The Development Forum is a work in progress that brings us together in sharing ideas and thoughts regarding our strategic plans, and action plans. The Development Forum will lay the foundations, and mark the pathways we will take for reaching our goals. Below are the members of the Development Forum in alphabetical order.
Paula is a lecturer at the University of California, Irvine. As an anthropologist she teaches courses in conflict resolution and civic and community engagement in the School of Social Sciences and Division of Undergraduate Education. She directs the Minor in Conflict Resolution, the Minor in Civic and Community Engagement, the Mediation Certificate Program, and Gang Intervention Certificate Program. Paula is also co-founder and co-director of UCI’s Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, co-director of Education for Global Peace, co-founder and faculty advisor of UCI’s Olive Tree Initiative. Most recently she co-founded and is a faculty advisor of UCI’s Students for Global Peacebuilding. Paula has over two decades of experience facilitating dialogues and joint projects between communities divided by wars in the South Caucasus. This long and difficult work of helping communities rebuild even minimal trust after bloody conflicts has taught her how crucial it is to prevent such wars. Thus she is dedicating the rest of her life to promoting peace education everywhere for a safer and healthier world.
Nadeem Ghazi has been serving in different educational institutions for more than 16 years as a peace education facilitator and as an Education Consultant. Nadeem is a social and peace activist. He is the founder and Education Consultant of World Learning Educational Society that supports more than 5000 young minds and hearts of World Learning Grammar Schools for basic education and peace education in Pakistan. Nadeem has extensive peace education experience having worked as a Regional Coordinator for a peace education project in partnership with Peaceful Schools International Canada and the United States Institute of Peace. His schools have been in collaboration for promoting the word of peace with Peace Direct-UK, and the British Council for Sports For Peace for more than 3 years of projects and training of 3000 thousand youth from Karachi. He has also worked as an international representative for The Peace Foundation from New Zealand.
Gal is Founder and Co-Director of Education for Global Peace, and Founder of a global educational project called Magical Moments Around the World. Gal’s passion is to bring about a peaceful world, of people sharing the world in peace.
After spending years in Egypt, contributing to youth education and innovation, Walid embarked upon an intense tour around the world that is still unfolding. Walid holds master degrees in International and European Security, International Development in Citizenship Education, International Negotiations and Policy-Making and International and European Law. Walid currently works with European-based NGOs in the field of education and innovative youth employment. Based in the Netherlands, Walid is responsible for designing and coordinating projects across Europe for EU institutions. Walid believes in the immense power of education.
Michael Minch is a professor of Peace and Justice Studies, and Political Philosophy, at Utah Valley University. He is also the founder, CEO, and Director of Summit: The Sustainable Development and Conflict Transformation Global Knowledge and Action Network. Summit is engaged in building the world’s largest network of knowledge related to development, conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and peace technology; ending slavery; and running innovative development and peacebuilding programs in West Africa. Dr. Minch does development and peacebuilding work, and teaches, in various locations, including the Balkans, Northern Ireland, and Russia, in addition to West Africa.
Marie is a Wellington-based researcher and evaluator completing her PhD through the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand. While her PhD researches the nature of multiculturalism in the Citizenship Education curriculum in Sri Lanka, she has also evaluated the Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme, run through the Peace Foundation Aotearoa, New Zealand. Marie is passionate about reducing educational inequalities and promoting education for social justice in divided societies.
Peggy teaches in the Los Angeles County. Her interests include character and environmental education, social justice and empowerment, and nonviolent social change. Peggy is a recipient of the Ahimsa Center fellowship and will be a mentor teacher for the upcoming Residential Summer Institute for K-12 Educators on Journeys of Nonviolence: Gandhi and Mandela.
Cris is Professor & Chair, Justice Studies Department, Northeastern Illinois University. Cris also serves as co-chair of the board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), on a subcommittee of board of Amnesty International that is planning AI’s 2016-2019 priorities, and involved with the peace and human rights education work of both AI and the Red Cross. Cris is an expert among others in theories of justice and social movements, Human rights theory, practice and international law, Peace studies, conflict resolution and post-conflict peace building.
Ernest works for a variety of public service projects from promoting peace education to advancing innovations in biotechnology. Notably, he resumed his career as an actor after spending many years as an attorney for children and young adults. In the past two years alone, he has appeared in over 30 projects, which include award-winning short films, feature films, and commercials for Fortune 500 companies. He continues to serve young adults by teaching public speaking, narrative and documentary filmmaking, and advocating for the strengthening of public schools as democratic institutions.