Global Majority’s International Advisory Board (IAB) is comprised of conflict resolution professionals who form a global network to further our mission. IAB members advise on programs and initiatives and support Global Majority through their expertise in their respective fields and regions. In tern, Global Majority supports their local work through advocacy, networking, petitions, and other means. The following members are currently serving:


Praveen Abhayaratne
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Institutional Affiliation: Independent Development Consultant, Sri Lanka

praveenPraveen Abhayaratne is an independent development consultant in Sri Lanka, where he has also worked with CARE International. Mr. Abhayaratne’s research interests include terrorism, counterterrorism efforts, and international security issues in Asia. During his time at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where he earned his master’s degree in International Policy studies as well as certificates in Nonproliferation and Conflict Resolution, Mr. Abhayaratne also worked as a Research Associate in the Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Research Program (WMDTRP). There, he provided day-to-day maintenance and qualitative review of the WMD Terrorism Database. Mr. Abhayaratne received his BA from Washington College, Maryland in International Studies and Economics.

Catalina Acevedo
Country of Origin: Colombia
Institutional Affiliation: Mayor’s Office of Bogota, Colombia

acevedoCatalina Acevedo works with the Mayor’s Office in Bogota, Colombia. She holds a BA in Political Science from Universidad de los Andes and master’s degrees in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Notre Dame, the University Jaume I, and the European Peace University. Ms. Acevedo is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, whose research includes studies of domestic and sexual violence, demobilization, reintegration, transitional justice, and ethnic and cultural conflict. Ms. Acevedo has also published works on military reform, the impact of state fragmentation on peace policy, reintegration of guerillas, and human security in Colombia.

Dr. Tatsushi Arai
Country of Origin: Japan
Institutional Affiliation: School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute, USA

araiTatsushi (Tats) Arai, PhD is an Associate Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in Vermont and a Visiting Scholar at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where he earned his doctorate in 2005. Previously, Dr. Arai was a lecturer of international relations at the National University of Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. As a trainer, mediator, and dialogue facilitator, Dr. Arai has led a number of workshops on conflict-related issues for government officials, diplomats, military and peace operations professionals, and others. Over the past sixteen years, he has worked throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Dr. Arai is a Japanese citizen and currently lives in Massachusetts, USA with his tri-national family.

Dr. Paul Arthur
Country of Origin: Ireland
Institutional Affiliation: School of History and International Affairs, University of Ulster, UK

arthurDr. Paul Arthur is Course Director of the Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies and Professor of Politics at the School of History and International Affairs, University of Ulster. He holds degrees from Queens University Belfast and National University of Ireland. Dr. Arthur has authored five books – the latest being “Special Relationships: Britain, Ireland and the Northern Ireland problem” (2001). He has been a Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace and a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University, has been involved in Track Two initiatives with British and Irish politicians and with civil society since 1990, and has participated in conflict resolution workshops in Colombia, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Palestine and South Africa. Dr. Arthur sits on the International Advisory Board of the Project on Justice in Transitional Societies and lectures widely in Europe and the United States.

Dr. Jan Knippers Black
Country of Origin: USA
Institutional Affiliation: Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA

jan black 2Dr. Jan Black is a Professor of Human Rights at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her international experience includes Senior Associate Membership at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, Fulbright, Mellon and other grants and Fellowships in South America, the Caribbean, and India, and on-site or short-term teaching and honorary faculty positions in several Latin American countries. She was one of the very first Peace Corps Volunteers in Chile. In 2011, Dr. Black was elected to the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. Dr. Black holds a PhD, International Studies and MA Latin American Studies from the School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C. She also holds a B.A. Art and Spanish from the University of Tennessee. To learn more about Dr. Black, click here.

Dr. Rita Cameron-Wedding
Country of Origin: USA
Institutional Affiliation: California State University, Sacramento, USA

weddingRita Cameron-Wedding, PhD is the Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies and a Professor of Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Her scholarship focuses on race and gender proportionality in institutions such as child welfare and its implications for the education and criminal justice systems, as well as the economic status of women, domestic violence, environmental racism and immigration. As a Fulbright Scholar, she conducted research in Tanzania and South Africa on women and the informal economy. In 2008, she collaborated with faculty from California State University, Sacramento, UNISA (University of South Africa) and the Human Rights Foundation of Johannesburg to develop an institute to address issues of the African Diaspora.

Maria Chan
Country of Origin: Singapore
Institutional Affiliation: Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA

maria_chanMaria Chan graduated with a BA in Political Science from the National University of Singapore and a Graduate Diploma in Training and Development from the Singapore Institute of Management. She received her Master of Arts in Commercial Diplomacy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Ms. Chan has over six years of experience in managing and coordinating projects related to community and youth development. She has worked with the UN Conference for Trade and Development, Singapore International Foundation and the International Commercial Diplomacy Project at the Monterey Institute.

Daniel Garcia Pena
Country of Origin: Colombia
Institutional Affiliation: Planeta Paz, Colombia

garciapenaDaniel Garcia Pena is a Professor of Political Science at the National University in Bogota, Colombia and Director of Planeta Paz, a national project dedicated to building effective grassroots participation in the peace process. Mr. Garcia Pena has been a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, and a scholar in residence at the School of International Service at American University. He also served as advisor to the High Commissioner for Peace in Colombia. Mr. Garcia Pena has written extensive publications on war and peace issues, and is a political analyst for a TV news program.

Hamdan Goumaa
Country of Origin: Sudan
Institutional Affiliation: Monterey Institute of International Studies

hamdan goumaaHamdan Goumaa graduated from Khartoum University, Sudan, with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science, and earned his master’s from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Hamdan is a mid-career professional with more than 16 years of experience in the field of development management. He has worked for international NGOs and the United Nations in Africa and South East Asia, where he worked primarily with programs designed to address the stabilization and integration needs of the refugees, internally displaced persons, and demobilized fighters.

Hon. Juan Salvador Guzman Tapia
Country of Origin: Chile
Institutional Affiliation: Universidad Central de Chile, Chile

guzmanHon. Juan Salvador Guzmán Tapia is the Director of the Center of Human Rights Studies at Universidad Central de Chile in Santiago. He also teaches human rights at the School of Journalism at the Universidad de la República, and criminal law at the School of Law at the Universidad de las Américas. Hon. Guzmán has published four books and many articles and essays in legal publications. Judge Guzmán is known in the international community as the judge who prosecuted former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on human rights charges. As an Appeals Court Judge, Hon. Guzmán opposed the democratically elected President Salvador Allende and supported General Pinochet until being assigned the first criminal cases against Pinochet by judicial lottery in 1998. The 2008 feature length documentary “The Judge and the General” portrays the story of Judge Guzmán’s life work. He resides in Santiago with his wife, Inez.

Nadia Hashimi
Country of Origin: Afghanistan
Institutional Affiliation: Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA

hashimiNadia Hashimi graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2007 with a bachelor’s in International Studies and a master’s in International Policy Studies. While living in Pakistan during the time of the Taliban, as well as in Kabul after the end of the Taliban regime, Ms. Hashimi worked with local and international nongovernmental organizations, most notably CARE International. She and her mother also ran a school for refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan. Since moving to the US for her education, Ms. Hashimi has continued to work for CARE and other organizations, advocating for Afghan women’s rights and education. In one of her presentations Ms. Hashimi raised $50,000 for CARE’s education program. She recently helped the Monterey Institute design a Farsi language textbook for one of their projects with the Defense Language Institute.

Luz Maria Helguero
Country of Origin: Peru
Institutional Affiliation: La Red de Periodistas Provinciales (Network of Provincial Journalists)

luz_maria_helgueroLuz Helguero has broad international, national and local experience relating to journalism, consensus building, management, and community advocacy across a spectrum of issues: environmental, health, political, economic, drug and crime prevention, emergency preparedness, corruption accountability, and literacy. In 2003, Ms. Helguero founded La Red de Periodistas Provinciales to provide a forum, support and training for journalists in the provinces of Peru. Since then, the organization has provided training to 350 journalists throughout Peru, in areas where training opportunities are scant. Ms. Helguero received her BA in Journalism and MA in Management Studies from Universidad de Piura, Peru.

Tetsuya Ishizuka
Country of Origin: Japan
Institutional Affiliation: Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA

tetsuya_ishizuaTetsuya Ishizuka obtained his MA in Commercial Diplomacy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. His focus of study was the role of NGOs in affecting governmental trade policies and impacts on environment and labor. Mr. Ishizuka is currently Associate Program Officer at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, a private non-profit organization that conducts international activities for the public good from a global perspective.

Cornelis “Kees” Steenken
Country of Origin: Canada
Institutional Affiliation: United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintregration

keesCornelis “Kees” Steenken was born in Holland and lived in many countries prior to settling in Canada. He joined the Canadian Navy in 1975 and graduated from the Royal Military College in 1980 with a bachelor’s in Commerce. He served in numerous staff and operational positions onboard and ashore and is qualified as an advanced Antisubmarine Air Controller and instructor as well as an Anti-Submarine Director, Operations Officer and Combat officer. Mr. Steenken has extensive Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration knowledge and experience developed over many years of working with the UN.


George Kun
Country of Origin: Liberia
Institutional Affiliation: Cambridge University, UK

georgekunGeorge Kun is a refugee from Liberia and a dedicated advocate for refugee rights. Mr. Kun pursued his undergraduate studies at Luther College in Iowa, and earned a master’s degree at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC. He went on to study law at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University. Mr. Kun has made multiple presentations on refugee-related issues in the Washington, DC area and has appeared on television and radio shows advocating for refugees rights. Mr. Kun played a pivotal role in the humanitarian and human rights field while serving as the McCall-Pierpaoli Fellow at Refugees International.

Dr. Mitsuru Kurosawa
Country of Origin: Japan
Institutional Affiliation: Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University

mitsuru_kurosawaProfessor Mitsuru Kurosawa earned his BA, MA and PhD in Law at Osaka University, Japan. Dr. Kurosawa has been a lecturer, associate professor, and professor at Niigata University and, since 1994, a professor at the Faculty of Law, Osaka University. From 1980 to 1982, he was a visiting scholar at University of Virginia and is currently a visiting Scholar at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Since 1999, Dr. Kurosawa has served as an advisor to the Atomic Energy Commission of Japan. Professor Kurosawa was a legal advisor to the Japanese Delegation to the 2000 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and served again at the 2005 conference. He is the author of several books and articles on arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation.

Ebba Lindegren
Country of Origin: Sweden
Institutional Affiliation: Invest in Sweden Agency, Sweden

ebba_lindegrenEbba Lindegren graduated from the University of St. Andrews with an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management and from Uppsala University with a Master of Science in Business and Economics. Ms. Lindegren then received her Master of Arts in Commercial Diplomacy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Ms. Lindegren currently works as project manager for the Invest in Sweden Agency.



Dr. Bernard Lown
Country of Origin: United States
Institutional Affiliation: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, USA

lownDr. Bernard Lown is a Cardiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Lown Cardiology Labs in Boston, MA. He is a co-founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, and a co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Lown is the President and co-founder of SatelLIfe, which promotes expanded links between health services in the developing world and northern medical institutions and doctors.


Jeffrey Mapendere
Country of Origin: Zimbabwe
Institutional Affiliation: Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation, Canada

jeffreymapendereJeffrey Mapendere is the Executive Director for the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN), an ADR organization that offers dispute resolution programming through local organizations in a number of conflict zones, including Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Colombia, Haiti, Lebanon, Macedonia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Crimea. Mr. Mapendere is a conflict analyst with extensive expertise in security analysis. He is highly experienced in engaging rebel groups and other non-state actors for dialogue and mediation. Mr. Mapendere has conducted high-level political analysis, and worked on various projects in Africa and the Caribbean. He was a Senior Program Associate in the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center, is a former rebel fighter in Zimbabwe and has worked on numerous conflict resolution projects throughout Africa for the Carter Center.

Mavis Matenge
Country of Origin: Botswana
Institutional Affiliation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Botswana

mavis_matengeMavis Matenge holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Luther College and a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies with Certificates in Conflict Resolution and Gender and Development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Ms. Matenge has focused her work on human security, gender-based violence, gender-sensitive policy initiatives, human rights and uprooted populations. Presently, Ms. Matenge is serving as a United Nations Volunteer working as a Reproductive Health (RH) and HIV/AIDS Project Officer at the Dukwi Refugee Camp in Botswana. She has also worked with the Population Reference Bureau, Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom House.

Senator William W. Monning
Country of Origin: USA
Institutional Affiliation: California State Senate, USA

bill.jpg_smallWilliam W. (Bill) Monning, J.D. serves as State Senator for the 17th District of California. He was formerly a Professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management at the Monterey College of Law.  Senator Monning is the former Executive Director of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund (SMRF). Senator Monning has worked as a consultant for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR), and as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Peru. He is co-founder of Global Majority.

Dr. Boatamo Mosupyoe
Country of Origin: South Africa
Institutional Affiliation: California State University, Sacramento, USA 

boatamoDr. Boatamo “Ati” Mosupyoe is Professor and Director of Pan African Studies in the Ethnic Studies Department at California State University, Sacramento. She received some of her education in South Africa and her master’s and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mosupyoe worked with the Anti-Apartheid Movement and was also the chair of the South African International Student Organization and a member of its national executive. She has authored three books, contributed chapters in books, and edited three others. Dr. Mosupyoe’s current research interests are immigration issues and recent African immigrants in the U.S, and she has received numerous awards that honor her contribution as a teacher, a peace activist, and a community worker.

Mohamed Mouknass
Country of Origin: Mauritania
Institutional Affiliation: Independent Entrepreneur, Mauritania

mouknassMohamed Mouknass earned his Master of Business Administration from the Institut de Gestion de Paris and his Master of Arts in Commercial Diplomacy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Mr. Mouknass has attended many economic workshops throughout Asia.  He is a successful entrepreneur in the telecom and fishing industries.


Hon. Jeanette Ndhlovu
Country of Origin: South Africa
Institutional Affiliation: Consul-General of Republic of South Africa to Los Angeles

ndhlovuHon. Jeanette Ndhlovu was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.  She became involved with the African National Congress (ANC) underground during her student years at University of Zululand. After the traumatic events of the June 16, 1976 Soweto Uprising, which led to the shooting of her younger brother, Hastings Ndhlovu, she and her two sisters left South Africa. She came to the United States in 1977 to help strengthen the anti-apartheid student movement and to pursue her education. Hon. Ndhlovu has earned a BA in Political Science from University of Missouri in 1983, a degree in Public Administration at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from NYU. In September 2000, Hon. Ndhlovu was appointed Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She led South Africa’s New York delegation to the Commission of Human Rights in Geneva, where she avidly advocated for these rights.

Hon. Oulanyah
Country of Origin: Uganda
Institutional Affiliation: Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Uganda

oulanyahHon. Oulanyah is an Advocate of Courts of Judicature of Uganda and a Notary Public of the Republic of Uganda. He practices law under J.L. Oulanyah & Co. Advocates. He has specialized training in legal and legislative drafting and has experience in drafting laws and agreements, including peace agreements. Hon. Oulanyah has chaired major public Commissions of Inquiry in Uganda and was Chairman of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Uganda. He was re-elected to serve as a Member of Parliament in February 2011, and currently serves as the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda. He was legal counsel and advisor to both the Chief Mediator and the UN Special Envoy to the Uganda Peace talks with the Lord’s Resistance Army and drafted the Agreements.

Colonel Surinder Rana
Country of Origin: India
Institutional Affiliation: Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Contemporary Conflict, Monterey, USA

ranaCol. Surinder Rana received his MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He also holds an MA in Business Administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University and an MS in Defense Studies from Madras University. Col. Rana currently works with the Center for Contemporary Conflict. He has participated in national and international conferences and workshops related to international security, ethnic conflict, counter-terrorism and asymmetric warfare. Col. Rana commanded troops in active operations during the 1999 India-Pakistan Conflict in the Kargil region of Kashmir, completed an independent research project for the Indian Army on management of “Women in the Indian Army” and served as Staff Officer at the Force Headquarters with the United Nations Operations in Somalia II.

Joanna Rojas-Franco
Country of Origin: Colombia
Institutional Affiliation: Independent Researcher, Colombia

francoJoanna Marcela Rojas-Franco was born in Bogota, Colombia. She works as a consultant in Peace and Development issues at Colombia’s National Department of Planning and as an external consultant for the Opción Legal NGO. Ms. Rojas-Franco received her MA in International Political and Economic Analysis from the Externado de Colombia University, a degree in Conflict Resolution studies from Los Andes University and a degree in Modern Languages from Pedagógica Nacional University. She has worked with national and international non-profit and non-government organizations on social issues, such as Colombian civil and human rights, the peace process, internal armed conflict, displaced persons, and family members of disappeared persons. Ms. Rojas-Franco has participated in several peace dialogues and initiatives, boards and hearings in the Colombian Congress and other activities advocating for victims’ rights and a legal framework for the protection of children and other vulnerable groups.

Arjan Shahani-Moreno
Country of Origin: Mexico
Institutional Affiliation:  Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, Mexico

arjan_shahani-morenoArjan Shahani-Moreno is a graduate of Tec de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico and a former staff coordinator with the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR). For five years he served as the Manager of the American Bar Association Mediation program in Mexico and ABA’s projects in Latin America, promoting the rule of law and the establishment of mediation centers in the region. Mr. Shahani-Moreno is the Chief of Communications for Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, a Mexican multinational brewery.

Hillel Schenker
Country of Origin: Israel
Institutional Affiliation: Palestine-Israel Journal


Hillel Schenker is the co-editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal, a Jerusalem-based independent English-language quarterly, initiated and maintained by a group of prominent Israeli and Palestinian academics and journalists. Mr. Schenker served for 13 years as an editor of New Outlook, the Israeli peace monthly founded in the spirit of Martin Buber’s philosophy of dialogue, which served as a vehicle for understanding Israeli-Arab affairs and as a catalyst for dialogue and initiatives for peace. He has written for the Guardian, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, Tikkun, Israel Horizons, In These Times, the Israeli-Hebrew-language press and many other print and electronic outlets. Mr. Schenker earned his MS in Communications from Clark University and his BA in Comparative and English Literature from Tel Aviv University.

Maya Soetoro-Ng
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Institutional Affiliation: University of Hawai’i, La Pietra School, USA

mayaMaya Soetoro-Ng was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and later moved with her family to Honolulu, Hawai’i. Ms. Soetoro-Ng attended Barnard College of Columbia, University of Hawai’i, and received her master’s degree in Secondary Education from New York University’s College of Education. From 1996 to 2000, she taught and developed the curriculum for The Learning Project, an alternative public middle school on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In 2006 Ms. Soetoro-Ng completed her PhD in International Comparative Education. She is currently a teacher at La Pietra, a high school for girls, where she teaches World Cultures, US History and the Constitution, and Peacemakers, a course she designed about the power of non-violence. Ms. Soetoro-Ng is also a lecturer at the University of Hawaii’s College of Education, where she teaches multi-cultural education and the history of education. She taught global dance for more than a decade, has traveled extensively and speaks Spanish and Indonesian.

Madoua Teko-Folly
Country of Origin: Togo
Institutional Affiliation: O.T.B. Enterprises, United Nations Development Programme

maduaMadoua Teko-Folly is a graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where he received an MA in Translation and an MA in International Policy Studies with a specialization in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Mr. Teko-Folly joined Global Majority in 2005 as a Translation Coordinator before becoming a Member of the Board of Directors later that same year. Currently, Mr. Teko-Folly is the Director of Business Development at O.T.B. Enterprises, a San Francisco-based consulting firm specializing in nuclear non-proliferation and conflict resolution document translation, policy analysis and research. He also works as an independent Translation and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Consultant for the United Nations Development Programme, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery.

Dr. Isatou Touray
Country of Origin: The Gambia
Institutional Affiliation: Management Development Institute, GAMCOTRAP, The Gambia

isatouDr. Isatou Touray is the Executive Director and Senior Consultant of GAMCOTRAP, an organization creating awareness about traditional practices in The Gambia. Until June 2006, Dr. Touray served as the GAMCOTRAP Deputy Director General, Co-coordinator of Gender and Development Programmes and Senior Consultant. Dr. Touray’s former positions include Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the World Bank’s Women in Development Project, Trainer of Field Workers on Extension Education and Women and Development Programmes for the Rural Development Institute, and Co-coordinator of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children. Dr. Touray received the FAMEDEV Gender Award (2011), United States of America Woman of Courage Award (2008) and Gambia News and Report Woman of the Year (2008). Dr. Touray received a PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.

Dinesh Tripathi
Country of Origin: Nepal
Institutional Affiliation: Supreme Court, Nepal

tripathiDinesh Tripathi is an Advocate in the Supreme Court of Nepal. He has been a public interest and human rights lawyer for 14 years. In this role, Mr. Tripathi has conducted countless cases in the Supreme Court, and delivered lectures and paper presentations in various national, regional and international seminars, conferences, forums and workshops regarding human rights, peace, non-violent conflict resolution, democratization and the rule of law. He is also a regular contributor to various national newspapers and journals. Mr. Tripathi has been an active participant in the struggle towards democracy in Nepal, utilizing the rule of law to effect change, particularly since the royal coup in February of 2005. Mr. Tripathi received his LLM in constitutional law from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Ramiz Younis
Country of Origin: Palestine
Institutional Affiliation: Save the Children Sweden, Palestine

younisRamiz Younis earned a master’s degree in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a concentration in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. He also holds a BA in psychology from Birzeit University, Palestine. Mr. Younis currently works for Save the Children Sweden as Gaza Program Coordinator. Between 2000 and 2008, Mr. Younis worked for Al Mezan Center for Human Rights as a human rights field worker, trainer, and then coordinator of the training and mass communication unit. His interest in human rights and conflict resolution led to work in the United Kingdom as an international tutor in the conflict resolution field for three months in 2005. Mr. Younis also worked with Responding to Conflict (RTC) on their Middle East project to build Palestinian strategy groups, which aims to enhance civil society capacity.