Nurtaj Abdullayeva is from Azerbaijan. Nurtaj has MA in Law and Economics from Aix-Marseille University, France. In 2012, Nurtaj graduated from Qafqaz University with International Relations. Currently, she is working in the Department of International Relations in the faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Qafqaz university (http://www.qu.edu.az/) in Baku, Azerbaijan. She teaches Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Political Economy. In 2013, Nurtaj worked at the British Council as a Supervisor of IELTS and other international exams. Nurtaj received a Youth Exchange for Peace’s award by Dresden University of Technology, Germany. She is also a researcher of Energy security and Climate Change in the Energy Research Center, Qafqaz University. She is running the "Paradigm" youth team that promotes individual self-development education. Lastly, she was granted with a scholarship by Erasmus Mundus BACKIS project for a month academic staff mobility to Pais de Vasco University, Spain.
Jina Agrawal is from Nepal. She is a Project Development Officer for Habitat for Humanity Nepal. She is responsible for supervising projects for ex-bonded laborers in rural areas of Nepal. Prior to this, Jini interned at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, where she provided support for the Women, Peace and Security program. She has a deep passion to elevate the status of women in society. Her experience working in multiple roles at a television station in Nepal provided her with a unique opportunity to raise awareness on issues impacting women. The women’s campaign she launched was the first of its kind in Nepali media, and it empowered a diverse group of women and provided them with a platform to raise their voices. Jini completed her master‟s program at the University for Peace with students from 47 countries, and she has participated in exchange programs with youth leaders from South Asia.
Iris Aviñoa is from Spain. She is a journalist specializing in International Relations. She holds a degree in journalism, an MA in International Relations and a specialization on Armed Conflicts and Crisis Management. She has worked in various Spanish media. She has also worked as a communications specialist for international organizations, such as UNICEF (Copenhagen), and has also worked as a volunteer for the MSF Spain training department. Iris also worked as a researcher for the School for a Culture of Peace, as part of the Conflict and Peacebuilding Program, where she carried out both monitoring and analysis tasks related to armed conflicts and peace processes in Latin America and South Asia, from a gender dimension perspective. Since January 2012, she is working as an editor for the Politics section of United Explanations, a website specializing in IR. She is currently living in Colombia, where she teaches Peace Theories in the Santo Tomás University.
Ngoc-Anh Cau is from Vietnam. She is a junior majoring in Education Studies and minoring in Peace and Social Justice at Berea College. Her goal is to become a leader in the field of education in Vietnam. Anh believes that education is the key to most of current social issues. Education plays a crucial role in peace building and sustainable development, especially for a developing country like Vietnam. "Learning enables me to become a better person and to contribute to the community." She was a student of the inaugurating undergraduate class “Empowering Women for Global Leadership” within the Women in Public Service Project at Berea College. She is also a member of the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good program, Cohort 11.
Stequita Hankton is from USA, but has traveled abroad through her father’s service in the United States Army. Through her travels, she realized the need for minority physicians is a commonality that links every population. In order to fill this deficit, Stequita received her Bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, her Master’s degree from Hampton University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Medicine from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Stequita works at Xavier University Federal Student Work-study Program. She serves on the Advisor Council for the Office of Black Catholic through the Diocese of Richmond where she promotes evangelization and vocations, foster special ministries, participate in Social Justice issues related to the Black community, and address the spiritual needs of Black Catholics through programming for evangelization. Stequita was recommended by Dr. Tee who works at IofC USA and is a long supporter of CSP.
Tatevik Hayrapetyan is from Armenia. She was recommended to us by an alumni from last year. She is the Vice-President of EYP Armenia. Tatevik is pursuing PhD in National Academy of Science of RA. She is one of the young promising specialists in Armenia working on conflict resolution and transformation specializing mainly in Armenian-Azerbaijani relations. She has been involved in regional development, peace building projects as a participant and furthermore facilitator in the last three years. Tatevik is a contributor for major analytic journals in Armenia and work mainly on the topics of frozen conflicts, Armenian-Turkish relations normalization. Together with her Turkish friend, she co-authored an essay in the book titled “Moush, Sweet Moush: Mapping memories from Armenia and Turkey ”. In the process of content preparation, they made several field trips to Turkish and Armenian villages and collected thousands of stories from ordinary people on the topic of Armenian-Turkish relations.
Kiprono Kemboi is from Kenya. He is a Peace worker and has dedicated his career in development and life in the field of humanitarian diplomacy, peace studies and conflict transformation. His passion in these fields became more profound after experiencing first-hand violence in his hometown Eldoret (Kenya) back in 2007-2008. This turn of events inspired him to pursue a journey in search of peace and conflict aversion. It led him to pursue a B.A in International Relations with a minor in Criminal Justice. While pursuing his studies he got involved in different community projects such as the ‘Picha Mtaani’ initiative that was launched by Peace Activist Boniface Mwangi to foster healing and reconciliation through post election violence pictures that would later lead to dialogue between opposing ethnicities on the downsides of violence. In addition, he also does volunteer and community service work within Nairobi. He interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later worked as a Research Officer at Ujamaa-Africa an NGO in Korogocho Slum, Nairobi Kenya. He is currently pursuing an International Master in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies in Castellon de la Plana Spain. He was a Caux intern last summer. VIDEO
Margaret Kepley is from USA. She lived and studied abroad for nearly six years, which has cultivated a sense of mutual-respect and tolerance when dealing with conflicting ideas and opinions. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and constructed shelter in a small village. At Beloit College Black Students United club, she provided a support network and public voice for students of color on the campus, educated the campus in the area of Black issues and awareness. She mentored 20 learning disabled students at Beloit College by explaining the use of assistive technologies and developing coping skills. She was an elementary reading tutor who employed innovative learning techniques to enhance the subject’s cultural relevance to the students in after-school. She will graduate with Bachelors of Arts, Education and International Relations in May 2015. She hopes to use her CSP experience to advance comparative research of education systems, their impact to prevent or provoke cultural conflict, and to shape these education systems to minimize racial, cultural and ethnic conflicts.
Ankit Khanal is from Nepal. He holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Northampton and wrote his dissertation on the integration process of Nepalese Army and Maoist Combatants. Ankit is currently working as a Program Manager at Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative and has a sound working experience with INGO’s and NGO’s at national and international level, focusing on promoting peace, security, governance, youth development and education. Ankit is experienced in engaging with a wide-range of stakeholders from the grassroots level up to national government, and have widespread knowledge/experience on Nepal and South Asia. A proven strategic planner, problem solver, connector and staff manager, he has the ability to strategically realign programs and to motivate and develop teams. Ankit is a lecturer at St. Xavier’s College and Kathmandu University.
Justin Laku is from South Sudan. He was educated in Sudan, Egypt, Germany, and Canada. A graduate of the Universities of Ottawa and St. Paul, he helped create Sudan Health Care Project (SHCP) to improve public health care in South Sudan through knowledge transfer, professional development and capacity building. Through SHCP, Justin collected and sent 6000 medical textbooks, medical equipment and medical supplies to Juba Health Institute, Juba Teaching Hospital and Juba University. SHCP has equipped 13 medical clinics around Central Equatoria State. Internationally, Justin was a member staff of the United Nations mission in Iraq and Sudan, a former advisor to the government of Central Equatoria government in Juba. Justin has lectured on Sudanese, South Sudanese, and African issues in the United States, Canadian universities, Rome, Berlin, Innsbruck, London, Slovenia and Amsterdam. Currently, he is perusing Ph.D., in Conflict Resolution and Peace: Case study South Sudan, and working on new projects, building partnerships between Carleton and Ottawa Universities, and Juba University; building a school for girls in Eastern Equatorial State; Internship program for South Sudanese new graduates, and Seed for Democracy for South Sudan (SfD) to prepare South Sudan, to adopt the democratic processes and practices and member of Civil Society participating in the current Peace Talks in Addis Ababa.
Maaz Mamond is from war-torn Afghanistan. He is a program development and implementation specialist, with a Master’s degree in Business Administration and more than six years of experience in stabilization and peace-building with international aid agencies in Afghanistan. Besides working with youth for motivating them for voluntarily serving vulnerable communities through Young Intellectual Movement (an active youth association), Maaz has been successfully performing on the most senior positions with the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI)/USAID funded Community Cohesion Initiatives (CCI) and Afghanistan Stabilization Initiatives (ASI) since August 2009. Belonging to a proponent family, Maaz is working with High Office of Reconciliation Commission of Afghanistan to try to convince young recruiter of insurgents for changing their mentality to stop fighting and work for the rehabilitation of Afghanistan. Maaz has attended peace building training in UAE and Turkey which helped him improve his professional and social activities for contributing toward peaceful and prosperous Afghan community. VIDEO
Alexander Morato is from USA. He is an honors student from the Florida Keys majoring in Political Science with a minor in English literature. He arrived at FSU having been involved with PeaceJam Southeast as a coach and mentor, and currently serves as a PeaceJam Mentor Leader. His other University commitments include membership on the Office of Governmental Affairs’ Board of Directors, the Honors Legal Scholars Program, and the executive board of the Golden Key Honour Society. He spent a summer interning at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Wright. Alexander also loves to travel. He participated in a study abroad trip to Antarctica where he conducted research on sustainable tourism in that region. Through these experiences he has developed an interest in environmental and humanitarian law. After he receives his bachelor’s degree, Alexander will obtain a juris doctorate and hopes to utilize his knowledge and skills to create positive sustainable change in the legal field.
Pravin Nikam is from India. He was appointed as Global Youth Ambassador by the United Nations Secretary-General Bank Ki Moon and the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown. Pravin is a founder of ROSHNI – a organization focused on providing education and improving health conditions of the children and women and motivating the youth to actively participate in strengthening democracy and building a better World. He was named the Global Shaper at Global Shaper community, an initiative by World Economic Forum. He was awarded “Pune Hero Award” by Times of India Pune Mirror for mobilizing youth and helping educate slum children, and “Lead Earth Fellowship” by TERI (The Energy and Resource Institute) for Innovation and Sustainability in Environment. TERI is headed by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Rajendra Pauchari. In addition, Pravin was named among top 20 Youth in the world by The Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for contribution to the cause of Global Education and the Top 4 Youth of Asia by The Commonwealth for exceptional contribution to youth development work. While it is not possible to list all of Pravin’s scholastic achievements and leadership positions he has served, his work, commitment and dedication to social issues is truly an inspiration for all of us. VIDEO
Nantisara Pipattanananti is from Thailand. She is a passionate and creative young woman, a feminist and a peace worker. Nantisara has been working in the fields of education, community development and peace-building for many years with NGOs in Thailand, Laos and Afghanistan. Her work is to involve community people, youth leaders and academia. Her expertise is on alternative women’s education for marginalized groups, sexual violence, women-of color feminism, gender equality and creating dialogue for peace talk and conflict transformation. She uses alternative spaces such as art, meditation, sport, and gardening as tools for community participation, peace-building and conflict transformation. In summer 2012, Nantisara interned for IofC. Recently, she has been researching with the Special Unit for Media, Peace Intervention in Conflict and Support to UNAOC (Sumpic-UNAOC) in Spain and doing a PhD on alternative spaces for women’s education in conflict areas – South of Thailand and Afghanistan.
Larisa Stanciu is from Romania but lives in France. She is studying political philosophy and journalism at Sorbonne University in Paris. Larisa is interested in conflict resolution, politics, international affairs and diplomacy. She describes herself as being Romanian by birth and citizen of the world by heart. Larisa's goal is to work in the field of international affairs.
Daniel Sullivan is from USA. He is pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) at Harvard University Extension School - Cambridge, MA (his resume says that he is not currently enrolled). Daniel worked in the MA House of Representatives as a legislative aide and chief of staff to the Dean of the House (senior member-elect). From 2008-2011, he chaired the young professional group of the UN Association of Greater Boston. He recently returned to that role for 2014. Through lectures, dinners, and conferences, he brings the world of international affairs and the UN to the Boston young professional community. He is very passionate about the United Nations. Daniel also serves as a Youth Advisory Board member to UN-HABITAT representing North America, attempting to help drive discourse and action on the imperative of building sustainable, working urban areas for the 21st Century. He writes Op-Ed articles for a news site called PolicyMic. Starting this month, he will be volunteering with the United Nations Foundation as part of their Shot@Life Champions program to promote, support, and see successful the increase of availability of life-saving vaccines to children across the world. He is an ordained minister in a non-denominational church and have officiated 7 weddings in this capacity.
Mykhaylo Vakula is from Ukraine. He has a Master’s degree in International Economic Relations. In summer 2009, he was a part of an international summer camp where they taught young Ukrainians how to positively impact their communities by writing and implementing small community service projects. In 2011, Mykhaylo won a one-year UGRAD Fellowship to study International Affairs at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. He has also interned at Habitat for Humanity in Portland, OR. In spring 2013, he started volunteering with Foundations for Freedom Ukraine. He helped write a grant and implement a six-month international youth project focused on elimination of discrimination and prejudice among young people in central and Eastern Europe. Mykhaylo was a Caux intern last summer.
Renate Vinkis is from the Netherlands. She has a MA degree in European Studies, focusing on identity and integration. During her thesis research, she pursued her interest in peace-building through public apologies and reparations for the past. Renate attended Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in New Zealand and Fiji Training school for young people with three month lecture phase in NZ and two month outreach phase in Fiji. She participated in ERASMUS study abroad at the University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland.
Tsering Yangzom is from Tibet but lives in Canada. She grew up in a refugee camp. Tsering was awarded the United World College (UWC) International Scholarship in Norway. She is a M.A. student in East Asian and Asia-Pacific Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She received her B.A in Political and Economy Development from Mount Holyoke College (2010) and an M.A. in Public Policy from Central European University (2013). Her interest includes: Conflict Resolution, Peace-building, Human Rights, Negotiation, Democracy, and Governance. Owing to her above interest, she is a member of the Tibetan Women's Association in Canada. She strongly believes that the most intractable global problems such as political, economic, social, and environmental issues are best solved through dialogue and interactions based on mutual trust. She has worked at Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She is the co-founder of Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) in Virginia.
Leila Younes is from Lebanon. After spending a year as an exchange student in the USA at the age of 16, her urge for social improvement grew bigger. She opened a small library in a village east of Lebanon which is now open to the public with books in English, French, and Arabic from different genres. Recently, she became interested in working with children and seeing life from their perspectives. After winning the Young Alumni Competition Award, she started a summer school for Lebanese and Syrian children in a rural village at the border of Lebanon with Syria. Throughout her time with those children, she learned as much as she taught and she realized how essential education is. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Childhood Studies and Children Rights at the Free university of Berlin and hopes to use the degree to adopt a more critical approach in her future social work.