Alumni Peacebuilders

Kamar Yousuf, M.A. ’99

Kamar Yousuf is the Head of the Private Sector Unit at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Unit functions as the coordinating hub for UNEP’s engagement with businesses and facilitates strategic partnerships.

Kamar Yousuf

Shamsia Ramadan, M.A. ’10

 Shamsia Ramadan is Program Manager for Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Capacity for Inter-religious Community Action, an organization working in six African countries to help communities deal with conflicts.

Shamsia Ramadan

Emil P. Bolongaita, M.A. ’89

Emil Bolongaita is Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the head of its campus in Australia, while simultaneously working to help establish an international anti-corruption court modeled after the International Criminal Court.

Emil P. Bolongaita

P. Carl, M.A. ’90

P. Carl has spent his career exploring the power of story and the arts to create policy, to facilitate dialogue, and to transform people and systems. As a longtime artistic director and theater advocate, now a nonfiction writer and Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson College...

P.  Carl

Mai Ni Ni Aung, M.A. ’03

Mai Ni Ni Aung is the founder of SONE-TU, a social enterprise which established and manages the following projects: The Endangered Language Documentation Project, The Oral History Project, The Education Project, and The Weaving Project.

Mai Ni Ni Aung

Nell Bolton, M.A. ’03

Nell Bolton is Senior Technical Advisor for Justice and Peacebuilding at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Nell Bolton

Obi Anyadike, M.A. ’97

Obi Anyadike is editor-at-large and Africa editor of IRIN, the world’s leading humanitarian news service.

Obi Anyadike

Matt Guynn, M.A. ’96

Matt Guynn is director of nonviolent social change for On Earth Peace, a Christian peacebuilding organization in Portland, Oregon.

Matt Guynn

Claudia Navas Caputo, M.A. ’15

Claudia Navas Caputo is an advisor for the Office of the High Presidential Advisor for Post-conflict, an office within the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia.

Claudia Navas Caputo

Larisa Deriglazova, M.A. ’95

Larisa Deriglazova is a professor of world politics and Director of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Tomsk State University in Russia. 

Larisa Deriglazova

Mark Behr, M.A. ’93

Mark Behr (1963-2015), born in Tanzania and raised in South Africa, was a talented author who addressed race, gender, and militarization within contemporary authoritarian cultures.

Mark Behr

Karsonya (Kaye) Whitehead, M.A. ’93

Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead is Associate Professor of Communication and African and African-American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and the host of "Today with Dr. Kaye" on WEAA 88.9 FM.

Karsonya (Kaye) Whitehead

Kelsey Davenport, M.A. ’11

Kelsey Davenport is director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association, a Washington, D.C.-based group that promotes effective arms control policies.

Kelsey Davenport

Jian Yi, M.A. ’98

Jian Yi, an independent filmmaker and cultural activist based in Beijing and Jiangxi, China, is the founder of IFChina Original Studio.

Jian Yi

Chernor Bah, M.A. ’11

Chernor Bah is Co-founder and Executive Director of Purposeful Productions, an organization that supports girls and their allies to spark and sustain movements for change in the developing world.

Chernor Bah

Makena Kirima, M.A. ’10

Makena Kirima is activity manager for Kenya Tuna Uwezo (“We Have the Power” in Kiswahili), a USAID-funded program to reduce political violence in Nairobi.

Makena Kirima

Jorge Vargas-Cullell, M.A. ’94

Jorge Vargas-Cullell is Director of Estado de la Nación, a Costa Rica-based center of thought that conducts research on sustainable development.

Jorge Vargas-Cullell

Joe Kennedy, M.A. ’90

Joe Kennedy is an architectural designer who specializes in sustainable building, ecological design, and community development.

Joe Kennedy

Vienna Colucci, M.A. ’90

Vienna Colucci is Senior Director, Policy, for Amnesty International USA, where she oversees human rights policy development.

Vienna Colucci