Integrated approaches to prevention

08-12 July 2019

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Violent extremism is one of the pressing issues of our times and a major concern around the globe. Typically, governments tackle the issue through military means or a security approach which can result in fear and further deterioration of the situation.

Towards an Inclusive Peace is a three-year project (2017-2019) part of the Caux Forum that looks beyond security driven approaches to violent extremism. By taking a peacebuilding perspective based on conflict transformation practices, Towards an Inclusive Peace creates a space for the discussion of a human-centered approach to address this phenomenon.


Our event in 2019

The case for prevention of violent extremism is clear: it saves lives. Addressing this global challenge at its roots, including the systemic exclusion and denial of opportunities for others, requires the strengthening of resilience in communities. This can be done by learning how to respond creatively and non-violently to conflict and crisis, and by supporting the process of identity construction of individuals who feel the society has given-up on them, while forging a sense of purpose and community.

To this end, in 2019 Towards an Inclusive Peace (8 - 12 July) will discuss what constitutes progress on the path to greater resilience for communities and peacebuilders, focusing on the three principles of prevention: inclusiveness, sustainability and context-specificity.


Come and join Towards an Inclusive Peace 2019 to be:

  • inspired by art, theatre and music techniques
  • equipped through workshops on community resilience, trauma healing and integrated prevention
  • connected thanks to story-sharing, intergenerational dialogues and a multicultural approach in a retreat-like venue.



Who is Towards an Inclusive Peace for?

Come and join Towards an Inclusive Peace, a shared space where the expertise of the international community meets the contextual knowledge of local leaders and peacebuilders! We welcome:

  • Peacebuilders from all fields
  • Educators
  • Local and national authorities
  • Community leaders
  • Civil society representatives
  • Everyday citizens building sustainable peace


Workshop Tracks

At Towards an Inclusive Peace, participants can choose to be a part of one of the 3 parallel workshop tracks to get equipped with tools to address violent extremism from a peacebuilding lens:

  1. deep prevention lens,
  2. strengthen community resilience and
  3. protection of peacebuilders.

All of the training tracks are participatory and interactive where your voice, experience and technical skills will be integrated as well as enhanced.


I. Prevention Track

Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), has been adopted by the United Nations (UN) after 10 years of insufficient results with countering violent extremism (CVE). This perspective addresses the main drivers of VE (e.g. corruption, lack of opportunities, exclusion) while still being rooted in a security-centered perspective. At TIP, we go beyond the UN definition of PVE to engage in deep prevention using a human-centred approach and focus more on its root causes than its symptoms. With this backdrop, the prevention training track will introduce us to tools from diverse contexts of local communities and national actors to facilitate conflict transformation through a peacebuilding lens.


II. Community Resilience Track

Community Resilience is the measure of the sustained ability of a community to channelize available resources to withstand, respond to and recover from adverse situations. At TIP, we will bring together diverse community-led approaches on strengthening resilience to respond creatively and contextually to conflicts, while engaging with the agency of the local voices. The community resilience training track will also look at the process of rebuilding identity, while fostering a sense of purpose and direction of the individuals who are part of the community but might have been marginalized or disenfranchised. Additionally, we will be discussing the role and ways in which resilience can prevent societies from descending into crisis.


III. Protection of Peacebuilders Track

Peacebuilders are exposed to high levels of stress and secondary trauma, when working in conflict-affected settings. This can have an impact on their work and on their levels of empathic understanding. The protection of peacebuilders track involves engaging with a toolkit of reflective and mindful practices. This can help assimilate the emotional impact of conflict, adapted to each person’s needs, as a key aspect of sustaining a healthy community of peacebuilders.


Country Focus Sessions

Diverse peacebuilding practices are currently being implemented to address violent extremism in our world. The Country Focus Sessions take a deep dive into a specific country, its social dynamics, the ways in which extremism manifests, and the response of its people. The sessions will explore the context-sensitive tools that are being used to prevent and transform this form of violence in that particular context. Participants can choose one out of the following parallel sessions.


TIP Community Time: Inspire | Connect | Reflect

As a complement TIP 2019 also proposes one-hour parallel session about:

  • Embodied Peacebuilding
  • Storytelling: Peacemakers In Action


For more information on the Workshop Tracks, Country Focus Sessions & TIP Community Time Sessions please see below.


I. Prevention Track

Facilitated by Daniel Hyslop, Interpeace

This workshop highlights an evidence-based understanding of the drivers of violent extremism, while showcasing policy and political responses for participants to articulate alternative peacebuilding approaches. We will explore advocacy approaches for decision-makers and map out research agendas from events of positive deviance to build constructive responses to conflict. This session will also provide some overview of trauma-healing and trust-building approaches.


Facilitated by Hassan Ndugwa, Extremely Together - Kofi Annan Foundation

This workshop will introduce us to the “whole of society” approach, bringing in trends and case-studies from the East African context some of which are: inclusion of peace education, curriculum development for madrasas and social media training to provide an alternative understanding of Islam. The focus will be on discussing the roles of some of the community change agents such as teachers, psychologists, entrepreneurs, local authorities, artists and social workers in preventing violent extremism (PVE). We will discuss each of these categories and their roles in mainstreaming PVE in everyday lives to prevent youth from radicalization and marginalization. Participants will actively engage and build on live stories, scenarios and examples to test the practicality of discussed strategies and techniques.

Facilitated by Peace Generations: Miftahul Huda, Nenden Mutiara and Irfan Amalee

Since the last 12 years, Peace Generations has trained more than 416 educators, 6252 students as well as engaged with the CONVEY Project to prevent violent extremism for youth in Indonesia using a module of 12 basic peace values, some of which are: accepting yourself, overcoming prejudice, respecting differences, celebrating diversity, understanding conflict, rejecting violence, and forgiveness. Using the creative medium of board game and Initiatives of Change principles of inner listening, Peace Generations work with peacemakers across Indonesia.

In this workshop, Peace Generation will:

  • Explore ways of tackling violent extremism through peace education
  • Explore creative techniques such as board games to deal with extremism, while sharing about the Indonesian context
  • Share ideas and practices of how to engage young people in conversing about how to prevent violent extremism


II. Community Resilience Track

Facilitated by Neuro Network: Daya Bhagwandas and Dida Guigan


This workshop will open up the space to understand the anatomy and physiology of trauma, where it sits, its different levels and the impact on life and the need to address the ‘deeper issues’, and offer simple and accessible resources available for individuals and communities to find support and resilience as an outcome. Case studies and practical examples will be used to make this an experiential journey for the participants. The specificity in this approach is the attention given to the 90% subconscious that is the driver of human life, emotions, civilization, culture and society.

The individual stories and exercises will highlight how we react or respond to trauma and what makes one more resilient and others more vulnerable to access inner peace and clarity around life purpose. Practical activities will be offered, focused on the consciousness of the body, breath and a special focus on the frequency of the voice, to engage the participants to experience and understand the tools and resources being offered.

Neuro Network will invite participants to explore:

  • Releasing trauma and discovering resilience
  • Breaking the chain of wounded memories
  • Inner governance, inner freedom & higher purpose


Facilitated by IofC UK: Amina Khalid and Micheline Ngongo

Peace Begins at Home - intergenerational dialogue training aims to explore the issues of social cohesion in today's world and look deeper at the push and pull factors of violence extremism from different levels - home, community and society. This workshop will create an opportunity to reframe the challenge of countering violent extremism (CVE). Drawing from the tools and techniques from peacebuilding, state and non-state actors can be equipped to: (1) understand the dynamics which foment violent extremism, (2) identify creatively a set of tools and approaches that prevent those dynamics from giving rise to violent extremism; and (3) ensure that responses do not aggravate and radicalize affected communities even further.

The goals of this session are:

  • Build relationships across generations through honest and open dialogue
  • Share practical tools to implement more effective cross-generational relationship
  • Inspire the community to tackle intergenerational conflict going forward by increasing the understanding of the challenges faced in different communities


Facilitated by Community Trustbuilding Fellows-IofC USA: Elaine Williams and Kelly Carter Merrill


As we do the good work to heal communities and prevent future violence, we are often faced with our own or others' unhealed personal wounds. Even the most well-intended comments or innocuous moments can trigger disproportionate emotional responses. Emotions can run high and illicit defensiveness; or conversely, sensitivities may illicit feelings of self-devaluation. After a triggering event, we tend to follow a predictable triggering cycle, with seven steps, ultimately ending with a regretful response. Further study of this cycle also reveals seven opportunities to step outside of the cycle and find growth and freedom. Objectives of this Session are:

  • Understand what a trigger is and how it impacts interpersonal conflict
  • Identify our own personal triggers and their interpersonal roots
  • Learn seven strategies for interrupting the Triggering Event Cycle
  • Consider the role of the Trigger Event Cycle when extending compassion to others who are in conflict

Facilitated by Lisa-Raine Hunt


Public spaces in our cities, towns and villages have been used for millennia as vibrant places of meeting, dialogue, learning, exchange and democracy. Extremists have long targeted these spaces for exactly these reasons, disrupting freedom & democracy, spreading fear and violence while dividing communities. As a result we are seeing less communal use of public spaces and the increasing physical dominance of safety barriers, checkpoints and security patrols.

Grass roots movements across the world are starting to respond to these challenges by intentionally reclaiming public spaces for peace. The process of communities coming together, to lead inclusive and creative activities, builds community resilience and nurtures spaces of belonging while transforming division into collective expressions of peace. In this workshop, we will engage in the creative process of mapping our communities, both as individuals and collaborative groups. In addition to exploring public spaces for peace in the U.K, we will produce a map of assets in our own focus locations which can be activated to develop community resilience and forge peace. 

Goals of this Session are:

  • To inspire and enable communities to reclaim public space for peace
  • Understanding the assets (skills, strengths, knowledge, potential) in local communities and how public spaces can be used as a key asset in peace building
  • Mapping public spaces and assets in our communities in a creative and interactive session that provides a model for future programmes
  • Listening and sharing with participants about activation of public spaces across the world
  • Sketching as a strategy for activating public spaces for peace in communities

III. Protection of Peacebuilders Track

Facilitated by ICAN


This workshop will facilitate exchange of the strategies and approaches used by local peacebuilders to respond to their own protection needs in the context of insufficient state and international protection regimes. It will provide the opportunity to share experiences and coalesce around good practices for civil society actors to establish mechanisms to respond to protection needs. A few existing models will be presented by peacebuilders who have designed these in different geographic contexts with different violence and conflict dynamics.


Facilitated by Community Trustbuilding Fellows-IofC USA: Abigail Lash Ballew and Joshua Ballew

Nonviolent Communication is a four-step process that increases understanding, connection, and well-being while reducing confusion, isolation, and harm. For some, it is an effective tactic in challenging circumstances; for others, it is a way of life. This workshop will introduce you to the four steps, provide opportunity to practice, and include time for personal reflection and sharing. Whether you have never heard of Nonviolent Communication or if you are familiar with it and want a refresher, this workshop is for you.

Developed by clinical psychologist, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s, Non-Violent Communication involves four components in which one communicates: (1) The concrete actions we are observing that are affecting our well-being, (2) How we feel in relation to what we are observing, (3) The needs, values, desires, etc. that are creating our feelings, (4)The concrete actions we request in order to enrich our lives. The objectives of this session are:

  • To become familiar with the four components of Non-Violent Communication
  • To practice Non-Violent Communication
  • To explore opportunities to use Non-Violent Communication in your own context


Country Focus Sessions

Focused on the North East region and the experience of local organizations with diverse peacebuilding tools in Preventing Violent Extremism.

  • Ferdaouis Bagga, Policy Analyst. U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.


Focused on the use of non-violence and different tools to build community resilience and address the situation in Eastern Ukraine, while strengthening the capacity of civil society to tackle violent extremism in their everyday lives.

  • Felix Schimansky-Geier, KURVE NGO
  • Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska, Executive Director at Integration and Development Center for Information and Research
  • Tatiana Kyselova, Associate Professor at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy


Bringing alive stories of former militants, inter-tribal and inter-communal actors, who transformed from triggering violent extremism to transforming it in the 7 states of North East region of India.

  • Sunny Mawiong, IofC India
  • Penuo Hiekha, IofC India


Centered around the implementation of restorative justice and dialogue initiatives with victims and perpetrators in post-war Nepal to open up the space for community healing and reconciliation.

  • Rajendra Senchurey, Researcher
  • Chiranjibi Bhandari, Professor at Tribhuvan University


Exploration of Indonesia’s context, its religious tensions, and the forms of preventing ISIS recruitment of young people.

  • Irfan Amalee, Peace Generations Director
  • Miftahul Huda, IofC Indonesia


Focused on the experience of local communities in Manchester and Glasgow who have been socially excluded and are struggling economically.

  • Micheline Safi Ngongo, Labor Councilor, human rights activist and founder of LIGHT Project International.
  • Ian Monteague, Chair of Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse -FARE


Exploring the protection of peacemakers and peacebuilding approaches in the current Iraqi context.

  • Alyaa Ibrahim, Odessa
  • Fatimah Al-Bahadly, Al-Firdaws Society


TIP Community Time: Inspire| Connect| Reflect

Facilitated by Peace Elicits with the collaboration of Amis de Caux and IofC Switzerland - Jannik Gresbrand, Ram Bhagat and Brigitt Altweg

Engage in holistic conflict transformation and peace work by navigating and taking into account our bodies through a range of interactive practices.


Hear the inspiring story of courageous peacemakers from around the world. This session will inspire you with a unique story by local peacebuilders sharing about their work.

  • Hasan Davis (USA)
  • Hassan Nduwa (Uganda)


Our Journey so Far: 2017 - 2019

Do you want to know what Towards an Inclusive Peace is about? Do you want to check out our story so far since 2017?

We invite you to read our general report that you can download here.


This event provided a valuable and important platform where practitioners, participants and experts shared knowledge and information on how to tackle crucial global issues of violence, extremism and radicalization in the context of the present worldwide crisis.

Michelline Safi Ngongo, Councillor for Islington, UK

To address violent extremism from a peacebuilding perspective, we need to address the issue of social justice which is often ignored. We need to move away from the security paradigm and use interfaith dialogue and other mechanisms to achieve peace.

Mohamed Abu-Nimer, Senior Advisor to the KAICIID Dialogue Center

Trust is about humanizing, building relationships and promoting interactions to dispel myths about each other.

Superintendent David Smart, National Counterterrorism Policing HQ, and National Coordinator for Prevent in the United Kingdom


Ram Bhagat
Educator, Arts Innovator and Peacemaker
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Ram Bhagat is an international conflict resolution trainer, expert in culturally responsive circles, trauma healing and restorative justice practices. He is the manager of school culture and climate strategy for Richmond City Public Schools. Ram is the co-founder of Drums No Guns Foundation and the visionary behind the Richmond Youth Peace Project. As a former public-school teacher, he created an innovative curriculum using the arts to teach chemistry and anatomy. Ram is currently developing a program called Massive Resilience: Transforming Historical Harms & Healing Racial Trauma, which integrates arts based, trauma sensitive, mindfulness centered, restorative practices in racially and economically segregated schools. He is and alumnus of the IofC USA Community Trustbuilding Fellowship (CTF).
Hasan Davis
Performer, Author and National Leader in US Juvenile Justice Reform
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As a former Juvenile Justice Commissioner, Hasan Davis provides his expertise at the local, state and national levels and serves on several committees and boards to provide innovative, and transformational ways of supporting the youth. He is a fellow of prestigious programs like the Rockefeller Foundation, Next generations Leadership, Annie E. Casey Foundation and several others. He is the author of Written Off and the Journey of York, and performs theatrical productions chronicling the contributions of African Descendants in America’s history. Hasan draws on his own experience of delinquency, poverty, and learning disabilities to fuel his commitment to building global communities with clear paths to personal excellence.
Melinda Holmes
Program Director at the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) for the Women's Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)
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The Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) brings together existing women’s networks, practitioners, and organizations with long-standing experience in addressing extremism and promoting peace, rights and pluralism to improve practices in communities affected by violence, and offer pragmatic policy solutions for the international community. A peacebuilding specialist, writer and strategist focusing on gender and political violence, Melinda Holmes is responsible for facilitating collaboration, analysis, advocacy and outreach on gendered approaches for preventing and responding to violent extremism. Previously, Holmes was a 2016-2017 Visiting Fellow at LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace & Security and worked with The Carter Center, advising on the engagement of religious and traditional beliefs, actors and communities in advancing peace and human rights. Ms. Holmes has a Master’s in international affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Lisa-Raine Hunt
Community Coordinator for Counter Extremism
United Kingdom
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Lisa-Raine Hunt is a Community Coordinator working between local and central government. In London, she facilitates programmes with faith, race, disability, LGBTQ and gender focus groups to map and understand the context of extremism as well as enable grass roots community action that counters extremism in all forms. In the national Special Interest Group for Countering Extremism (SIGCE), she monitors the changing shape of extremism in the UK and shares best practices of prevention with government authorities. With a work background and training in Arts, Lisa-Raine then moved to charity and public sectors, leading community education, integration and interfaith programmes. Her practice across all sectors enables creative community-led solutions to complex societal challenges. 
Daniel Hyslop
Director of Policy, Learning and International Peacebuilding Advisory Team (IPAT) at Interpeace
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Daniel Hyslop is responsible for leading Interpeace’s learning and policy agenda that aims to improve the state of knowledge on effective peacebuilding practice and use it to inform better international peacebuilding policy. He was previously the Research Director at the Institute for Economics and Peace where he led research on measuring peace, the economic costs of violence and understanding the drivers of positive peace. He has worked as a research and policy consultant to the UNDP, the OECD, the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and Center for Strategic and International Studies where he has led numerous peacebuilding and international development related research and policy projects. Daniel holds first class honours Masters in Economics and Social Science from the University of Sydney.    
Guissou Jahangiri
Executive Director at Open Asia/Armanshahr Foundation
Iran / France
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Being the Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Executive Director of Armanshahr Foundation founded in 1996, Guissou Jahangiri is a human/women’s rights pioneer and a cultural activist. She worked for 15 years as a journalist for the French Courrier International covering Iran, Afghanistan & Central Asia. Ms. Jahangiri spent 5 years in war-torn Tajikistan as the Human Rights Watch researcher and acting head of the UN Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In 2006, she founded a unique Human Rights (HR) publishing house (250,000 books from Afghanistan and the region). She launched the International Simorgh Peace Prize in 2009 awarding outstanding HR and civic cultural activists in the heart of Asia. In 2013, Ms. Jahangiri cofounded the first ever Afghanistan International Women’s film Festival-Herat serving yearly as a regional and international platform.
Khalid Koser
Executive Director at the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)
United Kingdom
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Dr. Khalid Koser is founding Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership dedicated to preventing violent extremism. In its first three years GCERF has reached over two million people in communities at risk. An academic by training, Khalid is Professor of Conflict, Peace and Security at the University of Maastricht, as well as non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution, Chatham House, and the Lowy Institute. As a global advocate for migrants and refugees, Khalid chairs the WEF Global Future Council on Migration, edits the Journal of Refugee Studies, and was appointed MBE for services to asylum seekers and refugees. He chairs the Board of Trustees for the sustainable development charity Raleigh International.
Rodolfo Manuel Domínguez Márquez
Lawyer specialized in gender violence against women and protection mechanisms for women in situations of violence and femicide
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Rodolfo Manuel Domínguez Márquez is the coordinator general of the Justice, Human Rights and Gender Civil Association, which conducts strategic litigation, monitors cases of femicide, and shares incidences of implementing research protocols on femicide and mechanisms to protect women in situations of violence. The association partners with the National Citizens' Femicide Observatory and is a founding member of the Women's Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL). Mr. Dominguez was part of the strategic litigation team that obtained the first precedent from the National Supreme Court of Justice regarding femicide and due diligence in its investigation and prosecution, in the case Mariana Lima. He has influenced the implementation of the Declaration of Alert for Gender Violence in various states of the Mexican Republic.
Ghada Rifai
Co-Founder of the Mobaderoon-Active Citizens in Syria
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The Mobaderoon–Active Citizens of Syria is a network of over 4000 participants that works in the development sector and delivers training programs such as active citizenship, leadership in community development, building bridges and peacebuilding. An architect by training, Ghada Rifai has worked in urban development since 2001. As a program manager with Syria Trust for Development her ability to work with different social groups, encouraging them to work together and participate in community development, was vital to achieving successful outcomes. Ms. Rifai is a firm believer in the importance of cooperation between NGOs and private and public sectors having initiated cooperation projects between the Aleppo City Council and local NGOs. Ms. Rifai was awarded the Livia Foundation Award in recognition of her extensive work to promote peace at the time of conflict and is a member of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL). 
Christina Foerch Saab
Co-founder, Fighters for Peace
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Christina Foerch Saab holds her Master degree in Political Sciences and Spanish from the Free University of Berlin. In 2000, she moved from Berlin to Beirut where she has been working as filmmaker, journalist and consultant for NGOs. She has specialized in issues such as the memory of the Lebanese civil war, ex-combatants, peace education, arms control and disarmament processes. She is a co-founder of the Lebanese NGO Fighters for Peace, a non-profit organization that unites former ex-combatants from different political and sectarian backgrounds. Currently, she is the head of programs and international relations. Additionally, she has a certificate in biography work. 
Emilie Tankora
Social Cohesion, Peace and Conflict Program Specialist, Mercy Corps
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Emilie Tankora has been working on peacebuilding programming and initiatives in Niger for the past ten years. She is trained in mediation, conflict management and non-violent communication. She previously worked with the NGO EIRENE to support local organizations to develop peacebuilding actions and conflict sensitive approaches in the Sahel Region. She is currently working with Mercy Corps in Niger to develop a social cohesion program portfolio promoting a holistic approach in areas prone to violent extremism. To counter violent extremism and increase resilience of the most vulnerable people, Mercy Corps is strengthening social cohesion between communities, combining development actions, research and learning-based programmatic approaches. 


Suchith Abeyewickreme
Trainer on interfaith, intercultural ethics education and peacebuilding
Sri Lanka
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Suchith Abeyewickreme is an international trainer on peacebuilding, inter-religious dialogue and ethics education with over 10 years of experience in diverse contexts. He is a trainer of Arigatou International's Learning to Live Together programme and has lead trainings in over 15 countries. Suchith is a Global Trustee for United Religions Initiative; a co-founder of ‘Interfaith Colombo’ - a space for building trust between people of different faiths and beliefs; and a core-team member of ‘Rise Up Sri Lanka’ - a movement advocating for public accountability from political leaders. He also leads programmes on Buddhist approaches to conflict transformation in Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Suchith is passionate about helping societies deal with conflicts non-violently and to further social healing.
Brigitt Altwegg 2020
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Brigitt Altwegg has organized facilitation trainings in Switzerland since 2013 and she is recognized as a co-trainer in ICA's Technology of Participation.  Believing in the power of bringing together different personalities, experiences and perspectives, she likes to create space for dialogue, learning and action. Following her MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva and her MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University, she worked as Assistant to the Director of the human rights organisation TRIAL International (2009-2012), as Programme Manager for IofC Switzerland (2012-2020) and is currently the Project Officer at the Climate Plan Unit of the Vaud Canton. She is also a professional rock-climbing instructor.
Irfan Amalee
Peace Education Creative Media Specialist
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Irfan Amalee has a Masters from Brandeis University (USA) and over 15 years of experience in publishing book and media for kids industry while serving as a CEO at Pelangi Mizan and Mizan Apps Publisher. He has published over 50 books, audios and videos including Encyclopedia for Muslim Kids, Islam for Kids, and 12 peace modules for kids. Irfan has awards including International Young Creative Entrepreneur 2008, UAJY Multiculturalism Award 2010 and Young Creative Enterprise from Kemenparekraf 2012. Irfan is also recognized as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre – RISSC, Aman, Jordan. His website is:
Ferdalouis Bagga
Policy Analyst for Africa with hthe U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
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Ferdaouis Bagga serves as the Policy Analyst for Africa with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Prior to joining USCIRF, Ferdaouis worked with the U.S. Department of State conducting conflict analysis and research on Libya. Earlier, she worked with the United States Institute of Peace for four years, where she supported grants programming in Africa and Latin America, rule of law work in Libya, and a Justice and Security Dialogue Program in the Sahel and Maghreb. She has several years of experience designing and facilitating intergroup dialogues as well coaching in dialogue facilitation in the U.S. Ferdaouis has an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and a B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Florida.
Abigail Lash Ballew
Social Worker and member of Initiatives of Change USA
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Abigail Lash Ballew holds an expertise in macro practice and nonprofit program management. She brings her passion for dialogue as a healing tool to her staff role within Initiatives of Change (IofC) USA. Abigail has practiced at the group, organization and community level through her work in program design, implementation and evaluation at nonprofit organizations. She has worked in race relations, refugee support services, adoption and child welfare as well as physical, intellectual and developmental disability services. Abigail is a graduate of the Caux Scholars Program and the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship and enjoys traveling with her partner, Joshua, visiting their wonderfully large family located across the globe.
Joshua Ballew
Conflict Resolution Practitioner and Dialogue Consultant
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Joshua Ballew holds a degree from George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is a General District Court certified mediator. Most recently, he ran the statewide mediation program for Virginia state employees and also designed and implemented conflict resolution trainings. Before that, he worked for the Virginia Attorney General's Office resolving disputes between businesses and consumers. He now works with local, national, and international organizations to create healthy work environments, address difficult subjects and foster trustbuilding. Joshua is from Macau, China, and now resides in Richmond, Virginia, USA with his spouse, Abigail.
Daya Bhagwandas
Neuro Educator, Yoga Master, Speech Pathologist and Audiologist / Board Member Initiatives of Change (IofC) Australia of
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Daya Bhagwandas has been working in the field of neuro education for over 20 years with children and adults, linking brain development, human evolution and spiritual potential. Daya uses neuro sciences for transforming life and learning skills in primary and secondary schools in Australia and South Africa as well as in Malaysia, where neuro education is being adopted as a foundation program. Her work experience includes rehabilitating and healing trauma for child soldiers in Sri Lanka and at risk youth in Malaysia, who drop out of school and join crime gangs. Daya achieved her qualifications and work experience in India, USA, Europe, Malaysia and Australia. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Chiranjibi Bhandari
Assistant Professor at Tribhuvan University
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Chiranjibi Bhandari is an experienced educator and peace worker from Nepal, currently working at the Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University. He has been a peace practitioner for more than a decade contributing to grassroots initiatives and research work led by the government of Nepal and civil society actors. Bhandari played a key role in the peace process, especially in terms of management of arms and ex-combatants in Nepal. He has participated in a number of conflict transformation and peace building courses in the USA, while providing his expertise to significant research articles and a book chapter in the areas of conflict and post-conflict context in Nepal.
Iryna Brunova-Kalistska
Executive Director of Integration and Development Center for Information and Research NGO
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Dr. Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska has 17 years of work experience in prevention, transformation and reconciliation of identity-based conflicts. Since 2015, she has been facilitating dialogues for Ukraine OSCE with central, regional and local authorities, local NGOs and activists in Donbass. During 2017-2019, Dr. Brunova-Kalisetska facilitated two long-term dialogue processes – on conflicts in the media community and with the Ministry of Education, including representatives of ethnic minorities to tackle language issues in the education sector.  She has also been facilitating dialogues on memory conflict issues, migration and IDPs, Russian-Ukraine challenges, community and organizational conflicts.
Jannik Gresband
Peace Facilitator / Founder and Director of Peace Elicits Project
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With a deep passion for peace work and human growth, Jannik Gresbrand is a Berlin-based elicitive Peace Facilitator. He is a certified coordinator in international project management in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance and holds a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies. For navigating the questions of international conflict transformation and peace work, he has lived, studied and worked in Southern Africa, South-East Asia and Central America. As the founder and director of the Peace Elicits Project, for him “peace is the quality of how we relate”. Therefore, creating safe social spaces for elicitive peace work for Jannik is key in individual and collective growth.
Dida Guigan
Voice, Vocal Technique, Humanities
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Dida Guigan is a graduate of the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, Switzerland. She continued her learning in Lebanon and Egypt with the support of the Swiss promoter Pro Helvetia, and over the course of four years immersed herself in many different singing techniques, languages and musical systems. For the last seven years she has accompanied and assisted choirs and individuals with personalized designed programs and workshops in Switzerland, Beirut (Collectif Kahraba, 3a 7abl el Hawa and the music hub) and the Emirates (Emirates Foundation Youth Mentoring Platform). As a singer, Dida’s approach to the voice is intimate. Through her own identity path, she has developed a unique technique based on listening to one’s inner voice as a foundation for expressing the melodic and spoken voice in a coherent and personal context. As both a soloist and band performer, she regularly tours in Europe and the Arab world with her different projects; in 2016, “Free” was selected for performance at Chouftouhonna, the feminist art festival of Tunisia. As a composer, Dida’s personal and authentic work also carries over into the field of theater, having worked with French Canadian sound and theater director Christelle Franca in Montreal. Dida’s vocal technique, writing and coaching skills are, as she says, the inevitable consequence of what her life brought her to explore: freeing one’s self from the rigid life constraints that are all too often imposed upon one. Her own story as an illegal international adoptee, and the ten-year search for her biological family, compelled Dida to create the NGO “Born in Lebanon”, designed to give a voice to, and free from the inside, the illegal international adoptees lost in an ongoing global conflict. She is regularly invited as a guest speaker on the subject of identity in different forms and contexts – artistic, physical and political. More information here:
Executive Director at the Foundation for Peace Professionals
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Abdulrazaq O. Hamzat is a transformational peace professional, heading the Nigerian Mission for International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) as its Nigerian Ambassador between 2011-2016. He was elevated in December 2015, to double as Under Secretary General for the IHRC before resigning to begin the operation of Foundation for Peace Professionals. He holds Bachelor Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and currently pursing Masters Degree in the same field at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). While at the National Open University of Nigeria, Abdulrazaq served as the National President of the Congress of Noun Students (CONS), a student association representing interest of Open University students across the federation. He also co-founded the Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution Students Association (PESCORSA) in the same University. 
Idayat Hassan
Senior Program Officer at the Centre for Democracy and Development West Africa
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Idayat Hassan is a senior program officer at the Centre for Democracy and Development West Africa (CDD), where she helps develop and implement projects promoting empowerment and democratization in West Africa. Prior to joining the CCD, Idayat was a deputy regional coordinator with the Movement Against Corruption in Nigeria, an organization that seeks to eradicate corruption and poverty in Nigeria. Idayat received her bachelor’s degree in law from the Lagos State University, Ojo, and holds an LL.M. in legal theory from the European Academy of Legal Theory, Brussels. Since her admission to the Nigerian bar, Idayat has focused on legislative advocacy, legal reform, transparency and accountability, and the rights of vulnerable groups. As a PILnet International Fellow, she is working on a project to bolster public-interest litigation in Nigeria.
Penuo Hiekha
Team Member of Initiatives of Change (IofC) India
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Penuo Hiekha is an ardent believer of social transformation through personal change. She is one of the co-founders of a community hub called ACT (Action by Communities Together) Zubza, Nagaland. She commits most of her time volunteering for Initiatives of Change especially in the North East part of India, facilitating dialogues and creating platforms for bridging gaps and reaching out to different tribes and communities. The aim of her work is to open up the space for the tribes to listen to one another and hold honest conversations in pursuit of generating a positive and sustainable society.
Miftahul Huda
Head of the Trustbuilding Program IofC Indonesia
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Miftahul Huda is working for Peace Generation Indonesia as a trainer for peace Educators and actively engages with young people for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) across Indonesia. With IofC, he was part of Asia Pacific Coordination group and leading Life Matters Course in Asia Pacific Region. In 2011, he got the award as ASEAN Young Ambassador to join International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to visit US.
Lisa-Raine Hunt
Community Coordinator for Counter Extremism
United Kingdom
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Lisa-Raine Hunt is a Community Coordinator working between local and central government. In London, she facilitates programmes with faith, race, disability, LGBTQ and gender focus groups to map and understand the context of extremism as well as enable grass roots community action that counters extremism in all forms. In the national Special Interest Group for Countering Extremism (SIGCE), she monitors the changing shape of extremism in the UK and shares best practices of prevention with government authorities. With a work background and training in Arts, Lisa-Raine then moved to charity and public sectors, leading community education, integration and interfaith programmes. Her practice across all sectors enables creative community-led solutions to complex societal challenges. 
Mar Introini
Blogger, Political Analyst, Trainer, Facilitator, Writer, Speaker
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Mar Introini is a blogger, political analyst, trainer, facilitator, writer and speaker with a legal background as a former Public Attorney. She has a strong sense of independent thinking and free learning on a continuous basis and a wide experience in living in different cities with diverse cultures (Montevideo, London, Brussels, Geneva, Malaga, Madrid) that helped on the road to build a spirit around multiculturalism and a versatile professional profile. Currently her focus is on developing a reshaped model of globalization, addressing several aspects of this “multiple crisis” state of the planet. A holistic approach seems to be the only way to build resilience in the short term and it is for that reason that she addresses a wide range of aspects around sustainability from a political perspective.
Amina Khalid
Founder of Peace Begins at Home
United Kingdom
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Amina Khalid academically specialises in the Sociology of Medicine and Social Policy with a Masters in Equality and Diversity Policies. She is internationally trained in dialogue facilitation, mediation, communication and conflict resolution and has worked in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe. She has been with Initiatives of Change for the last 10 years. 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 organisations to become positive change agents.
Tatiana Kyselova
Associate Professor, Law and Political Science at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
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Dr. Tatiana Kyselova’s expertise lies in the study of mediation and dialogue facilitation as mechanisms of conflict resolution and transformation, as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution and access to justice. Dr. Kyselova is a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Torino, Italy (2015-2017). She has research background from the Center for Peace Mediation, European University, University of Giessen and Queen Mary University of London. Additionally, she has been working with the professional community of mediators in Ukraine for the last 15 years advising them on the institutionalization mechanisms, self-regulation and methodology of mediation training. Dr. Kyselova has also served as an advisor to the Parliamentary Drafting Committee on Mediation Law and a consultant on peacebuilding to a range of international organizations.
Sunny Donkupar Mawiong
Team Member of Initiatives of Change (IofC) India
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Sunny D Mawiong is from Shillong, Meghalaya, North East India and is a graduate of Law and Business Administration. He served as the Vice President of the North East Community Organization Pune (NECOP) and the Meghalaya Youth Association Pune (MYAP), which focused on activism for the rights of the North East India students studying in Pune. Since 2016, he has served full time with Initiatives of Change (IofC) with a focus on outreach in different parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Sunny is currently working under a five-year plan and is leading the outreach team with a vision for bringing together communities in the North-East of India.
Kelly Carter Merrill
Professor and Educator
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Kelly Carter Merrill is a professor of communication studies at Randolph-Macon College and nonprofit studies at the University of Richmond, USA. She facilitates difficult conversations about racial healing, diversity and inclusion, leadership and self-discovery. She works with Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, IofC USA, Ben Franklin Circles, Courage & Renewal, and the White Ally Toolkit. Kelly has over 25 years of experience in higher education, authored five book chapters, five research journal articles and national presentations. Kelly serves on three boards including an LGBT youth center, a local history museum and a poverty resolution organization. Kelly blogs at Grey Areas about paradox, counter-intuition and relativism.
Zulaika Nanfuka
Program Specialist and Peacebuilding Trainer, Muslim Students Association of Uganda
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Given her passion in peace, security and human capital development, Zulaika Nanfuka has 5 years’ experience in applying rigorous analyses of local conflict dynamics to strengthen tools for assessment while improving the design of community peacebuilding programs. Zulaika is a member of the Extremely Together Uganda Chapter and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Economics. She is a Certified Financial Literacy Trainer with the Bank of Uganda and has also received extensive training in program design, M&E from the U.S Department of State Bureau of Conflict and Stabilisation Operations. Additionally, Zulaika is also a seasoned trainer with a focus on conflict resolution, inter-faith dialogue and participatory action research to strengthen the skills of young people to work as peacebuilders in their own communities and schools.
Hassan Ndugwa
Co-founder and Program Director, Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum
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Hassan Ndugwa has over seven years’ experience in community development and peace promotion, specifically in preventing violent extremism in Uganda and East Africa. After surviving the July 11, 2010 Al-Shabaab bombings at the FIFA world cup in Kampala, Hassan co-founded the Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum. His work involves managing programs, idea generation, conceptualization of projects, implementation of activities, monitoring the impact and outcomes of activities. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University, Kampala where he focused on Political Science and Public Administration. Hassan is among the 10 global advocates selected by the Kofi Annan Foundation and One Young World to counter violent extremism in the world through their “Extremely Together” initiative.
Michelline Safi Ngongo
Educator, Human Rights Activist and Founder of LIGHT Project Pro International
DR Congo / United Kingdom
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Michelline Safi Ngongo, originally from Democratic Republic of Congo, is a resident of Islington in the U.K where she first arrived as a refugee. As a founder and the Chairperson of Trustee at Light Project Pro International, an educational charity established in 2004, Michelline has initiated projects to improve educational opportunities for local communities with a focus on those at risk of social marginalization. She is a Councilor to represent the people of Hillrise Ward in Islington North as well as the former chairperson of Islington Refugee Forum to support inclusive refugee integration in the host communities. Additionally, Michelline serves as a qualified facilitator of the ‘Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities’ program to strengthen families and promote peace in the community. Currently, she is a member of the Unite the Union as an Equalities Officer in her local branch. Over the last three years, Michelline has been working closely with Initiatives of Change to create and foster intergenerational dialogues between the young and old to bridge the generational divide.
Anna Lena Schiller
Graphic Designer
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Anna Lena Schiller grew up in the Lüneburg Heath between cows and green meadows. From there it went into the big wide world in the USA, Canada and then long to Scandinavia, where it studied applied world rescue. Back in Germany, she then turned her thinking into pictures into her profession and influenced the graphic recording scene in Germany early on. Since 2008 in Berlin and now in her studio in Hamburg she has her own studio VISUALESDENKEN. She works for large international companies, start-ups, freelancers, political parties and NGOs.
Felix Schimansky-Geier
Country Coordinator of the Civil Peace Service (CPS) Program, KURVE NGO
Germany / Ukraine
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Being the coordinator of the CPS program of “Strengthening Civil Society for Nonviolent Conflict Resolution with state actors" in Ukraine, Felix Schimansky-Geier actively supports and collaborates with Ukrainian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and social movements with a regional focus on East Ukraine (the Donbas). The aim of the program is to design and disseminate constructive models of conflict resolution with government agencies. Felix is a political scientist with a regional focus on Eastern Europe and has many years of experience in the fields of civil conflict management and the documentation of human rights violations in East Ukraine.
Véronique Sikora
Associate Professor at the School of Engineering and Management Yverdon-les-Bains
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An associate professor at the School of Engineering and Management in Yverdon-les-Bains in western Switzerland, Véronique Sikora brings her passion for knowledge sharing, and several years of multicultural experience in communications and training, to TIP. Having worked in business and government in Canada and Switzerland, she became keenly interested in how people share knowledge. This led her to steer her career path towards higher education where for the last 13 years she has been designing and delivering courses in business communications.  Her extensive volunteer experience includes delivering workshops and leadership training and facilitating seminars and round tables for the Swiss Knowledge Management Forum. 
Alliou Traoré
Peacebuilding Program Manager at the Mercy Corps
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Alliou Traoré is a conflict management and peacebuilding expert with ten years of experience working on programs to initiate dialogue between conflicting communities and find solutions to longstanding points of tension. Mr. Traoré got his start in his native Côte d’Ivoire, where he worked as an Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance Adviser with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Following this, he worked with Search for Common Ground, starting as a Program Coordinator, where he developed and managed activities for conflict transformation and inclusive governance at the community level, and then later as the Acting Country Director and Country Representative, where he was responsible for forming new partnerships with donors, CSOs and oversaw strategic direction of SFCG’s programming. In 2016, Mr. Traoré took up a position as Peacebuilding Program Manager at Mercy Corps in Mali. He is coordinating Mercy Corps Mali’s peacebuilding programs including technical assistance for all humanitarian programs. He is also managing the “Engaging Youth to Build Peaceful Communities in Mali” program, funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund. 
Nenden Mutiara Ulfa
Program Director at Initiatives of Change (IofC) Indonesia
Nenden Mutiara Ulfa leads the program for the School of Reconciliation to engage people to understand their ancestral roots and bring reconciliation and healing in their lives. She also leads the MDI, Peace Generations Business unit in Bandung. Here you can learn more about her work:
Elaine Williams
Lead Community Organizer
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Elaine Williams is from Richmond, Virginia and has a deep passion for social justice. She is experienced in advocacy and research in housing, homelessness, Mass Incarceration, Education, Trauma Healing, Racial Healing and Equity. Elaine has a B.A. in Social Work, is an alumna of the Community Trust Building Fellowship (2018) and serves as a facilitator for The Ginter Urban Gardeners Program. She co-facilitated the Racial Healing and Equity Dialogue Series in 2019, which focused on encouraging relationship building, personal storytelling and trust building. Elaine enjoys reading, spending time with family and listening to podcasts.

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organizing team

Eliana Jimeno

Eliana Jimeno

Managing Director - Towards an Inclusive Peace
Prerna Rathi

Prerna Rathi

Ismaila Ceesay

Ismaila Ceesay

Angel de la Flor

Angel de la Flor

Shannon Heesacker McClain

Shannon Heesacker McClain

Amos Izerimana

Amos Izerimana

Marienne Tene Makoudem

Marienne Tene Makoudem

Angela Miller McGraw

Angela Miller McGraw

Victor T. Nyanhete

Victor T. Nyanhete

Rajendra Senchurey

Rajendra Senchurey

Pranay Shakya

Pranay Shakya

Indee Thottawatage

Indee Thotawattage

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