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Tools for Changermakers 2019


Tools for Changemakers 2019


Diana Damsa | Romania - 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. Email


Neil Oliver | United Kingdom - Conference Design Coordinator

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. 



Sarah Hammoura | Palestine / Sweden - Conference Design Coordinator

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 - Communications Director

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 Tools for Changemakers since January 2017.


Jane Wuth | Germany - Conference Design Coordinator

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 2017/18. Jane holds a degree in International Economics and Business and works as a researcher in renewable energies and innovative mobility at an Institute of Technology in Germany.




Aleksandra Kielek | Norway/Poland - Communities Coordinator

Aleksandra Kielek got involved with IofC Norway in 2012 and first came to Caux as one of the YAPs in 2017. At the moment she sits on the Norwegian IofC board and is organising different events at the center in Oslo, including art evenings. Aleksandra has a degree in Special Needs Education and is currently studying to become a qualified teacher. She is very passionate about her profession and as a teacher she is using the skills and tools she has gained through her IofC work.


John Bond | United Kingdom - Special Delegations Director

John Bond is the Secretary of Initiatives of Change International. He lives in Oxford, England, and has worked with Initiatives of Change in over 30 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.


Alexandra Timiş | Romania - Logistics Coordinator

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 support

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.


Lynne Barker | United Kingdom - Artist

Lynne Barker is a visual artist, a collector, a maker and a (re)organiser of information. She is concerned with the overlooked or uncared for, with things that have multiple meanings and where there is mystery or contention. Informed by contemporary archaeology techniques, to frame her investigations, she makes work that charts the changing circumstances of these objects, to prompt a re-evaluation of their position and to shine a light on issues that surround them.




Young Ambassadors Programme (YAP)


Patrycja Pociecha | Poland - YAP Programme Coordinator

Patrycja Pociecha (Pati) is a project manager, facilitator and digital 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, Young Ambassadors Programme 2018).



Rob Lancaster | Australia - YAP 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. 


Timo Pfender | Germany - YAP Follow-up Coordinator

Timo Pfender holds a Bachelor degree in European Studies with a social science orientation and the geographical focus on Central- and Eastern Europe. Besides his interests in the civil society development in Central- and Eastern Europe and Russia, Timo Pfender is passionate about communication, personal development and understanding societal conditions of social exclusion and discrimination and their consequences on personality. Currently he is studying social work. Since 2014 he is a board member and project coordinator for the NGO-network Initiative Mittel- und Osteuropa e.V. (InMOE e.V.) in Germany, where he is currently in the position of the 2nd Chairperson. In 2018, InMOE was a partner organization of the Young Ambassadors Programme. In 2017 Timo first came to Caux as a participant in the Week of International Community. Being inspired by IofC and its approach to personal change, he came back in 2018 for the Young Ambassadors Programme.


Learning to be a Peace-Maker Programme


Iman Ajmal Masroor | UK - LeadTrainer

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 to commentate on current affairs, and to be a public speaker at conferences and seminars nationally and internationally.


Peter Riddell | UK - 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.

Javed Latif | UK - Project Coordinator Assistant

After participating in different Caux conferences (Learning to be a Peacemaker 2011, Living in a Multicultural World 2011 and Impact Initiatives for Change 2014), Javed Latif returned in 2015 to give a presentation, together with co-founder Rudy van der Aar, on their initiative to green up local mosques in the Randstad conurbation and co-create opportunities for collaboration between Muslim/non-Muslim actors on local environmental issues. Javed was a facilitator for the AEUB Young Ambassadors Programme in 2016 and 2017, and he coached three consecutive boards on effective team dynamics at the multicultural student organization MashriQ SV in The Hague. Currently he is finishing his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in Delft, Netherlands, and plans to pursue his Masters in the field of Aerospace Technology.