World Civil Society - Assembly Members
Batna University, Lab of Dialogue between Civilizations
Prof.Dr.Abdelmadjid Amrani (Philosopher)
Professor of Philosophy since 1998
- Baccalauréat :1976, Lettre and Human Sciences Blida, Algeria
- BA Philosophy :1981,University of Algiers
- M.Litt:1986, University of Glasgow G.B
- Ph.D :1990, University of Glasgow G B
Jobs and responsibilities
- Honored with recognition by the university of Batna.June 25,2014.
- Award/ Gusi Peace Price International/ Laureate/November 27,2013 Manila, Philippines.
- Man of The Year 2011 for Algeria (ABI) web//www.abiworldwide.com
- Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities , University of Batna : 1999-2010.
- Director of Laboratory Research of Dialogue Between Civilizations and Globalization, since 2003.
- Member of the High Council for the Arabic Language, Algiers : 1998-2003
- President of the committee scientific research Dept of Political Science . university of Batna : 1992-1999.
- President of a research project on “the Future of Civilization Between Conflict and Dialogue”, 2005-2008.
- President of a research project on “The end of Philosophy and the Beginning of Modern History”, 1998-2001.
- Member in the Arabic Philosophy Society : Jordan 1995-2000.
- Member of Chinese Philosophy Society : 2007-2010.
- Member in the Sartre’s Philosophy Society for the North America 1997-2000.
- Full Professor in Political philosophy , University of Batna since 1998.
- Lecturer in Political Philosophy, University of Batna:1991-1994.
- Assistant teacher in Human Sciences, University of Batna 1998-1991.
- Proposed as UNESCO Chair of Philosophy , 2010 , Batna University.
IG Alpbach Armenia
Marine Sargsyan - President
My academic background is in both the Humanities (BA and AM Diplomas in History from the Yerevan State University) and Social Sciences (Public Servant Diploma (equivalent to Master’s Diploma) from the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia, and a Human Rights non-degree Diploma from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund (Sweden)).
Since 2006 I have participated in different conferences and training courses, mostly at European universities, institutions, think tanks and other organizations. I am alumna of The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) American Institute for Political and Economic Studies (AIPES) academic program (USA). TFAS participants earn academic credits from Georgetown University and become a part of a worldwide network of young leaders. I have undertaken study visits to many European universities, including Ghent University (Belgium), Warsaw University (Poland), St. Petersburg State University (Russia), Charles University (Czech Republic), Coimbra University (Portugal) and The Hague Academy for Local Governance (the Netherlands), and have represented Armenia at various regional and international conferences. In 2010 I was accepted to participate in the European Forum Alpbach (EFA) annual event, and in December 2011, with the permission of the EFA Steering Committee based in Vienna, together with my students and friends I founded the Initiative Group Alpbach in Armenia, which became registered as a non-profit youth organization in the Republic of Armenia in February 2012.
Vasan Srinivasan, Assistant Director General / Director - Cultures, Civilisations & Ethnicity, Global Dialogue Foundation
- President, Federation of Indian Association of Victoria (FIAV)
o Former Chairman of Advisory board
- Member - Livingstone Primary School Council: Vermont South - VIC
o Living locally for the past 22 years
o Concerned about the education at primary school council
- Member - Melbourne Lord Mayor's Charitable Funds Grants Committee
o Member of Family Panel since 2003
o Actively involved in Grants & Funding preparation for the family panel
- De Attaché - 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games - Indian Contingent
Peter (Pece) Gorgievski - C.E.O & Director-General / Chief Executive Coordinator
Peter is a humankind enthusiast devoted to humanitarian progress. He is a global citizen. Peter's greatest passion and focus is creating a culture of peace throughout the world. He is co-founder of GDF, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.
2013-Current: The OCAM Group P/L
- OCAM Global Logistics
- OCAM 4x4 Accessories
2011-14: CL Network Vic Inc. / Whittlesea Community Leadership Network (WCLN) - Founding Vice Chairperson & Secretary. WCLN is a not-for-profit community association working under auspices of the City of Whittlesea, Victoria. It provides leadership training and capacity building via access to resources for community-based organisations and cultural and ethnic groups. WCLN facilitates intercultural dialogue and integration with mainstream society.
Carolyn has devoted most of her working life to advancing the cause of her people and inheriting traditional and customary responsibilities associated with her country, people and culture.
She has been actively involved in significant community development projects, in advocacy,native title, social reform and cultural promotion. She has been involved in negotiating Indigenous Land Use Agreement [under the Native Title Act] and establishing and managing education & support programs at University level.
Since graduating in 1983 with a degree in Accounting, Andrew's professional life has encompassed the provision of financial advice to individuals and businesses of varying size.
In 1994, Andrew established the accounting practice Cambel Cass (Melbourne), to continue and expand his involvement in the finance industry through the provision of a quality and timely advice.
In more recent years Andrew has endeavored to increase his involvement in local community based organizations that require the assistance of professionals without the associated cost.
Biotechnology graduate, currently working as a Microbiologist for one of the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies in the plasma industry. With a strong interest in genetics and life extension techniques, Michael will be undertaking further studies in the field of Biomolecular principles. Michael is also a strong believer in well-being and disease prevention through proper eating habits and an active lifestyle. He has commenced his further Biotechnology/ Bio-molecular studies. He is co-founder of GDF/GDI, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.
A graduate in Nanotechnology with Honours in Chemistry in researching a novel pathogenic sensor; Ilija is currently working as a Validation Officer for one of the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies in the plasma industry. Interested in future technological advancements in the fields of renewable energy and medical devices, Ilija is developing his career within the medical industry with future plans in research & development and he has completed his PhD in Nanotechnology. He is co-founder of GDF/GDI, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.
-If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed- - Albert Einstein
Dr. Vasko M. Najdovski - Founder
Organizations: Global Dialogue Foundation (GDF)
Dr. Vasko M. Najdovski is trained as a medical doctor in his native Macedonia. He worked as a medical doctor in Macedonia and in Australia.
He is the founder of Global Dialogue Foundation and various other organizations in Australia and abroad through which he expresses over 20 years of active humanitarian and philanthropic work. Working in this area, Dr. Najdovski developed a model with 3 major sectors for modernizing, transforming, remodeling and strengthening the global governance through UN systems. The model incorporates an "organized" civil sector on local, regional and global levels. Through dialogue and citizen diplomacy, which was widely used by Dr. Najdovski, it will help strengthen and pave paths for developing law and order in the wider community, coming from the needs of ordinary citizens, faiths, cultures and civilizations in years to come.
Using "Dialogue" as a means towards the future, Dr Najdovski's work aims at building pathways and increased awareness for cooperation and dialogue among humans, nations, cultures, civilizations, religions, science and religion, also building bridges for cooperation, understanding and friendship. Also, working towards a brighter and safer sustainable environment while protecting our planet and opening wide avenues for space exploration and inhabiting space for common good.
Dr. Najdovski has researched and written widely on bio-energy and bio- energy therapy over many years. At present, his focus and interest is scientific research and new technologies, particularly in the area of Bio-energy. He is promoting and initiating dialogue among faith and reason, where Bio-energy/Bio-energy Science will be a 'vehicle' for establishing long-awaited friendly dialogue among science and religion and bringing their thoughts closer for common good. Also, based on his 20+ years research and experience in the bio-energy/healing field, to offer mankind ground breaking/cutting-edge technologies.
Elizabeth Najdovski - Director-Family, Global Dialogue Foundation
Mark Mayes, Director - Alternative/Natural Medicine / Traditional Chinese Medicine, Global Dialogue Foundation
Director, Cultural Development Network (appointed December 2005)
John is an arts manager with experience working on policy development and a background of arts programming, specifically in cinema, new media arts, and screen education. He studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, the South Australian School of Art, Monash University and the Academy of Fine Art Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1992, John was Director of the State Film Centre of Victoria leading it through its development as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and was responsible for opening the new public facilities at Federation Square in Melbourne in October 2002. John left ACMI in 2004 and joined CDN in 2005 as Director. Since then, he has worked with the CDN Board and a highly skilled team to support stronger arts planning within the cultural development activities of local government.
Elleni was born in Ethiopia.
She has focused her life's work on strengthening education, training
and employment for culturally and linguistically diverse communities
in Australia. Elleni is now the Community Engagement Advisor &
Coordinator at Victoria University. Her dynamic leadership has
resulted in new solutions for community to access and participate in
society. From 2005-2011 Elleni has served as the first African
Commissioner appointed to the Victorian Multicultural Commission. For
six years she has also served as Board of Directors of The Women’s
Hospital and chaired the Community Advisory Committee and from 2008
-2011, Elleni has served as the inaugural member of Australian Social
Inclusion Board. Elleni is a Director of the SBS Board & member
of the Community Engagement Committee. Recently Elleni was appointed
to Wester Health Board of Directors and chair of Cultural Diversity
and Community Advisory Committee.
Elleni was one of the recipients of the VU Vice-Chancellor’s Citations and Award for Outstanding Engagement with Culturally And Linguistically Diverse(CALD) communities in Australia. She also received Victoria’s Premier Awards for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs in Education and Prime Minster International Year of Volunteers Award. Her name has been included on the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. She is also on 2006 “Who is Who Australian Women” among 4000 remarkable women in Australia. In 2008 Elleni was selected as one of twelve significant women in Victoria as part of 100 years of women’s suffrage reflection and celebration. Elleni is also participated at the 2020 Summit which brought together some of the best and brightest brain from across the country to tackle the long term strategy for the Nation’s future. In 2008 Elleni won the Diversity@Work Individual Champion Award for Diversity and Inclusion.
Elleni was presented with her award by Sir Bob Geldof
Paula is inspired by innovation and entrepreneurship and has recently embarked on her own consulting business, ‘The People Side’, which assists new and growing businesses with all things HR-related.
A Certified Professional with AHRI and member of the Golden Key Society, Paula can be found fund-raising for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, volunteering for Lort Smith Animal Hospital or travelling to new and exciting places in her spare time. She currently resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Craig, and adopted cat, Chow.
Director and Founder of Displacement Solutions (www.displacementsolutions.org), an organisation dedicated to resolving cases of forced displacement throughout the world, in particular displacement caused by climate change and conflict. In 2009 Scott founded Oneness World (www.onenessworld.org), an institution dedicated to developing alternative forms of global governance grounded in global citizenship. He is also Founder of the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE - www.cohre.org), an organisation he headed from 1991-2007. He regularly advises several United Nations agencies and has worked on human rights issues in 65 countries. He was the driving force behind more than 50 international human rights standards, and has published 12 books and over 100 articles and reports on issues including housing rights, economic, social and cultural rights, forced evictions, the right to housing and property restitution for refugees and internally displaced persons and other human rights themes. He frequently lectures and regularly teaches several human rights courses.
Ven. Lobsang Tendar comes from Kham, Eastern Tibet. Ordained at Dego Samdupling Monastery at the age of 12, Tendar left for Lhasa shortly after where he joined Gyuto Monastery and trained as a monk for 7 years. In 1989, he made the journey across the Himalayas to join the Tibetan community in India. There, he continued his studies at the Gyuto Tantric University in Northern India, specializing in tantric chanting, meditation and butter sculptures and sand mandala.
Tendar started touring Europe and Australia in early 2000 and 2001 with the monks of Tibet as Chant Master, spreading the message of love compassion and peace. He returned to Australia in 2002 as a resident and became an Australian citizen shortly after in 2005. His contributions in Australia are numerous where he is most recognized for his chanting and practice of Tantric Healing.
Prior to his arrival in Melbourne, Rabbi Heilbrunn was a Rabbi and popular Cantor of several large Jewish congregations in South Africa, the North Shore Synagogue (Sydney) and subsequently Chief Minister of the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation. He has enjoyed much success as a Rabbi, Cantor, lecturer, educator and counsellor. Rabbi Heilbrunn has involved himself in all aspects of the Cantorial and Jewish Liturgical art and the promotion of Jewish Synagogue music throughout the Community.
Rabbi Heilbrunn's involvement in Synagogue life dates back to his youth: he was encouraged to take an active role in the services at his Boarding School and later at the Linksfield Senderwood Synagogue. Later he became the Junior Minister (Chazan Sheni) of that Synagogue while at the same directing the Jewish Activities Program at the King David Schools Hostel.
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Born Malaysia 1955
Migrated to Melbourne in Melbourne 1975
Accountant; Property Developer
Chairperson, Federation of Chinese Association of Victoria
Chairperson, Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival Organising Committee
Chairperson, Glen Waverly Chinese New Year & Lantern Festival Organising Committee
President: Chinese Association of Victoria (2002 –2004)
Ikani migrated to Australia with
his family from Tonga in 1980 and finished his secondary schooling in
Australia. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts. Ikani’s career
has included roles in Asset Management, Economic Development and
teaching at secondary school level in Tonga. He has also competed
professionally for Tonga in athletic events internationally including
the 1990 Commonwealth Games.
Ikani is actively committed to community development having founded the Tongan Victorian Association Inc (TVA) which actively works towards addressing issues facing Tongan communities in Victoria and Australia. Furthermore, he has been working with leaders of Pacific Island communities in Victoria in establishing a peak body for Australians of Pacific Island heritage. A founding member and driving force behind the United Pasifika Council of Victoria (UPCOV), Ikani is particularly passionate about the interconnect of Pacific diasporic communities in Australia and the Pacific region.
Ikani has led the development of innovative models of engagement and dialogue, not only to highlight the issues faced by Pacific Island communities but to push major initiatives that significantly contributes to Australia's engagement with the Pacific. Ikani founded Ovava Limited, a not-for-profit organization with a Board of high profile individuals to purse this endeavor.
Bill Kardamitsis JP
Managing Director / CEO at Atlas Import Export and Trading
Experienced and Succesful Business Owner and Operator in a range of Industries in Australia
Profound political career,
Member of the "Australian Labour Party"
Candidate for the Federal Electorate Seat of Wills in 1992-1993 with the Australian Labour Party.
Elected Councilor twice in the City of Coburg.
Extensive community involvement (founding member of the Coburg Community Health centre;
Founder and Coordinator of the St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Victoria, Australia;
Representative Member of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, Australia.
3ZZZ - Melbourne Ethnic Community Radio
George Silloum - President
I was born in Syria and migrated to Australia in 1974 as a young man
I have studied Aeronautical engineering in Melbourne and worked in that field till about 1985 and after that I have completed various studies in building and architectural studies and started my business in designing and building various construction projects the business still operating till now.
Married with 2 children’s boys both university graduates.
Since 1988, Peter has had an extensive career in the arts as a creative director, producer, artistic director, music director, composer and a champion of intercultural understanding. He has established himself as one of Australia’s leading cross cultural directors. Some memorable events include:
- Producer/Director of the “Australian Christmas Show” in Jinan, China – 21st Dec 2013.
- Producer/Director of the Interfaith Showcase “Colors of Ugnayan” United Religious South East Asia Conference in Manila, Philippines 10th November, 2013
- Producer/Creative Director and Composer of the Australia Day Concert, 2004 to 2012.
- Creative Director and Producer of countless ceremonies including the most recent being the Opening and Closing Ceremony for the UN World Model Games Conference March 2013 in Melbourne.
- Artistic Director of the Red Earth Arts Festival, WA, 2012.
- Creative Director of the arts and cultural program and concert “Towards Oneness” for the United Religious South East Asia Conference in KL, Malaysia, October 2011.
- Creative Director/Producer of the “Beyond Difference” Concert in Manilla, Philippines, for the United Religious Initiative South East Asia Conference, Nov 27, 2010.
- Producer/Creative Director of the Welcome Concert, Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the United Nations “Advance Global Health” conference, streamed to 250 million people worldwide, 2010.
Colin is Mia Mia Gallery’s founder, as well as its principle artist, educator and curator.
Over the past 15 years, Colin has been a founding member of many Indigenous initiatives throughout Australia including the Aboriginal Actors Corporation, Wadamba Bic, One-Fire Dance Troope and the Aboriginal Arts Development Trust. In addition, he initiated a Community Theatre Diploma Course for Indigenous actors and production designers at the Victorian College of the Arts in response to television and theatrical agents request for more trained Indigenous actors.
Colin is a lecturer in cultural awareness, Indigenous art and education. He has delivered significant performance and visual arts exhibitions as part of the Indigenous component of over 44 festivals and events. He is also a visual artist having exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria, Manningham Gallery, Narana Creations and at many group shows both private and public.
Colin has curated collections of significant Indigenous art works for TEAC and many other corporations, councils, shires and private collectors.
He liaises with Indigenous visual artists and the corporate and government sector in both advocacy and commercial transaction activities to achieve the best outcomes for his community. Many Aboriginal people who wish to participate more fully in the visual arts industry consider him their mentor.
Colin actively seeks out opportunities for Indigenous artists to exploit their own imagery on their own terms, enabling income streams that consolidate their longevity in the industry; one that will benefit the artists, their families and their communities.
Whilst setting up the Aboriginal Artists Development Trust, Colin was responsible for the introduction of the Lin Onus Award into the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. The award was given out for an outstanding work by an Indigenous artist aged 30 years and under. Through Colin’s efforts The Peter Brock Foundation sponsored the award for two years and it became not only an integral part of the ceremony but it also acted as a testament to Lin Onus’ legacy.
Fleur's family were active members of the Darling Range Naturalist club. They spent all their holidays camping in the bush and learning about Australian wildlife.
Fleur has volunteered her spare time to assist wildlife both land and sea. She spent time with the Bunbury dolphin trust, and Underwater World. She has assisted with research on Bottle-nosed dolphins, Humpback whales, and Mahakam River dolphins. She was an active member of west whales attending many whale strandings.
She started her dream job at the Perth zoo 20 years ago. It did not take long to discover her passion for primates, enrichment, training and especially orangutans. In 1996, she followed her passion to Kalimantan where she worked at the Wanariset Reintroduction Centre for 18 months. Fleur was nominated for young Australian of the year for her work with orangutans. Since then, she has been an active supporter and committee member of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation returning frequently to Indonesia with donations and medical supplies. Fleur was a founding member of BOS Australia. In 2007, Fleur put together the successful welding for welfare program which is still ongoing.
She was employed by Zoos Victoria in 2000. Fleur has actively contributed to the formalisation of enrichment and training on the rainforest precinct. She has played an integral part in the development of the new Orangutan Sanctuary at Melbourne Zoo. She now works on the trail precinct.
Raquel Tobar - Director, GDF Sanctuary, Global Dialogue Foundation
Over 6 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions at PricewaterhouseCoopers both in Chile and Australia.
Although having a financial background, Raquel's biggest passion is animals! Since arriving in Australia, she is an active member of the Victorian Ferret Society. Raquel participates in shows and events to educate people in caring for their pets and provide a better understanding of ferrets.
She is currently undertaking a FOTZ (Friends Of The Zoo) volunteer guide course at Melbourne Zoo to continue her path along conservation and education.
Nigel Williamson - Director, GDF Sanctuary, Global Dialogue Foundation
Nigel began his career as an animal rescue officer with RSPCA in 1985.
Owner, Nigel's Animal Rescue / Director, Australian Animal Rescue
Bill Penrose, Director - Citizens, Organisations & Community, Global Dialogue Foundation
Bill has worked in several local organisations such as festival committees, newspaper groups and community centres and has been a shire councillor for over 10 years at various times since 1991, including one year as mayor of the Shire of Nillumbik in Victoria, Australia. His passion is to improve community understanding of local government activities to allow them greater control of their own environment.
He is currently a vice chairman of the Victorian Local Governance Association and is involved with several groups that work with and monitor council activities.
Graduating as an engineer, Bill worked throughout Australia and overseas. This includes two years at Woomera in an international rocket program and two years in England helping design computer telephone exchanges.
Supreme Sikh Council of Australia
Harikirat Singh - General Secretary
At the age of 21, working at administrative roles of different organisations, Harkirat Singh started the Sikh Blood Donation Drive with Australian Red Cross and Sikh Food Donation with Food Bank Vic and travelled all around Australia to get more and more Sikhs to donate blood to serve the humanity and make the Australians aware of the Sikh Identity. With his management and hard work, Sikhs broke the record of most number of Blood donations in one day. He was awarded with a medal by Australian Red Cross Blood Service in 2010 and 2011. He is the Sikh representative in many councils/Govt projects and continuously raises issues related to Sikhs with higher authorities. He along with his team, worked tirelessly for tabling of the 1984 Sikh Genocide petition in Australian Federal Parliament which is a historical event for the Sikh Nation worldwide. He speaks at various Seminars/Functions and works closely with many federal Parliamentarians. He remained the Subeditor of Australian Sikh/ Panjabi magazine-DES PANJAB . He voluntarily runs Panjabi radio show-Virasat and is the Panjabi representative at the Community Radio Federation. He serves as the General Secretary of Supreme Sikh council of Australia.
promote enduring, daily intercultural cooperation, that celebrates the
diversity and skills of the individual and to broker, consult, design
and assist projects that lead to sustainable communities and business in
Food Security with cultures of peace, justice and healing for the
Earth, its people, its lands and seas and its creatures."
To educate the new generations in all cultures to respect what has gone before, including the elders of our time and to collaborate, share resources gifts, and skills to support the renewal of consciousness leading to the above statement
Member: Delhi Journalist Association, New Delhi, India.
I am doing Photography from 1961 onwards, my first photo published in 'Health'magazine in Pune, India in the year 1965.
I joined Indian Army Postal Service as Warrant Officer in 1972. and retired 1990.
In APS also I worked as Photographer in addition my work.
In Delhi , I worked two state Governments 1. Tamil Nadu and Kerala as official photographer more than 18 years. In that time I met most of the Indian and foreign leaders and took photos. I took photos. Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates, Mother Teresa and Indian Presidents, Prime Ministers
Also I took so many Bollywood film stars.
I came here in Melbourne 2008. Here also I am doing photography for Indian Consulate General . as well most of Indian magazines. FIAV, Housing for the Aged Action Group, NRISA etc..
1972 onwards I am doing photography with Nikon cameras, lenses flashes.
Darren has an extensive background in social work and business and has been designing, facilitating and evaluating a vast range of group work practices for over 15 years. After establishing two successful companies in Sydney he spent six years at university studying social work and psychology whilst continuing to work in medical research.
He has since integrated his business and social work skills to design, facilitate and evaluate a variety of group work practices. Darren is dedicated to providing groups for adults and children that incorporate a self help model that encourages people to take ownership in understanding themselves and create their own destiny. He also delivers specialised training to professionals in the community services sector which reflect modern day challenges in client-worker relationships.
Darren established the first anger management program for acquired brain injury clients in Victoria in 2004. The majority of his expertise has been gained from working with high risk clients in secure welfare settings with complex needs through 15 years of industry experience. He now facilitates an extended range of programs mainly through Infoxchange Victoria and NESA (National Employment Services Association) both organisations working in the non for profit sector which cater for more specialised needs within the community sector which focus on individualized practice skill building for clients with complex needs.
Finnish Society of Melbourne
- 1985- 1992 Participated in various Textile Crafts Workshops by leading Australian and overseas craft persons.
- 1980-1982 Certificate of Handloom weaving, Melbourne College of Textiles
- 1960-1961 Finland?s Travel Bureau-ticketing and sales
- Until 1958 Kallion Yhteiskoulu ( high school) Helsinki, Finland
Over the years has been invited to present papers on textiles, fibres and design in weaving at conferences in Australia and Europe and the United States of America. Was the sole Australian representative at the International Conference on Linen and Flax in Paris.
Has been consulted by CSIRO and Victorian Government on the production and processing of flax and hemp fibre for textiles and paper production.
has been instrumental in promoting multi-culturalism through tireless
networking through the Victorian Multicultural Commission, The Victorian
Ethnic Affairs Department as well as developing and maintaining strong
relationships between and within the Scandinavian communities in
Victoria and interstate.
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Sinhala Cultural and Community Services Foundation
Asoka Dantanarayana, Olga Mendis
Mr. Mantelli J.P.
Somali Australian Council of Victoria Inc.
Dr. Hussein Haraco - President
Sovereign Weddings & Events
Young African Connection
John James - CEO
Macedonian Community Council of Victoria
Sangam Community Association
Australian Somali Welfare Botherhood Association Inc
Hararian Community Association
Abdulhakim Adus - Chairperson
Horn of African Communities Network
Terefe Aborete - Services Director
Australian Education and Leadership Centre
Muslim Women Council of Victoria Inc
Rabia Syed - Project Officer
Lao Australian Society
Mixay Chittaphong - President
Sue Clark - Director
WCS - Deputy Director General
INTLI, International Leadership Institute
2012 - Present: Founder & Managing Director
Strategic consulting, Business Coaching, Interim and change management, Training and workshops
Education: Master of economics University of Economics, Sofia,
Master Diploma, 1. US MBA Diploma (AACSB accredited) 2. EMBA Diploma
Executive Academy - Austrian University of Economics, Vienna
October 201 - ongoing: Senior Adviser - Mattig Management Partners, Vienna, Austria www.mattig-management.at
August 2011 - ongoing: Freelance senior finance consultant: M27 Finance GmbH, Vienna www.m27.eu
2009 - 2011: General Manager Immorent Slovakia and the Slovakian subsidiaries of S IMMO AG and Immorent AG (more than 20 companies)
Michael Wimmer, PhD.
2003 - present: Director of EDUCULT, Head of Scientific Research
Priorities: Cultural Policy, Cultural Development, Education Policy, Arts and Cultural Education and Cultural Participation
Education: Full profile
- 2012: Lecturer - Austrian, European and International Cultural
Policy Institute for Political Sciences/Institute for Theatre, Media
and Film Sciences
1995 - today: Consultant, International Cultural Policy, Austrian Minister for Culture, UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Commission
1987 - 2003: Director, General Manager, OKS - Austrian Culture Service
Organization: Great Silk Way
2012 - Present: Acting Secretary-General
2011 - Present: MP Fuad Muradov Position: Assistant
The “Great Silk Way” International Youth Union was established for the purpose of coordination of activities of youth organizations, as well as representing and protecting common interests of the countries historically located on the silk route. The main objective and scope of activities of the organization is intercultural and interreligious dialogue, globalization issues.
Azerbaijan State Economic University - MBA - International Business
2011-2012: OGAE Azerbaijan (Official Eurovision Fan Club in Azerbaijan) Position: PR manager, Copywriter.
2011-2013: Council of Europe - “Youth Peace Ambassadors” project
2009 - Jun 2012: NAYORA (National Assembly of Youth Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan), Member of the International Relations Department
Organization: Gender Project for Bulgarian Foundation
Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (GPF) was set up in 1995 as NGO in public benefit. There are 2 people working full time and 4 people part time. GPF is an advocacy group for promotion of gender equality in all spheres of the private and social life in Bulgaria, Europe and globally.
GPF is a member of the European Women’s Lobby and the National Council on Gender Equality to the Council of Ministries of Bulgaria. The main spheres of work are: Development Education and ODA policy; Economic Rights of Women; Political Empowerment of Women; Media and its Role for Overcoming Gender Stereotypes; Roma Women Empowerment; Domestic Violence.
In 2013 GPF started to work on a 3-year project “Minorities Realities in the News” under Call EuropeAid/131141/C/ACT/Multi, as a partner of Minorities Rights Group International, UK. The specific objective of the project is: Journalists serving EU audiences are better equipped with the necessary tools and skills to shape public & decision maker opinions in new ways through achieving high quality, well informed, analytical & sensitive stories concerning the specific development needs, progress & problems of minority & indigenous communities in the global South. In September 2013 a new project “Support for Empowerment of Women from Northwestern Rural Region of Bulgaria”, financed by the NGO Programme in Bulgaria of the EEA Financial Mechanism will be started. GPF participates in the Working group on next planning period 2014-2010 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. As a member of the Bulgarian Platform for International Development (BPID), GPF took part in the CONCORD PCD Annual Seminar on January 30-31 2013 and its representative was included in a special TRIALOG Study visit to Brussels with PCD Focus, May 27 – 30, 2013.Full profile
Organisation: Vital Actions for Sustainable Development
2008 - Present: Coordinator
Youth and Action Instructor trained by the Ministry of Youth Affairs of Cameroon. His fields of interest and experiences include social development, climate change, sustainable development, intercultural dialogue, peace-building, youth empowerment and development, and human rights.
2011:Focal Point of youth NGOs at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
National Coordinator of MasterPeace in Cameroon
Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network: Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Head of Youth Programs of the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI)
African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC).
GABI WAMBO LAURENT
WORK: SOCIAL WORKER AND CSO LEADER
WORK FIELD: HUMAN RIGHTS, PEACE, GOVERNANCE AND YOUTH LEADERSHIP
Horn Dialogue Foundation
I highly motivated with graduated Degree of International Relations from Addis Ababa University and enthusiastic worker with 10 years’ experience in Local and International NGOs, I also have two Diplomas of Information Technology and Human Resources Management, as well I earned online Certificates from Geneva University at International Organization Management in 2013, and The Changing Global Order from Leiden University 2014.
I am performing individual with demonstrating drive, enthusiasm and initiative, with the ability to work well under pressure, consistently delivering quickly and accurately and able to prioritise to ensure deadlines are met whilst maintaining a high standard of analysis and insight.
Co-Founder of Horn Dialogue Foundation [HDF] which is a collaborative,
participatory non political, impartial, non-governmental and not for
profit Foundation, Which has Difference offices that Registered
Different Countries such as Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom,
Switzerland, Turkey, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia, The branches
and offices of Horn Dialogue Foundation in Somalia are located in the
capital of Somalia, Mogadishu and in Hargeisa and Bosaaso.
More info log on http://hdialogue.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/Horndialogue
The Egyptian Translators & Linguists' Association
Hosameldin Mostafa - President
- Translator, Researcher & Writer
- President - Egyptian Translators & Linguists' Association
- President of The Egyptian League for Translators-
- National Translation Center of Egypt
- Chairman of Arab Translators Encyclopedia
- General Secretary of Egyptian Translators Syndicate
translator and researcher. Studied English Literature and Business
Administration. Translated many works in different language pairs
including Arabic, English, French, Italian and Chinese and supervised
many translation projects at international organizations and
Lecturer specialized in translation arts and sciences with experience extends to more than 20 years. Recently, He is the President of the Egyptian Translators & Linguists’ Association (ETLA) since 2005. ETLA is the first professional NGO in Arab countries founded to support and improve the translation and interpreting professions and foster professional development of individual translators and interpreters.
Researcher specialized in translation, politics, diplomatic and literary issues.
Participated in many conferences and academic events as a translator or researcher. He published various articles and researches in Arabic and other languages concerning translation, languages, literature, politics and diplomacy.
Human Rights Association for Community Development in Assiut
Nasser Ibrahim Aboeloyouen - Chairman
Human Rights Association for Community Development in Assiut, registration number 596/2004 under the umbrella of Ministry of Social Solidarity and Justice, is a non-governmental organization works to promote and protect human rights of Egyptian citizens, especially in Upper Egypt community. The association is concerned about marginalized groups including children, women, youth, and victims of torture and violations of human rights in Egypt. After 7 years of working in the field, the association in 2012 enjoyed the consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Vision: A leading human rights organization for a better future for human rights in Egypt
Providing advanced mechanisms to raise awareness and educate youth.
Monitoring and documenting women and youth issues.
Applying international standards of human rights in Egypt.
Raising community awareness of democracy and mechanisms of practicing democracy.
Networking with other NGOs to raise awareness of human rights.
Establishing legal clinics to provide support and legal assistance to marginalized and vulnerable groups
The association concerns about all issues related to human rights or marginalized groups, it works in these fields:
Promoting Human Rights and Democracy.
The association is:
A member of Anna Lindh Foundation Network
A member of Plan International Network
A member of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
A member of the United Nations Coalition Against Corruption (UNCAC)
My name is Mosese Naluwau Koroimata
I’m from Solevu village at Malolo Island, Fiji Island.
I was born 20.05.1986
I’m married with one son.
1992 – 1999 Attending Malolo District School – Grade 1 to Grade 8
2000 – 2002 Attending Ba Provincial High School – Form 3 – Form 5
2003 – 2004 Attending Fiji National University (Studying Business Management), Part-time in Carrier Management Training System (Studying Certificate and Advance level in Computer Studies).
2005 – 2007 Attending Jansen Bible Institute (Studying Certificate in Theology), Part-time in Service Pro Vocational Studies (Studying Hotel Management and Tailoring).
2010 – 2012 Attending Davuilevu Theological College (Studying Diploma In Theology)
2013 – 2017 At this period I am doing my field studies. After this five year period and I’ll be posted to another part of Fiji to continue my vocation.
Common Good Forum
Mrs. Violaine Hacker, PhD
2009 - Present: President
The Common Good Forum represents an initiative to bring together experts and practitioners in various fields to reconsider economics and other areas of human enterprise with an emphasis on the common good. This supposes to take into account cultural issues. It aims to empower people to engage in actively re-thinking economic, political and cultural issues for the benefit of the global and local common good. http://www.commongood-forum.org/
Education: Phd in Law and Public Policies, European Studies Department, Sorbonne, summa cum laude. Thesis on the political Identity and the European Integration (Institutionalist analysis of decision-making).
Master, Political Philosophy and Sociology, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Lille, Cum laude. Thesis on the building of Political Identity.
Consultant in Project Management: Development/Philanthropy and Public Policy within: Fondation JDB-Ligue contre le Cancer; UFSBD-World Health Collaborative Centre, Afnor (CEN/ISO), SFDO.
2001-2013: Research for: Think tank Lépac, Institut de recherche et formation en géoéconomie (cf. Programme Le Dessous des Cartes sur Arte), CNRS (Institut Communication et Politique), Think Tank Confrontations Europe.
Lecturer: European Law and Public policy, international relations, within: Sorbonne (European Studies Department), Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris; I.E.S.E.G., Ecole supérieure de Commerce ; Université Charles, Prague ; Université du Temps Libre; Institut Communication et Politique).
Community and Family Aid Foundation
Emmanuel Korsi Senyo Kumedzina - Executive Director
Doug Woodring - Director, Environment - Marine
Organizations: Global Dialogue Foundation & SAGE Foundation
Vice Chairperson - (www.globaldialoguefoundation.org)
Chairperson of SAGE Foundation (www.thesagefoundation.com)
Chairperson of Centre for Management (www.centreformanagement.com)
Trustee of Shahani Trust(www.shahanigroup.com).
Governing Board Member of the HSNC Board (www.hsncb.ac.in)
Founder Trustee of Women's Movement for Peace and Prosperity (www.wmpp.org) under the aegis of Times Foundation (www.timesfoundation.org)
World Wide Wealth Ambassador for XL Nation (www.xlnation.org).
Education Board member of Sadhu Vaswani Mission (www.sadhuvaswani.org) and Priyadarshni Academy (www.priyadarshniacademy.org)
Patron of Cancer Patients Aid Association (www.cpaaindia.org)
Governing Board Member of the Bombay Mothers' and Children Welfare Society (www.bmcws.com)
Chairperson, of the Justice H.K. Chainani Elder's Home.
Maya fulfills her duties with compassion, love and commitment.
Intercultural Open University (IOU),Nl
Prof. (Dr.) Subhash Chandra Associate Professor.(Hon.)
GHA Ambassador of Peace and Disarmament from Harmony in India,
Mission: To promote Global Culture of Peace & Harmony through
Peace & Harmonious Education and Transformational Leadership
- Founder Board of Trustee - Global Peace Foundation (GPF), New Delhi, India. http://www.globalpeace.org/
- Vice President- Global Harmony Association (GHA) , Nagpur, India http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=583 and
- Director: GHA Science - CSSS 2013 One Step up to World Peace. Research Program http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=579
- Project Director – Global Peace & Interfaith Harmony Project, India https://www.facebook.com/pages/GPF-India/542821939098670 and
- International Coordinator, WWA- World without Anger Kathmandu, Nepal www.worldwithoutanger.org
- Ph.D. - Doctorate of Philosophy in’ Peace Education & Human Development Management from Inter-cultural Open University (IOU), Opeinde, NL.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Ecology & Environment from I.I.E.E New Delhi, India.
- Post Graduate Diploma in 'Industrial Engineering ', from NIBM, Sri Lanka
The Blue Ribbon Movement
Abhishek has been in social change since last 14 years now, starting with The Blue Ribbon Movement which he initiated as an 18 year old. Since then, work has involved engaging with UN processes, creating a South Asian movement of young leaders, doing large scale grass root activism in Mumbai (around both Civic Engagement and Gender) and exploring Leadership for Tomorrow.
Abhishek has engaged with UNAoC at the Summer School in Portugal, and then in the consultations in Shanghai. He has also supported the development of VOICE Magazine.
Kush Kalra is a Law Graduate from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, India and have done his under graduate specialization in human rights. He has written many articles which are published in national and international Journals of repute. Currently he is practicing in Delhi High Court. He believes that education can bring big difference to improve our lives. He also believes in Justice Krishna Iyer sayings “Something was dead in all of us, what was dead is hope and positivity”.
ACHIEVEMENTS FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
- Regional Finalist (Punjab) of International Climate Champions, 2009 Organised by British Council & Teri.
- Finalist Social Work (India), of Global Scholar-Education world 2009, Young Achievers Awards.
- Winner Green Apple Award for Environment, 2010
- Winner Karmaveer Puruskar for Human Rights Initiatives, 2010
- Recipient of Kamla Chowdhry Fellowship from Centre for Science and Environemnt, June, 2011
- Regional Finalist, 2011 Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards, an Apeejay Surrendra Group Centenary Initiative
- Attained the Gold Standard of the International Award for Young People, The Duke of Edinburgh , Dated 1-11-2011
- Awarded Gandhi Fellowship, 2012
- Member Indian Youth Delegation to China, 2012
- Membership Officer International Bar Association, Student Committee.
- Attended 3rd UNAOC Summer School organized by University of Aveiro and the Euro-Mediterranean University, which was held in Coimbra, Portugal from 5 to 12 August, 2012.
- Record Holder for Most Human Rights Awareness Programs (India Book of Records) May, 10, 2012
- Record Holder for Most Books on Law Published in a Year (Single Author), 20 September, 2013 (India Book of Records)
- Recipient of National Youth Award, 2012-13
- Record Holder for Most Books on Law Published in a Year (Single Author), Worldrecordsindia.com
Graduated (B.A. LL.B (Hons.) from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab Percentage Secured in Graduation: 67%
Jayam Charitable Trust (JCT)
Global Citizens for Sustainable Development
Mr. John Anugraha - Executive Director
Mr. John Anugraha is an Education and Development Practitioner. John, as a youth leader and peace activist, was awarded during the UN International Year of Youth in 2010, the Honorary title of Millennium Development Ambassador with due recognition of his services towards achieving Millennium Development Goals and Youth Development by the Sri Lanka United Nations Friendship Organization.
John is an avid traveler and has been sowing the seeds of ?global citizenship? during his travel all across the globe. John is the Founder and Executive Director of Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD), a not-for-profit organization based in Bangalore, India which focuses on youth leadership and youth empowerment, peace and culture, environment and other social development issues. John also runs the Vedike Eco-Residential School and Global Citizens' Learning Centre that focuses on education for migrant workers' children and rural to urban migrant communities.
He is the Coordinator of the Asian Citizens Assembly and Founder of inter-generational forums such as China-India Forum, Japan-India Forum, Korea-India Forum and Sri-Lanka India Forum that are actively engaging and empowering young leaders to work towards peace and achieving sustainable development goals.
As the Asia-Pacific representative at the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board from 2008 - 2015, John was actively involved in youth mainstreaming and empowerment strategies, including drafting and lobbying governments to adopt Youth Resolutions. John has also played an important role in planning and implementation of the UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund.
John enjoys his work in social activism and cultural youth exchanges. He teaches children at VEDIKE Eco-residential School, facilitates thematic sessions on issues around leadership, rural and sustainable development for young people. He heads various short-term Study Abroad Programs in India for International universities and experiential learning programs for schools and colleges in Bangalore. He has facilitated programs for universities such as J.F.Oberlin (Japan) and University at Albany (USA) for more than seven years in India.
SINDHI ADHIKAR MANCH ASSOCIATION
Mr. Gobind Gurbani - National President
Institute for Religion and Sustainable Development (IRSAD)
Realino Nurza - Executive Director
earned bachelor degree on social Islam that focus on cross-culture
communication study at Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic state University. His
master degree was gained in integrated natural resources management
under rural and regional development program at Andalas University in
Since 2008, he held a responsibility as Executive Director of Institute for Religion and Sustainable Development (IRSAD) to actualize a vision of Establishing sustainable society and environment in Indonesia.
As practitioners and intellectual, he has various experiences in various projects such as Emergency response, disaster risk reduction and peace building at various national and International agencies in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. He also active now on consultant agency as team leader named Konsultan Pemberdayaan to share his development experience with commercial society and promote sustainable development as approach and perspective. In line with his focus, he involved as volunteer to empower youth student on development and social entrepreneurship. Promote young people and involve with social entrepreneur project that bring young people to prepare them self as businessman who oriented to sustainable development.
Rosetta Gourgey Pardo - CEO
JEAN ROBERT NCHEKOUA TCHOUMBA
Suhair El Qarra - Founder
Peris Nyambura Muiruri - C.E.O and Founder
Peris Nyambura Muiruri is the founder of World Radiance International and serves as the secretary and C.E.O. At World Radiance International–WRI which is not for profit-making NGO, Peris leads the efforts through a comprehensive strategic leadership in the training of the youth through one of a kind World Radiance International Clubs of Good Governance, sports ,talents and youth Parliament which are designed to increase youth participation in governance and equip them to effectively participate in decision making and assume leadership positions to shape the future of governance, leadership and economic growth and development across the globe. She has served at Chrisco fellowship as a youth leader, Founded Aiming high investment project self help group. She has also worked as a youth Director at Tabibu Ministries and later as the Personal assistant to the C.E.O Tabibu Cures International Ltd. Peris is on admission pursuing BA in Development studies at University of Eastern Africa Baraton. Her media appearance on advocacy include television interview and features on Kenya Television Network News Dini na Ndoa topic episode (Marriage And Religion) on KIMASOMASO SHOW.
She strongly support Unity in Diversity and culture of peace and coexistence.
Safedrive Africa Foundation (SDAF)
Isaac Mutashi - Executive Director
2010 - Present: Founder & Executive Director.
2007 - Present: Humanity for orphan’s widow initiative in Kenya (HOYWIK) Volunteer Associate Director.
2008 - Present: Handweavers Guild of East Africa: Project Manager.
2013 - Present: Founding member of Kenya civil societies Non motorist (NMT) under UNEP-Kenya.
2010 – Date Executive Director, Kenya Road safety ambassador & psychologist in the study of road user behavior among young people and advocating behavior change to youth pedestrians including teen driving behavior, the dangers of using drugs and alcohol consumption visit www.safedriveafrica.org official facebook fun page www.facebook.com/SafedriveAfricaFoundation,
2007 to Date associate Director at the Program humanity for orphans widow initiative in Kenya (HOYWIK Programs) Volunteer 2008 to Date Project manager at the Handweavers Guild of East Africa, mentoring traumatized traffic affected victims and widows to overcome their dreams through hand weaving and spinning projects in support of the Bumble bee creative enterprise in Australia since 2009.Currently he’s proud supporter of unity and Diversity in African communities.
He has led & contributed to numerous research evaluating driver training, fleet and Road safety education in schools, advanced methods for drivers, and research to understand the needs of young people to save lives.
In 2010-2012 he was the lead author of an international evidence review of best practice for young drivers in Qatar and Central Asia. Mutashi work has been widely advocating for road safety for unity and diversity in Kenya, rest Africa, in 2013-2014 Central Asia & UAE road safety initiative, he has presented at various international awareness workshop and conferences. Mutashi has also served as a collision investigator attending crash scenes and providing psychological input to emergency crash respond, He has also worked for the UK Government, Department of State, and international Traffic police/forces.Beside the daily activities, he’s passion is visiting children’s homes and mentoring with them with different skills including playing football to encourage youth for future generation.
Youth Organisation "Shpresa"
Founder: Working in NGO sector on Women Empowerment, Youth Development and Leadership, achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Enisa holds a bachelor's degree from the New York College Thessaloniki-Greece, Empire State Collage USA from the department of Political Science in the field of International Relations.
Project Coordinator of Drugs, Aids and Prostitution – IOM; Better think than act! IOM and USAID; “Women in politics” - Robert Schumann Foundation; Women Rights Campaign– Municipality of Tetovo and OSCE; The Women Votes and the Gender Gap- US Embassy Skopje.
Dr. Mirjana Maleska
Dr. Mirjana Maleska is a Professor at the Doctoral School of Political Science, University :Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje. She was long time Senior Fellow Researcher at the Institute for Sociological and Political Research, Skopje. From 2001 to 2012 she was a Full Professor of Political Science at the Southeast European University in Tetovo. Her specialties are political system, political parties and ethnic politics. She is the author or editor of a
number of books and numerous articles: ‘Ethnic Conflict and Accommodation’(1997); ‘Macedonian Old-New Issues’(BAN, 2001); ‘What kind of a political system did Macedonia get after the Ohrid Framework Agreement’(2005); ‘Painful Confrontation: Causes and consequences of 2001 deadly conflict’(BAN, 2002); ‘Power-Sharing-A new model of decision-making in the municipalities in Macedonia’(2007);‘Interethnic relations in Macedonia’ in ‘People Centered Analyses’ (2010); Professor Maleska is founder and editor-in chief of New Balkan Politics.
Holds a PhD of Political Science from Faculty of Low, Sofia University “Sveti Kliment Ohridski” Bulgaria, in the field of Political pluralism-Model of R. Macedonia. He has graduated from University of Sofia with a Master’s degree on Political Science, His Master Thesis was about Political Systems in Macedonia. He is a full time professor of Political Science at the Tetovo State University. His participation on different seminars and conferences, starting from Youth students movements till the civil society international conferences and forum have encouraged him in civil society sector in Macedonia. He has worked also as journalist, news editor in Macedonian national newspaper “Lajm”.
Mr.Bakiu is a co-founder of the Youth Balkan Forum – Sofia, Bulgaria, Founder of the NGO “The hand of Justice”-Skopje, Macedonia, Project manager of NGO “Tolerance”- Struga, Macedonia.
Ms. Svetlana holds a Master Degree in International Law from South East European University; her master thesis is focused on women rights. She holds a bachelor degree in Law studies at the Faculty of Law Sciences at South East European University. Over the past decade her work and focus are set in the civil society working for several NGO`s and cooperation with many International Organizations, working successfully on Minority inclusion, Non- Violent and Peaceful Communication, Conflict Resolutions, Cultural Protection and Ethnic diversity, Youth Development and Leadership, Gender Equality. Currently Ms. Svetlana is a team- member, project manager and project coordinator as well as representative of couple NGO`s and also in the Institute for Environment and Health at South East European University. Within
the Institute her work is dedicated on projects related to Energetic and also Environment protection. In her work resume stands one capital project which is construction of the Macedonian Airport, working in the top management. Ms. Sijlanoska, has also substantial number of certificates in additional education in the field of management and transformation of conflicts, international criminal law, European competition law and policy, international public law as well as English and Albanian Language. She has obtained numerous of trainings among which monitoring of expending public budget resources and protection of personal data in combating money laundering. Ms. Svetlana was engaged as representative in conferences and assemblies such as annual assemblies of youth coalitions, conferences for national volunteer strategies, law regulation changes, labor market analysis, energy efficiency (Organized by Governmental Bodies as well as International Organizations: OSCE, UN, EU, USAID, FOOM). She is also a member Macedonian National Youth Council.
In addition to her work as representative she enrolled several networking meetings and strategy planning activities.
Holds Master of Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution from Sabanci University, Turkey, where he was also holding the position of teaching assistant at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He has graduated from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, with a BA degree in International Relations. Mr. Aliji has participated in numerous international conferences and trainings such as non- formal education for human rights, Helsinki Human Rights Committee, Ohrid, Macedonia; School of Tolerance, Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Skopje, Macedonia; Leadership Seminar, Junior Chamber International, Ankara; Model
United Nations Conference with a topic of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. He was also paper presenter and Macedonian delegate in Students of Turkic- world Congress, Bilkent University, Ankara. Mr. Aliji was president of the Association of Macedonian Students in Ankara; Columnist at web portal Young Macedonians; Trainer for social rights at the Toplum Gönüllüleri Foundation; Project Coordinator in School of Tolerance Project realized in Gostivar, Macedonia and led by Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. Apart from his current job at the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidency of the Republic of Macedonia, he is also interested in promoting social responsibility and teaching conflict resolution with interactive methods.
Prof. Dr. Mrs. Vlera Ejupi
Holds a PhD of English Literature from South East European University, where she works as a full time Professor. Mrs.Ejupi is a regular contributor to various Macedonian newspapers and journals. She has participated in numerous international conferences: “First Global International Conference-Europe Inside-Out. Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers”-in Euroacademia, Vienna, as a participant in panel discussions, but also as a co-author of the research paper “The Politicization Of Europe” and she is a member of Euroacademia; Second ASSE International Conference on British and American Studies, “Nation,Nationality, Nationhood: What`s in a nation”, with the research study `Only me and my culture exist- ethnocentrism as an overcome cultural and political concept in intercultural communication`, in Tirana, Albania; 30 International Conference on Psychology and the Arts, with the research paper “The struggle against Thanatos in the novel `Lady Chatterle`s Lover` by D.H.Lawrence`”, at the University of Porto in Portugal. She has been involved in different research projects in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, as well as trainings, seminars and workshops in different. Apart from her professional background, she is also interested in promoting social responsibility.
Holds a Bachelor Degree from Faculty of Arts at Tetovo State University; He is a Project Manager at the Roma NGO “Sonce”. He has worked on several projects for the Roma community in Macedonia organized and covered from The World Bank, Soros, USAID, UNHCR, and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He is activist of the Decade of Roma Inclusion. His participation on different seminars and conference home and abroad, makes his more open for international cooperation.
Name: Aldo Arce
Organization: Puerta Joven. Juventud, Cultura y Desarrollo
Embassy of Mexico - Beijing
Tanya is currently posted at the Embassy of Mexico in Beijing, as a Third Secretary of the Mexican Foreign Service (2014). From 2010 to 2013, Tanya worked as European Representative of Espacio de Vinculación, A.C. (EVAC), seeking to create new dialogue spaces and professional and education opportunities for youth in the Ibero-American region. She also held different positions with Mexican broadcasting company Televisa, linked to the Telecommunications, Consumer Policy and Emerging Markets Committees at the OECD, as well as with LM Communications, an audiovisual consulting agency based in Paris. She has previously worked in different international public, civic and academic organizations, such as Doctors of the World UK, ImPOWER, the LSE Public Policy Group, the Mexican Delegation to the OECD, the Embassy of France in Malaysia, the Competitiveness Department of the Municipality of Puebla-Mexico, Sistema Integral para la Familia (DIF) and the World Trade Organization. In these different roles, she developed policy analysis, institutional research, coordination, client engagement and logistic functions. She holds a Double MSc in International Affairs from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po-Paris, as well as a Masters in Public Administration from the Ecole Nationale d?Administration, where she specialized in decentralized cooperation in Mexico and in France. Tanya is fully fluent in English, French and Spanish, and a beginner in Chinese and German. Tanya is a Fellow of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank "Leaders of Tomorrow" Program
MOROCCAN RESIDENT IN QATAR
Population Permanent Committee
Dr. El Bachir Mouad
Obtained his PhD in Literature and Human Sciences from the Sidi Med Ben Abdellah University, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences- Fes, Morocco. He worked as a prof of linguistics at the Ibn Zohr University (Agadir- Morocco), and as a prof of English Language at the Faculty of Juridical, social and economic sciences at Ibn Zohr University. Dr. El Bachir Mouad was also a member of the organizing committee for the Fourth United Nations for the Alliance of Civilizations Forum organized on the period 11-13 December 2011 at Doha (Qatar).
2014: PhD. In Literature and Human Sciences (Specialization: Intercultural Dialogue in International Charts and Declarations)
Sidi Med Ben Abdellah University Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences- Fes, Morocco
2008-2010: MA in Dialogue of Cultures in the Arabic Islamic Culture
Sidi Med Ben Abdellah University Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences- Fes, Morocco
2014: Certificate Program in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy (English Language)
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy Berlin- Germany
2005- 2006: 1st year in Higher Education, UFR: "Comparative literary studies: postcolonial discourse"
Sidi Med Ben Abdellah University Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences- Fes Saiss, Morocco
2006 – 2007: 1st year of the first cycle,
Al-Karaouine University, Faculty of Islamic Shari'a and Law Fes Saiss-Morocco
2002- 2003: BA in English Literature and Language
Ibn Zohr University, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences. Agadir, Morocco
2000- 2001: Diploma of General University Studies (DEUG) (English)
Ibn Zohr University, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences. Agadir, Morocco
Dr. Elbachir Mouad is now a Translator of the Permanent Population Committee in Qatar, and member of other international centers interested in dialogue among civilizations, cultural relations and cultural diversity. He is also a writer.
SAATH, National Law College and Thames International College
Lachhindra Maharjan, MSW, MA - Associate
is a member, associate and supporter of GDF Unity in Diversity - World
Civil Society. He was the only representative from Nepal at United
Nations Alliance of Civilizations Youth Event and Global Forum in Vienna
Holds double Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii, USA and in Sociology from Guru Nanak Dev University, India. He has worked for several non-profit organizations in Nepal and USA. He was a board member of National Association of Social Workers, Hawaii Chapter from 2011 to 2012. He is passionate to work for youth leadership development, social and financial education for youth, intercultural understanding, religious freedom, post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding. Currently, he is associated with SAATH, National Law College and Thames International College, Kathmandu. He also works as Research Consultant for national and international organizations.
spoken and coached more than 30,000 people in twenty countries. He
has been called Asia's leading Edu-Tainer and one of the Top Ten
Coaches in Asia Pacific. He consistently scores over ten out of ten
on the quality of his coaching.
With a background in senior management for a leading corporate, Mike is an entrepreneur. He currently owns no less than five businesses globally and is a board member of SAGE Foundation committed to assisting underprivileged children in India. Mike is a passionate musician with nine albums to his credit and is a life member and master wealth coach of XL Results Foundation now the world's largest entrepreneur network.
Global Dialogue Foundation
Graziella uses this knowledge not only to help individuals and organisations attain success but also to give back to the community in which we all operate. Ten percent of Graziella's time, as aligned with our company philosophy, is dedicated to CSR and of recent times this has risen with the dedication to the development of the foundation for social responsibility,
Nigeria Network of NGO's
Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGO's, the first generic membership body for civil society organizations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues. Set up: 1992 with over 1000 members. The main area of activities is Networking. www.nnngo.org
Recent project/s - local or international: Raised awareness on Unity in Diversity events of UNAOC in Nigeria.
Previous employer UNICEF, www.unicef.org
As the Global Coordinator, UNICEF Rural Voices of Youth. Oyebisi has worked on various developmental and policy issues such as Youth Mentoring, Volunteerism, Poverty, Rural Development, Child Rights, Gender, Education, Civic Engagement, Government policies, Information Communication Technology for Development and the MDGs through the Nigeria Network of NGOs and has also been contributing to the global development space through participation and speaking engagement at various national and global events including advocacy and campaigns which has seen him visiting all continents of the world except the Antarctica.
Rotaract Club of Makurdi Central
Moses Dooyum Tingir - President
Moses is a 27 year old Nigerian who lives in the city of Makurdi, Central Nigeria.
He studied Psychology at the Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. He went for the mandatory one year national youth service in Kano, North-west Nigeria.
He resides in Makurdi and works for Nature Minds Charity, an NGO that scouts for talented children with the prime aim of helping them realize their full potentials in life. He is deeply involved in community service and he is the President of the Rotaract Club of Makurdi Central; a community-based, humanitarian service organization for young people.
He loves travelling and meeting new people. But mostly, He loves writing articles, and biographies. He also loves helping people in need especially orphans and displaced people.
Mr. Tingir is also involved in research, especially in the areas of addictions, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as peace and conflict resolution.
Global Alert For Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged (GADYLP) and United Nations of Youth Network Nigeria (UNOY)
Prince Goodluck Obi - President/CEO and Project Manager.
Olabode Babatunde C
Rev. Dr. Benneth Mozie - National Chairman CEO
Anumnu Ikenna - Program Manager
Organization: Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies,
Building Bridges through Informed Dialogue
Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies is an independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit think tank that aims to provide strength to global peace through dialogue and diplomacy by sharing knowledge, research, analysis and policy development in the areas of, peace-diplomacy, peace-building, conflict resolution, conflict transformation and conflict management. The main objective is to provide neutral space to stakeholders to share ideas, exchange views, experiences, understanding of the issues through innovative research and practices worldwide.
Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid-I-Azam University and another M.A in Pakistan Affairs and Diploma in Peace & Futuristic Studies.
President Community Support Programme (CSP)
Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, Pakistan’s First Multilingual Magazine, The Diplomatic Insight, www.thediplomaticinsight.com
National Coordinator, Pakistan National Club for United Nations (PNCUN)
President: Community Support Programme(CSP) (www.csppk.org)
Chief Coordinator, Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni Association, Pakistan (www.qaualumni.org)
Director, Quaidian Commoners Academy, Pakistan (www.qcacademy.com.pk)
Board Member, Liberal Forum Pakistan. (www.lfp.org.pk)
Hameed ul Mehdi - Executive Director
Tariq Mehmood - Assistant director
Muhammad Qasim - President
Samer Makhlouf - Executive Director
Samer is from the West Bank town of Jifna. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Birzeit University in Palestine and has extensive international training in fundraising and non-profit management, including a cultural exchange mentorship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. In addition to his work with OneVoice, Samer has 10 years of experience in a broad range of non-profit and business organizations in Palestine. Prior to his post in OVP, Samer served as the head of Ramallah?s Al Kasaba Theater & Cinematheque Programs & Development Department. As a member of the Palestinian Council for Young Political Leaders, he has established a wide network of connection with Palestinian politicians, organizations, and institutes. Samer is also the President of the Jifna Youth Club and the leader/organizer of the Jifna?s Apricot Cultural Festival, one of the largest, most popular and well known festivals in Palestine.
Samer Makhlouf is currently holding the position of the Executive Director of OneVoice Palestine. In this position, Samer oversees the different programs and activities of the movement in Palestine, maintains the strong network of volunteers and activists, and works toward building a coalition of civil society organizations in support of the two-state solution. Through OneVoice, Samer has organized grassroots campaigns, training seminars, and discussion panels throughout the West Bank. He also regularly engages with elected leaders across the political spectrum?both national and local officials?through town hall meetings, which bring together leaders and Palestinian citizens to discuss the issues of the conflict. Under Samer?s leadership, OVP has grown to become the second largest youth movement in Palestine with over 500 core activists in all the governorates of the West Bank. Through OVP?s Youth Leadership Program, these activists are empowered to be young moderate political leaders capable of leading their communities in achieving a comprehensive peace agreement according to the international resolutions through the two-state solution.
North-South Centre - Council of Europe
Miguel Carvalho Da Silva
Graduated in International Relations (Diplôme de Recherche et Etudes Internationales, INALCO-Sorbonne University, Paris)
Global Education Programme Manager
Coordination of Global Education PEDAGOGICAL support scheme
- Global Education Guidelines
- Global Education on-line training course
- Global Education & Youth Training for Trainers
(GE Guidelines drafting, revising and translation process;
GE e-learning scheme content creation under the topics of Human Rights Education, Intercultural Dialogue and Democratic Citizenship;
GE training for trainers content creation)
Organization: Scheherazade Foundation
President and Founder
Scheherazade Foundation’s mission is to serve children from all backgrounds irrespective of their race, religion or gender through building enduring partnerships with the government, the corporate sector and civil society. Scheherazade endeavors to improve healthcare, promote life saving advancements and sponsor protection of children, and is of the belief that true success comes through sharing of ideas, aspirations, convictions, and problems.
UNICEF, UNDP and UNHCR. Wajiha has implemented projects with significant impact in Pakistan, Dubai, Czech Republic and Romania (where she currently resides).
Projects successfully completed include raising € 3 million for the complete renovation of the largest children’s hospital in Romania, renovation of a children’s ambulatory section in the city of Constanta which serves a population of 45,000 children around the region. She also raised funds for the renovation and vocational training seminars of a facility that houses abandoned/abused and drug addicted children.
Partnership for Europe Association
Drujinin Victor - President
Organization: Education Support Foundation NOOSFERA
“NOOSFERA” was established as Education Support Foundation in 2003. Its activity focuses on working out various educational projects for children and youth. The main project is tolerance education. During 10 years the employees of the foundation created and held educational projects in such areas as art, applied science, business, religions, foreign languages, ecology, children’s charity, ethnography, astronomy etc.
Expert in methods of teaching and organizing a teaching process.
Author of the first text-book for Russian Customs “English for Customs”
Author of a number of books on teaching tolerance (Religious culture of the world, World kids’ games, Simulation game “UNESCO” etc)
Author of a book “Fairy-tails for grown ups” on the basis of Hindu Mahabharata.
Organization: Media Education Centre
President of the Media Education Centre, President of the Global-TION, Head of Media Laboratory; Balkan PLUS International Film Festival, Artistic Director; Executive Director of the International Youth Media Summit…
Miomir Rajcevic is Director, Cinematographer and Scriptwriter, working as an author/co-author on serials: At The Edge of Permitted ; The Color of my Life; Author of TV serial for youth PORTRAITS, Author of TV serial TRIPTYCH about young people with handicap... He has more than 35 years of experience in filming and producing 16mm and 35mm films for TV in several hundred projects covering documentaries, educational, theatrical, art and news reports, short and animated films etc., as well as of ENG , Digital and HD productions. Always very much involved in work with young people (Young directors, presenters and actors) specially producing for young people in many serials.
Atlantic International School School
Irene Manos - Project Coordinator
Mary Bollen - President
Zandile is an outspoken, enterprising networking specialist with a proven record in team leadership, training facilitation, project management and creative direction. Demonstrating an analytic mind augmented by an artistic touch, Zandile has the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, top management, vendors, suppliers and investors in coordinating overall project and business related efforts. Her desire to co-create a better world, lasting value and promoting unity in diversity has inspired her involvement in a number of philanthropic activities. Zandile is a co-founder and director at Eneegma Unlocked, a South African based company that provides leadership developmental training, success coaching and wellness consulting.
"To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." - Anatole France
Rehana Moosajee Consulting
Rehana was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Wits University.
has been a community activist, local government councillor and has now
set up her own company to focus on transformation, change and
As the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport in the City of Johannesburg she achieved what many deemed to be impossible when she led the team that delivered Africa’s first full bus rapid transit system – Rea Vaya.
Rehana has been invited to and participated in a variety of local and international events focussed on celebrating diversity and deepening authentic connection beyond the superficial. She was a guest of the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University in Mount Abu, Rajasthan India at the “Peace of Mind Retreat” and has also participated in the “Call of the Time” Dialogues and is an advisory member for the Write to God Gauteng project. She has also been a guest of the Turquoise Harmony Institute on an inter-faith / intercultural visit to Turkey. Rehana is a member of the Transformational Leader’s Academy global Circle of Excellence under the auspices of Rock Your Life. She collaborates with the Prem Rawat Foundation focusing on cultivating inner peace.
Rehana is a founding board member of PlayAfrica children’s museum.
In the course of 2014 Rehana has spoken in Leipzig, Germany and Boston, USA.
She has collaborated with Talk Radio 702 to deepen authentic conversation in South Africa.
Francisca Dos Santos
Vivienne Abrahams Aliveriotis
Born and raised in Cape Town, classically trained as a Ballet Dancer, is Founder, Artistic & Creative Director of Art with heArt Africa a non-profit organization. Its primary focus is on uplifting vulnerable women and children in particular.
A Peace Advocate - processing Peace with school learners, community organizations and promoting Peace through public talks, nationally (she recently spread Peace in conjunction with 16 days of Activism - a campaign against violence & abuse toward Women and Children
A champion for the poor and forgotten
Worked as the Project Manager for the Mpumalanga Traditional Art Market
A crafter, working and facilitating workshops on how to create jewelry with waste materials, a beader who does mural making, and writer of short stories and poet.
1. Personal information:
- Social Worker, Fachstelle für sexuelle Gesundheit
- International Co-coordinator, Alliance de la Francophonie pour le Post 2015, la Migration et le Développement
- National coordinator, No Hate Speech Movement http://act4hre.coe.int/no-hate
- Master in Social work – Master in Demography
CO-HABITER is an International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which positions itself as a mediator for a "better living together" of multicultural societies. http://www.co-habiter.ch/index.php?lang=en
It intends to involve itself in the promotion of a harmonious and peaceful coexistence of the majority and minority groups in general, and also of established persons and newcomers in the European and Swiss societies in particular.
CO-HABITER works particularly towards this objective through actions establishing intercultural dialogue among the components of the society that will have to live together.
In its commitment, a singular emphasis is put on the young people and their acquisition of intercultural skills.
CO-HABITER also contributes to the National and European debates on issues of living together.
On the extra-European level, it initiates and supports activities which aim at improving knowledge and a better understanding of Africa.
It also participates in the democratization process and development of the continent through various activities.
The organization has national representative in more than 15 countries across Europe and Africa.
- Swiss civil society for High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, International
- No Hate Speech Movement, 2012 – 2014, European level
- Alliance de la Francophonie pour le Post 2015, la Migration et le Développement, international
- European youth Intercultural dialogue training, 2010, 2011, 2012, Switzerland
Dagbedji Kokou Tinny - Program Officer
Meriem Ben Mosbeh
Yesim Capli - Instructor, International Communication and International News
Organization: Ray of Hope Africa (RAHA)
RAHA was established in 2007 and has 4 full time Staff and 10 Volunteers. The main area of activities are: Human Rights and Peace, Economic Empowerment, Health and HIV&AIDS.
Carlos Ventura Brazil – St. Paul Kyasenda Partnership
Community Sports competition
Inter School Debate, Painting and Essay Writing Competitions
International Day of Peace event
Village Women self help Groups for Income Generation
Youth effort for community transformation
Stay Safe from HIV&AIDS
Household sanitation for a healthy community
Education for Orphans and war victims
Peace Clubs for School and local communities
MasterPeace Uganda, www.masterpeace.org - Country Coordinator (2009 - present)
Education / Professional background
Msc. Population Studies, Makerere University Kampala
Bsc. Population Studies, Makerere University Kampala
ICT Policy and Strategic Planning, Diplo Foundation
Project Design, Planning and Implementation, Makerere University Kampala
Monitoring and Evaluation, Makerere University Kampala
Action For Children - Research, M&E Officer (2005 - 2007)
Village Care Development Foundation (VCDF)
Kabuye Deo - Director
James Kaliisa - Public Relations Officer
East African Community Youth Union
Odong Amos - Chairman
WCS Vice President - Religion, Faiths & Traditional Faiths
Name: Kiran Bali MBE JP
Kiran Bali MBE JP has carried out action around interfaith cooperation
and community relations for many years, She was awarded the MBE honour in the UK, and her interfaith efforts have been recognised globally.
has addressed the UN general assembly on women's empowerment and
interfaith dialogue and been the keynote speaker at environmental
conferences as an Ambassador for Climate action.
She brings strength at both a leadership and a grassroots level as a global Hindu interfaith leader.
UNITED NATIONS HQ NY / UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Name: Yin-Chu Jou
Organization: Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. (FAF)
Artistic Director (since 2005) & International Programs Director
Representative to UN & UNESCO
FAF is an NGO established in 1973 by Fulbright Scholar Harry Morgan and Cappy Devlin and the founders of Readers Digest Lila and DeWitt Wallace, with formal affiliation with the United Nations Department of Public Information and associate in Operational Relations with UNESCO http://faf.org/main/
Jou organizes and develops all FAF’s music programming worldwide
including international music exchanges, some of which involve dance,
theater or other related art forms, its Feel the Music! Project for the
families of the victims of 9/11 (2005), the United Cultures Peace
(UC Peace), Performing Arts Festival that takes place during the
Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, and The Rhythms of One
World International Choral Festival in New York City (2012 and 2013).
Senator Hillary Clinton (NY), Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY) and
Congressman Christopher Shays (CT) had formally endorsed her work.
Manhattan School of Music Post Graduate, Piano Performance, 2002 – 2004
University of the Philippines - Masters of Music, Piano Performance, 2000 - 2002
St. Scholastica's College Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, 1993 – 1998,
Graduated Magna cum laude honors
Ms.Jou was :
- Co-founder of the Youth Symphony for United Nations, a project affiliated with Symphony for United Nations led by Maestro Joseph Eger (2006)
- Key organizer of 2009 Friendship Tour to Nepal-India & "Women, Water, & Food Security" Conference in Calcutta, India by the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (10/2009)
- Key organizer of a benefit for UNICEF-USA's Haiti Relief through a combined choral & orchestral concert in Washington, DC that gathered 200 young artists from the US East and West Coasts united in music to benefit the children of Haiti during their time of need (4/2010)
- Program director for the Lasallian Convocation on the Rights of the Child conference at the UN Headquarters in New York (4/2010) -
- Delegate to UNAOC Doha Pre-Forum, Consultation with CSOs (5/2011)
- Founder & Festival Manager of the Rhythms of One World International Choral Festival, celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter “We the Peoples”, at the UN Headquarters, NY and at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
UNITES STATES OF AMERICA Cont.
Ann Olsen Schodde - Founder, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor
Ann Olsen Schodde has held leadership positions in higher education and international non-profit organizations for over 35 years during which she has consulted or managed educational and international programs for more than 21 private foundations, professional associations and government agencies, including the Stanley Foundation, World Food Prize Foundation, National Council for International Visitors, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, World Affairs Councils , Sister Cities, USAID, U.S. Departments of State and Education, and the U.S. Ukraine Foundation. Her work has involved managing and directing educational exchange and technical assistance programs in Tunisia, Ukraine, Malaysia, the Peoples Republic of China, Russia, France, the Middle East, Japan and Mexico.
Schodde has served on numerous boards and commissions including the National Continuing Education Association, Association of American Community Colleges, the Coalition for Citizen Diplomacy, the National Council for International Visitors, now Global Ties and has Chaired the Greater DM Sister Cities Commission. She has testified before Congress on behalf of continuing education and citizen diplomacy, worked with embassy staff from over 60 countries, and garnered financial support from the U.S. government and the private sector for citizen based international programs including the Johnson Foundation, Coca Cola Foundation, American Express, Gallup, and VISA. In 2007 Schodde founded the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy and currently serves as President Emeritus and Senior Advisor for the Center which is a separate division of Pyxera Global, Washington, D.C. Her most recent article on citizen diplomacy occurred in the 2012 winter issue of the USC Public Diplomacy Journal. Currently as President of AOS International, she is a frequent speaker and consultant for non-profit international organizations in the United States and throughout the world. Concurrently she serves on the boards of CultureAll, TaiInitiative, AEP Project and Hopeful Africa. Schodde holds a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin and M.Ed. from Cornell University. She resides in Des Moines, Iowa, is married to Dr. Stephen Schodde, J.D. and has three grown children.
President and CEO - HenderWorks, Inc.
Previously, Chief Diversity Officer for Weyerhaeuser Company, Federal Way, Washington where he advised the CEO and senior management team on diversity, inclusion and affirmative action related matters. He is an internationally recognized diversity thought leader and has been invited by numerous companies and organizations to share his expertise.
Unity in Diversity Peace Garden
Kiran Thawardas - Project Manager
Kiran began to work on the project at age 14, bringing the peace garden project to America, eventually creating the first inaugurated Unity in Diversity Peace Garden in the world at age 17. Thawardas has a great passion in the Unity in Diversity project and its mission with the hope of encouraging intercultural dialogue and understanding around the world and in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Volunteerism plays a great role in his life, being the service coordinator of his school’s National Honor Society and a chair member of his school’s Service Club. Graduating high school in May of 2015, he plans on pursuing a degree and career in engineering.
Institute for Peace and Transformational Leadership (I.P.T.L)
Remi Alapo - Director
I was born on 1st September, 1990 at Namwala General Hospital. I` am Christian by religion, Catholic to be specific and an indigenous Zambian, Tonga by tribe. I did my primary grade from 1997 to 2003 at three different schools namely Lubanga Shaboongwe basic school, Simanje Basic School and Chiyobola basic School respectively. The first two are in Namwala district while the latter in Monze district.
Therefore, in 2004 I went to Canisius Secondary School for my junior level. After sitting for my grade 9 examinations in 2005, I passed and was taken into boarding from being a day scholar. 2006 to 2008 was my senior secondary level at the same secondary school owned and managed by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits fathers) in Chikuni Mission.
In 2010, I was accepted at Evelyn Hone College under the Education department to study Social work. Industrial attachments were also done during the holidays for experience purpose. I did my attachments at Chikuni Mission Hospital. After two years down the line on 12th July, 2012 was the graduation day and I was awarded a Diploma in Social work.
Fortunately in October 2013, I was called to sit for interviews at Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Management Program (CHAMP) as a social worker/ Counselor. On 1st November, 2012, I started work at a community Learning Center (CLC) managed by CHAMP. The Operations department dealt with the provision of various social services in communities surrounding the CLC, onsite focused group discussions with youths and other most at risk populations. On the other hand, the Business department had activities that enabled income generation for sustainability purposes of the CLC.
However, the project came to an end in December 2013 and I was offered another job as a Learning Centre Officer/consultancy at the 990 Talkline that provides information, counseling and makes referrals on health and psychosocial services. This was effective1st January, 2014 till date.
Choice Mharidzo-Ndoro - Director