact their communities, countries and the world, even as they navigate high school and college. She has taught Multiculturalism, Gender, Race, Class and Sexual Orientation at Murray State University. She has taught refugees English and helped in their resettlement in Central New York.

Mam-Yassin graduated from Berea College with a degree in French and Sociology. She earned her Master of Arts degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Murray State University and then a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Curriculum at Syracuse University. Mam-Yassin was born in a Muslim family, went to a Baptist kindergarten, a Methodist elementary school, a Catholic high school and chose the Baha’i Faith as her spiritual path. This journey has all along been preparing her to see the undeniable role she has in contributing to the only way forward for humanity-peace.

 
Véronique Sikora (Switzerland)

Community Group Facilitator on Economy

An associate professor at the School of Engineering and Management in Yverdon-les-Bains, a public university in Western Switzerland, Veronique brings her passion for knowledge sharing, and several years of multicultural experience in communications and training to the TIP Forum. Having worked in government and business in Canada and Switzerland, she became keenly interested in how people share knowledge, leading her to steer her career path to higher education where for the last 13 years she has been designing and delivering courses in business communications.

Fluently bilingual in English and French, she has had wide-ranging experience in teaching both languages as an instructor of English as a foreign language to University students in Lausanne, and as a coordinator of French courses for migrants to Switzerland in precarious situations. She also has a functional knowledge of German and Spanish. Her extensive volunteer experience includes delivering workshops and leadership training at the Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy conference at Caux, and facilitating seminars and round tables for the Swiss Knowledge Management Forum. She brings a fun, interactive approach to her workshops to maximise participation and learning. She will facilitate the community group on economics at the TIP Forum.

 

Camilo Villa (Colombia)

Community Group Facilitator on Religion

My trajectory combines experience and inspiration from diverse sources. Many years as a lecturer provided wisdom about learning and research processes. Working with Colombian public agencies I learned about the value of public policies and institutional development. As entrepreneur I strength my competencies to develop strategic actions. And, working with multilateral organizations my view on many processes has broaden. Inspiration for change would be the label that better describes who I am. And I love to express it through learning experiences, that is: events, workshops, ceremonies, etc. In my toolbox I combine knowledge, methods and tools from different domains varying from social sciences to entrepreneurship, internet tools and native American wisdom. Colombian and Belgian but overall an explorer. I love to write. As part of specific projects I write technical documents and manuals and in my own spaces I publish short texts about my life journey (http://camilovilla.wordpress.com). 

 

Punam Yadav (Nepal)

Community Group Facilitator on Gender

Dr Punam Yadav is a Teaching Fellow in the Gender Institute and Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has over six years of teaching experience with courses such as Women, Peace and Security, Gender and Development, and Human Rights. She started her professional career as a development practitioner in Nepal. She worked for over ten years with various International and National NGOs in different countries including Nepal, Thailand, Australia and the UK where she facilitated dozens of trainings and workshops. Dr Yadav is the author of the book called Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal: A Gender Perspective. She has several other publications on the impacts of war on women. Dr Yadav is interested in looking at women’s lived experience in post conflict contexts. Dr Yadav has been part of the IofC initiative Creators of Peace since 2013. She brings her practical experience into her teaching and facilitation. She wants to contribute to this workshop by bringing her field experience as well as insights from her recent research. She believes in co-learning and her facilitation is filled with fun activities.

Contributors 2017

Maria Lucia Uribe (Colombia)

Contributor for "Learning to Live Together"

Maria Lucia Uribe is the Director of Arigatou International Geneva and the Secretary General of the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children. She is currently the convener, on behalf of Arigatou International, of the Working Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect. Previously she served as Coordinator of the Working Group on Education and Fragility for the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE). Maria Lucia was co-responsible of coordinating the development of the Arigatou International Learning to Live Together Programme launched in collaboration with UNESCO and UNICEF. She currently heads the strategic implementation and expansion of the ethics education initiative with partners in more than 30 countries. Maria Lucia holds a Master in Peace and Conflict Transformation from the University of Basel in Switzerland, a specialization in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from the University College Henry Dunant in Geneva, Switzerland, and a Bachelor degree in International Relations and Finance from the Externado University of Colombia.