17-22 July 2023


After decades in which conflict has gradually reduced around the world, the tide has turned. Conflict is increasing.

This forum will focus on a fundamental cause of this trend: the broken relationships caused by unhealed wounds of the past – personal, national and international.


Join us on 17 - 22 JULY 2023

in Caux Switzerland!


Participants are asked to arrive between 2.00pm and 6.00pm on Monday 17 July for the welcome dinner followed by the introductory session. The forum will end at 12.00 midday on Saturday 22 July.


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After the Second World War, thousands of Germans and French came together at Caux and helped their countries build an entirely new relationship. Ever since, Caux forums have reached out across the world, contributing to healing in many painful situations. 

Healing can come. New energy, vision and calling can emerge from each step taken to repair a relationship. Trust can grow again, and with it the cooperation needed to answer the huge environmental, economic and social challenges we face globally.



This forum will focus on the experiences of people from all continents and many cultures. It will offer an opportunity to learn from each other, and from quiet reflection amidst the beauty of Caux’s setting.

Through trainings, plenaries, workshops and dialogues, it aims to equip participants to contribute to peace and human security by fostering:

  • A greater understanding of the impact of historical wounds
  • Heightened skills in dialogue facilitation, conflict transformation, trauma awareness and story-sharing
  • Learning from personal experiences of healing past wounds and building trust.



Plenary, 18 July 2023

John Bond



John Bond has worked with Initiatives of Change in 30 countries. Until recently he was the Secretary of Initiatives of Change International. From 1998 to 2006 he was the Secretary of Australia’s National Sorry Day Committee, which enlisted nearly a million Australians in campaigning for an apology to Aboriginal Australians for cruel and misguided policies. This campaign led to an apology by the whole Parliament in 2008, and new policies to end the tragic social condition of the Aboriginal community. For this he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. He is a journalist andhas written four books. He and his wife, Mary Lean, live in Oxford, England.


Thembi Silundika


Council Member Initiatives of Change International

Cecilia (Thembi) Silundika is a Zimbabwean-born Canadian citizen. She holds Masters Degree in Chemistry and in International Relations. She has spent over 20 years in the Canadian federal public service coordinating international cooperation on Arctic issues. She is a member of the International Council of Initiatives of Change International, and played an active role in the inception of Creators of Peace, the Global Indigenous Dialogue and Women Economic Empowerment. On the Council she carries responsibility for Healing the Wounds of the Past.



Plenary, 19 July 2023

François-Xavier Priollaud


Mayor of Louviers and Vice-President of the Normandy Region

Mayor of Louviers in Normandy, France and President delegate of the Seine-Eure community which brings together 60 municipalities, François-Xavier Priollaud is also Vice-President of the Normandy Region and a member of the European Union’s Committee of Regions. He is Chair of Normandie pour la Paix. A graduate of Sciences Po Paris with a postgraduate degree in Public Law at the Sorbonne, he has served at the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and was political advisor to the then Minister of Defense, Hervé Morin. A Vice-President of the European Movement – France, and co-founder of the European Book Prize awarded annually by the European Parliament, he is also the author of numerous books and articles of European law and has long taught European issues at Sciences Po and at L'École nationale d'administration.


Gerald Pillay


President Initiatives of Change International

Gerald Pillay is the President of IofC International. Born in South Africa of Indian ancestry, he grew up under apartheid, and studied at the University of Durban-Westville and Rhodes University. He holds doctorates in theology and philosophical theology. After serving as Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of South Africa he and his wife Nirmala moved to New Zealand where he became Foundation Professor at the University of Otago. He then became the first Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University in UK. Under his leadership the University became highly regarded for its research culture, and received Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework. He is widely published, examining such topics as the relationship between the church and state, the complex interplay between theology and human sciences, as well as seeking to understand how religion can both move with the times yet still stay grounded in tradition and history.


Lewis Cardinal


Leader of the Global Indigenous Dialogue

Lewis Cardinal comes from the Woodland Cree people in northern Alberta, Canada. His long track record of public service includes founding Board Member of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Commission for Human Rights and Justice, and Trustee of the Parliament of World Religions. He has received QE II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service, the IndSpire Award for Public Service, the Province of Alberta’s Centennial Medal for his work in Human Rights and Diversity, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Grant MacEwan University, and an Honorary Degree of “Doctor of Sacred Letters” from the University of Alberta.


Sherto Gill


Director of the Global Humanity for Peace Institute

Scherto Gill is the Founding Director of the Global Humanity for Peace Institute, University of Wales Trinity St David. She coordinates the UNESCO Slave Route Project’s Collective Healing Initiative and chairs the G20 Interfaith Forum‘s Education Working Group. She is a Senior Fellow at the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, and a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. She has been nominated for the 2022 Luxembourg Peace Award. As a Professor of Research, Scherto’s interests centre on understanding peace, collective healing, human well-being and global flourishing. She is exploring ways to advance educational innovation, collective healing, peacebuilding, and social transformation. Among her research projects has been the UNESCO Desk Review on Approaches and Practices of Collective Healing.



Plenary, 20 July 2023



Bishop of the Maronite diocese Jbeil/Lebanon

Bishop of the Maronite diocese of Jbeil (Byblos) in Lebanon. Monsignor Aoun holds a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has served in many positions of leadership, both in the Church and academia, in Rome, Cairo, Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon. He was a Professor of Theology at the Holy Spirit University in Kaslik, Lebanon and at the Universite La Sagesse in Beirut. He was the Rector of the Maronite Patriarchal Seminary and is currently the President of the executive council of the Assembly of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops in Lebanon. 



Eba Hathout


Faculty member at Harvard Medical School

Dr Eba Hathout is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School where she practices Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. She is the founding President of the Hassan Hathout Foundation, an educational organization spreading the philosophy of her late father, an eminent medical professor who also devoted himself to interpreting Islam to the West, developing interfaith dialogue, highlighting the sanctity of human life, medical ethics and initiatives to reverse the arms race.



Venerable Galkande Dhammananda Thero


Head of Walpola Rahula Institute for Buddhis Studies

A Sri Lankan and a monk of the Theravada Buddhist tradition, Dhammananda Thero graduated in history from the University of Kelaniya, has a Masters and MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and is now reading for his PhD, while also lecturing. He heads the Walpola Rahula Institute for Buddhist Studies where programmes for religious leaders and lay persons aim to support social healing. He is working for social justice and an inclusive plural society, using social media to propagate nonviolence during recent interreligious and interethnic conflicts. He aims to implement the Buddha’s teaching of ‘Bahujana Hitaya’ (for the betterment of all) working across religious, ethnic and social divides to uplift society - especially with the vulnerable, marginalized and discriminated.


Wadiaa Khoury


Associate Professor at the Faculties of Education

Wadiaa Khoury is Associate Professor at the Faculties of Education of the Lebanese University and Université Saint-Joseph. Her  doctorate examined the civic agency of educators, and her teaching and research currently focus on the Lebanese education system and citizenship education. Through her work with Initiatives of Change she has studied the education system of more than 20 countries, and observed their approaches to citizenship education. Currently, her main interest is empowering educators in Lebanon through helping them discover their agency in shaping national policy, rather than suffering the consequences the poor governance that has led the country into despair. Hence, she initiated the Teachers Agents of Social Change (TASC) initiative.



Plenary, 21 July 2023

Dr Maria de Pilar Griffin


Educational Consultant & Specialist in Conflict Resolution and Mediation

An international educational consultant and a specialist in conflict resolution and mediation, Maria de Pilar Griffin has a doctorate in pedagogical mediation and a Master's in international law with an emphasis on human rights. Coming from Costa Rica, now working in Seattle USA, she has facilitated dialogue among diverse community groups in the USA, Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. She is active in IofC’s LatAm support team, and belongs to the leadership team that organizes the Yo Escucho/Eu escuto weekly sessions to inspire, connect and equip Latino-American communities.


Professor Ali Moussa Iye


Founder of AfroSpectives

Founder of AfroSpectives and formerly UNESCO Chief of Dialogue, Ali Moussa Iye holds a PhD in political science from the Institute of Political Science in Grenoble, France. Within UNESCO, he was coordinator of the Culture of Peace programme in the Horn of Africa, and in charge of the UNESCO programme against racism and discrimination. He then headed the History and Memory for Dialogue Department and directed the General History of Africa, the Slave Route and the Silk Roads programmes. He published several books on the history and cultural heritage of the peoples of the Horn of Africa.and on intercultural dialogue, and is currently pursuing research in political anthropology.


Meena Sharma


Peace Practitioner

A Nepali peace practitioner, Meena Sharma has worked with over 200 civil society organisations. She is President of IofC Nepal, a Regional Coordinator of Creators of Peace Asia, Secretary-General of the national campaign, ‘Children as Zones of Peace’. She has worked with the UNDP as a gender expert, with the Ministry of Home Affairs implementing UN resolutions on women, peace and security, and with the National Women’s Commission on strategy development. From 2008-18 she was a Program Manager at Search for Common Ground.


Patrick McNamara


Founder of Partners in Change LLC

Patrick McNamara PhD is a founder of Partners in Change LLC, a leadership coaching, strategy and conflict management firm. He has worked with more than 300 organizations in 16 countries. He has served in numerous positions at the University of Nebraska at Omaha including Senior International Officer, Director of International Studies, Director of Schwalb Center for Israel, Jewish Studies and the Middle East, Director of Sustained Dialogue Initiative, and Director of Omaha World Affairs Council. He is a member of the International Council of Initiatives of Change.




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Full Package

  • CHF 150 - Standard rate (for individuals - per person per night and day)
  • CHF 210 - Corporate rate (for institutions - per person per night and day)


All participant rates include:

  • Accommodation
  • Participation in the chosen event
  • Materials provided during the event
  • WiFi
  • Meals, coffee / tea, as well as refreshments
  • City Tax

Daily Visitors Rate

  •  CHF 60 - Visitor rate (per person per day, including lunch, dinner and refreshments)

The Visitor Rate applies to persons who are only attending one or certain non-consecutive days during the Forum; The rate is charged per day and does not include accommodation.




 Kindly note that Healing the Wounds of the Past is now fully booked and registrations are closed. Some elements of the conference will be livestreamed. Stay tuned for the livestream links!





Caux, high above Montreux overlooking the Lake of Geneva, is the site of the Swiss Initiatives of Change conference centre. Initiatives of Change International is hosting the Caux Forum in cooperation with Initiatives of Change Switzerland. Partners include the Global Indigenous Dialogue, Creators of Peace and IofC’s Trustbuilding Program.





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