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Below is a series of powerful individual profiles of youth leaders, government and military actors, and educators that represent the many different types of peacebuilders. Please note that these are snapshots and reflect the individual’s story and position at the time of posting.

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Youth Leaders

Ahmed Yemen, Adventist Movement and Relief Agency   

Yemen works with Adventist Movement and Relief Agency which seeks to provide food assistance and emergency services in post-conflict areas. He is also a member of YaLa Young Leaders, the online movement of Middle Eastern young people dedicated to peace.

Dalia Shurrab, Gaza Sky Geeks   

Shurrab works with Gaza Sky Geeks, an accelerator and tech-hub in Gaza, and is a member of YaLa Young Leaders, the online movement of Middle Eastern young people dedicated to peace.

Errel Peli, YaLa Young Leaders

Peli, from Jerusalem, is a student and activist volunteering with a number of organizations.  He is a member of YaLa Young Leaders, the online movement of Middle Eastern young people dedicated to peace.       

Ala Oueslati, YaLa Young Leaders

Oueslati is a fellow and gender activist at Women Deliver, an organization that advocates for girls’ and womens’ health, rights and wellbeing. He is a member of YaLa Young Leaders, the online movement of Middle Eastern young people dedicated to peace.

Chloé Portheault, YaLa Young Leaders

Portheault is a member of YaLa Young Leaders, the online movement of Middle Eastern young people dedicated to peace. She is a blogger who shares stories of Israelis and Palestinians working to build peace.

Hamze Awawde, YaLa Palestine Program Manager

Awaede worked extensively on transforming a USIP supported network of citizen journalist into the Aileen Getty School for Citizen Journalism and has participated in several USIP trainings.           

Khadija Isse Fara'Adde, Mandela Washington Fellowship

Fara’Adde served as a fellow at the USIP as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program, which empowers young people through academics, leadership training and networking.

Silvio Deng, Justice and Peace Commission of the South Sudan Catholic Church

Deng is the coordinator of the Justice and Peace Commission of the South Sudan Catholic Church in Upper Nile State in South Sudan. He also served as the South Sudan Fellow at USIP.

Yasar Ahmadzai, Democracy International

Ahmadzai is a media and program officer with Democracy International in Afghanistan and is based in Kabul.

Rehema Zaid, Integrated Initiatives for Community Empowerment

Zaid works at IICEP in Kenya, promoting peace in the Eastleigh community with a focus on nonviolent tools for advocacy and training community leaders and young people.

Mouad Azouggar, eNews Association

Azouggar is the president of eNews Association in Morocco that focuses on journalism and the media as tools to speak about youth issues and social change. He is also part of USIP’s Generation Change program.

Ahmed Hadji, Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum

Hadji is a team leader at Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum, providing both strategic and technical leadership to Muslim youth in Uganda. 

Hassan Ndugwa, Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum

Ndugwa is a senior programs coordinator with Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum. His work involves engaging peers to resist joining terrorist groups and providing other opportunities to learn important skills.

Aubrey Cox, U.S. Institute of Peace

Cox’s works to engage young people in peacebuilding and currently works with USIP’s Generation Change program that helps support youth leaders in Africa. 

Irina Balytsky, U.S. Institute of Peace

Balystsky spent time working with a small nonprofit in Yei in southern Sudan that had a variety of programs that provided care and resources to children in the community.

Tiffany Taylor, United States Youth Observer to the United Nations

Taylor, as the 2013-2014 U.S. youth observer to the UN, works to engage and expand young people in the wok of the UN by serving as a speaker and connecting with existing organizations.

Danielle B. Goldberg, Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Goldberg is a program coordinator for the peacebuilding and rights program at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. The program focuses activities such as intergroup dialogue, conflict resolution education, strengthening non-profit organizations, and cooperative projects.

Julia Dowling, Advocacy Project Peace Fellow

Dowling is working with a community-based organization called The Bosnian Family Association (BOSFAM) in Bosnia-Herzegovina as a 2011 Advocacy Project Peace fellow. 

Government/Military Actors

Andrew Young, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali

Young serves as the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Mali supporting peacebuilding efforts including negotiations, economics, healthcare and combating terrorism.

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Pies, U.S. Army

Pies serves as the U.S. Army War College fellow at USIP to learn about the work of the Institute and to transfer that knowledge back to the Chaplaincy. 

Lieutenant Colonel Curtis Carlin, U.S. Marine Corps

Carlin serves as the U.S. Marine Corps fellow at USIP. He is learning about peacebuilding through the Academy and is also educating Institute staff about the Marine Corps. 

Educators

Monica Shah, Brightwood Education Campus

Shah is a teacher with Washington, D.C., public schools and teacher peace glasses, human rights and U.S. history to her elementary and middle school classes.     

Judi Freeman, Boston Latin School  

Freeman teaches juniors and seniors at Boston Latin School, a public high school in Massachusetts. Her focus is principally on 20th and 21st century history.

Clare Sisisky, Collegiate School

Sisisky is the director of global education at the Collegiate School, a private k-12 school in Richmond, Va., and works to bring global perspectives into the curriculum.

Andy Blair, St. Mary's Academy

Blair teaches a world issues class at St Mary’s Academy in Englewood, Colo., and believes that peacebuilding skills should be considered essential elements of children’s education.