Dr Eleanor Beevor is a conflict researcher and consultant for the United Nations Development Program. She specialises in non-state armed groups and environmental protection in conflict. She previously worked as Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and as a writer for the Jordanian media site Al Bawaba.
Marja Lehto is Ambassador and Senior Expert in public international law at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Adjunct Professor of international law, University of Helsinki. She is member of the UN International Law Commission and Special Rapporteur for the topic “Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflicts”. She has published on a broad range of international legal questions, including environmental questions, armed conflicts and terrorism.
Daniëlla Dam-de Jong is Associate Professor at Leiden University and Director of the LL.M. Regular Program at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies. She has written and advised extensively on the international legal dimensions of environmental security, which involves international law in the field of peace & security, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international environmental law, international economic law and international criminal law.
This workshop focuses on gathering your ideas on scaling the impact of young voters in countering the polarization and hate speech in Kenya in advance of the 2022 presidential elections. Maskani is an on-going initiative that currently includes 60 trained university students who are now carrying out digital peacebuilding
Kennedy Akolo is regional director, Africa for AFSC, and a development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience. With AFSC Kennedy provides strategic and creative leadership to lay the groundwork for long term peace with justice. Kennedy holds a Master of Science in Organizational Development from United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Kenyatta University, also in Nairobi.
Jerry McCann brings a depth of understanding and experience in both peacebuilding and engineering to peace initiatives around the world. Jerry is currently Senior Advisor for Build Up, an organization pioneering ways to bring technology into peacebuilding. Through his work with Build Up, he continues to demonstrate ways that engineering, management science and peacebuilding can not only compliment but elevate peace, development and stability in conflict and post-conflict contexts.
Dr. Fredrick Ogenga is an Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Founding Director of the Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security-Rongo University and President of the Peacemaker Corps Foundation Kenya. Ogenga is widely published in the area of media, democracy, peace and security. Currently, he is championing Pan-African philosophical and methodological approaches to media (including digital media) and peacebuilding in Africa.
Michaela is a Chicana peacebuilder from the Pacific NW region of the USA. For more than two decades, she has supported conflict transformation initiatives led by civil society, government, INGOs, and the UN in 20+ contexts across five continents. At Build Up, Michaela nurtures a nonviolent, values-driven, and collaborative approach to programs and organizational culture that seeks to transform complex systemic and ethical challenges deeply-rooted in the field of peacebuilding.
Short panel presentations from Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Israel Palestine, exploring how to protect civil society engagement and expression, will be followed by questions and discussion. This event will build on the AFSC webinar series ‘Under the Mask’, which is investigating the exploitation of COVID-19 to restrict civil society.