Caux Forum Team
Caux Forum

Caux Forum Team

Nick Foster | Forum Director

Nick Foster has been Caux Forum Director since 2013. He studied arts and psychology education. He has lived around the world and worked in education and the NFP sector, and run his own manufacturing company in South Africa. He has also worked as a consultant to businesses on topics such as partnership development, staff retention and burnout. Nick has been involved with IofC for a long time, first through ‘Making Britain a Home’ and then through ‘Foundations For Freedom’ in Eastern Europe and Russia.

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Eliana Jimeno | Towards an Inclusive Peace Managing Director

Eliana Jimeno is a peacebuilding consultant with 10 years of work experience on issues related to transitional justice, institutional strengthening and public policy implementation. Eliana’s passion for her country, Colombia, has led her to conduct research on the impact of institutional design in implementing peacebuilding programmes. In 2012 she participated in the Caux Scholars Program experiencing the connection between personal transformation and reflective practice. At Towards an Inclusive Peace, Eliana seeks to challenge current policy perspectives on violent extremism by bringing a human-centered approach that acknowledges the humanity of the Other as a means to build reconciliation and sustainable peace. Email


Johannes Langer | Towards an Inclusive Peace Managing Director

Johannes Langer is a Research Fellow and doctoral student at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg, Germany, focusing on victims' perceptions of the truth commission in Colombia. Originally from Austria, he has lived, studied and worked in eight countries in Europe, East Africa and the Americas. Johannes is passionate about peacebuilding by convening people to discuss and start to recognize the other. In 2012 he was a Caux Scholar, returning in 2013 as the programme’s coordinator. Through Towards an Inclusive Peace, Johannes hopes to influence the peacebuilding approach to violent extremism and use restorative justice for progress in 2018. Email


Annika Hartmann de Meuron | Ethical Leadership in Business Managing Director

Annika Hartmann de Meuron is in charge of the Ethical Leadership in Business event which aims to enable international business leaders to make ethical decisions. Furthermore, she is developing activities on ethical business practices for companies based in Switzerland. Annika has an MA in International Relations and in History and Politics. She has worked for many years as a Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant for the Philias Foundation, prior to which she worked in communications at the Global Humanitarian Forum and the PR-Agency. Email


Irina Fedorenko | Caux Dialogue on Land and Security Managing Director

Irina Fedorenko has just completed a PhD in Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. She also has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the Far Eastern Federal University of Vladivostok and a Master’s of Environmental Science from the University of Oxford, Green Templeton College. She is a co-founder of the ecosystem restoration company BioCarbon Engineering, that uses drones and other emerging technology to enable land restoration around the world. Irina is interested in youth activism and social entrepreneurship and is a member of the social enterprise Kindness Collective. Email


Shontaye Abegaz | Just Governance for Human Security Managing Director

Born and raised in the United States, Shontaye Abegaz has lived in Europe, Africa and North America. She is the Managing Director and Chair of the Executive Committee for Just Governance for Human Security. This annual international event attracts over two hundred individuals to address concerns around the Six Pillars of Human Security. Working to promote peace, prevent conflicts, build trust and encourage intercultural dialogue, Shontaye’s contribution to the Caux Forum has resulted in a wider reach to peacebuilders all around the world, as well as a revised vision and mission which specifically focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Shontaye is a member of several civic organizations including Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan and International Women Associates. Email

Maylis Guillou-Keredan | CATS Managing Director

Freshly graduated from her International and European Legal Career Masters in 2016, Maylis Guillou-Keredan spent a year and half between volunteering in Cambodia and an internship focusing on Children’s Rights. It led her to work for AEDE (Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l'Enfant), a French association advocating for Children’s Rights in France, which brought her to work punctually with Initiatives of Change France. She started to work as Operations Manager for the CATS Conference in August 2017. Email




Diana Damsa | Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business 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 IofC’s vision that change in the world starts with change in oneself; she has been active in several programmes ever since. She has been particularly involved with Foundations for Freedom in various capacities including as a member of the Management and Coordination team, as well 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 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. Email



Phoebe Gill | Caux Peace and Leadership Programme Manager

Over the last 20 years, Phoebe Gill has been training management within the public and private sectors. Having a passion for communication and conflict resolution, she jointly developed a new methodology for community dialogue in the UK for the organization Hope in the Cities. This was pivotal in bringing about change in some of the UK’s major cities. More recently, Phoebe has been involved in the creation of the Caux Peace and Leadership Programme, creating a modular approach to learning for people from over 60 countries, who go on to spread Caux’s message through experiential learning and service to the community. Email


Darren Bird | Caux Peace and Leadership Programme Coordinator and Trainer

Darren Bird is the Training Coordinator for CAUX-IofC. In 2017, he developed the Caux Peace and Leadership Programme. He has spent his entire career working with children and young people. For 12 years he was the Chief Executive Officer of Funky Dragon – the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales. More recently, he has worked as an International Children’s Rights Advocate and Consultant advising organizations on how to listen to children. This includes working with the Council of Europe, different Youth Fora or Parliaments, Eurochild and the Learning for Well-Being Foundation. He is also the Executive Director of Children as Actors for Transforming Society (CATS). Email




Chris Evans | Head of Centre of Excellence IofC Essence

Chris Evans has volunteered with Initiatives of Change ever since 1969. From 1975 – 1997 he coordinated the Caux Conference for Business and Industry. He was treasurer of IofC UK from 1991 – 2004 and helped launch Foundations For Freedom in Eastern Europe. From 2003 – 2008 he served on the IofC International Council, and from 2010 –2012 as Chair of the Trustees of IofC UK. Presently he is on the steering groups for two IofC programmes: Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business and Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace. He brings all this experience to his new role with the Centre of Excellence for the Essence of IofC, along with a strong conviction about Caux’s important future role. Email




Jonathan Dudding | Caux Design Team

Jonathan Dudding has been working internationally as a trainer and facilitator for over twenty years. He was trained by the Institute of Cultural Affairs and specializes in their methods. In addition to facilitating events and training others in facilitation, Jonathan also offers advice on how to incorporate participatory approaches into sectors where participation is less valued. In 2011 Jonathan provided training and support to the Caux Conferences’ facilitators. He is now a full member of the Caux Design Team. He has also worked with ICA:UK in partnership with CAUX-IofC to run courses on Facilitation in Geneva. Email



Rob Lancaster | Caux Design Team

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. Email


Bhavesh S Patel | 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. Email



Photos (except Rob Lancaster): Nicolas Lieber