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Ali Abu Awwad

Ali Abu Awwad, Palestinian peace activist, founded Palestine's Taghyeer (Change) National Nonviolence Movement to foster Palestinian nonviolent identity. In 2016, 3000 Palestinians from all over the West Bank came together in Jericho to launch Taghyeer's on-the-ground activities that address community social development needs and at the same time build the national nonviolent resistance to occupation movement. Ali initiated the Karama (Dignity) Nonviolence Center on family-owned land in Gush Etzion/Area C in 2013.

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Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher is the Education Director at Kids4Peace Jerusalem. Born in Israel, Ittay moved to Australia as a child and worked there as a high school teacher specializing in formal and informal Jewish Education for the past 15 years. Ittay is married with two children aged 9 and 11. His family moved to Jerusalem in 2018 to begin the next chapter of their lives in a city that has captured their imagination for many years.

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Suma Qawasmi

Suma Qawasmi is a Muslim Palestinian with a Jordanian nationality and an Israeli ID and was born in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, Jerusalem. Suma is a senior program manager at Kids4Peace. She has a BA in English Literature, double minors in business and translation from Birzeit University and a diploma in education.

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Liel Maghen

Liel Maghen is the co-director of IPCRI, a shared organization of Israelis and Palestinians focused on forming professional partnerships and impacting policy. Working both in top-down and bottom-up initiatives, his experience includes working with the Israeli Knesset, the United States Congress and the EU together with managing programs for leading peace building organizations such as Seeds of Peace, Givat Haviva, MEJDI Tours, and AIES. Through his role at IPCRI, Liel develops impactful transboundary partnerships mainly through participatory activities, community development and inclusive processes.

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Sally Abed

Sally Abed is a Palestinian socialist activist, and a member of the national leadership of Standing Together, the largest Jewish-Arab grassroots movement in Israel. Sally is also ST’s Resource Development and Relations Coordinator.

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Robi Damelin

Robi Damelin is the Israeli spokesperson and member of the Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF), a group of 600 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost close family members to the conflict and who work together for reconciliation and a just resolution to the conflict. Robi Damelin's son, David, was killed by a Palestinian sniper in March of 2002 while he was guarding a checkpoint near a settlement during his army reserve service. Since becoming active in the Parents Circle, Robi has spoken to hundreds and thousands of Israelis and Palestinians and people all over the world to demand that reconciliation be a part of any peace agreement.

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Yair Smolianov

Yair is a co-founder of "Shrinking the Conflict Initiative" and head of its marketing and community teams. He is currently pursuing a BA in Political Science and Communications from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a commanding officer (Res.) in the Israeli Combat Engineering Corps. 

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Milad Vosugeuritchian

Milad Vosugeuritchian is the chairman of Vision Association for Culture and Arts in Al Eizariya, Palestine, and co-founder of its House of Hope Vision School. Milad is an an educator, community organizer, and NGO director with proven expertise in nurturing changemakers. In and out of the classroom, he has inspired Palestinian youth to embrace nonviolence, built bridges between estranged Jewish and Palestinian communities, and put vocational training within reach for low-income Palestinian women.

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Yehuda Stolov

Dr. Yehuda Stolov is the executive director of the Interfaith Encounter Association, an organization that works since 2001 to build peaceful inter-communal relations in the Holy Land by fostering mutual respect and trust between people and communities through active interfaith dialogue. Dr. Stolov has lectured on the role of religious dialogue in peace-building throughout the world, including Jordan, India, Indonesia, Turkey, South Korea, North America and Europe. He has also published many papers on related issues.

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Debbi Watters

Professor Deborah Watters has been involved in the area of justice work, peace building, reconciliation, youth work and restorative practice for the past 35 years and is a founding member of the first community based restorative justice programme in Northern Ireland of which she is currently the Co-Director. Deborah has provided training, consultancy and presentations/lectures at a local, regional and international level. She is the former Vice Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board having served as an independent member for 9 years and is currently a visiting Professor at Ulster University, Belfast.

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Yuval Berson

Yuval Berson is the Program Manager at the Tel-Aviv office of EcoPeace Middle East. Yuval joined EcoPeace from the Hi-Tech industry, where he served in marketing and business development roles for many years. Prior to EcoPeace, Yuval co-founded and served as CEO of a startup in the solar field. Yuval has a B.Sc. in electric engineering and is studying finalizing his Masters’ degree in conflict management and mediation in Tel-Aviv University. 

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John Lyndon

John Lyndon is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, the largest and fastest-growing network of peacebuilding organisations in the region, and the lead organization behind the securing of the $250m Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act of 2020, and the wider international Fund project it sits within. A Visiting Fellow at Kings College London and a regular Middle East analyst on CNN, France 24 and Sky News, his writing has appeared in TIME, Newsweek and the Independent, and he has delivered guest lectures to universities around the world on civil society peacebuilding in Israel/Palestine.

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