Team
Towards an Inclusive Peace 2018

Team

Towards an Inclusive Peace 2018

 

Core Team Members

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

 

 

Angel de la Flor | Philippines

Angel de la Flor is a Filipino alumna of Initiatives of Change’s Caux Scholar Program – Asia Plateau 2014/2015 in India. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Manila, Philippines. She is currently a graduate student of International Business at the University of Padua in Italy. Previously, she worked for three years under a bilateral development project co-funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and the Philippine government, in support of the peace process in Mindanao, Philippines. She is actively engaged in various programs that work on volunteerism, leadership, education and youth empowerment. She considers her experience in the CSP as one of her breakthroughs that strengthened her commitment to continuously work for peace and development. For her, big and genuine change starts in small things and through simple ways. Towards an Inclusive Peace has paved an opportunity for her to carry out and work for an important cause.

 

Sagar Gangurde India

Sagar Gangurde is the Director of Indian Programs at Seeds of Peace - an International NGO which inspires and cultivates new generations of leaders to transform conflict. In this role, he designs and implements programs and activities that focus on the core leadership capacities needed to advance peace. He was a Caux Scholar in the first cohort of the Indian Program in 2014. Very recently he was awarded with “The Peace Award” by Welingkar’s Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai as a part of their Global Peace Initiative 2016. He is also a certified NLP Master Coach and Master Practitioner approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF), USA. His passion lies in youth development and Interfaith Harmony. Sagar is a part of the logistics team for TIP 2018 and he is really excited to work with a diverse team of experts. He hopes to contribute his skills to make the program a meaningful experience for everyone. Sagar will also be one of TIP's community group facilitators.

 

Shannon Heesacker McClain USA

Shannon Heesacker McClain grew up in Nebraska and currently lives in New York, USA. She holds an MA in Political Science with a focus on intelligence analysis & conflict resolution and a graduate minor in French. Shannon first fell in love with Caux as a 2012 Caux Scholar; she returned in 2013 for the Learning to Live in a Multicultural World conference. Currently, she works as a marketing specialist for a cyber security nonprofit. She’s looking forward to honing her skills and meeting new people by volunteering on the Towards an Inclusive Peace communications team.

 

 

Amos Izerimana | Burundi

Amos Izerimana is a dual MA candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management (Brandeis University) where he is studying Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, and soon at the University for Peace (Costa Rica) where he will study International Law and Human Rights. Amos was born in Burundi but resides in the United States where he serves as an NGO project assistant and interpreter. He was introduced to IofC in 2016 as a Caux Scholar where he learned that one is only limited by unbelief that s/he cannot create change. CSP also motivated him to diligently continue spreading peace through his organization that seeks to empower Burundian youth to live peaceably as a development strategy. Amos also supports civil society organizations based in his home country as a consultant and ambassador. He is looking forward to seeing the outcomes of inclusive discussions between grassroots leaders, government leaders, and international organizations.organizations.

 

Angela Miller McGraw | USA

Angela Miller McGraw grew up in Minnesota and currently lives in Washington, DC where she works at Georgetown University and oversees outreach to young leaders to promote dialogue at the intersection of public policy and religion as it relates to pressing economic, social, global and political issues. Prior to joining the Initiative, she directed an international leadership academy at the University of Pittsburgh and taught community-based learning courses at the University of Notre Dame. She was a participant of the Caux Scholars Program-Asia Plateau 2017/18 where she identified ways to enhance her work in interfaith advocacy. She received her bachelor of arts in history, political science and philosophy from Bethel University and her master of arts in religion and ethics from Yale University. Angela is thrilled to be part of the TIP core team and to help facilitate this critical conversation on violent extremism.

 

Prerna Rathi | India/United Kingdom

Prerna Rathi is originally from India and currently lives in London. She was a Caux Scholar in 2014 and helped start Caux Scholars Programme – Asia Plateau (CSP-AP) in India. She recently completed her MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from LSE where she won the Davis Peace Prize to conduct her dissertation research on the social cohesion of refugees in Lebanon. Prerna has worked with several organizations in the government, non-profit and private sectors in the U.S, U.K, Belgium, Lebanon, India and Nepal. Previously, she worked with Save the Children to manage donor reporting and capacity building processes in humanitarian contexts. Her work projects - such as creating indicators to standardize the monitoring of hate crimes – have further elevated her understanding of contextual complexities involved at micro and macro levels of development. As a part of the core team, Prerna seeks to explore alternative platforms to overcome violent extremism.

 

Rajendra Senchurey | Nepal

Rajendra Senchurey is a Dalit intellectual from Nepal with an MPhil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. He has been working as a researcher in the areas of human rights, peace and justice under several national and international fellowships including the one from UNESCO. Currently, he is working as the Executive Director of a non-profit in Kathmandu named South Asia Institute of Research and Development. He regularly writes for Nepal’s leading dailies as a freelance contributor. He lives with a twin objective: to make Nepal casteless and to build a peaceful world. Together with his colleagues, Rajendra is launching Austin Trust’s project in Nepal called ‘S/He’s Like Me’ to promote restorative justice in the post-conflict Nepal, under the supervision of Towards an Inclusive Peace's Managing Directors.

 

Indee Thotawattage | Sri Lanka

Indee Thotawattage was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in the Gulf, currently based in Doha, Qatar. She works with undergraduate students on leadership development and social justice education. She was a participant of the Caux Scholars Program 2016 and returned to Caux as program coordinator for CSP 2017. Indee was involved in Sri Lankan civil society from 2008-2010, serving as project coordinator for a legal aid initiative offering assistance to internally displaced persons in northern Sri Lanka. She holds a bachelor’s degree in culture and politics from Georgetown in Qatar, and is currently pursuing an MA in Global Diplomacy via distance learning from SOAS. Indee believes in the power of education as a tool to build sustainable peace and improve quality of life for both the individual and wider society. She is passionate about creating vibrant learning communities for people to come together to appreciate their life journeys.

 

Jonathan Dudding | Great Britain

Jonathan Dudding has been working internationally as a trainer and facilitator for over twenty years. He was trained by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) 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.

 

 

Community Group Facilitators

Brigitt Altwegg | Switzerland

Brigitt Altwegg is Program Manager Trustbuilding at Iofc Switzerlad and has been part of CAUX-IofC since July 2012. She holds an MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies the European Peace University. Before joining CAUX-IofC, she worked as Assistant to the Director of the human rights organization TRIAL International. She is also a professional rock climbing instructor.

 

 

 

Milica Garic | Bosnia and Herzegovina

Milica Garic lives since her childhood in Switzerland. She graduated in Psychology at the University of Geneva, and currently volunteers with migrants in Geneva, helping them in the process of cultural integration. Thanks to the Caux Scholar Program, she learnt about transgenerational trauma and post-conflict emotions, which led her to create a project in Ukraine, during which she taught Non-Violent Communication (Rosenberg) and peaceful conflict resolution. She believes that education is a key for peaceful future.  She is looking forward to connecting with the TIP participants and welcoming their stories with an open heart.

 

Jelena Mair | Switzerland

Jelena Mair is a peace researcher from Switzerland with an MA in International Development, Peace and Conflict Transformation from the University of Innsbruck. Currently her main focus in research and work is human empowerment, resiliency and healing of transgenerational trauma. Furthermore in her work Jelena Mair explores different approaches of participatory project development and social innovation for inclusive societies. She is currently working on an initiative to foster social inclusion of young refugees and young people from marginalized communities in Switzerland at the NGO infoklick.ch.

 

Tsegga Medhin | USA

Tsegga Medhin is the president of UN Women US NC, and the founder of The Pearl Leadership Institute. She is a thought leader on Corporate Citizenship with over twenty years of experience at IBM in corporate philanthropy, nonprofit management, employee engagement, education, economic and community development. Ms. Medhin is a leadership coach and a speaker on human capital development leveraging her branded “Unlock the Pearl Inside You” TM  program to help improve self awareness, communications, agility and influence skills. Tsegga recognizes the relevance of increasing impact of women and girls’ education as an economic driver, and to solve these systemic challenges; she hosts STEM summer camps for underserved youth. Tsegga believes these camps prepare youths to connect, transform, lead, their families, communities and the world for peace, and prosperity. She is a mother of two girls and lives with her spouse in North Carolina.

 

Véronique Sikora | Switzerland

Véronique Sikora is multilingual and has studied and worked in government, business and NGOs, in Canada and Switzerland. She is an associate professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Engineering and Management in Yverdon, Switzerland. She founded Weaving Social Fabric co-creating and co-facilitating workshops and conversations with stakeholders. Veronique has been a volunteer with the Caux Foundation since 2013 and the Swiss Knowledge Management Forum since 2009. Along the way, she obtained her MBA and a Diploma in Sustainable Business. She is passionate about social and environmental responsibility and knowledge sharing, uwint experiential learning techniques, interactive approaches and group facilitation methods. She is part of the IofC TIGE team, the Friends of Caux, and looking forward to her second year with Towards an Inclusive Peace.

 

Support Team Members

Suchith Abeyewickreme | Sri Lanka

Suchith Abeyewickreme is a Sri Lanka national working as an International Trainer in the areas of Peacebuilding, Inter-religious dialogue, peace education, ethics education and social healing. Having grown up during a period of 26 year-long armed conflict in Sri Lanka, Suchith is passionate about building inclusive and non-violent societies. He has extensive work experience having engaged in peace and education work in over 15 countries. He has a special interest in identifying Buddhist approaches to conflict transformation and works with Buddhist monks and lay persons from Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Suchith is a Global Council Trustee of the United Religions Initiative (URI). He was a recipient of the Community Solutions Programme of the US Department of State in 2014. Suchith was a Caux Scholars Programme participant in 2016 and returns to Towards an Inclusive Peace 2018 having been a core team for the first event in 2017

 

Jean Claude Bucumi | Burundi

Jean Claude Bucumi is a young Burundian volunteering with IofC International since a couple of years. He has been in contact with IofC for the first time when he attended the 2nd Eastern Africa Youth Forum (EAYF) in 2011 and learnt about IofC core values (love, peace, purity and unselfishness) as well as other methods and practices used to enable people to enjoy good life living together in communities. Since then, he has started a new path and decided to apply what he has learnt from the forum by supporting IofC through volunteering. Serving as a translator liaison at Towards an Inclusive Peace since its beginning, he is expecting to see many people coming from all over the world to be empowered and helping their communities when back home thanks to what they will learn at the event and apply that in their daily life.

 

Ismaila Ceesay | Gambia

Ismaila Ceesay is originally from The Gambia, currently lives in the US and is part of the conference's support team. He was a Caux Scholar and a CSP coordinator. In 2014, he helped coordinate the Caux Scholars’ reunion and participated as a core member of the International Peacebuilders Forum (IPF) conference team. He was a core team member of the 2017 TIP conference team and looks forward to TIP 2018. Ismaila studied peace and social justice, political science, and philosophy in college. He holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor. He has worked with youths at risk of encountering the criminal justice system, assisted inmates in immigration detention centers, and worked to ensure that primary and secondary students were given accommodations guaranteed by law. He has extensive experience in international scholar services and has worked to make it possible for many international students to study in the United States and vice versa.

 

Akop Gabrielyan Russia/Armenia

Akop Gabrielyan is a Ph.D. student at Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University. He is currently enrolled in a consulting for the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments of Armenia to improve national aid policies, being also experienced in theory and practice of integration, foreign policy, and political philosophy. In 2014 he founded Consensus Youth NGO, which has realized 8 international projects since then, aimed at enhancing local youth policy, regional security and integration. He is the alumni of Caux Scholars Programme class 2016. The questions of international relations, political affairs, peacebuilding and conflictology lay in the core of his professional interests, here is why becoming a part of organisational team of TIP is such an excitement for Akop. Being a part of the South Caucasus region where the ethnic territorial tensions still exist, Akop dreams to establish long lasting peace for the local peoples. Akop is 26 years old and from Russia/Armenia.

 

Cloe Liparini | USA/Italy

Cloe Liparini is a USA and Italian national. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Bard College and an MA in Intercultural Relations from the SIT Graduate Institute. She has over 15 years of training and program development experience in higher education, non-profit, NGO and business sectors. Her areas of expertise are in leadership development, experiential learning and intercultural competency training. Cloe is based in Geneva, Switzerland and is a Lecturer and Senior Advisor for Leadership Development Programs at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda and Founder and Principal Consultant of Intercultural Interventions. Cloe began her work with Caux-IofC as a trainer on programs for university students with a focus on innovation and social impact in 2016. Cloe joined the TIP core team in September 2017 and is excited to work with team members and participants. 

 

Mihaela Mihalea Romania

Mihaela Mihalea is Romanian. She works in NGO field since 2010, organizing activities and trainings for Romanian youth from North of Romania, with experience in project management and international cooperation. In 2016 was an intern in Caux with the Caux Peace and Leadership Programme. Mihaela joined Creators of Peace programme in 2014 and in 2015 become a facilitator. She has a BA in Journalism and Philosophy. After working seven years in journalism and another seven in NGO field in Romania, she strongly believes that only by equipping communities with dialogues tools we will be able to build a sustainable multicultural peaceful society.

 

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