Peace Insight is managed by Peace Direct staff based in the UK:
Senior Peace Technology Programmes Officer: Joel Gabri
Joel supports the web infrastructure and development of Peace Insight and Peace Direct websites. He also leads on our work looking at how technology can support local peacebuilders, including advanced approaches to mapping and incident reporting and monitoring. Joel has a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies and Politics, with his final year dissertation focusing on how the Internet can be used to promote and assist conflict resolution. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Analyst: Dimitri Kotsiras
Dimitri is jointly responsible for all of Peace Direct's research initiatives, including managing the production of the Local Voices for Peace report series. He is responsible for designing and undertaking field research, as well as coding research findings and authoring research reports. He is also jointly responsible for the development of articles for the Peace Insight website. Dimitri previously worked with Crisis Action and the United Nations reporting on the UN Security Council, and before joining Peace Direct he supported democracy strengthening programmes at Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Dimitri holds a BA in Political Science from Concordia University and an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London. Contact: email@example.com
Senior Communications Officer: Sarah Phillips
Sarah is jointly responsible for Peace Direct’s digital marketing and communications. She manages the running of the Peace Direct website and all social media channels, and produces all print publications. She is jointly responsible for the blog content on the Peace Insight website. Sarah previously worked in Mexico with the British Council, and before joining Peace Direct was working for an international social justice charity as Communications and Projects Assistant. She has over three years experience writing and editing for online communications. Sarah holds a BA in French and Spanish from Newcastle University and an MA in International Relations from the Central European University. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace Insight staff work with a team of local contacts from around the world.
Currently based in four locations, local correspondents play a key role in the Peace Insight initiative. They produce editorial content and stories of interest on peacebuilding in their contexts. Their writing, featured in the 'Articles
' section of our site, demonstrates the impact of local peacebuilding work, and tells the stories of how local peacebuilders are adapting and responding to recent dynamics around the world.
Ashima Kaul is a founding member of the Yakjah Peace and Reconciliation Network, a network of Kashmiri professionals working on reconciliation and the empowerment of youth and women. A journalist by profession, she has participated in a number of national and international conferences, as well as training programmes related to women’s leadership, peace and security, conflict resolution, intra-Kashmir dialogue and peacebuilding. She has an active interest in inter-faith dialogue. As a founding member of Control Arms Foundation India, she also works on gun control and small arms and light weapons issues in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Lina María Jaramillo is our Local Correspondent for Colombia. Lina María is a political scientist with Master's degrees in International Studies and International Development. For the past 8 years, she has worked on projects related to peace, security and development issues, and is currently with acting as a Knowledge Management Officer at Oxfam.
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Olga Dolinina is Peace Insight’s Local Correspondent in Ukraine. A trained journalist, in 2014 she began working for Save the Children in Dnipropetrovsk. Using her experience in professional sports marketing and management, she also founded and manages Break The Ice, a hockey-based NGO supporting children displaced by the conflict in Ukraine.
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Sawssan Abou-Zahr is a Lebanese journalist, editor and consultant. She covers issues related to the Arab Spring, women, Syrian and Palestinian refugees, radical Islamist movements, and Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. She has written features on human rights issues and peacebuilding based on field research in Afghanistan and Libya, and has also worked on assignments in Switzerland, Bahrain, Oman, Poland, Algeria, Brazil, Germany, Morocco, Kuwait and Turkey, covering high profile events and interviewing prominent political figures. She has contributed to editions of the IREX report on media freedom in Lebanon.
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Local peacebuilding experts
Local peacebuilding experts are a key part of the Peace Insight initiative. They submit quarterly updates shared on the 'Articles'
section of the website, which shed light on peacebuilding work taking place in their contexts. In addition to contributing engaging content and stories on peacebuilding, they provide information and updates on peacebuilding groups featured on the site.
Boubacar Thera is Peace Direct’s Local Peacebuilding Expert in Mali. Boubacar is the National Coordinator for the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding in Mali, and an Assistant Professor at the Université des Sciences Juridiques et Politiques de Bamako. Prior to this he worked for a variety of NGOs and other organisations, and as an interpreter.
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Dr. Zahid Shahab Ahmed is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Deakin University in Australia. He received his PhD from the University of New England (UNE) in Australia. He has an MA in Peace Education from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, and an MA in Sociology from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad in Pakistan. He has taught peace and conflict studies at universities in Australia and Pakistan. Since 2003, he has been working with local and international development agencies in South Asia, in particular in Pakistan, on various peacebuilding and development projects. He has published and presented papers on a wide range of issues, such as Islam, human rights, peace & conflict, regionalism, and regional security.
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Martine Kessy Ekomo-Soignet is our Local Peacebuilding Expert in Central African Republic (CAR). She has over four years of experience in the political and development sectors. She has worked with UNDP, UNESCO and the African Medical and Research Foundation. Her work in CAR focuses on civil society and youth organisations. Martine Kessy holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social and Political studies and a master’s degree in Geopolitics, International Security and International Relations. She completed the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2014, and was one of 100 Fellows competitively selected to participate in an 8-week internship in the United States following the Mandela Washington Fellowship academic institute.
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