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Babu Ayindo

As a storyteller, teacher, facilitator, researcher, and writer, Babu Joseph Ayindo has over two decades of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of conflict transformation and peacebuilding processes and programs with various agencies in different parts of the world. He has taught short courses in arts-based approaches to peace work in seven peacebuilding institutes in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and North America. Some of his publications include: co-authoring When You Are the Peacebuilder, published by the United States Institute of Peace, 2001; “Arts Approaches to Peace: Playing Our Way to Transcendence,” published in Barry Hart (ed.) Peacebuilding in Traumatized Societies (University Press of America, 2008); Mpatanishi: A Handbook for Community Based Mediators, published in 2010 by PeaceNet; and In Search of Healers, published by the Coalition of Peace in Africa in 2011. He holds a BEd from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, and an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA. In September 2017, he successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled, “Arts, Peacebuilding and Decolonization: A Comparative Study of Parihaka, Mindanao and Nairobi” at the University of Otago in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Course for 2018: Arts Approaches to Community-Based Peacebuilding (AACP)

Paulo Baleinakorodawa

Paulo Baleinakorodawa is the Executive Director and co-founder of Transcend Oceania, a justpeace and development regional non-governmental organization based in Fiji in the South Pacific. Previously, he served in many roles as a peacebuilding specialist in various peacebuilding and development organizations and institutions. Paulo has worked as an independent peacebuilding consultant across the Pacific, providing peace and conflict training, technical support and mentoring as well as providing group process facilitation as a nonviolent strategy. He has championed initiatives on engaging men and boys to transforming aggressive forms of masculinity for gender equality and has also done extensive work in facilitating trainings in conflict transformation, trauma healing and dialogue in Asia-Pacific. Paulo has a special interest in restorative justice, positive masculinity and dialogue as nonviolent strategies to addressing conflicts and violence. He has extensive working experience with government, the security sector, churches and civil society in Bougainville, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tonga and the Philippines. Paulo holds an MA in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA and is currently the only facilitator from the Pacific teaching at MPI since 2008.

Courses for 2018: Fundamentals of Peacebuilding (FPB) and Conflict Resolution Skills: Negotiation and Mediation (CRS)

Wendy KroekerWendy Kroeker is the Co-Director of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding and Instructor in the Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies Department of Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Canada. Wendy has over 15 years of experience as a community mediator, conflict transformation trainer, peace program manager, and program manager for international development projects. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Palestine, and the Philippines are some of the locations in which she has worked over the past two decades with indigenous groups, NGO staff, community and religious leaders, and various educators. She holds a Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the Resolution Skills Centre in Winnipeg as well as an MA in Theology with a focus on Contemporary Theology and Peace Studies. After significant years of practice within the conflict transformation field, she entered the Peace Studies PhD program at the Arthur Mauro Centre at the University of Manitoba, Canada and completed her degree in January 2018. Wendy has taught at MPI since 2003.

Courses for 2018: Introduction to Conflict Transformation (ICT) and Conflict Resolution Skills: Negotiation and Mediation (CRS)

Kathy MatsuiKathy Matsui is a Professor at the Department of Global Citizenship Studies, Seisen University in Tokyo, Japan, and teaches courses on conflict resolution and peace-related subjects. Kathy also teaches at the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI) that conducts an annual training for participants from Northeast Asia to study conflict transformation and practice building a culture of peace. She also works with peace researchers and educators through the International Institute on Peace Education and Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict. Currently, she is an advisory board member for the Hague Appeal for Peace, Global Campaign for Peace Education, and is also active in interreligious dialogue and cooperation for world peace as a member of the Women's Executive Committee of the Peace Research Institute and the Peace Education Task Force of World Conference of Religions for Peace. Kathy is an author of several publications and articles including a teachers’ resource book entitled Learning to Live Together. Kathy received her doctorate degree from the Leadership Studies Program at Gonzaga University in the USA, with her research focusing on development of capacities for conflict resolution and reconciliation.

Course for 2018: Mainstreaming Peace Education in Communities and Schools (MaPEC)

Joan McGregorJoan McGregor has been working in the field of conflict transformation for more than 20 years. Her engagement in conflict transformation started with work against apartheid in her home country of South Africa. Joan has a Master’s Degree in Peace and Reconciliation from Coventry University in the UK. She is currently working freelance as a conflict transformation practitioner, undertaking consultancies for clients. Prior to this, she was a full-time Peace and Conflict Advisor at Responding to Conflict (RTC) in Birmingham, UK where her work encompassed managing, developing and facilitating RTC's program of courses and designing and delivering consultancy work. The consultancies included tailor-made training and participatory learning programs for practitioners of conflict transformation, development and humanitarian assistance from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Joan's expertise covers participatory approaches to conflict analysis, strategic planning, mediation and negotiation, conflict sensitivity tools and methodologies, monitoring and appraisal, lesson learning, training of trainers, and counseling. In 2017, Joan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham in recognition of her contribution to conflict transformation internationally.

Courses for 2018: From Understanding to Action: Designing Conflict Sensitive Interventions (FUA) and Understanding Culture and Identity as a Resource for Peacebuilding (UCIRP)

Phyusin NgwethawAs the Director of the Social Development Initiative-Myanmar (SDI) that is located in Yangon, Myanmar, Phyusin Ngwethaw leads the organization in facilitating program design, planning, monitoring and evaluation of SDI’s community development and humanitarian assistance projects. Phyusin is recognized nationally as an expert, building the capacity of the armed forces and other groups in the area of civilian protection, particularly with children and youth. She also builds the capacity of those involved in local government structures focusing on development to ensure that they use a rights-based approach in their work. Phyusin advises various UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and international consultancy firms in the area of assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of humanitarian and development projects and programs with a conflict sensitive lens. Phyusin holds an MA in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and is an alumna of MPI.

Course for 2018: From Understanding to Action: Designing Conflict Sensitive Interventions (FUA)

Kyoko OkumotoKyoko Okumoto holds a PhD in the Arts and Literature from Kobe College Graduate School of Letters in Japan and an MA in Peace Studies from Lancaster University in the UK. She is a Professor of Peace Studies, Conflict Transformation, and English Literature at Osaka Jogakuin University, a women's university in Osaka, Japan. Her research fields are: conflict transformation/nonviolent intervention, the arts, including literature and drama, and the relation between the two areas. She facilitates numerous peace training workshops at various places at all levels—from high school, to university to elderly communities. With NGOs such as Transcend-Japan, Transcend-InternationalNonviolent Peaceforce-JapanACTION-Asia and ACTION-Global, and Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI), Kyoko tries to explore ways to connect with other Asian—Northeast, Southeast and South Asian—communities, and beyond to build more peaceful societies where people can have creative dialogues among themselves and with their neighbors and communities.

Course for 2018: Arts Approaches to Community-Based Peacebuilding (AACP)

Shamsia RamadhanShamsia Ramadhan works for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) based in Kenya and heads a multi-country interreligious peacebuilding project as the Program Manager. In her current position, she works closely with faith-based actors to build their capacity in a project that integrates development and peacebuilding to address violent extremism and promote peace and social cohesion in communities in countries in sub-Saharan Africa. She has been involved in peacebuilding since 2002 and has worked extensively in the region on peace and security issues as a peace practitioner involved in research-based peace advocacy at the national and regional levels. An expert on peacebuilding, conflict transformation and conflict sensitivity, Shamsia conducts workshops on these topics including interreligious approaches to peacebuilding and conflict transformation, faith-based justice and peace, conflict sensitive interreligious community action and conflict sensitive development. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Peace Studies from the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in the USA.

Course for 2018: Interreligious Peacebuilding: Approaches for Cooperation, Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (IRPB)

Jon RudyJonathan (Jon) Rudy is currently working as the Peacemaker-in-Residence for Elizabethtown College in the USA. He is also the Senior Advisor for Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and Senior Fellow at the Social Enterprise Institute. For 30 years, Jon has worked shoulder to shoulder with communities seeking to transform conflict, serving in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and North America. He has provided program support in strategic peacebuilding, training, and advocacy for nonviolent change. His current projects include teaching Human Security courses in African and Asian educational institutions and Active Bystander Nonviolence Training. Jon is a 2001 graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary and University in the USA with an MA in Religion and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation. He has a teaching for higher education Graduate Certificate, is on the Fulbright Roster of Specialists, and is a UNDP pre-approved consultant on the ExPres roster. He has taught at MPI since 2002.

Courses for 2018: Be the Change: Designing Transformative Justpeace through the Power of Nonviolence (ANV) and Human Centered Security: Reimagining Conflict Stakeholder Relationships (HCS)

Jean Baptiste TallaJean Baptiste Talla is a member of the Africa Justice and Peace Working Group serving as Catholic Relief Services Peacebuilding Advisor for Africa. Jean Baptiste has almost 20 years’ experience designing and providing technical oversight to peacebuilding programs throughout Africa. Jean Baptiste has almost 20 years’ experience designing and providing technical oversight to peacebuilding programs throughout Africa. He has demonstrated great expertise in facilitating multi-level peacebuilding workshops and trainings, ability to foster relationships with a variety of key stakeholders and capacity to liaise with members of communities as well as senior level officials, including religious leaders and government counterparts. His extensive work and support provided to the church and other religious leaders in many parts of Africa has earned him practical knowledge on the role of the church in conflict and conflict transformation in the region. From his experience, he has developed an innovative social cohesion approach described in a guide published by CRS under the title, The Ties That Bind, Building Social Cohesion in Divided Communities. Jean Baptiste received a Post-Graduate Diploma, a Master’s and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Yaoundé University in Cameroon. He has also earned peacebuilding certificates from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA and from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in the USA.

Course for 2018: Interreligious Peacebuilding: Approaches for Cooperation, Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (IRPB)

Zon VanelZon Vanel is a lecturer at the Public Relations Program of the Information Technology Department at Satya Wacana Christian University in Central Java, Indonesia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication Studies and is actively involved in research at the university and community services in her hometown of Solo, Indonesia. For the past 13 years, Zon has been working in the field of peacebuilding and dialogue. In Solo, she is engaged with the Peace and Multicultural Foundation as a facilitator in conflict transformation and as a finance officer. Her focus is on interreligious dialogue and conflict transformation. In addition, Zon is one of the founders of an elementary children’s interreligious dialogue community program called Sobat Anak Solo (SAS). She has participated in several national and international workshops on interreligious dialogue and human rights. Currently, Zon is developing a new approach in interreligious and intercultural dialogue by using new media and technology. Her latest work is the creation of a computer-based information systems program to prevent conflicts and to map conflict areas in her hometown, and an android game that teaches users to resolve conflicts through dialogue.

Course for 2018: Digital Peacebuilding and New Media (DPNM)

Florina XavierFlorina Xavier works as Program Advisor for Tabish, a NGO based in Afghanistan. She conducts workshops on topics that include psychosocial support, arts-based approaches to peacebuilding, sustainable development, strategic planning and management. She also works closely with community-based organizations and has conducted workshops in peacebuilding in several Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, among others, as well as in countries like Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA. Florina holds a Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Social Work from Loyola College in Chennai, India. She also has a Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA, where she was a Fulbright scholar from 2003 to 2004.

Course for 2018: Dealing with Trauma in Times of Conflict (DTTC)

Ashok XavierGladston (Ashok) Xavier is the Head of the Social Work Department of Loyola College in Chennai, India, and has served as the Dean of the Arts Faculties of the same college. He is an expert in the field of conflict and peacebuilding, and has done substantive work providing training on trauma awareness and recovery, arts-based approaches to peacebuilding, sustainable development, strategic planning and management, and restorative justice as well as working with community-based organizations. Ashok has worked extensively in South Asia, providing training to people at the grassroots and policy makers. He has also lectured widely in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Ashok has traveled and worked in Sri Lanka for 14 years where he volunteered with Sri Lankan refugees. At Loyola College, Ashok completed both his Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Social Work. He also holds an MA in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA, where he was a Fulbright fellow from 2003 to 2004.

Course for 2018: Dealing with Trauma in Times of Conflict (DTTC)

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