Towards an Inclusive Peace 2018


Towards an Inclusive Peace 2018


Dr. Mohamed Abu-Nimer | Palestine/USA

Senior Advisor to KAICIID and professor at the School of International Service at American University in Washington D.C.

Prof. Mohamed Abu-Nimer is a Senior Advisor to KAICIID and a professor at the School of International Service at American University in Washington DC. At the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program he served as Director of the Peacebuilding and Development Institute (1999-2013). He has conducted interreligious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in conflict areas around the world, including Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Chad, Niger, Iraq (Kurdistan), Philippines (Mindanao), and Sri Lanka. He also founded Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, an organization that focuses on capacity building, civic education, and intrafaith and interfaith dialogue. In addition to his numerous articles and books, Dr. Abu-Nimer is the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. 


John Caulker | Sierra Leone

Founder of Fambul Tok, a civil society initiative in Sierra Leone to promote the reintegration of former combatants

John Caulker first became a human rights activist as a student leader in Sierra Leone during the initial years of the civil war (1991-2002). Risking his life to document wartime atrocities, he infiltrated rebel camps disguised as a rebel to gather information and stories that he would then pass along to international organizations. He founded the human rights NGO “Forum of Conscience”. After being involved in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he founded and has led the implementation of the Fambul Tok program since its inception in 2007 that promotes a community owned and led peacebuilding efforts. John was a Human Rights Fellow at Columbia University’s (New York) Center for the Study of Human Rights in 2007. He also has worked on ensuring that some of the revenues from the sale of Sierra Leone’s natural resources benefit Sierra Leoneans themselves in the form of a special fund for war victims.


Dr. Thalia González | USA

Associate Professor Politics at Occidental College &Senior Visiting Scholar, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

Thalia González is an Associate Professor Politics at Occidental College and Senior Visiting Scholar at Georgetown Law. At Georgetown, she leads the Center on Poverty and Inequality’s national research on restorative justice policy and practice. Thalia's teaching and research is focused in the areas of restorative justice, civil and human rights, law and society, and U.S. truth commissions. She has published on the theory and practice of restorative approaches with particular attention to race and gender. As an activist-scholar, Thalia has a specific focus on system change and policy development. She advises and supports a number of projects and programs using restorative approaches in public and political systems, as well as community-based settings. She is a frequent expert speaker at conferences and public commentator on legal issues. Prior to academia, Thalia was a practicing attorney.


Gululai Ismail | Pakistan

Founder and Chairperson of Aware Girls, a young women-led organisation working towards gender equality and peace in Pakistan

Gulalai Ismail is the founder and Chairperson of Aware Girls, a young women-led organisation working towards gender equality and peace which she established at the age of 16. She is a highly motivated women’s rights and peace expert, working for women empowerment, peacebuilding and countering violent extremism, with over 13 years of experience of human rights and peace work. She is among the young people who advocated for a UN Security Council Resolution on “Youth, Peace and Security #2250”. In 2015 she extended Youth Peace Network to Afghanistan to work with young people of Afghanistan on non-violence and conflict resolution. In 2017 she established a women peace network to bridge women peace activists of Pakistan and Afghanistan for countering radicalization and violent extremism. She has also helped establish grassroots young women activists group to promote peace activism among young women, and to recognize women’s role in peacebuilding.


Amina Khalid | United Kingdom

Head of Programme for Sustainable Communities, Founder of Peace Begins at Home
Amina Khalid has a Masters in Equality and Diversity Policies and specializes in the Sociology of Medicine and Social Policy. She is internationally trained in dialogue facilitation, mediation, communication and conflict resolution and has worked in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe. Currently, she is the Head of Programme for Sustainable Communities and a Trustee for Somali Initiatives for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD) as well as founder of Peace Begins at Home, an international inter-generational dialogue training created to empower and build bridges between the generations and policy makers.  She has a real passion for languages and speaks Somali, Arabic, Italian, French and English. In her role as an International advocate for peace she uses her language and coaching skills to inspire, equip and connect individuals and organizations to become positive change agents.


Dr. Sergey Markedonov | Russia

Associate Professor at the Foreign Regional Studies and Foreign Policy Department of the Russian State University for the Humanities and member of the Gorchakov Club

Sergey Markedonov is an Associate Professor at Russian State University for the Humanities, expert of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and the Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. He is an expert on the Caucasus, as well as Black Sea, regional security, nationalism, interethnic/ethno-political conflicts and de-facto states in the post-Soviet area. His publications include several books and reports, about 150 academic articles, and more than 1,000 press pieces. From 2010 to 2013 he was a visiting fellow in the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program based in Washington, DC, USA. In 2015, he was a Visiting Fellow in the Russia and Central Asia Program at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. In 2016, he was a Visiting Lecturer in the Center of Central Eurasian Studies at the University of Mumbai, India and at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin.


Amjad Mohamed Saleem | Sri Lanka

Manager of the Inclusion, Engagement and Protection unit within the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC)

Amjad Saleem is tasked with the implementation of the 2020 IFRC third strategic priority, 'Promotion of Social Inclusion and a Culture of Non-Violence and Peace', and with strengthening the youth and volunteering aspects of the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Amjad focuses on South Asian issues with expertise in humanitarian and development matters, peacebuilding and interfaith dialogue. He was Country Director of International Alert-Sri Lanka where he led a project to develop a ‘Roadmap for Engagement with Overseas Sri Lankans’, which allowed the government to engage productively with Sri Lankan communities overseas for peace building and reconciliation. He has also worked in the past as a consultant for the Commonwealth Foundation, KAICIID, Search for Common Ground, Islamic Development Bank, the Cordoba Foundation, Islamic Relief amongst others, and was the Country Director of Muslim Aid for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh (2004-2009).


David Smart | United Kingdom

Superintendent in the National Counter-Terrorism Policing HQ, National Coordinator for Prevent

David Smart has been a police officer for almost 30 years. He is a Superintendent in the National Counter-Terrorism Policing HQ and has served as the National Coordinator for Prevent – the UK Governments strategy for preventing people from being drawn into terrorism. David has served across London in local policing, covert intelligence and counter terrorism. In 2011 he led the New Scotland Yard team with responsibility for the prevention and diversion aspects of gang crime including the delivery of mediation and exit tactics as well as identifying opportunities for the police to work in partnership with community and voluntary organisations. Since 2013 David has worked closely with the Home Office, strategic partners and police forces across the UK and Europe to tackle the threat of radicalisation and extremism seeking to intervene early in the lives of vulnerable people and safeguard them from progressing down a path of terrorism or violence.


Dr. Carl Stauffer | USA

Associate Professor of justice and development studies at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

Carl Stauffer, PhD, is Associate Professor of Justice Studies at Eastern Mennonite University and Co-Director of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice. Prior to coming to academia, Stauffer worked as a community activist, organizer and practitioner in restorative justice, transitional justice, peacebuilding and post-war reconstruction in both domestic and international contexts. Stauffer’s academic research concentrates on the critique of transitional justice from a restorative frame, and the application of hybrid, often parallel indigenous community justice systems. His work has taken him to over 35 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. He earned his PhD from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. Since 2011, Stauffer has served as the Academic Director of the Caux Scholars Program.


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