Current Fellows

Rotary Peace Fellows from the Class XXI, XX and XIX cohorts are currently pursuing their MA degrees in either Peace Studies at ICU.  Their bios below provide a small taste of their diverse work backgrounds and research interests.

CLASS XXI (2022-2024)

Alaina Grace Broderson

Alaina Broderson (Peace Studies) is originally from Versailles, Kentucky, USA, and holds a Bachelors in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelors in Theatre from Northern Kentucky University, where she was actively engaged in Student and Greek Life, worked on multiple Executive Boards, involved in raising awareness for Campus Sexual Assault, and assisted in the development and implementation of the Organizational Leadership Collaborative group between students, teachers, and outside academics. She has worked with community organizations in Kentucky promoting early childhood education, economic development, job readiness, LGBTQ+ issues, and the promotion of Social Justice through the arts. Between 2019-2020, she spent 10 months in Kosovo with the Peace Corps, promoting community and economic development, women’s empowerment and job readiness, and contributing to the development of the Peace Corps Kosovo program through the Volunteer Advisory Committee. After being evacuated due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, she returned to the United States where she most recently worked with a domestic violence resource center in Maine, USA, supporting survivors who were actively or had been previously involved in gender-based violence situations. Her work focuses on gender-equality, mutual aid, community development, social justice (with a flair for theatre and music), with an overall goal of obtaining justice for all marginalized populations. Alaina hopes to continue to work within her passions to foster a more equitable world, and is thrilled with this opportunity to obtain her Master’s with the Rotary Peace Fellow Program.

Luz M. Carreño

Luz M. Carreño (Peace Studies) has been working with immigrants, refugees, and young female empowerment programs in her community for approximately 12 years. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Utah State University. Throughout her university career, Luz volunteered at a local high school and middle school where she worked with English Language Learners and provided homework help, organized leadership activities, and encouraged students to continue their higher education. From 2014 to 2016, Luz served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the non-profit Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection. As a VISTA, Luz raised awareness about the refugee and immigrant populations in Cache Valley, created projects that promoted self-sufficiency, and connected refugees and immigrants to local resources. Furthermore, Luz continued her work with youth by creating and overseeing an after-school program called Galaxy Club at Logan High School. Galaxy Club incorporated homework help, college prep, service projects, and leadership activities. In addition to Galaxy Club, Luz co-created BLOOM, a young female empowerment program for refugee and immigrant high school students. BLOOM fosters community, confidence, and cultural identity through art making and outdoor excursions like canoeing and hiking. BLOOM continues till this day and the original members of BLOOM have continued to be mentors and leaders in their communities. Following her VISTA term, Luz took part in the Princeton in Asia Fellowship (PiA) and was an English teacher at Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai, Thailand for two years. As a PiA fellow, Luz taught general English courses and public speaking courses to first, second-, and third-year university students.
As the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, Luz has also been very involved in raising awareness about Latinxs in Logan, Utah. Since 2014, she has been an active member of the Latinx Creative Society. Through this organization, Luz has helped organize and promote the yearly Día de los Muertos celebration, assisted with interviewing Latinx community members for the Logan, ¡Somos tus Vecinos! documentary, and helped in delivering and handing out face masks to local Latinx organizations and community members during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Recently, Luz worked as a case manager at Women of the World (WoW) from 2020 to 2022. WoW is a small non-profit in Salt Lake City that empowers forcibly displaced women to achieve independence, economic success, and a voice in their community. During her time at WoW, Luz developed customized case management strategies for clients; advocated for clients facing housing discrimination, wage imbalances, and unfair treatment due to low English attainment; connected clients to local resources including food, rent, and medical/health assistance; and assisted with job applications, school registration, and college applications. Luz’s time at WoW fueled her commitment to advocating for equality, affordable housing, and access to higher education for refugee and immigrant women living in the U.S.

Sirine El Halabi

Sirine El Halabi (Peace Studies) is a humanitarian and development professional from Beirut, Lebanon. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health with a minor in Public Health from the American University of Beirut (AUB). Following her graduation, Sirine was highly motivated to join the humanitarian field as a result of the Syrian crisis which had impacted neighboring Lebanon – her home country.
For 5 years, she worked with numerous world renowned humanitarian organizations hoping to impact lives positively. She conducted research for humanitarian programs and worked on the implementation of education focused programs for refugees and vulnerable communities.
After that, Sirine began working for Expertise France – the French agency for international technical expertise. She led the monitoring, evaluation and learning team at their peace, stability and security department in Lebanon. She worked on programs that address the localization of aid agenda through improving the resilience of civil society organizations and strengthening their role in crisis prevention and management. Moreover, she worked on programs that aim at strengthening the resilience of Syrian refugees, internally displaced persons, returnees and host communities in response to the protracted Syrian and Iraqi crises.
Through her different roles and the different programs she has worked on, she had the opportunity to work with national and international organizations, universities, global donors, UN agencies, local authorities, government officials and international experts from different fields.
Sirine comes from a history of volunteering for peace organizations. She started participating in projects that educate and inspire for peace through building inter-cultural cooperation and understanding since teenage. In her early 20s, she took part in leading a regional project that aimed to foster mutual understanding among youth in the Middle East by developing dialogue, workshop design and facilitation skills. Over the years, she held several key positions with CISV International –a global organization that educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world– and is now a senior board member with CISV Lebanon, where they run local and international programs that focus on 4 content areas: human rights, diversity, sustainable development and conflict & resolution.
Through her Rotary Peace Fellowship, Sirine is eager to dedicate time to research peace and development topics that focus on the Middle East, build a network of like-minded professionals, and to further develop her capacity as a peace and development professional. On the long run, she hopes that her work will create change and advancements towards more stable, developed and peaceful communities in the Middle East.

Diana Teresa Gutiérrez García

Diana Teresa Gutiérrez García (Peace Studies) holds a Master in Dance  Anthropology and Intangible Cultural Heritage from the prestigious Choreomundus program of the European Union in Norway, France, Hungary and the United Kingdom. Undergraduate in anthropology. In her work as an anthropologist, dancer, pedagogue, consultant and activist, she gives voice to unofficial stories that live in the midst of marginalized and violent situations.
Founder and General Manager of Embodying Reconciliation – Cuerpos para la Reconciliación, a Colombian non-profit organization that in 2022 was accredited by UNESCO to provide advisory services to the Intergovernmental Committee in the framework of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). Since 2016, she is working with diverse population to facilitate process of personal and collective reconciliation, and contribute to peacebuilding processes though five lines of action: peacebuilding, reconciliation through Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), corporalities, interculturality and memory.
Currently, she is coordinating the Museum Bodies for Empathy and the 1st Intercultural Festival Bodies for Empathy, some of the first projects in Latin America to start using new technologies such as: motion capture, videomappings, 360 exhibitions, podcasts and videos to create ICH digital inventories and to promote the dialogue of artistic and cultural peacebuilding actions.
She has received important recognitions such as the Youth and Peace Building Award of the Fundación el Nogal, (2016, Colombia); Winner of the Lucky Changemaker Prize, (2016, Berlin); Fellow of the scholarship “Comparte lo que somos” (2020, Colombia); Cartography in Dance Grant and the Dance Training Program with the project “Museum Bodies for Empathy, (2019, Colombia); “Beca Redes Vivas de Patrimonio”, (2021, Colombia).  She recently received a recognition from the Colombian Ministry of Culture that highlights her important work in the cultural sector of the country.

Azmina Karim

Azmina Karim( Peace Studies) is a Bangladeshi national with expertise in humanitarian and development sectors. She holds a Master of Arts in Gender and Peace Building from the University for Peace in Costa Rica and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Asian Studies from Asian University for Women (AUW) in Bangladesh.
As a humanitarian and development professional, Azmina worked over 9 years in various national and international organisations including the United Nations at the local and international level and has been engaged in research on education, women’s empowerment, and peace building. She has experience in the protection of refugees and asylum seekers that includes but is not limited to: individual case management, vulnerability assessment, resettlement, resettlement interviews and monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation in various contexts. Following the Rohingya refugee influx in Bangladesh in 2017, she joined as a frontline protection staff in United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). With her passion to rebuild refugees’ hopes and lives, she served the vulnerable Rohingya refugees hosted in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh until August 2021.  Most notably, during the COVID situation in 2020, she played a focal point role to conduct an assessment on the effectiveness of COVID-19 risk mitigation measures taken to ensure the protection and safety of UNHCR staff in Bangladesh. Before moving to Japan, she served as Community Liaison Officer in the UN Migration Agency – IOM in Indonesia until August 2022.
In addition to her career in humanitarian response, Azmina worked as the Program Director for Southeast Asia in ConnectHER, she managed ConnectHER’s Global Fund for Girls Education. In her work as Research Study Coordinator at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Bangladesh from 2013 to 2014, she led a research project (funded by the Ford Foundation and the AUW) that looked at the impact of educational and economic opportunities for women on gender relations in the family. Her article and research papers have also been published in Huffingtonpost (“Teaching Filmmaking to Burmese Refugee Students Was An Eye-opening Experience”) and Springer IFIP AICT journal (“When will you start teaching the REAL curriculum?” Challenges and Innovations in Education for Rohingya Refugees.”). In her undergraduate study, for her documentary, “Because I am a Girl,” against domestic violence in Bangladesh, she achieved the People Choice Award 2013 in Girls Impact the World Film Festival organised by ConnectHER and the Harvard College Social Innovation in USA in February 2013.
Azmina has interests in peace building, conflict resolution, negotiation, and human rights, and hopes to enhance her knowledge and skill in policy development, analysis, and research in humanitarian sector focusing on protection and sustainable solutions for refugee and asylum seekers throughout the Asian region.

Tali MalkinTali Malkin (Peace Studies) is an experienced evaluator of social programs for disadvantaged communities, with a legal grounding, and a humanitarian background. Tali holds a BA in History (Tel-Aviv University, Israel) and in Law (Hebrew University, Israel), as well as an LLM in International Human Rights Law (University College London, UK).
Tali has spent the last 9 years at the Israeli State Comptroller’s office, assessing programs for underprivileged populations: she lead teams carrying out performance audits on Government programs for labor and welfare of vulnerable populations, including Arab-Israelis, ultra-Orthodox Jews, people with disabilities and low-income workers; she worked routinely with Government departments in order to improve their efficiency and effectiveness; met regularly with a wide range of stake-holders in Government and NGO sectors; and managed an international cooperative audit with six other supreme audit institutions on ‘Workforce 2030 – challenges & opportunities’. Her reports – on such issues as ‘Welfare services for East-Jerusalemite Palestinians’, ‘Quality of care at daycare centers for disadvantaged communities’, ‘Effectiveness of vocational training programs for youngsters’, and ‘Improving employability of Arab-Israelis and for people with  disabilities’, used innovative methodology and received extensive public coverage, bringing about real change.
Previously, she participated in intensive Israeli-Palestinian dialogue projects, volunteered for a number of NGOs working on inequality and human rights issues, and made sure to keep working in the arenas that mattered to her: she worked for a research institute assessing social programs, for a senior State lawyer working on administrative and constitutional cases, for a Supreme Court Justice as a judicial clerk, for the legal department of the UNHCR in Israel, promoting asylum seekers’ rights in Israel, and recently, she led an organization-wide initiative to teach Arabic to Hebrew-speaking employees, so that they can communicate and form friendships with their Arab colleagues at work, and elsewhere.
A strong commitment to peace and to the advancement of equity in all arenas has been a constant thread running through her life. Using the Rotary Peace Fellowship, Tali seeks to improve social and welfare services equitably for all, and to promote peace in Israel-Palestine and elsewhere. Tali is also a mother of two, hoping to create a sustainable and peaceful world for them and their generation.

Paloma Martínez

Paloma Martínez (Peace Studies) : Over the past 7 years, she has been working in a variety of areas, such as education, entrepreneurship, art as a healing tool, social-emotional learning, human rights, peacebuilding, mediation and co-creation with grassroots communities. Throughout her career, she has worked on a variety of education projects with teachers, youth, children, adolescents, immigrants, conflict and post-conflict affected people, etc. Projects focused on emergency education, socio-emotional skills, and design thinking.
In 2017, she co-founded Colidérate, an NGO focused on leadership, life skills, and well-being aimed at human rights groups, social leaders, women, young leaders, and those who speak out for their communities.
Her degree is in Industrial Design, she is an alumna of the Teach for All Network, and she is a member of the Women Peacebuilders Network of Mediators Beyond the Borders International. Currently, she is involved and interested in peace education, restorative practices, protection of human rights defenders, conflict mediation and holistic protection.

Carlos Navarrete

Carlos M. Navarrete (Peace Studies) is an advisor in peacebuilding, social change, and development from Bogotá, Colombia. A professional in Languages and Sociocultural Studies from Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), and a specialist in State, public policies, and development at the Interdisciplinary Center for Development Studies (CIDER), Carlos has worked for 11 years researching the Colombian armed conflict and participating in the implementation of peacebuilding and transitional justice initiatives. During the past five years, he served as a public servant developing public policies on deepening democracy, inter-institutional articulation, citizen participation, social dialogue, and collective construction of social imaginaries and narratives.
During his professional life, he has worked in Ideas for Peace Foundation, InSight Crime, and the Research Program on Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding (ConPaz). More recently, he was part of the team of the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace of Colombia during the Peace Negotiations between the Government and FARC-EP guerrilla. Before starting his studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow at ICU, Carlos worked in Colombia’s Truth Commission as a member of the Advisory Team of its Presidency. There he advised the strategy for the institutional strengthening of the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Non-Repetition, working closely with the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) and the Missing Persons Search Unit (UBPD).
His current research interests include transitional justice processes, restorative practices, and the social role of truth in transforming violence, focusing on feminist theories, complex systems, and spiritual practices.

 

CLASS XX (2022-2024)

Nasima Akter

Nasima Akter (Peace Studies): Besides obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from the Asian University for Women, Nasima completed a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Chittagong in 2018.
Nasima possesses eight years of experience in conflict resolution in the development sector and leading protection activities in the Rohingya refugee camps representing her as a peace promoter. She worked both in the development and humanitarian sectors in Bangladesh. She served the Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) helping urban poor communities to prevent violence. The major intervention was WSUP provided an accessible sanitation system (including fecal sludge management technologies) to poor communities because women and vulnerable individuals were facing violence directly associated with inadequate toilets. This initiative is still ongoing as a public-private partnership demonstrating how an affordable and accessible sanitation system can promote peace and development. 
During her work with Plan International for two years, she managed multiple projects on social cohesion and peacebuilding between the host and Rohingya refugee communities. Apart from Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) projects, contextualization of Champions of Change Modules on peacebuilding for both communities was a crucial intervention that Nasima led.
From 2019 to 2022, Nasima took a research and analysis role at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its PARTNERSHIPS FOR A TOLERANT AND INCLUSIVE BANGLADESH (PTIB) project. Her work focused on violence and conflict in the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh. The research includes peace and security issues between the host and refugees. She also contributed to research on violence and conflict in Bangladesh during COVID-19. One of her research titled “Gender and Equality during Covid-19 Lockdown in Bangladesh” has been published in Practice Insights magazine at International Association for Community Development (IACD).
As Nasima is passionate about promoting peace beyond her communities, she has been volunteering for an international organization ConnectHER since 2019. She is remotely managing its education and livelihood projects with garment workers, indigenous people, and children of sex workers in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Anas Ali Saleh Al-Hamati

Anas A. Alhamati (Peace Studies) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in French literature from the faculty of arts – University of Sana’a (Yemen). He also holds a postgraduate degree in management practice from Henley business school (Johannesburg, South Africa). Alhamati has MBA in business administration from the University of Reading, UK. With a specialty in “Organizational leadership in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment”. Currently he is an MA candidate at the International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan). His research is about “Stability and development accelerations strategies in fragile states” (A Case Study of Yemen conflict and pathways to peace and development). Through his studies, Alhamati hopes to develop a deeper academic and practical understanding of development accelerations strategies in fragile states. In addition, how to reach peaceful solutions to military conflicts and mediation with armed groups.
Alhamati is a project manager in the humanitarian field for more than 10 years. He worked in several countries around the world. He succeeded to release Al-qaeeda captive in Yemen, Yolande korkie without any ransome and he was close to release her husband Pierre Korkie who was tragically killed during a failed attempt by U.S. forces to free American photojournalist Luke Sommers who was also being held by Al-qaeeda (Documentary series on Netflix Captive E7). He facilitated the negotiations to release some other hostages from militant groups in Mali, Syria and Yemen.
Alhamati has experience in managing stakeholders and leading multinational teams during crisis situations. In addition to design, examine and implement the process for projects, resources and teams at Gift of the Givers foundation and develop potential partnerships and quality assurance frameworks. Before devoting his full-time to humanitarian work Anas served as CEO of Ebhar for marketing and advertising and before that head of commercial at Yemen news agency “SABA”

Pitia Alex Donga

Pitia Alex Donga (Peace Studies) a Lawyer by Profession did his undergraduate Bachelor Degree (LL. B) from University of Juba, South Sudan. He had worked as Legal Assistant for Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Uganda assisting in the respond to the South Sudanese Refugee influx into Uganda during armed Conflict of South Sudan in 2013 to 2018. Before his work as Legal Assistant, he had volunteered as Medical Translator helping his fellows Refugees who were facing Language barrier in the Hospital managing Refugees Health affairs to easy Doctors’ Patients consultation as Pitia Alex Donga himself was also a Refugee at that time. He voluntarily returned to South Sudan and become the Human Rights Officer of “The Advocates of Human Rights and Democracy” (TAHURID), a National Organisation in South Sudan documenting Human rights violations committed during and after the armed conflicts in South Sudan. As well as making public awareness on Human Rights. After two years of been a Human Rights Officer, he joined South Sudan Bar Association practicing Law at a Private Law firm and become a Licenced Advocate (Lawyer) competent of prosecuting and executing all legal actions either Criminal or Civil Court sue at all levels of competent Courts of Law. Seven months prior to his departure for the Peace Studies at International Christian University, he was working as Legal/Protocol Assistant for Medicine San Frontiers (MSF) as well as Partner manager of his newly established private Law Firm in Juba, South Sudan. He is hopeful that after pursuing his Peace studies, he will be a Potential person in mediating and contributing to a durable and lasting Peace in his Country using the Skills and experiences acquired for Peacebuilding and Development.

Janina Jasper

Janina Jasper (Peace Studies) is a researcher, reporter, (guest) author, advisor and consultant. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree with honors in Inclusive Education as well as the First State Examination for Teaching of the Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen (Germany), including a year abroad at the University of Eastern Finland. She is also a certified Coordinator in Monitoring and Evaluation, including international project management and holds an IFRC-Diploma in Humanitarian Diplomacy.
Previously, Janina worked short-term with GOPA Worldwide Consultants and other organizations with a humanitarian and development focus in Germany and abroad. Her professional roots, however, lay in academia. After early student engagement in a qualitative research project on educational governance, and a Comenius teaching fellowship in Norway, she continued her academic journey as a research assistant in the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS 2016) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. While also teaching at university, she received a teaching mobility for the University of Eastern Finland and was invited to participate in a book project on Human Rights Literacies in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa).
Already since 2017 Janina started broadening her academic research perspective while working short-term with UNHCR at UN-City in Copenhagen, supporting the country-level programming and the development of strategic policy guidance and advocacy of refugee tertiary education. Literally following the pathway of a refugee to the national level, she then joined a project of Save the Children Germany as an external consultant, reporting on the children’s rights situation in German refugee homes. What then followed was a deep dive into some of the root causes that refugees are facing as she became part of the EU Aid Volunteer Program through the German and Philippine Red Cross (Philippines), supporting its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management activities from an educational perspective. In her role as a bridge builder of the two partner organizations, she used media as a tool to blog a series of stories about her work experiences in the field of conflict-sensitive disaster risk reduction for Red Cross and the EU.
Janina’s areas of interest are based on global citizenship education and the development of collective identities and critical consciousness in transnational, inclusive societies that contribute to sustainable development. Through her Rotary Peace Fellowship, she will develop a deeper knowledge of how to serve as a change leader for the enforcement of human rights and peace in and for organizations and across global partnerships, from a research perspective.

Lucia Pulido

Lucía Pulido (Peace Studies) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in law from the Pontifical Javeriana University (Colombia), an advanced studies degree in political, economic, and social sciences from the University of Notre Dame (United States), and a MA in International Law at the University of La Sabana (Colombia).
Recently, she has worked as a gender advisor for the Colombian Minister of Foreign affairs, where she was responsible for establishing Colombia’s position concerning the different international documents related to gender at the international and regional levels. She also served as coordinator of the Gender Technical Group of the Pacific Alliance on behalf of Colombia.
From 2020 to 2022 she worked as a judicial clerk at the Colombian Constitutional Court for Judges Carlos Bernal Pulido and Jorge Enrique Ibañez, where she was responsible for facilitating dialogues, revising international treaties and documents, and producing human rights judicial decisions.  From 2019 to 2020 she worked as a gender and human rights advisor for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia, where she was in charge of the implementation of the UN Peacebuilding Fund Project on protective environments for women and girls victims of forced disappearance and sexual violence. She led capacity-building training and workshops on human rights and served as a bridge between the local community and the authorities. Lucia also worked as a lawyer before the Interamerican Human Rights Court, as an advisor on knowledge exchange for UNDP, and as an expert in south-south cooperation for the Colombian Cooperation Agency APC-Colombia.
Her main areas of interest are gender equality, social justice, peace, reconciliation, mediation, cooperation, development, and human dignity through social, economic, and cultural rights. Her research focuses on protective environments for women in postconflict contexts as a prerequisite for development.

Taremwa James Bashaija

Taremwa James Bashaija (Peace Studies) is senior military officer  from Uganda,  he did his bachelor’s degree of Arts in social sciences majoring in economics and personnel administration and a master’s degree in defense and security studies all from Makerere University Kampala. He is also a graduate of senior command and staff college Kimaka “psc” (u) and Junior command and staff college Gadhafi Jinja, he also accomplished land joint fires awareness course from the royal school of arty ( uk), multinational force headquarter’s command and staff course  from  international peace support training centre (ky), arty battalion commander’s course from arty command academy (ch), political and leadership course from national leadership institute (u), operational staff officer’s course at Uganda rapid deployment centre Jinja, regimental officer’s gunnery course from SOFAD (u), officer’s basic gunnery and cadet courses from the school of artillery and air defense and school of infantry Jinja respectively,  among others.
He has been part of several peace keeping and peace enforcement operations at  regiment and brigade levels,  he was the operations and training officer arty component in battle group fourteen (AMISOM), officer in charge mobile combined arms battle team in iron fist II, he was also operations and training officer for 2, 9 and 11 field artillery regiments. He was 11 field artillery  regiment commanding officer before  joining ICU-Japan as a Peace Fellow class xx.  He wishes to direct the knowledge  acquired from the peace fellowship at ICU towards peaceful conflict prevention and resolution and promotion of peaceful co-existence.

Kyle Taylor

Kyle Taylor (Peace Studies)’s  areas of expertise are social media’s impact on society in both democratic and authoritarian regimes. At the Peace Institute he is focussing specifically on social media’s role in facilitating conflict globally.
Prior to coming to Tokyo Kyle spent 10 years in London, United Kingdom where he founded and was the director of Fair Vote UK, which he set up in the wake of whistleblower allegations around Vote Leave’s lawbreaking in the EU referendum and the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. Fair Vote UK published the raw documents alleging Vote Leave broke the law and managed the post-publication media strategy for whistleblowers Chris Wylie and Shahmir Sanni.  Fair Vote UK now works on election safeguarding and big tech regulation policy in the UK, EU and USA, providing evidence to a range of committees and hearings as well as legislative advice.
Kyle is the author of The Little Black Book of Data and Democracy – a beginner’s guide to social media and society and co-author of Exploring Cyberspace, which offers children and parents an accessible way to introduce the same complex topics to young people, preparing them for the digital world.
He also served the inaugural project director of The Real Facebook Oversight Board, a global Facebook accountability project. Previously, Kyle co-managed the coordinated campaign for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign in North Carolina and in 2015 finished a four-year post as the Chief of Staff and Campaigns Director to the former UK Minister of State for Justice, Sir Simon Hughes.
Kyle holds three passports. He has lived on four continents and travelled and worked in over 100 countries. He also enjoys taking on immense physical challenges to raise money for charity. He has run the London marathon, swam an opener water marathon in the English channel, trekked to Everest Base Camp and summited Mount Kilimanjaro twice, personally raising over $50,000 USD for multiple charities.
Kyle was a Presidential Scholar at The American University and graduated Summa cum Laude in 2006 with two bachelor’s degrees. While there he served as Student Government President and was selected to be student commencement speaker. He gained a Master’s Degree in International Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009 as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

 

CLASS XIX (2020-2023)

 Sabina Kaqinari (Peace Studies) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Public University of Prishtina (Kosovo) and currently finishing her MA in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding at the University of Winchester (UK). Recently, she has worked and volunteered in several projects with local nongovernmental organizations in Colombia, mainly with ex-child soldiers or children at risk of being recruited by the armed groups in their hometowns. She was responsible for facilitating and designing activities on issues of human rights, psychosocial wellbeing, gender equality, peace education, and conflict resolution skills for the host school and its community. From 2011 to 2013 she assisted in the coordination and monitoring of the Red Cross of Kosova Youth and Health projects in 26 branches. After she was placed to work as a coordinator of the Tracing Services where she was responsible for the psychosocial support network and community-based projects for the families of Missing People who were forcibly disappeared from the war in Kosovo. During this time Sabina coordinated activities by ensuring dignified burials, reburials, and commemorations of the identified human remains. She was active in several projects targeting women who had lost their husbands in the war or were still missing. Moreover, Sabina has been part of several working group sessions held in Prishtina (Kosovo) and Belgrade (Serbia) authorities and family associations.
Extended experience in designing and leading capacity building training and workshops on psychosocial support and communication skills for the field workers such as Red Cross volunteers, staff, and other community-based NGOs. She was also responsible for restoring family links especially for migrants, refugees in/transiting the country, and detainees’ family members.
Her main areas of interest are social resilience, reconciliation and dialogue, group identity, gender equality, peace education, and social justice. Her research focuses on contexts and factors that hinder or nurture social trust in post conflicts.

Haleigh Gulden (Peace Studies) holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hamline University (Minnesota, USA) in Cross-Cultural Health, Development, and Social Justice. She also holds a certificate in Conflict Studies and a minor in Non-Profit Management. During her undergraduate studies, Haleigh studied “Hope, Healing, and Reconciliation” in Rwanda which led her to the field of peace and conflict.
In the United States, Haleigh has experience working in the management of grassroots and international non-governmental organizations in addition to working directly with adults and children who experience mental health challenges as a result of trauma.
Most recently, prior to starting her fellowship with Rotary Peace Centers, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Ethiopia for 27 months. In Ethiopia, Haleigh lived and worked in a rural community in a role similar to a social worker. Here, she initiated mediation and behavior change tactics with families, her local health center, and schools to expand education and practice of health initiatives, compassionate care, gender and reproductive rights and life skills.
Through her Rotary Peace studies, Haleigh hopes to develop a deeper and practical knowledge of how to plug into peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts in a social media era.