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Team
Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business 2018

Team

Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business 2018

 

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.

 

 

Rishab Khanna | Sweden/India

Rishab Khanna has a degree in Economic Development, Environmental Legislation and Management, International Law and Diplomacy and is passionate to bring harmony in the social and ecological systems. With the Initiatives of Change Sweden Rishab has had the opportunity to co-design a peace and development programme in Somalia, funded by SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), and deliver a program of social cohesion in a suburb of Stockholm, called Hope in Jarva. He is also a social entrepreneur supporting social enterprises in Uganda, Kenya and India. He has recently been asked to be a member of the Economy for the Common Good international expansion team and the GNH (Gross National Happiness) Sweden. He is also author of a book called Surging Beyond the Bottom Line - Insights into a Successful Integral Enterprise. He has co authored several other books including A Holistic Approach to Education with V.R. Purnatva. He has been co designing the Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy conferences for the last 7 years, and is part of the core team for developing it into a year round programme.  More recently he started working with a European Union funded project called Migrants and Refugees as Rebuilders, which is building capacity of adult educators in Sweden, Turkey, Spain and the UK to be more effective at their work with migrants and refugees.

 

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Olga Merezhuk | Ukraine/Poland

Olga Merezhuk is passionate about personal development, communication and diplomacy, international security, art and sports. She was raised in Ukraine, but in 2010 moved to Poland for her studies, where she currently lives and works. She holds degrees in International Relations and European Studies and participated in Erasmus+ Studies in Croatia and EVS in Wales. She has been involved in numerous youth conferences and organisations promoting active citizenship and diversity. In 2015 Olga participated in AEUB and has been a part of the organising team ever since. She got inspired by IofC, which creates a safe space to share ideas and promotes personal change.

 

Jane Wuth | Germany

Jane Wuth first came to Caux as an intern and later volunteer in 2015. After this inspiring time, she returned to be a conference team member for the Caux Winter Gathering 2016/17 and AEUB 2017. Jane holds a degree in International Economics and Business and works as an IT Consultant in Munich, Germany. Besides working and studying she invested most of her free time travelling and helping out in different NGO's in Nicaragua and Nepal. This intense time lead her to now engage as a vice chairwomen of a small Nepali Mountain School Project. 

 

 

John Bond | United Kingdom

John Bond is a Strategic Consultant for Initiatives of Change, focusing on initiatives for just governance. He lives in Oxford, England, and is working to improve governance in numerous countries. For five years he coordinated the Caux Forum for Human Security. Previously he was the Secretary of Australia’s National Sorry Day Committee, which enlisted a million Australians in initiatives to overcome the harm done to Aboriginal Australians by cruel and misguided past policies. For this he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. He is also a writer. His most-recent book, a biography of Professor Jerzy Zubrzycki, known as 'the father of Australian multiculturalism', has been published in English and Polish.

 

Irene de Pous | Netherlands

Irene de Pous has a background in Dutch linguistics and literature and works as a freelance writer, journalist and editor. In the past years she wrote for national daily’s, special interest magazines and news sites on a broad variety of subjects, like immigration policy, language, national politics and what to learn from fellow European countries. She has a special interest in European issues and how to translate these to the general public. She grew up above the centre of IofC Netherlands, where her parents worked fulltime, and writes and edits articles for IofC Netherlands. She is happy to be reporting at AEUB this year.

 

 

Alexandra Timiş | Romania

Alexandra Timiş has been coming to Caux since 2015. She first came, aged 16, as a participant in the Week of International Community programme. The people and the values she met here became an inspiration to her. That motivated her to join in 2016 the Sponsored Participants Programme followed by the 2017 Caux Peace and Leadership Programme. In 2017 she also joined the AEUB team. She is currently studying International Relations and European Studies at Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, Romania. Volunteering is one of her biggest passions and she has been a member of various NGOs such as Centre for Social Transformation, DEIS, UN Youth Cluj Napoca Branch and now she is the vicepresident of the European Students' Society in Cluj Napoca.

 

 

Bhavesh S Patel| Moldova/United Kingdom

Caux Design Team

Bhavesh Patel designs and facilitates learning and development for people, organizations and networks. He believes that in an increasingly uncertain world, there are no off-the-shelf ideal pre-defined solutions. Instead organizations can find their evolutionary capacity through engaging the hearts and minds of their own people. This leads to a variety of work from strategic development, to community groups discovering their shared vision. He also works as a trainer delivering workshops that explore skills in self-management, communication, training and facilitation. Bhav has a Master’s in Management Psychology and has worked in over 30 countries for a mix of social and corporate clients.

 

Young Ambassadors Programme (YAP)

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. 

 

Learning to be a Peace-Maker

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.

 

 

 

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