Nadia Abraibesh (USA) earned a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of New Mexico, where she taught on a Navajo reservation. During the 2011 uprising in Benghazi, Libya, she worked as an aid to lawyers and translator for foreign reporters. Most recently, Nadia worked as a nonviolence educator with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.
  Jonathan Brenneman (USA) graduated from Huntington University with degrees in philosophy and history. After graduation, he joined the Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine project in Hebron, where he worked to promote human rights, especially children's rights, through partnerships with Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers.
  Isaias Guerrero-Cabrera (Colombia) graduated from the University of Indianapolis with degrees in international relations and sociology. He has worked with immigrant youth in Indianapolis, focusing on video ethnography projects, and recently served as the manager of an immigrant rights campaign, collaborating with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Congregation Action Network.
   Olga Estela Sanchez Caro (Mexico) earned a B.A. in anthropology from the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Chihuahua, Mexico. After graduation, she joined the Comboni Missionary Sisters, a Catholic congregation, and worked to support the education and rights of indigenous people in Brazil. She has most recently worked for VIVAT International, a nongovernmental organization linked to the United Nations, where her work focused on human rights, justice and peace.
  Christian Cirhigiri (Democratic Republic of Congo) holds a bachelor’s degree in integrated community development from Daystar University in Kenya. Together with his wife, he is co-founder of Bukavu Youth Action center, a nongovernmental organization that promotes responsible youth leadership through arts and communication. His previous work in Congo has focused on development.
   David M. Coulibaly (Côte d'Ivoire) graduated from the Metropolitan College of New York with a B.A. degree in American urban studies. He recently worked for Global Tassels, a nonprofit group that provides access to college education for students in developing countries. For the Côte d'Ivoire chapter of Save the Children, he conducted research that contributed to global fundraising and advocacy.
  Lindora Howard-Diawara (Liberia) holds a B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Liberia. Lindora spent a decade working for the Liberia chapter of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, where she focused on youth, nonviolence education, early warning, and women in peacebuilding. She also is the founder of M.A.S.K. Supplies and Services Limited, an organization that promotes family solidarity, peace and economic opportunity, especially for women and girls.
    Elise Ditta (USA) graduated from Calvin College with degrees in international development and Spanish. As a student, she studied and volunteered in Honduras and Guatemala. After graduation she returned to Honduras, working for the Mennonite Central Committee and later with the Association for a More Just Society, a group that works with victims of violent crime and corruption.
  Aref Dostyar (Afghanistan) is a Fulbright Scholar. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. Aref is the founder of Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT), an organization that works with university students to promote a culture of tolerance, openness and respect. He now serves as chair of APT's board of directors.
  Berhan Taye Gemeda (Ethiopia) graduated from Malmö University with a B.A. degree in international relations. She recently worked for the Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Previously, she served as the president of the Association of Foreign Affairs in Malmö and interned at the Life and Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden.
  Aimee Sarah George (Singapore) holds a B.A. in political science and globalization studies from Gettysburg College. Through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, she worked with resettled refugee communities in the U.S. She has worked as a community development trainer for refugees on the Thai-Burma border and a consultant for youth empowerment programs in South Africa. Aimee also is a former fellow of the International Justice Mission in Thailand, where she supported anti-human trafficking programs.
  Emerson Kamara (Sierra Leone) graduated from Fourah Bay College at the University of Sierra Leone with B.A. degrees in history and sociology. He recently served as the director of Peacelinks Sierra Leone, a group that promotes citizenship among young people. He has facilitated many peace-related workshops for youth in Sierra Leone.
  Jenna Knapp (USA) graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in international peace studies and anthropology. She co-founded Proyecto Cuentame, a creative writing initiative in El Salvador’s juvenile detention centers. She also has lived in Kampala, Uganda, working at a rehabilitation home for young men who once lived on Kampala’s streets.

Joyce Mutoka (Kenya) earned a B.A. degree in international law from University College Roosevelt in the Netherlands. She has worked for nongovernmental and governmental organizations in East Africa, focusing on reconciliation, human rights and governance. She also is the co-founder of Chanzo, a Kenyan organization that promotes reading as a tool for reconciliation.
  Milena Petrova (Bulgaria) earned a B.A. in international relations from the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece. She recently worked for a Greek nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking in the Balkans and has volunteered for nongovernmental organizations in Bulgaria, focusing on youth and development.
  Katarzyna Anna Przybyla (Poland) is a Fulbright Scholar. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in international relations from Lazarski University in Warsaw, specializing in strategic studies and international security. She has worked for the National Security Bureau of Poland as an analyst on Russia and Central Asia and also authored several publications on wars in Chechnya and conflict in the North Caucasus.
  Shilpi Shabdita (India) holds a post-graduate diploma in conflict transformation and peacebuilding and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from University of Delhi. She recently served as a consultant at Women in Security, Conflict Management, and Peace, an initiative of The Dalai Lama that works at the intersection of gender, conflict transformation, peace education and human security in South Asia. She also has worked in community-level reconciliation, focusing on conflict at the India-Pakistan border.
  Dania Straughan (USA) graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. She has trained as a mediator in the U.S. and Chile and worked on peace agreements for the Organization of American States and on issues of social cohesion for the UN and the Catholic University of Chile.
  Christine Sumog-oy (Philippines) graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame Dadiangas University with a B.A. degree in English. She has worked for various civil society groups, focusing on peacebuilding, ancestral domain protection, ceasefire monitoring, human rights protection, women’s empowerment and migration rights. She also has worked with the Philippine government on disaster preparedness and humanitarian response.
  Shaban Varajab (Kenya) graduated from Moi University with a B.A. degree in education. He also holds a certificate in peacebuilding and conflict transformation from St. Augustine College of South Africa/Africa Peacebuilding Institute. Since 2011, Shaban has worked with Rural Women Peace Link, a nongovernmental organization that empowers youth and women in rural Kenyan conflict zones in to participate in peacebuilding and development.
  Kelsey Whiting-Jones (USA) earned a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst in history, classics, and political science. As a Fulbright Scholar, she taught at a Muslim school in rural Malaysia. Most recently, she worked for the Abraham Path Initiative, an international organization cultivating the development of a long-distance walking trail across the Middle East.