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Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business 2018

Team 2018

Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business


Diana Damsa | Managing Director

Diana Damsa holds degrees in law and music and has pursued postgraduate studies in Healing of Memories and Intercultural and Interfaith Communication. In 2004 she was inspired by Initiatives of Change (IofC)’s message that change in the world starts with change in oneself; she has been active in several IofC programmes since then. In particular, she has been involved with Foundations for Freedom in various capacities both as a member of the management and coordination team, and as a designer and facilitator of youth and leadership programmes, and of inter-ethnic dialogues in Ukraine and Romania. She is currently the Vice-President of Creators of Peace. She is also a founding member and the President of the Center for Social Transformation in Romania, which works to promote peace, build trust and empower women and Roma youth.


Neil Oliver | United Kingdom

Neil Oliver spent most of his career running a facilitation business in the UK. During this time he worked with large public and voluntary sector organizations, including the UK National Health Service. He developed specific expertise in helping to resolve conflict within teams and it was this work that led him to Caux in 2011. In 2013 Neil was part of the core team that delivered ‘Learning to Live in a Multicultural World.’ He has since joined the core team of ‘Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business.’ Neil lives in a lovely part of Somerset in South West England, where as well as learning pottery, he is involved in a number of local initiatives. 


Simona Torotcoi | Romania

Simona Torotcoi is a Roma from Romania, currently studying for a degree in education policy at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She has a particular interest in higher education policies for minorities and disadvantaged groups. She is also an activist and a founding member of Young Roma Maramures Association in Romania, a youth organization focused on the development of disadvantaged groups, especially Roma communities. Since 2010 she has been involved in IofC events and programmes as a conference participant, an intern, a Caux Scholar in Asia Plateau, and as part of the international network of Creators of Peace. In 2017 Simona joined the Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business event as a Training Tracks Coordinator. 


Sarah Hammoura | Palestine / Sweden


Sarah Hammoura has been a member of the conference team since 2017. She first visited Caux in 2013 and has returned every summer to assist at the conference or as a participant.  Sarah is passionate about sustainable business, economic empowerment and world peace. After obtaining an MSc in Business Administration and Economics, specializing in global leadership and entrepreneurship, Sarah now works at energy supplier E.ON as a business manager for new energy solutions, in the department of solar power for private households.  Sarah is a Palestinian Swede, living and working in Sweden.



Diana Topan | Romania

Diana Topan has worked with various NGOs at an international level since 2012, having gained previous experience as a project manager in the Netherlands and Romania, and as a freelance social media manager with clients in Europe, the Middle East and the USA. She studied psychology and is passionate about photography and digital arts. She has been part of the communications team of several international programmes and conferences in Caux. Diana is currently the Vice President of the Centre for Social Transformation in Romania, and the Communications Coordinator of Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business since January 2017.



Patrycja Pociecha | Young Ambassadors Programme Coordinator

Patrycja Pociecha (Pati) is a project manager, facilitator and online education specialist. She holds a degree in Psychology. Since 2010 she is active in national and international organizations on a voluntary basis. First as a Project Coordinator in GFPS - Polska, a student organization that promotes Polish-German cooperation, later on in a network of Initatives for Central and Eastern Europe (InMOE e.V.). In 2013 she got inspired by IofC's approach to personal change that affects global change. Since then she has been active in several programmes in Caux (Caux Interns Leadership Programme, International Peacebuilders Forum). She is a founder and current President of the Global Peacebuilders Institute, an organization that explores the impact of arts and spiritual practice on peacebuilding.


Rob Lancaster | Young Ambassadors Programme Content Design / Trainer

Originally from Australia, since 2007 Rob Lancaster has worked with more than 30 different teams, primarily with Initiatives of Change, on trust building projects and programmes in Asia, Africa, and Eastern and Western Europe. His experience ranges from Leadership programmes in Caux, to the reconciliation process and grassroots consultation in South Sudan. Rob has degrees with Honours in both Law (LLB) and Arts (International Relations/French) from the Australian National University, as well as a Master’s of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Oxford. He currently works with Oxford Policy Management Australia, and international development consultancy. 


Imam Ajmal Masroor | Learning to be a Peace-Maker Lead Trainer

Ajmal Masroor is one of the Imams at four London mosques, leading Friday prayers (Jummah) on a monthly rota. Through the Barefoot Institute, he provides counselling for relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, siblings and relatives. He writes on marriage and relationship issues, and also on political, social and community matters. He is regularly invited by the media as a commentator on current affairs, and as a public speaker at conferences and seminars nationally and internationally.


Peter Riddell | Learning to be a Peace-Maker Programme Coordinator

Peter Riddell has spent many years with IofC organising trust-building programmes between people of different faiths based on shared moral and spiritual values. He was coordinator of conferences at Caux between 1994 and 2003 on the theme of peace-making. He has helped found several organisations, including British-Arab Exchanges, Somali Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy and the Balfour Project. He is currently Convenor of IofC UK’s Agenda for Reconciliation programme, whose main training course is ‘Refugees as Re-Builders’, focusing on Dialogue Facilitation, Ethical Leadership and Sustainable Livelihood, for refugees who wish to contribute to rebuilding their country of origin.