Forum de Lisbonne 2018
UNITED NETWORK OF YOUNG PEACEBUILDERS
Ali Altiok is an independent researcher on Youth, Peace and Security. He is currently workin as a research consultant for the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth to co-author a policy paper on youth participation in peace processes. For the last two years, he worked as a consultant and member of the joint Secretariat (United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office and United Nations Population Fund), providing research and other support for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, mandated by the United Nations Security Council under the Resolution 2250. He previously worked as a research intern at the Berghof Foundation and Step for Peace Foundation in Germany.
Ali holds a master’s in Political, Legal and Economic Philosophy from the University of Bern and a postgraduate master’s in Peace and Security Studies from the University of Hamburg. His main area of interest is youth agency in peacebuilding processes. He has field research experience in Turkey and Sri Lanka. Ali is a team member of European Youth Advocacy Team of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY). Currently residing in New York, 31 year old Ali was born and raised in Turkey.
Italian Network "Youth, Peace and Security"
Young professional graduated in Law, with a Master Degree in Peace Studies and professional experience accrued in the Gender issues, Child Protection and Migration sectors. Professional experience accrued in Myanmar with Terre Des Hommes Italia and volunteer experiences in India, Albania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Italy.
Interested in Gender and Peace Studies.
Member of the Italian association Centro Studi Difesa Civile (CSDC) and of the Italian network Youth, Peace and Security.
EL KHISSASSI, Abdelkader
A Moroccan Diplomat, Dr. Abdelkader EL KHISSASSI served as political, economic, communications and civil society advisor in Moroccan embassies in Africa and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Morocco.
Doctor in Contemporary History of International Relations, specialized in the Euromed Relations (University of Strasbourg), he was an assistant professor at the University of Strasbourg and a professor of European Law at the Higher Education Institute By Alternation – Strasbourg.
In 2016, Dr El Khissassi published « The challenges of Euro-Mediterranean relations between the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the setbacks of the Arab Spring », Europeans Academic Publishing.
GAIN, Mohammed Ahmed
African Institute for Peacebuilding And Conflict Transformation
Mohammed Ahmed GAIN is currently a professor at the National School of Trade and Management, University of IBNO TOFAIL, Kenitra. He taught and lectured at different faculties and schools.
Mr Gain is also the president of the African Institute for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, an independent organisation based in Rabat, Morocco and works on enhancing peace in African countries, through leading training workshops, seminars and research projects.
He served as a consultant for various research organisations and research centres. Mr Gain leads training workshops on human rights protection, mediation and conflict transformation and contributes to the crafting of reports that cover areas related to these spheres of interest. He is a regular speaker and conference panellist in areas related to human rights, peacebuilding and security in North and West Africa.
independent researcher, consultant and trainer on Youth, Peace & Security
An independent researcher, consultant and trainer on Youth, Peace & Security, with an expertise in youth participation in peace processes, Irena has worked for the last three years in Myanmar. She is currently co-organising an international Symposium and co-authoring a policy paper on youth participation in peace processes, as a consultant for United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth.
She has researched and published several seminal reports on youth, peace and security in Myanmar, including: ‘The Youth Space of Dialogue and Mediation’ on behalf of the Berghof Foundation, featured as a Thematic Paper in Global Progress Study on UNSCR 2250 (The Missing Peace); the Paung Sie Facility (PSF) report, assessing the state of youth participation in peacebuilding and the peace process in Myanmar, key barriers, and recommendations. She was a trainer, researcher and analyst for Nonviolent Peaceforce, to assess youth engagement in civilian protection and ceasefire monitoring.
While with Search for Common Ground, Irena led the design and implementation of a youth-led participatory action research that assessed social cohesion in urban areas. She has furthermore designed and facilitated over a dozen various trainings and workshops with youth and non-youth stakeholders, focused on dialogue, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding, as well as awareness raising of UNSCR 2250.
Originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Irena is 29 years old and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Conflict Management from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.
Director of Democratic Participation at the Council of Europe
Matjaž Gruden is Director of Democratic Participation at the Council of Europe. He previously served as Director of Policy Planning, Deputy Director of the Private Office of the Secretary General and political adviser. Prior to his career at the Council of Europe, he was a diplomat at the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, posted in Brussels. He holds a law degree from the Law Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, as well as a post-graduate degree in EU law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
Peacebuilding and Mediation Support Programme, Department of Peace Operations of the Romanian Peace Institute
Benedikt Hielscher works with the Department of Peace Operations of the Romanian Peace Institute PATRIR in the Peacebuilding and Mediation Support Programme. His work is focussed on the wider Middle East and North Africa where he has worked with Libyan tribal and community leaders, civil society, women’s organisations, and youth to strengthen sub-national mediation and peace processes. In Sudan he has worked with the UNAMID peacekeeping mission in Darfur and the Sudanese Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission to build up local and national capacities for stabilisation, post-war recovery and peace consolidation. In addition to his work in the MENA region, he has engaged with youth groups from Europe as a trainer and practitioner of conflict transformation and peace advocacy. It is in this capacity that he acts as focal point between PATRIR and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders. As a member of the European Youth Advocacy Team he is working to advance the implementation of European policies and legislation to support youth peacebuilding efforts in Europe and globally.
Free Sight Association
Founder and current president of Free Sight Association and an active member in national, regional and international women and youth rights networks, Arbia Jebali is a Tunisian human rights activist and a student of a Master degree on International Relations.
She founded the following national networks: Tunisian Women, Peace and Security (TWPS) and KAEDAT : means Young Women Leaders or Tunisian Leaders for Human Security; and Tunisian Leaders for human security: Youth peace-builders network.
She is a trainer on dialogue facilitation, conflict resolution, the theory of change, gender equality and non-violent communication and has been a speaker in several national, regional, and international conferences on Youth rights, Women rights, Prevention from radicalisation and violent extremism.
Peaceful Change initiative
Hadil is a Project Coordinator working with Peaceful Change initiative (PCi) for Libya. With PCi, Hadil works on building social peace and local development across more than 17 different communities in the country, in addition to conducting conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity reviews in its areas of work.
She worked with Libya's' National Dialogue Preparatory Commission as a Multimedia Coordinator, and prior to that as a Political Affairs officer with the United Nations Support Mission to Libya on promoting inclusive politics and a participatory post-conflict transitional process. Additionally, Hadil an active member in youth activities and networks locally, regionally and internationally and holds a BSc in International Business Management.
Youth Peer Education Network - Egypt
Ahmed Magdy is a 27 years old physician from Egypt. He has been actively working for civil society organisations since 2009, holding several positions such as local coordinator at My university to Y-PEER International Coordinator on Capacity Building 2015-2017. He is also a UNFPA international Fellow 2016-2017. Currently, he acts as a consultant on safe spaces in humanitarian settings project for the UNFPA in Egypt. His experiences with Y-PEER, UNFPA and several international organisations allowed him to advocate, mobilise and build capacities of young people all over the world.
His main areas of expertise are violence – in particular, Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and reproductive health and rights - humanitarian settings and peace and conflict management. He like put all his experience and capacities in the support of dialogue and constructive thinking among different people.
Youth Delegate - Georgia / Europe-Georgia Institute
George Melashvili is the founder of the Europe-Georgia Institute (EGI) – an independent, non-partisan think tank in Georgia – and the head of the Youth Initiative – a youth civil movement under the patronage of the President of Georgia.
During the 2016 election campaign, the EGI led the unprecedented campaign “Your Voice, Our Future”, uniting Georgian youth to realize the importance of their vote. He also was a lecturer at the School of Diplomacy of the Free University and is the winner of the MLOW contest held by the United Nations Academic Impact and ELS Inc.
Assistant Director, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)
Since 2009, Ben has coordinated EPLO’s working group on funding for peacebuilding. He has also been closely involved in managing the Civil Society Dialogue Network project and has worked extensively on EPLO’s fundraising and communications activities. He was acting director from February to April 2015 and from November 2015 to April 2016.
Prior to joining EPLO, Ben spent four years as a project and programme manager at a Brussels-based consultancy where he worked on various aspects EU development policy.
Ben has an MA in European Institutions and Policy-making from Lancaster University (UK) and an MA in Modern European Languages and European Union Studies from the University of Edinburgh (UK).
AL NABULSI, Thabet
Secretary-General of the Ministry of Youth of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
A passionate entrepreneur who worked with youth from a very young age, Dr Thabet holds a PhD in Behavioral Modification, and an MA degree in Creativity and Talent Development, and a BA in Political Science. Because of his proven track record, and high-quality services, Dr Thabet was selected to become Secretary General of the Ministry of Youth in Jordan. Prior to that, he established his business Challenger Team which is driven by his belief that true leadership is lifting one’s vision to higher standards. His mission focused on investing in individual personalities and capacities to support them to access and ignite their highest potential. His extensive experience in dealing with human resources of different levels and ages empowered his role in building youth capacities, thereby inspiring individuals to develop their roles in their communities as active, responsible leaders in both Jordan and GCC. He has created and developed unique practical training curriculums that were recognized by the private and governmental institutions in the region and introduced one of a kind initiative to equip youth with life skills, foster their leadership skills, unleash their potentials, become good citizens to serve their communities and the globe while taking pride of their identities and cultures. Dr Thabet vision has reached youth in many countries around the world including Kuwait, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, UAE, KSA, Sudan, Tanzania, Libya, Cyprus, USA, UK and the Netherlands.
Director, Children and Youth Programmes, Search for Common Ground and Co-Chair, Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security
Mr Prelis has over twenty years’ experience working with youth movements and youth-focused organisations in conflict and transition environments in over 35 countries throughout the world. 6yrs ago he co-founded and has been co-chairing the first UN-CSO-Donor working group on Youth and Peacebuilding (Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security) that helped successfully advocate for the historic UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (in 2015) on Youth, Peace and Security. As a result of the Working Group’s advocacy, a second Security Council Resolution (Res 2419) was unanimously adopted in June 2018.
Prior to joining SFCG, Mr Prelis was the founding director of the Peacebuilding & Development Institute at American University. Over eleven years at the university resulted in the co-development over 100 training curricula exploring the nexus of peacebuilding with development.
Mr Prelis has served as an adviser to governments and governmental agencies in over a dozen countries. In June 2017, Mr Prelis received the distinguished Luxembourg Peace Prize for his Outstanding Achievements in Peace Support.
Mr Prelis obtained his Master’s Degree in International Peace & Conflict Resolution with a Concentration in International Law from American University in Washington, DC.
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Portugal
Teresa Ribeiro was appointed as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in November 2015. Until that date and since 2013 she had held the position of Deputy Secretary-General for Energy at the Union for the Mediterranean, in Barcelona. She was also Secretary of State for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal between 2008 and 2009.
Throughout her career, Teresa Ribeiro has held different positions in media and international relations Portuguese institutions, with extensive experience working with the EU. Teresa Ribeiro was also Administrator at AICEP (Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade of Portugal), Director-General at the Institute for Communication and Media and Director of International Affairs at the same Institute.
Arab States Regional Director of UNFPA
He served as chief statistician of Palestine from 2005 until he started his UN career in 2009 with both UNDP/UNCT and UNFPA in Iraq, and the Regional Office for the Arab States since 2015 as the Regional Adviser for Population Data and Policies in ASRO. Within the Arab region, he served as chair or member of several regional professional and research committees. Such as the Chair of the Statistical Committee of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Arab regional statistical forum and as a member of the board of the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics.
Prior to that, Luay Shabaneh started his professional career at Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) in 1994 – 2005 he crowned his career there to be the second President of PCBS.
Luay holds a PhD in Applied Social Statistics from Lancaster University, UK, a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Jordan and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Baghdad University.
Co-founder, Together We Build It/UN advisory committee on Youth, Peace and Security
Hajer Sharief was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as a member in the advisory committee for the progress study on youth, peace and security, mandated by the Security Council resolution 2250. She is one of the 12 Champions on Women, Peace and Security and Human Rights convened by UN Women. Moreover, she has been selected by Kofi Annan to take part in the “Extremely Together” initiative on countering violent extremism.
Hajer Sharief is the co-founder of the “Together We build it” organization that is supporting the democratic process in Libya since 2011 by emphasizing the role of women and youth in peace-building and conflict prevention.
She is also the project manager for the “1325 Network” in Libya, a network of civil society organizations and independent activists working all over the country to raise awareness and encourage young women to play an active role for the de-radicalization of society. Within the “1325 Network” Hajer encourages to question the radical opinions about traditional positions of women in society. Hajer holds a bachelor degree in law.
Director of the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes, Council of Europe
Verena holds a PhD in political science and, after working with civil society/NGOs in Vienna and London, joined the Council of Europe in 1989 when the Organisation expanded rapidly, both with regard to member States and to new standards. She is responsible for the programming, resource mobilisation and decentralised implementation of/for Council of Europe cooperation and technical assistance. She strongly believes that the Organisation’s standards and policies on human rights, the rule of law and participation are as relevant today as they were when the Council of Europe was founded in 1949.
TOLLAKSEN, Jarle Aarbakke
LNU - Norwegian Children and Youth Council
Jarle Aarbakke Tollaksen (29 years), works as a political advisor on international affairs in the Norwegian Children and Youth Council. Mr Tollaksen holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the same institution. Mr Tollaksen served as Vice-President of the Young Norwegian Christian Democrats from 2016 to 2018.
In 2016, Mr Tollaksen served as the Norwegian Youth Delegate on Human Rights to the UN General Assembly.
Carly Walker-Dawson is currently the Secretary-General of IFM-SEI, the global umbrella organisation for progressive, non-formal education child and youth movements. Carly also sits on the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe - the co-management body for the youth department - elected on for the 2018-19 mandate. Within this body, she is responsible for the work with the North-South Centre and the inclusion of young people with disabilities, as well as sitting on the Programming Committee on Youth.
Carly has a strong footing in the youth political sector; she has been politically active on a global level from the age of 15. Prior to leading IFM-SEI, she worked for the International Union of Socialist Youth and Girlguiding UK focusing on international programmes and projects. Besides this, she is a former Vice Chair of British Youth Council and has been working as an educator and trainer on an international level for over ten years, specialising in the topics feminism and LGBTQI.