Batna University, Lab of Dialogue between Civilizations
Prof.Dr.Abdelmadjid Amrani (Philosopher)
Professor of Philosophy since 1998
Jobs and responsibilities
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
– Director, USS Australia Pty Ltd – providing assistance to overseas students. The organisation promotes and facilitates the enrollment of overseas students in Victoria, Australia from around the globe.
– President, Federation of Indian Association of Victoria (FIAV)
o Since FIAV’s establishment in 1989, actively participated in its activities
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
2007-Current: Global Dialogue Foundation
2013-Current: The OCAM Group P/L
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.
2001-07: Managing Director, DGX-Asia Pacific. Jointly establishing and developing new companies in several countries.
Carolyn Briggs is an elder of the Boon Wurrung people, who are the traditional owners of the country that starts at the Werribee River and extends east, through part of the city of Melbourne and as far east as Wilson’s Promontory.
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.
-In my lifetime, I want to see a world where people are treated equally, where people who have give to people who don’t, where more capable nations help those less fortunate ones – without a hidden agenda. A world united, without borders, race, religious conflicts and a monetary system that cripples nations and holds back anything that won’t profit a certain few insatiable autocrats. We are all the same, when this is realised and we begin to work together as one rather than compete as many, we will achieve advancement beyond our belief.-
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
Since 1996 Mark has been building a solid foundation and reputation as a nationally accredited instructor in internal martial arts (Tai Chi, Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Chuan) and in 2001, 2003 and 2004 won national competitions. His achievements clearly demonstrate his competence, diligence and insightful knowledge in the magnum opus of Chinese medicine.
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
Dr Yamin is currently the CEO of Business Innovation & Growth (BIG) coaching and consulting company. He has over 30 years of diverse professional experience in industry, consulting, and academia.
Dr Yamin created and spearheaded Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries with a grant of 10 Million US dollars in Oman, and Emirates Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with a grant of 1.25 Million US dollars in UAE. The purpose of these centers was to act as a catalyst in the development of innovation and entrepreneurship eco system. Dr Yamin’s Corporate and Consulting experience include senior positions in BHP, Hoechst, UNIDO and Water Boards and as the member of the Board in several institutions. Academic administrative experience includes Assistant Dean Research and Graduate Studies, Director of DBA and MBA Programs. He has over 50 publications in prestigious international journals, on variety of business related topics.
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.
In addition to being the Chief Minister of the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation and past President of the Orthodox Rabbis of Australia and New Zealand, Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn is also a highly gifted cantor and vocal artist of international reputation. He sings and collaborates with some of the world’s greatest cantors and choirs on a regular basis.
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.
Whilst continuing his studies towards Law and Arts degrees, he became a lecturer at the Jewish Students University Program, an institution which had been founded by his fellow Rabbinical students and himself.
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:
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.
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
Owner, Nigel’s Animal Rescue / Director, Australian Animal Rescue
Nigel began his career as an animal rescue officer with RSPCA in 1985.
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.
“To 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
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.
Anneli 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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Macedonian Community Council of VictoriaPresident
Sangam Community AssociationGurpreet Singh Tuteja – President
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
Iliana Schmatelka, MBA
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
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
1988 – 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.
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).
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WORK: SOCIAL WORKER AND CSO LEADER
WORK FIELD: HUMAN RIGHTS, PEACE, GOVERNANCE AND YOUTH LEADERSHIP
Veronica Ngum Ndi
Community Association for Vulnerable Persons (CAVP)
Veronica Ngum Ndi is founder of a nonprofit – Community Association for Vulnerable Persons (CAVP) Santa subdivision, Bamenda, North West region Cameroon. She is a woman with disability (Club foot deformity), a volunteer Program Manager at the Coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD) Bamenda. Has a strong commitment to inclusive development and peace building works, and is passionate about gender issues. As a peer educator, she was first prize winner as the best peace and tolerance promoter on social media and throughout door sensitizations in #OneCameroon campaign, project with Action Foundation Common Initiative Group (AFCIG), with support from UNAOC. She loves to work with others to create innovative and successful projects and a 2016-2017 Empower Women Global Champion for Change.
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Emilienne Alice Elong
ADES(Association pour le Développement et l’Encadrement Sanitaire)
I’m Emilienne Alice Elong Kouoh likeable Cameroonian-Central Africa- living in Douala.
I am seasoned entrepreneur Psychologist practicing at the second region military hospital of Douala , Guidant counselor, BSc in private law, former delegate of women empowerment and family, Mentee at Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, human rights educator, member of EQUITAS, OIDD, YALI network, Winner of weekly book prize and Award in “#Inspiring Women, Global online FiresideChat” Program of Alysia SILBERG UN women Empower Global Champion, PROPAM Administrator, cooperate that promotes Clamshells and fight poverty.
I Love imparting knowledge for behavioral changes and help others attain their objectives. I fight for human rights, enjoy organizing and holding seminars, forums, family counselling, diverse individual therapies, workshops in order to help women speak out against gender-based violence and work in entrepreneurial ventures.
I equip myself with a lot of resources through reading, travelling and getting into contact with different cultural settings and exchange platforms.
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.
I am 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
Egyptian 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 establishments.
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
Mission: A non-governmental organization aims to Applying international standards of human rights, raise community awareness and providing support and assistance to marginalized and vulnerable groups in Upper Egypt through:
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)
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
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.
Chairperson, Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society India
D. R. Kaarthikeyan is a farmer-turned, lawyer-turned, senior police officer-turned, Human Rights activist-turned, promoter of Inter-faith Harmony and environmentalist. He held very high positions in the Government of India including Director General of the National Human Rights Commission, Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation and Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force.
He has visited over 120 countries participating in and addressing Conferences relating to various subjects of human welfare including fighting violence, crime and terrorism, and promoting Environment, Human Rights and Inter-faith Harmony.
His commendable services have been recognized and honoured by the Government and Non-Governmental Organisations. He was awarded by President of India with Medal for Meritorious Service and Medal for Distinguished Service.
Other honours include Atma Jyoti (Light of the Soul); Delhi Ratna (Jewel of Delhi); Humanitarian Award; Centenarian Paramacharya Award; Rajiv Gandhi Award for Communal Harmony; FOR THE SAKE of HONOUR from many Rotary and prestigious civil society organizations from India and Abroad.
He is currently associated with several organizations promoting spirituality, value based education, health for all, welfare of the rural people and farmers, environment and clean and Renewable Energy. He has edited and published several books and articles on various subjects.
His popular publications include, “Triumph of Truth-The Rajiv Gandhi Assassination-The Investigation” and “Human Rights-Problems and Solutions”. President of India, in recognition of his distinguished service to the Nation, has awarded the title “Padma Shri”, one of the highest National Awards of India.
He constantly travels participating in many events both in India and outside.
A couple of recent noteworthy events in which he was invited to participate and address are –
International Day of Yoga Celebrations at Lisbon, Portugal again and again
On Invitation, he participated in the International Day of Happiness event at the United National Headquarters at New York on 20th March 2016 and addressed an International gathering committed to create a World of Peace, Harmony, Prosperity and Happiness.
Even last week he delivered the Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Commemoration Lecture at the ISRO (Space) Headquarters at Bangalore.
Roshani Shenazz Nadirshah
Director – GDF Unity in Diversity, India
Founder – WHOLEistic Wellbeing Pvt. Ltd.
And Meher Roshani Foundation – Mumbai, India
Roshani Shenazz is also the Founder of Meher Roshani Foundation, Mumbai. She has served as a Sr. Faculty – Producing, and is affiliated with The Whistling Woods International, the premium world acclaimed Film School in Mumbai, India. She is also affiliated with Institutions like; The Thadomal Shahani Centre for Management, and the Institutions under the HSNC Board, The Rotary Club (City Chapters), The REX Global Fellowship and and the REX Speakers Bureau. She is the UN ICongo REX Global Fellow and Karmaveer Bronze and Silver Chakra Awardee; a Member at the – Unity in Diversity World Civil Society (UNAOC) – India Chapter and Global Dialogue Foundation and Mentee at – The Cherie Blaire Foundation, besides many other prestigious associations and collaborations.
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
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
Graduated (B.A. LL.B (Hons.) from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab Percentage Secured in Graduation: 67%
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
Dr. N.S.Ravishankar holds 30yrs of versatile and all round experience in Banking, finance and administration. A deeply committed social worker, Dr. Ravishankar has been rendering selfless meritorious service in the field of rural development, youth welfare programmes and tribal development. He is known both nationally and internationally for his battle against the alarming onslaughts of Environment pollution and problems of tribal people. He has also played a leading role in social, cultural and educational fields and is actively associated with numerous social-cultural organisations in our country. A prolific writer, Dr. Ravishankar has written thought provoking articles in various prestigious news papers, magazines and periodicals on diverse subjects of topical interests. He has participated in numerous conferences and seminars, both national and international, where the papers presented by him promoted intellectual refinement and spiritual enlightenment, there by contributing to world peace.
Founder & Director, IQRA Education Foundation
Uzma started her work in early 1980 when she produced her first audio cassette on stories from Quran giving authentic knowledge to Muslim children about various prophets in story form. The cassettes were developed with professional voices and sound effects to make them impressive.
The first cassette titled “Moosa (A.S.) aur Firaun# was a great success and shortly thereafter, she came out with four more cassettes titled Moosa & Firaun and Moosa and Bani Israel.
A Social Activist: Following the 1992-93 riots in Bombay, Uzma joined Bombay Aman Committee, a social organization working on rehabilitation. She established its women’s wing and worked tirelessly for many years.
Responding to the great need to provide Islamic education on modern scientific lines, IQRA Education Foundation Chicago (USA) was established. With a view to introduce this well-tested, comprehensive and systematic curriculum in India for the benefit of Muslim children, Uzma has in the year 2000 discussed with concerned Muslims of Bombay city and established Iqra Education Foundation, as a non-profit responding to the growing needs of Islamic Education for children, youths and adults. The goal of the program is to develop and Islamic personality through inculcation of Islamic values and nurturing of Islamic behavior. IQRA Program consists of books on various levels of education on varied subjects like; Qur’an, Hadith, Seerah, Fiqh, Aqaid, Akhlaq. The program is being taught in more than 40 countries all over the world. The vocabulary in the program is scientifically controlled for each level of study. IQRA curriculum has been translated into Urdu languages like Urdu, which is introduced in hundreds of schools all over the country. In the year 2006, the Hindi version of the curriculum was published, which was released in IQRA’s inter-faith program.
Uzma has helped in rehabilitation of poor families, particularly widows and orphans of those who lost their lives in civil disturbances, providing homes, arranging scholarships for children, making rations available for such families. It was during this period she learned that the poorest of the poor could not be fed on alms alone and they themselves should start economic activity to earn their livelihood decently.
Uzma established an NGO named Assalah International during this period. While doing all her existing social work under the umbrella of this new organization, she started free technical courses for ladies in Mumbra near Mumbai.
Technical Institute for Girls: Uzma established Ladies Wing at M.H. Saboo Siddik Polytechnics managed and run by Anjuman-I-Islam. Twenty short time courses specially designed for Muslim girls were started including Fasion Designing, fabric, painting, screen printing and journalism both in Urdu and English. More than 3500 girls received diploma/certificates through these courses. With a view to establish these girls in business, Uzma participated in various exhibitions and also organized a special exhibition to display and sell the products manufactured by these girls.
In March 2017, Uzma was honoured with an International Award by World Trade Centre.
Uzma is an active member of Times Foundation of Times of India with whom IQRA has alos co-sponsored many inter-faith meetings. Uzma has been awarded by Times Foundation for her exemplary work.
Through IQRA Education Foundation, Uzma has arranged 22 Teachers Training Programs, held in more than 15 cities across India and 2 cities in Bangladesh.
Uzma has addressed various fora over many years, including at the United Nations, various NGO conferences and also in the US by invitation of the US Government. She is also the Jt. Secretary-General of All India Education Movement, member Alliance of The United World – a Philippines based international NGO.
Sai works as an innovation consultant, process consultant and a facilitator in the field of strategy, business model and organizational/people development.
As a result of his own extensive business, consultation experience, he knows and understands the business conditions and requirements at the economic and human centric levels. He therefore accompanies companies with a practical business understanding. He is excellent at getting the best out of a discussion and discover insights.
Raminder Kaur – R.K. Gardens
INDIAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Entrepreneur course under Goldman Sachs Women 10000
Sukhadia University, Udaipur
Sukhadia University, Udaipur
B.A Honors Philosophy
WORK EXPERIENCE: 20 YEARS
I am a landscaper and horticulturist based at Mohali,
I have a vast experience of 20 years in landscaping and
My clients are corporates, privative/public sector
companies & government agencies
Chairperson of women entrepreneurs committee, Mohali
Chairperson ISB Women entrepreneur alumni group,
Member FICCI FLO, Ludhiana chapter
Mohali Golf Range
Institute for Religion and Sustainable Development (IRSAD)
Realino Nurza – Executive Director
Realino 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 West Sumatra.
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.
CRCS-UGM and BPNB Padang
SAL Global Connection & Cooperation ltd
Rosetta Gourgey Pardo – CEO
JEAN ROBERT NCHEKOUA TCHOUMBA
MetaHybrid project for Peace Security and Global Change
Suhair El Qarra – Founder
World Radiance International
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.
Prof. Dr. Mr. Qashif Bakiu
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.
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.
Liberal Alternative Institute, Co-Director
Orhan has recently graduated from the Public Policy MA programs at Sabanci University, Istanbul- Turkey, also holding the position of teaching and research assistant in the Department of Social Sciences. Graduated from University of Bologna and Sarajevo with a Master?s degree on Human Right and Democracy, holding a BA degree in International Relations and Political Science from State University of New York, Tirana International Program. Spent one year at NYU, New York, through a fellowship from Open Society Institute. Participated in numerous international conferences: UWYC (Oxford), NATO International School (Baku), Education Without Borders (UAE), Cultural Innovators Network, Participative Culture of Remembrance (Belgrade-Sarajevo), Project Management (New York), European Identity and Citizenship (Rome), ViaFoundation Community Leaders (Czech Republic), etc. Involved in different research projects in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, as well as trainings, seminars and workshops in projects related to human rights, dealing with the past, European integration, etc. He has presented in conferences around Europe on hate speech and freedom of speech. He is co-founder and co-director of Liberal Alternative Institute. In LAI, he is the Departmental Chair for human rights, public policy, and historical dialogue and dealing with the past.
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
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
Lachhindra 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 2013.
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.
Mike Handcock – Senior Director, Global Dialogue Foundation
Administrative Board of Directors
Mike has 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.
Graziella Thake, Director-Cultures, Civilisations & Ethnicity
Global Dialogue Foundation
Graziella Thake, the founder and director of ICP Global Academy, its Leadership Institutes and the foundation for Social responsibility is an executive coach, and ex forensic and corporate psychologist who has come form a long history of philanthropy and professional work. Graziella brings much more to executive coaching than simply her extensive experience gained by the position of Director and CEO of various companies. She also brings the knowledge and experience of many years practicing Forensic Psychology, Sports and Team Psychology and Organisational Psychology.
Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi
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
Unity In Diversity Initiative (UIDI)
Rev. Dr. Benneth Mozie – National Chairman CEO
Goodwash Foundation for Health and Environmental Protection
Anumnu Ikenna – Program Manager
Ijeoma Obiajunwa-Ajiamah – CEO
Markengee Home for orphans and widows
My name is Ijeoma Obiajunwa-Ajiamah,
Fellow – Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI RLC) 2016,
A multi award-winning Social Entrepreneur,
Member, International Exchange Alumni,
Member- IRC Abuja,
Nominee, – UN Women Empower Women Global Champion for Change 2016,
Event facilitator and
Consultant specializing in Social Entrepreneurship.
Ijeoma is the Founder of the Markengee Group (Markengee
Touchinglives International and Markengee Home for
Orphans & Widows.
She is an alumnus of the Enterprise Development Center (EDC), and one of the Top 100 Women entrepreneurs in the maiden edition of Cherie
Blair Foundation’s Road to Growth programme.
We empower women and youths through Capacity
building workshops and trainings. Through our weekly
media rally and annual Community Outreach Programmes
we have touched the lives of thousands of women and
youths who are also passionate be the best that they can be in life.
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Markson Ajiamah – Managing Director
Marksenge Nig Ltd
Comfort Yubuin – Barrister and Solicitor at Law
Comfort is a member of some professional bodies which include the:
She is dedicated to duty and always committed to success in her assignments and can accomplish great tasks without supervision. She has good sense of Emotional Intelligence and relates well with team members.
Comfort Yubuin is the
founder of COMFORT HUMAN RIGHT FOUNDATION, an NGO engaged in the promotion and protection of the rights of the indigent, particularly women and children. We offer pro-bono legal and para legal services to indigent citizens and victims of abuses, ADR, advocacy, training and seminars, awareness creation, empowerment through capacity building and practical mentoring.
We reach out to the voiceless and those at the grass roots.
We collaborate with both state and non-state actors who are stakeholders in our area of intervention.
We also advocate for inclusive peace processes and conflict resolutions, for a violence-free, united and harmonious society.
Muhammad Asif Noor
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)
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
(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.
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
Tahira Amir Sultan Khan
ASKSphere LLP – Founder
In essence, Tahira’s businesses and her books have one thing in common – to have a deep understanding of people’s needs. how they think and work, and how to impact change and transformation in their lives.
Mary Bollen – President
Rehana Moosajee Consulting
Rehana was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Wits University.
She has been a community activist, local government councillor and has now set up her own company to focus on transformation, change and inspiration.
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.
Priyanga Premarathne – Chairman & CEO
ProSEES Consultancies Pty. Ltd.
1. Personal information:
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.
Dagbedji Kokou Tinny – Program Officer
Meriem Ben Mosbeh
GISAM, Middle East Technical University, Ankara,
Yesim Capli – Instructor, International Communication and International News
Moses Bwambale Kyamakya
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
Power Talent Search
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.
She 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.
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/
Ms. 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 :
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.
CO-HABITER USAAKPAWU Yawo Dagbevi – National Coordinator
Institute for Peace and Transformational Leadership (I.P.T.L)
Remi Alapo – Director
Matt Wills, Director, GDF Sanctuary, Global Dialogue Foundation
Matt has been working with Wildlife at Risk (WAR) in Vietnam for the past 14 months. WAR run the only multi-species wildlife rescue centre in Southern Vietnam and are actively involved in combating the fight against illegal wildlife trade, increasing awareness and conducting scientific surveys in Vietnam.
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.
The Great Zimbabwe Scenarios Project
Choice Mharidzo-Ndoro – Director
Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society
In collaboration with:
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations