Dr. Ismael Peña
Phd in Information and Comunication Society by Open University of Catalonia (UOC). Bachelor degree in Economical Sciences by Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Director of Conflictology Programmes of the UOC.
Maria-Antònia Guardiola is Associate Professor in the School of Law and Politics in UOC. She is responsible for coordinating the International Master's Degree in Conflictology, a joint program delivered by UNITAR and UOC. After lengthy experience in eLearning, Conflict Resolution, NGO development, International Cooperation and Secondary Education, she is now focused on applying her knowledge, skills and experience in the innovative use and application of ICT and Social Networking in contexts of transformative learning. Maria-Antònia is currently undertaking a PhD on Innovative Learning, Educational Leadership and Information and Knowledge Society with UOC. Having presented papers internationally on behalf of UOC and UNITAR, she is also a Secondary teacher and collaborates as an international consultant on training, customized learning programs and research with institutions such as the European Commission, EU Programs, Government Departments, Universities and Transnational Partnership Networks among others. She has worked with various projects in Africa, Europe and the United States on eLearning, Conflict Resolution and Innovative Learning architectures.
Dr. Abdalla is the Senior Advisor on Policy Analysis and Research at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University. In 2013-2014, he was Vice President of SALAM Institute for Peace and Justice in Washington, D.C. From 2004-2013 he was Professor, Dean and Vice Rector at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow with the Peace Operations Policy Program, School of Public Policy, at George Mason University, Virginia. He was also a Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Virginia.
Both his academic and professional careers are multi-disciplinary. He obtained a law degree in Egypt in 1977 where he practiced law as a prosecuting attorney from 1978 to 1987. From 1981-1986, he participated in the prosecution of members of the Islamic Jihad Organization who assassinated President Sadat in 1981, and members of numerous other terrorist organization acting in the name of Islam.
He then emigrated to the U.S. where he obtained a Master's degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. He has been teaching graduate classes in conflict analysis and resolution, and has conducted training, research and evaluation of conflict resolution and peacebuilding programs in several countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. He also authored, and co-authored, several research and evaluation teaching manuals including: Doing What You Want With Your Data, A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning and Implementing Evaluation Strategies, and Qualitative Evaluation: The What and Why. He has been an active figure in promoting effective cross-cultural messages within the Islamic and Arabic-speaking communities in America through workshops, T.V. and radio presentations. He has also been actively involved in inter-faith dialogues in the United States. He pioneered the development of the first conflict resolution training manual for the Muslim communities in the United States titled ("...Say Peace"). He also founded Project LIGHT (Learning Islamic Guidance for Human Tolerance), a community peer-based anti-discrimination project funded by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). In 2011, he established with Egyptian UPEACE graduates a program for community prevention of sectarian violence in Egypt (Ahl el Hetta).Dr. Abdalla teaches regularly (face-to-face and online) at American University in Washington, D.C.,University for Peace, University of Addis Ababa, and Open University of Catalonia.
Alan Bruce is CEO of Universal Learning Systems. A sociologist who undertook his academic studies in Los Angeles, Galway and Amsterdam, Dr. Bruce has lectured in universities in France, England and Ireland and worked in policy research for the European Commission in Brussels. In Ireland he was responsible for professional training of specialists working in vocational rehabilitation. He has lectured and published widely on innovation and creativity, social inclusion, strategic change, managing diversity and emancipatory and transformational learning systems.
He was Academic Coordinator of the M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Counselling of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in Ireland (1997-2000). He lectures for the Open Learning Centre of the National University of Ireland Galway in equality, diversity and systematic learning. In 2014 he was appointed to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Counselling and Educational Psychology of the University of Memphis.
He is Academic Coordinator for the Conflicts of Interest program validated by Queens University Belfast. He is a member of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research in Cyprus. He has lectured in Kosovo, Bosnia, Romania, Cyprus and Northern Ireland on conflict transformation and innovative learning.
In 2015 he was elected as Senior Fellow of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN); in 2010 he was elected Vice-President of EDEN.
In 2014 he was appointed to the Board of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education in Washington DC.
Celine del Felice
Dr. Celina Del Felice has a background in Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, with broad experience at the interface between academic and practical research. She completed her PhD in International Relations/ Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2013). Prior to that, she worked for the Educating Cities/ Municipality of Rosario, Argentina (2000-2003), and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, the Netherlands (2003-2007) on youth policy, social inclusion and peace education. Presently, she is an e-learning tutor and educator for the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, the Network University, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and Swisspeace/ University of Basel. Email: (celina [at] humblebees.org).
Luca Gervasoni holds a bachelor in Political Science and has followed postgraduates studies on International Affairs at Fletcher School, Harvard and Al Quds University. He is the founder of NOVACT International Institute for Nonviolent Action.
To be in touch:
NOVACT website: www.novact.org; Twitter: @gervasonivila; Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/luca-gervasoni-i-vila/18/bbb/153
Sidi M. Omar is a diplomat and researcher from Western Sahara. He has been a member of the diplomatic corps of the Frente POLISARIO and the Sahrawi Republic (SADR) since 1996 with diplomatic postings and missions in Africa, Asia and Europe and at the African Union and the United Nations. He has a European Doctorate in Peace and Conflict Studies from Universitat Jaume I of Castellón in Spain where he lectures as a visiting professor at the International Master in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies of the same university. His areas of research include peace, conflict and development studies, post-colonial and cultural studies, Western Sahara and North African and Middle Eastern politics, and he has several publications on these topics in English and Spanish.
Alejandro Pozo is a researcher and analyst on peace, armed conflicts and disarmament. Member of the Peace Research Centre Delàs (Barcelona). He is working as senior advisor and armed conflict analyst for the humanitarian organization He actively collaborates with other organizations and institutes related to geopolitics, militarism and war. He has worked in different contexts in a situation of armed conflict, as, among other, Somalia, the Occupied Palestinian Territories or Darfur (Sudan) and did political/conflict field analysis in different conflict zones as Lebanon, Western Sahara, Kosovo, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Central African Republic, the Sahel or with Afghan refugees in Pakistan and Iran, among other. He completed a Ph.D. on Peace and Conflict with a final dissertation on the changes experimented in armed conflicts and its external factors.
Cristina Sala Valdés is researcher at the Institute of Peace and Development Studies (IEPC ¿ University of Oviedo) and director of Voics Institute, an independent research institute focused on the linkages among Peace, Development and Communication towards Social Change. She has approached the final stage towards the completion of her PHD with a dissertation dedicated to "Pathways of Communications for Peace. Conceptualization, Critic Review and Proposals from the lenses of Communication towards Social Change and Conflict Transformation Theory" (University of Deusto). Cristina has completed two years research period (Marie Curie Research Grant) within the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Uppsala University, and the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. She also holds a MA in Evaluation of Public Policies and Programs (Complutense University). Cristina Sala is author of several articles, chapters in books and study materials that explore the intersections between communication, peace and development. Besides her academic appointments, Cristina works as consultant for the Basque Office of UNHCR and the Spanish Association of Evaluation (APROEVAL). As a member of the European Union Latin America Relations Observatory (OBREAL) she is committed to develop participatory processes that help building sustainable peace in Colombia.
Andreu Solà-Martín completed his PhD in 2005 at Peace Studies, University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He worked as a lecturer in international politics at the University of Manchester and teaching fellow at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Birmingham. Andreu works as a consultant lecturer on peace studies, conflict management and resolution at the Open University of Catalonia, Spain. Since 2014, Andreu lectures international relations and conflict analysis at Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona. Since 2006, Andreu has participated as a long term observer and core team member in several election observation missions, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa but also in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Central America. He has authored several publications on the peace process in Western Sahara, peacebuilding and democratisation in Africa.
Professor Tom Woodhouse is the Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution within the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. The Centre has a strong research and teaching profile around conflict analysis, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and the development of conflict theory related to international conflict. He directs the Centre's E-Learning Programme.
Eduard F. Vinyamata
Eduard F. Vinyamata holds a bachelor degree in Media by the Ramon Llull University. He is the counsellor of the International Master's Degree in Conflictology, a joint program delivered by UNITAR and UOC. Previously, he was an invited professor at ESADE and Pompeu Fabra University. He has Neuro-Linguistic Programming background and has published a paper on this topic in the Journal of Conflictology.