Jonah Aboni (Ghana) earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Ghana. He holds certificates in conflict resolution and arbitration and has been trained as a mediator by the United Nations Development Program. He recently worked for the mediation division of a regional Legal Aid group in Ghana.
Sarah Bosha (Zimbabwe) holds an LLM in international human rights (magna cum laude) from Notre Dame. She also holds an undergraduate law degree from the University of Zimbabwe. She has worked for Amnesty International, interned at the International Criminal Court, and conducted research on constitutional development for the Center for Civil and Human Rights in South Sudan.
  Felipe Botero (Colombia) holds a B.A. in anthropology from Los Andes University in Bogotá. He also earned a specialization in cultural studies from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. In Colombia he has worked with local and national governments, universities and civil organizations, conducting research on indigenous and farming communities, violent conflict, ethnicity, illegal crops, and alternative development methods.
Karen Campion (United States) holds a B.A. in sociology and a certificate in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University. She has studied Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt and women’s peacebuilding groups in Israel/Palestine. She also has worked in Palestine with youth and women refugees and with the Board on Children, Youth, and Families at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Prashan De Visser (Sri Lanka) earned a B.A. in international affairs from Gordon College. He is the founder and president of Sri Lanka Unites, a youth movement for hope and reconciliation with 10,000 members and chapters in five countries. An international speaker and trainer in youth leadership and reconciliation, he also has been appointed a Justice of Peace.
  John Di Tillo (United States) holds a B.A. in history and a minor in European Studies from Notre Dame. He served as a volunteer teacher in Haiti, later serving the school as dean of students. He also worked for youth empowerment projects in the United States, exploring the role of nature in conflict resolution and leadership development.
  Carolyn Edlebeck (United States) graduated from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in international studies and political science, focusing on African Studies. She studied in Nairobi, Kenya, where she also interned at a rehabilitation home for street children. She later worked on village education initiatives in Eastern Uganda and at a daycare and community center in Mexico.
    Lailatul Fitriyah (Indonesia) earned a B.A. in international relations from the University of Jember. She is the founder of an outreach program that teaches basic literacy, citizenship rights, and health and hygiene to children and parents in underserved villages. For several years, she worked for a parliamentary debate coaching program for students.
  Hudda Ibrahim (Somalia/United States) holds B.A. degrees in peace studies and English from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's. She is the former director of women's health and advancement programs for Community Grassroots Solutions, an organization that provides training and education for immigrants and refugees.
  Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) holds an M.A. in strategies and methods of nonviolent social change and an undergraduate degree in special education and rehabilitation from the University of Belgrade. She has worked for the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, the People's Office of the President of the Republic of Serbia, and Serbia’s Ministry of Youth and Sport.
  Yemsrach Kidane (Ethiopia) holds an M.A. in international human rights law from Central European University and a B.A. in law from Bahir Dar University. She has worked as a lecturer in law and human rights at Jimma University Law School and has served the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission as a human rights expert and legal aid coordinator. She also has worked as a program officer at UN Women.
  Ying Liang (China) graduated with a B.A. in environmental economics from China University of Geosciences. She later worked with a nonprofit that works to strengthen communities on the Tibetan Plateau, serving mentally disabled adults and exploring the role of social therapy in resolving conflict. She also participated in Strait Talk, a program connecting young people from the Taiwan Strait region and the United States.
  Amber McChesney-Young (United States) holds a B.A. in media studies from the University of San Francisco. As a student, she traveled to South Africa, Mozambique, Peru, Guatemala, and El Salvador. She joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, advocating for low-wage workers rights, working as case manager in the refugee resettlement program and as a program coordinator.

Michael McDonald (United States) holds a B.A. in literature and theology from Notre Dame. Michael served people with mental disabilities in a L’Arche community in Kenya and worked alongside L’Arche founder Jean Vanier in France. He created Story Yangu, an oral history project designed to reduce political violence during Kenya’s presidential elections, and published three books in Kenya.
  Claudia Navas (Colombia) holds a B.A. in political science from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. At the Conflict Analysis Resource Center in Bogotá, she coordinated projects that focused on reducing and preventing armed violence. She also conducted research on conflict analysis, violence measurement, and humanitarian action amid urban violence.
Adel Nehmeh
(Lebanon) holds an M.S. in electrical engineering from Montana State University and a B.E. in computer and communications engineering from Notre Dame University in Lebanon. Before changing careers to focus on peace studies, he worked as a field engineer and an implementation consultant. He hopes to build a network of young peacebuilders in the Middle East by promoting social entrepreneurship.
  Kuldeep Niraula (Nepal) graduated from Tribhuvan University with an M.A. in conflict, peace and development studies. A Fulbright Scholar, he worked as a research and planning officer at the Carter Center, where he planned and implemented the Center’s observation of Nepal's peace and constitution-drafting processes.
  Zakia Nouri (Afghanistan) has worked for the National Security Council of Afghanistan as manager of the Policy and Oversight Department. She also completed a project management and leadership program with the United Nations Institute for Research & Training, participating in workshops in Kabul, Dubai and Hiroshima.
  Gatwech Ruot Nyoat (South Sudan) holds a B.A. in development administration from Ethiopian Civil Service College. He has spent 14 years working for government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, managing programs for the empowerment of women and girls, HIV prevention, protection of orphans, and peacebuilding.
  Boniface Ojok (Uganda) earned an M.A. in management studies from Uganda Martyrs University. Since 2004, he has worked in northern Uganda with the Justice and Reconciliation Project, conducting research and advocating for victims of violent conflict. He is a Transitional Justice Fellow of the International Centre for Transitional Justice and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town.
  Julius Okojie (Nigeria) holds a B.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Ibadan and a B.A. degree in theology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University. A Catholic priest, he has served as personal secretary to the Bishop of Uromi and later to the Archbishop of Benin City, Nigeria. He has worked as a church pastor, often mediating conflicts between communities.
  Francis Opio (Uganda) holds a B.A. in development studies from Kyambogo University. Before coming to Notre Dame, he worked for Grassroots Reconciliation Group, a nongovernmental organization that works to reconcile and reintegrate former child soldiers in northern Uganda.
  Natalia Tejada Vargas (Colombia) earned an M.A. in psychotherapy from the Brief Strategic Therapy Center and a B.A. in psychology from Universidad de los Andes. She has worked for Colombian governmental programs for demobilized children and adults, helping them reintegrate with civil society. She also led psychosocial intervention in several displaced communities, promoting reconciliation.
  Carmel Whelton (Canada) is an international lawyer. She has an L.L.B. degree from the University of Ottawa and an L.L.M. from Georgetown University. She has worked for the Canadian Foreign Service in Ghana, the Czech Republic and Austria, and the United Nations in Geneva and Amman, Jordan. Most recently, she worked on economic reconstruction, peace and stabilization projects in Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Sudan.
  Aseel Zahran (Jordan) holds a B.A. in English literature from the University of Jordan. She recently worked on a project that promotes cross-cultural dialogue through cultural tourism and has participated in initiatives that introduce nonviolent communication to young people in the Middle East and Europe.