Speakers & Facilitators
Towards an Inclusive Peace 2017

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 2017

Pekko Metsa
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 Russel
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.

 

INPUT SPEAKERS 2017

Mathilde Chevée
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
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.

 

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
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
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.

 

Ajmad Saleem
Amjad Saleem (Sri Lanka)

Community Group Facilitator on Race and Ethnicity

Amjad Saleem is the Manager for the Inclusion, Protection and Engagement Unit at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, tasked with working on developing a ‘Culture of Non-Violence and Peace’. He is a political analyst on South Asian issues with expertise in Humanitarian and Development issues, Peacebuilding and Interfaith Dialogue. He is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and State of Formation. Amjad is an alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Program and a Hive Global Leaders Fellow. He has an M.Eng from Imperial College, London, a MBA from U21 Global Singapore and is currently pursuing a part time PhD from Exeter University on ‘Muslim Identity in Post Conflict Sri Lanka’. His approach is to look at inclusion through social identity and accountability. Thus, given all the challenges we face he feels we urgently in need of a rethink of diverse and inclusive solutions. For him, Towards an Inclusive Peace represents an opportunity for this rethink to pause, take a step back and reflect on how we can not only address extremism but how we develop the space spaces to have those conversations. Addressing extremism is about addressing inclusion, so that no one is left behind and no one is left out.

 
Véronique Sikora
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
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
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
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.