Abigail Ballew:  She lives She lives in Richmond, Virginia, USA. She has her master’s in social work with a focus in macro practice and nonprofit management. Abigail has worked with refugees, adoptive and birth families, and adults and youth with disabilities. Her international experience with nonprofits and social work background present a unique skillset for community and international level program development and evaluation. As an alumna of Initiatives of Change USA’s Caux Scholars Program and Community Trustbuilding Fellowship, Abigail is passionate about working with organizations to expand their capacity through maximizing their strengths, and working with groups to build relationships and trust through dialogue facilitation.

Erlan Bakiev: He is from Kyrgyzstan. He is a scholar with lots of field experience in conflict resolution. He received his master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati (Criminal Justice) and his doctorate from the University of Central Florida (Public Administration). He is a police lieutenant at Kyrgyz National Police and serves as Head of Division at the 10th Main Department of the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic. 10th Main Department deals with prevention of extremism, terrorism, illegal immigration and inter-ethnic conflicts. He is an expert in violent extremism and conflict resolution. His areas of research interest are terrorism, organization theory, social capital, governance and public management. He has dozens of international publications in various academic journals.

Katherine Coldwell: She is from the United States. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in social welfare & justice and theology from Marquette University. After spending one year living in a Catholic Worker Community, she joined Maryknoll Lay Missionaries in São Paulo, Brazil. As Social Services Coordinator for the Instituto Terra, Trabalho e Cidadania, Katie and her colleagues provided social and legal services, educational programming and political advocacy on behalf of foreign women incarcerated for international narcotrafficking. Katie also taught health courses for women who had recently arrived in prison and co-founded an urban agriculture project in Brazil’s largest women’s detention facility. Most recently, Katie supported an interreligious dialogue project with Catholic Relief Services in Mindanao, Philippines. In May, Katie will graduate with a Masters in International Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and plans to pursue a career with an international development organization focusing on capacity building initiatives for peacebuilding projects. She is currently working for Catholic Relief Services in Bosnia Herzegovina.

Afaf Doleeb: She is a human rights activist from Sudan. She has worked with the Carter Center for Democracy as a project coordinator. She was involved in the National Sudanese elections in 2010, South Sudan Referendum in 2011 and the popular consultation in 2012. After graduation from college, Afaf decided to follow her dream and switched from actuary major to development. She moved to South Africa and pursued her degree in Development. Now she is working with the United Nations Office for Project Services as Program Specialist and doing her best to promote peace.

Mubareka Sahar Fetrat: She is from Afghanistan. She is an independent documentary filmmaker, VJ and a women’s rights activist born in Afghanistan and raised in Pakistan as a young refugee during the Taliban time. In late 2006, her family decided to move back to Kabul. She started her social and volunteer work in 2009 as a school student. Later, she joined Global Video Letters and “Kabul Card” documentary project. In 2011, she received a scholarship to join a 1-month leadership course and in 2012, she served twice as counselor for the same program. In Dec 2012, she joined a 6-month Filmmaking course during which she documented challenges Afghan women face, and she particularly covered issues related to street and sexual harassment. In 2013, she was awarded full 5-year scholarship at American University of Afghanistan where she is in her fourth year majoring in Business Management. In the summers of 2014 and 2015 she worked as an Interpreter and Peace Ambassador for the Solace for the Children Program in North Carolina, LA, Washington State and Idaho. She also worked as an Advocacy and M&E focal point at UNESCO.

Stephen Jae G.: He is from the Philippines. He is currently a law student from Santiago City, Philippines. Jae has worked as a research assistant for an international governmental organization and is currently working as a part-time professor in a local university. Jae has travelled to some countries, looking for new experiences and insights to further enhance his understanding of different cultures. Jae has also attended Model United Nations Conferences. Studying in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde made him realize that he can do ordinary things extraordinarily well. It does not matter if the intent is as simple as it can be or the execution of a project is miniscule. What matters is that in anything that we do, we must do it well.

Ahmed Hachelaf: He is from Algeria. Ahmed is an education specialist and social activist who believes that education is the only panacea to today’s challenges. He co-authored a book entitled Revolution by Love with leaders of political and civil societies across the MENA region. His second book, The Apprenticeship of Leadership, is to appear in schools soon. Ahmed previously worked as a teacher trainer at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Algeria and was engaged in youth training and women empowerment projects with NGOs in Algeria to equip citizens with the skills and predispositions needed to participate actively and productively in changing and challenging the status quo. Currently, he is a research scholar at the Moynihan Institute where he is working on his Algerian PhD on Education for Citizenship. He was previously The General Manager and director of studies at Bridges Language School, a school for teaching languages and IT skills and training soft skills. Since December 2016, he has been training local NGO leaders on leadership skills with ANEJ and Bridges Institute. In June 2015, he was chosen as the Algerian delegate in the United Nations Alliance of Civilization convention in New York. Ahmed is also a keen painter who is exploring ways of incorporating art into education and activism.

Maksym Ieligulashvili: He is from Ukraine. He works in the field of human rights, anti-discrimination programs and peace and dialogue support programs. Currently he is a coordinator of the informal education in the Ukrainian Helsinki Union for Human Rights and the all-Ukrainian educational program ‘Understanding Human Rights’. He has a diverse experience in advocacy - from monitoring and advocacy campaigns to developing educational programs of various levels and difficulty, art activism etc. Since 2014, he has been working on conflict prevention and creating dialogue groups and spaces, realizing initiatives aimed at overcoming humanitarian crisis and increasing social cohesion of communities in Ukraine. Since 2016, with the support of OSCE, he became a facilitator in one of the Ukraine-Russia dialogue groups. Co-author of the online course ‘How to effectively plan and conduct a dialogue’, he is interested in the usage of art approaches and instruments in social work and in the design of dialogues, questions of historical and personal memory. In November 2017, he will be attending a program of professional training ‘Promoting tolerance’. The training will be held with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the American Jewish Committee. Training is intended to examine existing experience of building programs of social integration, cohesion assistance and promoting tolerance in American society.

Jacqueline Johnson: She is from the US. She is Manager of Programmatic Diversity at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She develops professional development resources such as trainings, conference programming, publications’ content and outreach programming to engage historically underrepresented communities (e.g, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, young professionals) in the preservation profession. She is also responsible for equipping the existing community of preservation professionals, largely ethnically and racially majority individuals, with tools and resources to better work with new and emerging constituencies in the movement. Prior to joining the National Trust, Jacqueline worked as a consultant on training programs and operations management for the American Association for Equity, Access, and Diversity and a real estate paralegal at the international law firm of Morgan Lewis. Jacqueline holds an M.A. in Anthropology (concentration in International Development) from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice (minor in Political Science) from Old Dominion University.

Kyriacos Jumi: He is from Cyprus. He is passionate about peacebuilding and cross cultural reconciliation practices. He has a BA in International studies and a MA in conflict Analysis and Resolution and currently finalizing a second master’s degree in International Administration at the University of Miami . He has been attending the summer conference at Caux for three consecutive years since 2015 as an intern, a volunteer and a scholar. His interest in international relations was sparked by an internship he had with the Cyprus mission to the UN in New York as an undergraduate student in 2008 but also from having a diverse and multicultural background (Cyprus and South Sudan). He enjoys sports and believes in sports diplomacy. He tries to travel as much as he can and meet new peoples and cultures. In the near future,  he aspires to work in the field of international relations.

Andrea Lugano: Andrea Lugano is from Argentina. She is a medical doctor, graduated from the National University of Córdoba. She is currently working in the emergency department of two local hospitals and taking up postgraduate studies on adult medicine. Next year, she will start to specialize in ginecology and obstetrics for four years. Her ultimate goal is to work for organizations that assist populations in crisis by giving them the tools for sustainable development, respecting the life and rights of every human being. She has participated in a non-profit organization called “Grupo Misionero Tola” which carries out health and recreational interventions on disadvantaged local populations in her province and in the northwest of Argentine territory. She has the support of  ´Vital Voices Argentina´, an international women leadership organization which promote the increase of women as leaders to boost the growth of their communities.

Ingrith Tatiana Menjura Roldan: She is from Colombia. After completing her studies as a Public Administrator and Master of Arts in Development and Governance at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, she had the opportunity to work with vulnerable populations in Colombia (Afrocolombians, Indigenous, Gypsies, women victims of violence). This has influenced her knowledge and comprehension of the differential approach, gender, human and civil rights, in particular with regard to the dynamics of conflict and vulnerable territories. At the same time, she has advised and coordinated several projects contributing to their structure and evaluation through different organizations at the public, private, national, and international level to implement them in Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean. As a result, she has expanded her knowledge regarding development, human rights, humanitarian aid, project management and funding mechanisms. In fact, these processes have led her to develop best practices regarding peacebuilding and development through international cooperation assistance in situations of conflict. She is the Coordinator and formulator of projects at the International Office for Migration in Colombia.

Nyambe Mwiyambango: He is from Zambia. He is a multi-skilled Development Practitioner with over eight years’ experience in programme management, project coordination and capacity building in the national development sector and INGO in Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi. He possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in Public Governance, Public Service Delivery, Tax Justice, Community Development, Gender and Human Rights Based Programming, Child Rights Governance, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation. His special focus and interest is on Public Accountability, Politics of development, Conflict resolution and climate change adaptation, Public Awareness, Tax Justice, youth and child rights research, protection and programming. He is an Urban Governance and Public Service Awareness Specialist at Actionaid International.

Madiha Sayani: She was born in Pakistan but lives in Canada. She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, where she completed a BA in Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies. In September 2017, Madiha will be starting the MSc Development Studies Program at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has lived in Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada, and is particularly interested in studying peace and conflict, human security, and development studies from critical, postcolonial, and feminist perspectives. In the future, she hopes to return to Pakistan and work in the areas of community building and local development. She is currently studying at the London School of Economics.

Rajendra Senchurey: He is from Nepal. He is the 2012 Gold Medalist of Tribhuvan University for Conflict, Peace and Development Studies pursued under the joint collaboration of universities in Nepal and in Sri Lanka. Besides publishing ‘Conflict Management – Biannual’, he contributes to the popular national dailies as a freelance writer. Rajendra is also the Development Reporter for Global South Development Magazine, published from Finland. He has received 6 internationally recognized fellowships – Norwegian Norad’s Program for Master Studies, ASD Policy Research Fellowship granted by Open Society Foundation, Fredskorpset (FK Norway) Fellowship for research project in Good Governance and Human Rights, VLIR-UOS Scholarship for international training on Human Rights for Development in KU Leuven Belgium and UNESCO Keizo/Obuchi Research Fellowship for a research in Japan. He is currently pursuing MPhil in International Peace Studies in Trinity College Dublin under ‘Honey-Bee Ireland Nepal Peacebuilding Fellowship’. He is motivated to extirpate the caste-based discrimination from Nepal.

Pranay Raj Shakya: He is from Nepal but lives in UK. He has been working as a development volunteer with Rotary International for a decade. He is currently working as elected Vice President at Liverpool Hope University’s Student Union while also working on his not-for- profit campaign; Lead the Change International now working on reconciliation for ethnic minorities amongst Nepalese. He led a team of volunteers in Nepal for emergency relief works after the earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015. Academically, he has a degree in business management for his bachelor’s. Due to his keen interest in international organizations and the charity sector, he completed his master’s in International Relations from Liverpool. As a person who believes in leading by example, Pranay has worked in a number of national level award winning projects to create new opportunities for young people through his firm belief on win-win situations. As a certified Master Trainer from Rotary District Nepal, he has worked more than half a decade on youth facilitation, mentorship and capacity building.

Dzovag Soghmonian: She was born in Kessab but raised in Damascus, Syria.  She received her Technical Diploma in Business Administration and has been studying Small Project Management at Damascus University. During her studies, she trained in Qatar National Bank and received her experience in Human Resource Management. She worked in Central Bank Of Syria Deliberation Coordinator. In 2014, she moved to Yerevan, Armenia, to continue studying; previously the war in Syria had caused her from stop attending university. She has volunteered with Repat Armenia since March 2015 as an administrative assistant and currently works as the Siramark project coordinator, developing and overseeing the content about Syrian-Armenian businesses in Armenia and The Armenian Repatriates. Currently, she is in the final year of her studies at the French University in Armenia. 

Rasha Younes: She is from Lebanon. She is a believer in community based change and self-empowerment. She is an Anthropologist, currently writing her thesis on mobilizations around political economic crises. Ever since she spent a year abroad at the age of fifteen, Rasha has been involved in community service, and has traveled across continents to advocate for issues of violence against women and children, as well as queer communities, specifically in the Middle East. She is also a writer of non-fiction and spoken word poetry, and has performed her work on stages across the United States and Lebanon. The anthropologist in her is committed to keen observation of cultures and people unfamiliar to her, as she is in constant reflection of who she is, and critical of assumptions. She immerses herself emotionally and intellectually in new environments, and possesses a fierce adaptability to change. She never cares to be as much as she cares to become.

Anna Zakharova: She is from Crimea, Ukraine, but currently she is a Social Work graduate student in the University of Calgary, Canada. Ganna is an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) in Ukraine, who had to flee her native Crimea due to its occupation by Russia in 2014. Growing up in a low income rural area, and learning stories of Soviet oppression in the family, Ganna has developed intolerance to human rights violations and injustice. After obtaining a diploma in the Area Studies, specialization European Union, in Crimea, Ganna became a Fulbrighter and gained an MA degree in International Studies in the USA. Upon returning home, Ganna worked as an assistant with the UN Development Program in Crimea and volunteered in the community. Later on, she had a chance to work with the UNDP in Eastern Ukraine helping IDPs from the war zone to in a social cohesion project to help people better integrate into local communities. In Canada, Ganna volunteered with the Ukrainian diaspora and local NGOs and did fundraising for Ukraine. Ganna’s specialization is International and Community Development, and in the future, she is committed to work with the veterans, their families and children to support their transition to civil life and community reintegration. Ganna’s goal is contributing to the empowerment of people and sustainable development of Ukraine toward a free, fearless, sustainable and democratic future.

Taylor Zuccarello: She is from USA. She is currently a rising senior at Florida State University pursuing dual degrees in International Affairs and Political Science, with a concentration in Public Administration. Taylor has participated in Model United Nations debate for the past seven years, and has traveled throughout North America competing in conferences focused on conflict resolution and international collaboration. Not only has Taylor shown dedication to International affairs by attending dozens of conferences, but she has also become an advocate on the Florida State campus. She currently serves as the Vice Director of the World Affairs Program, and is responsible for creating, scheduling, and implementing all training material for new delegates. She hosts bi-weekly meetings that present current news, and create an open forum for students to discuss relevant international issues. Her goal is to encourage every student to actively invest in global development and practice exceptional global citizenship.