MEET OUR TEAM

Leadership Board

Gal Kleinman
Founding member and Director 

Gal, the son of a holocaust survivor, founded EGP in 2013. Gal lives in Israel and has witnessed the tragedies of war first hand and came to realize that each one of us, including our “enemies”, is born into  a certain social background, swirl of forces and systems that makes us who we are, including our identities, values, beliefs and behaviors. And that the key to a peaceful world is educating for peace.

 

Gal is also the 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.

Michael Minch
Founding member  
Co-leader strategic goal 3

Michael taught at Utah Valley University until his retirement in 2021. There he founded and directed the Peace and Justice Studies Program. In addition to teaching conflict analysis, conflict transformation, peace, justice, and reconciliation theory and practice; he taught political theory and ethics. Michael also directed a number of study abroad and field research programs, taught, and conducted peacebuilding work in various locations around the globe, including Haiti, Northern Ireland, the Balkans, West Africa, Central Asia, Russia, and West Africa. He is the author of journal articles, book chapters, the author of a book in democratic theory and co-editor of an ethics textbook. He is currently at work on a book that explores robust cosmopolitan democracy, morality, peace, and sustainability as intrinsically related in a necessary whole. He is the co-editor of the book series, Peace Studies: Edges and innovations (Cambridge Scholars Press).

Juan Felipe Carrillo Gáfaro
Co-leader strategic goal 1

Juan Felipe is a specialist in peace education, peacebuilding and diversity & inclusion with a bachelor’s degree in history and a PhD in political science from Sciences Po Lyon. He has worked as education project leader for different institutions and is a columnist for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador. He has many years of teaching experience at universities in Europe and Colombia, and enjoys giving trainings and seminars on his topics of expertise.


Juan Felipe strives to find ways to improve people’s well-being through education, non-violence, and conflict transformation. He currently works as a Civil Peace Advisor for the GIZ in Kenya and lives in Nairobi with his wife and two sons.

Maria Paula Unigarro Alba
Co-leader strategic goal 1

Maria Paula is a political scientist with more than five years of experience in the field of peacebuilding and conflict resolution. She has worked as consultant for NGOs in Bolivia designing pedagogical resources on conflict transformation directed at indigenous communities. She performed as Program Coordinator for Creative Learning, in such role she developed educational programs for the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI), including summer trainings on peace and security issues in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the USA. Before joining Creative Learning, she was part of the research team that analysed the proposals made by civil society for the most recent peace process between the Colombian National Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

 

Maria Paula believes in the power of peace education to forge empathetic, caring and critical citizens, and thus, peaceful societies.

Christopher P. Davey
Co-leader strategic goal 3

Christopher holds a doctorate in Peace Studies and International Development from the University of Bradford. His research focuses on identity, narrative and emerging perspectives on genocide, and includes fieldwork with Banyamulenge soldiers in central Africa and within the diaspora. He is interested in evaluating the development of narrative analysis as a qualitative study of participation in genocide, and the overlap of mass violence, identity and climate change. His work extends to reconciliation and memory around legacies of violence. Chris is an experienced diversity and inclusion specialist and has worked on decolonizing workplaces and using the concept of intersectionality in this context. 


He currently holds a position with the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, and lives with his family in Massachusetts, USA.

Regina Mutiru Mwendwa

Regina is a highly motivated professional specialized in peacebuilding with thematic expertise on inclusion and social development issues. She has worked in Kenya for over 10 years especially on women peace and security as well as grassroots development.

She is an MA in Peace, Conflict and Development holder from the University of Bradford, UK and a BA in Development Communication from St Paul’s University, Kenya. She is a member of FemWise, the African Union arm of women in conflict prevention.

She currently works with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) an independent body in Kenya that works to facilitate elimination of all forms of ethnic, religious and race discrimination and promoting tolerance.

Regina develops content on simple living and travel which she shares on her Youtube Channel, “Money and I”


“Work hard and play hard” is Regina’s mantra…she believes a relaxed mind is able to deliver better.

Associates

Teodora Tomescu
Project Comic Strip on Peace Education

Teodora has a Bachelor degree in Social Anthropology, and volunteered in two NGOs during her student years and engaged in intercultural exchanges and projects in Germany, Romania and Russia, teaching high school students and facilitating discussions about world issues and intercultural understanding. 

 

She has experience in the fields of Marketing and Customer Care, and a strong passion for creative art. 

 

Teodora is a firm believer that making the world a safer place starts with each individual and that education is the very foundation for achieving world peace.

Edgar Buryahika
Project Our Global Village

Edgar is the Founder, Youth for Peace and Development Uganda (YOPEDU), a non-profit organization in Uganda. YOPEDU, works towards building a culture of peace loving among the youth. He is involved in peace Education and other activities that directly or indirectly affect peace, aiming at a generation of peace loving youth and responsible citizens who will in future turn into peace loving leaders. He is a program Associate of Hiroshima Peacebuilding Center 2019, (The program for Global Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding and Development in Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan) and Equator Peace Academy an associate of CEDAREdgar Holds a MA degree in Conflict Analysis and Inclusive Development, which exposed him to refugee issues and peace building. He has over 10 years of experience as a journalist. He teaches his native language at University of Saint Joseph Mbarara (USJM).

Lisenka Sedlacek
Project Comic Strip on Peace Education

Lisenka is a professional actor with a B.A. in International Relations and soon will hold a M.A. in Creative Writing and Wellbeing. She has been working as a peace advisor for over two years in Jordan, with a special focus on youth and girl’s empowerment. Lisenka is passionate about expressive arts and a specialist for creative methods for conflict transformation, such as Theatre of the Oppressed, Storytelling for Social Change, Stage Fighting and Dance. Lisenka strongly believes in the impact of peace education for all levels of society and the power of the arts as a tool for social change. With her background as a performing artist and International Relations graduate she is addressing a holistic approach to peacebuilding and social justice.

Samy Giacomel
EGP’s web designer 

Samy is a web entrepreneur and always strives to give the best of himself to accompany his clients and help them realize their projects. And most importantly: in a good mood! 🙂

 

Samy has recently joined the EGP adventure and considers it an opportunity for him to work on a project of this type that he considers to be of general interest.

 

Samy lives in Heidelberg, Germany with his wife and 2 children.

Marie Nissanka
Monitoring and evaluation advisor

Marie is currently a Senior Advisor of Evaluation and Research at Kāinaga Ora (the former Housing New Zealand). Her specialty lies in mixed-methods data analysis and evidence-based evaluation. Marie completed her PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies (specializing in multicultural education in protracted environments) from the University of Otago in 2019. Her research background is diverse and she has written several papers on youth abuse, homelessness and crime, organizational learning in non-government organizations, family violence prevention and articles on peace, multicultural and human rights education. Marie is passionate about contributing to society through volunteering and she actively provides pro-bono pieces of research for human and animal rights organizations. She is also an activist for social justice and identity-based equality in Sri Lanka (her native land) and in other post-conflict nations. 

Wes P. Davison
Project Our Global Village

Wes (he/him/his) has a seven-year background in teaching, facilitating, and designing youth education and leadership programming in four countries. A MA graduate of the American University in International Peace & Conflict Resolution, his research centered on gender equality and peace education. He also volunteered for 27 month with the Peace Corps in Ukraine as an English Educator, working with students, teachers, and NGO community leaders offering USAID camps for youth with themes such as public and sexual health, mental health and trauma support, gender equality, human rights, and LGBTQIA+ rights. Wes also volunteered with two self-directed 6 month English teaching experiences in rural schools in both Colombia and Poland, despite having little Spanish/Polish language or organizational support. Wes draws his excitement from working on grassroots projects, and views "development" from the core of the community itself-the people. Wes believes in empowering the human capital of any social community, connecting positive peace, and addressing systemic injustices to build more equitable and empathetic societies.

Ilinca Iacob
Social media specialist

Ilinca has a Bachelor degree in American Studies, and volunteered in the students’ association during university. There, she focused on PR, Fundraising and connecting with students as a representative.  

She is experienced in fundraising, organizing events, and, of course, PR & Marketing. 

Ilinca is passionate about helping others, whether it is people or pets. She is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in International Business Management and hopes to do as much as she can to help people discover more about EGP and get involved in its actions and activities.

Jean Paul Iranzi
Project Our Global Village

Jean Paul is a genocide scholar and a passionate peacebuilder. He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but was raised in Rwanda. Born and raised in the two countries that experienced mass atrocities, Jean Paul’s dream for peace is unstoppable.

His educational background includes a M.A in Holocaust and Genocide studies at Stockton University in New Jersey. He also has a B.S in Chemistry from University of Rwanda in Rwanda.

Before pursuing his M.A studies, Jean Paul became a founder and a leader of various youth organizations in Rwanda. He also volunteered in many NGOs in Rwanda, and engaged in projects focusing on youth empowerment, public speaking, Human rights, and peacebuilding.

Jean Paul believes that engaging young people in peacebuilding and genocide prevention is an important tool in creating a hopeful future.

Lisa Picott
Director of PM&E

Lisa is a PM&E expert accompanying strategic processes at project and program level. Lisa also designs creative tools, teaches about PM&E approaches, and connects people through her podcast about how attitude and concrete values influence how we work and live together.

PM&E – planning, monitoring and evaluation – is more than an approach and big toolbox for Lisa - it's an attitude which is part of daily life. And a part of knowledge management, learning and organizational development.

Conflict transformation has been a conscious part of Lisa’s life since 2010, when she studied in Colombia, experiencing how armed conflict affects society. Since then she combines PM&E, creativity and practical approaches with her knowledge about Latin America and conflict transformation methodologies.

Dia van Loon
People and Organizational Development Director

Dia has a master's degree in organisational development and trained at university level in change management and group dynamics and coaching.  Dia has almost 30 years of experience in personal, team and organisational development.

Dia has coached and trained many different (management) groups, often to activate and engage on cultural change. Including senior management and directors in both profit and non-profit organisations within Europe. She has been active for ten years in several women's network organisations, with the goal of empowering women. Helping out at the strategic and operational level; building a foundation of trust.

Strong believer in the power of education, diversity, and togetherness!

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Dia loves to travel the world, with her partner, discovering other cultures.