Rotary Peace Fellows from the Class 14 & 15 cohorts are currently pursuing their MA degrees in either Peace Studies or International Relations at ICU. Their bios below provide a small taste of their diverse work backgrounds and research interests.
CLASS XIV (2015-2017)
Sarah E. Sanderson (Peace Studies) holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Spanish from Hope College as well as a M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from The Ohio State University. Before attending ICU, she worked as a language instructor in the United States, Ecuador, China and New Zealand. She spent the last two years on a Fulbright fellowship in Brazil where she worked on language and cultural education while preparing students for international exchange programs. Sarah’s research focuses on educating for global citizenship especially in the area of foreign language education.
Hilary J. Caldis (Peace Studies/Media and Language) earned her B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, co-majoring in Public-Nonprofit Management and International Business. Her senior thesis analyzed institutional structures, culture and leadership within the NGO sector in Northern India. Following her graduation, she began linking her formal administrative education with her creative passions to tackle a vast social anomaly of personal importance—gender inequality. In 2012, she founded TheFemaleVoice.org—a collaborative media project designed for females worldwide to empower and be empowered through self-expression, interpersonal engagement and collective mobilization. This media work has propelled her into her current research—examining intermedia effects, ethics, and representation of New Media formations.
Rashmi Rekha Borah (Peace Studies) writes poetry and short stories and edits a little magazine named ‘Bhoomi’. Awarded junior writer’s fellowship by Government of India in 2012 for doing research on myths, folk-belief and their impact on preserving ecology among indigenous groups of North East India. Worked extensively with women survivors of armed conflicts against the state or of ethnic conflicts in north eastern region and also with the survivors of domestic violence and witch hunting. Using literature as ‘the voice to the voiceless’ she conducts creative writing workshops for women. She is associated with a puppetry group, “The Puppet People” and organises workshops and shows involving children in conflict areas for peace. Her research interest is gender dimensions of conflicts/war and women’s role in peace building.
Abdullah Yusuf (Peace Studies) has been serving in Bangladesh Army for last 27 years. He obtained Master in Defence Studies from Bangladesh National University and MSc in Military Science and Applied Gunnery from Bangladesh University of Professionals. He mostly worked on crisis management, post-disaster rescue, relief and recovery operations, and post-conflict stabilization and reintegration missions. His experience includes peace- keeping operations in the Republic of Haiti and Democratic Republic of Congo. His academic areas of interest are: Human Security, Soft Power and Refugee/Migrant issues.
Madeleine Logan (Peace Studies) worked for UNICEF in West and Central Africa for four years before being awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship. Her most recent posting was in the Central African Republic, where she joined the humanitarian crisis response in 2013. She began her career as a journalist, and has reported in both Australia and the UK. Her Masters at ICU will take her in a new direction. Her research focuses on a critical analysis of peace building in education and the effectiveness of social design projects in insecure contexts. She speaks French and is currently studying Japanese. An Australian, she completed her Bachelor of Journalism at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
Jack Harrison (Peace Studies) holds a B.A in Communication Studies from the University of Leeds and since graduating has worked in the sport for development sector in the U.K. Jack is interested in the potential of sport as a tool to achieve development objectives. Jack has travelled to Brazil and Japan to research their approaches to futsal, a small-sided version of football. In London he raised funds to build the U.K’s first outdoor futsal pitch and ran the facility on social enterprise principles. Jack’s research focuses on the role sport plays in Myanmar, specifically the traditional, non-competitive sport of chinlone.
Joshua Campbell (Peace Studies) After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science and International Nonprofit Management from University of Nebraska – Omaha, Joshua volunteered for the United States Peace Corps in Morocco. Serving in the sector of youth and community development, Joshua became interested in how the collaborative relationships built between international volunteers and citizens of the host country can influence attitudes across borders and help cultivate peace between nations. Beyond his Peace Corps service in Morocco, Joshua has also studied abroad in Shizuoka, Japan and Gyeongsan, South Korea and worked for organizations promoting interfaith dialogue and international exchange. This summer, he plans to work with an organization promoting resiliency among peacebuilders in Spain and to research the effects of international volunteering on interstate peacebuilding in Morocco.
Shook Yee Leong (Peace Studies) graduated with a LL.B (Hons.) from the University of Leeds. Upon graduation, she embarked on the Bar Vocational Course and was called to the Bar of England and Wales before being called to the Malaysian Bar upon the completion of her pupillage in her home country, Malaysia. She has worked as a retainer lawyer for UNHCR and possesses 6 years of experience working as the Protection Associate both in the Outreach Protection and Intervention Unit and Refugee Status Determination Unit in UNHCR, Malaysia. Shook Yee’s research interest focuses on the role education for refugee children in their country of asylum.
Ida Suraya Klint (Peace Studies) – Denmark
CLASS XV (2016-2018)
Alexandra Plummer (Peace Studies) holds a B.A in English Literature and Comparative Media from the University of Leeds, UK. Her thesis focused on the media’s use of fear, post 9/11. After Graduation, trained in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) she moved to South Korea to teach English. She went on to use her experience and love of education and community development to work with various NGOs in Southeast Asia focused on education, social and economic change. Alex worked with NGO’s in Myanmar, Thailand and most recently, Siem Reap, Cambodia where she was Managing Director for an international organization working on social and economic opportunity, at the local level. Her research interests focus on the complexities of participation and empowerment projects with a keen desire to explore the role of sustainable development in the peace-building process. Other interests include yoga, meditation and the role of art in society.
d’Arcy Lunn (Peace Studies) completed his B.Ed 15 years ago in Australia and has since experienced more than 85 countries around the world working in education, development, health promotion and communications. He is often a keynote speaker on global citizenship education through his concept of Teaspoons of Change and regularly worked with UNICEF on social mobilisation for polio eradication. For his Masters he hopes to look at the thoughts, attributes and actions, on a personal level, that have a positive impact on peace promotion and peace-making and how that fits and contributes to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, in particular Global Goal #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Francis Rothery (Peace Studies) graduated with a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies and Psychology and a Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons) in Social Work in the UK. He then held posts in Social Work in the Royal Navy and in Management providing counseling to problem drinkers. He has also worked for an educational charity providing leadership training in Russia, Africa and Pakistan and as Psychological Therapist (NHS) and Lecturer in Psychology, Philosophy and Religious Studies. Further PG work led him to study Postmodern Spirituality and Political Theology and author his book “Missional: Impossible! the death of institutional Christianity and the rebirth of G-d’. His research interest is in inter-spirituality and the emerging political space in post secular cities such as New York and Paris.
Joseph Smith (Peace Studies/International Relations) earned a Bsc Honors in Peace and Conflict Resolution from Fourah Bay College University of Sierra Leone (USL), with a strong background in International Humanitarian Law and complex emergencies. He is interested in the prudent management of natural resources in Africa specifically the Mano River Basin West Africa. His research focus is Building Peace through adding value to what is called Neglected Development Minerals (granites, sands, and clay). Joseph has professionally worked with international organizations such as the German International Cooperation (GIZ) Action Aid International (Volunteer) and Independent Social Performance (West Africa Coordinator) on issues of Community Development Agreement (CDA) for mining host communities, land grabbing and Women’s Rights, Cooperate social performance and Cooperate-community relationship respectively.
Lorne Anderson (Peace Studies) having worked as a Chaplain in both high school and university settings he feels that helping individuals find peace is an important first step to building peaceful communities. While working as a chaplain he completed an undergraduate course in Psychology and Criminology majoring in Youth Deviance in order to find ways to compliment faith with science on learning and behavior. For many years his efforts were focused on encouraging students to develop self-confidence, overcome their challenges, celebrate diversity, and find ways to serve and encourage the communities in which they live and grow. It was an honor to walk with young people on their faith journeys and consider ways to help and encourage them to pursue their passions. He strongly believes that investing in the younger generations today will help create stronger communities in the future. Further to his chaplaincy work he entered the world of interfaith work through the Faiths Act Fellowship that was run by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. He spent a year working with a passionate Muslim humans rights activist in a Jewish humanitarian organisation. Their different religious identities were not sources of divide but instead turned out to be the greatest asset we had to inspire one another. As they continue to feel the effects of globalization he thinks that it is important that faith communities lead the way in building relationships across divides and loving deeply as they are encouraged to do. He is here in Tokyo completing the Rotary Peace Fellowship at the International Christian University to build on his faith and interfaith passions and consider how he can be a greater asset in church, chaplaincy and other community related contexts. He is looking forward to discover how the richness of the classes, learning from the Japanese people here in Japan, and sharing in the diversity of passion and experience from my fellow Fellows can encourage me in my next steps.
Louis Mendy (Peace Studies) – holds a BA in Development Studies with a Minor in Sociology from the University of The Gambia (Class 2005). He has been working for The Gambia Immigration Service for almost Two decades. Louis has held various positions and responsibilities in The Gambia Immigration service and spent close to five years in International Peacekeeping missions with African Union Mission in Sudan-Darfur Region (AMIS 2006-2007), United Nations and African Union hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID 2010-2012) and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL 2014-2016). He possesses a comprehensive knowledge in Security Sector Reforms and Management and a wealth of experience in peace support operations in Africa. His research and academic interest is in Refugee Protection issues, Immigration and Border Security Management.
Magdalena Zurita (Peace Studies) holds a B.A. in Political Sciences from the Catholic University of Argentina. She worked in the Government of the Province of Buenos Aires, where she served as an advisor, coordinator and Director of employment programs and projects. She also worked as; an Assistant Professor at her alma matter, a consultant for a UNDP project and as a Coordinator of the Community Relations Department in the International NGO Messenger of Peace based in Argentina. Since she was an adolescent, she has volunteered with projects focused on poverty reduction and is currently collaborating with a social project carried out in the slums of Buenos Aires City. She has also participated in postgraduate courses focused on governance, political management and youth employment organized in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina by San Andres University, the Latin America Development Bank – CAF and the ILO. Her research interests focus on poverty reduction and the impact of current poverty reduction approaches.
Monique Green (Peace Studies) earned a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish. In sum, She has a career-history of directing international outreach, educational, youth, and social projects, programs as a and events while leading/training staff members, administering budgets, allocating/managing resources, and overseeing immigration services. She served in positions such as Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, Outreach Liaisons in Refugee/Resettlement Services in Houston, TX, Early Literacy Researcher, Washington, DC., Program Assistant, Harrisburg, PA and ESL Teacher, Gangwon, South Korea. Currently, I am earning a M.A. in Peace Studies/Media and Language. Moving forward, She’d like to utilize my multi-cultural and multi-lingual skills, diplomacy, and professionalism to build alliances with key stakeholders across the globe and drive positive social impacts in Diversity and Strategic Planning. My most successful projects to date, she worked jointly to integrate a vocational and post-secondary education program named “Sisters of Strength” for single women and co-wrote the PA 2-1-1 Southwest Health & Human Service Hub Earmark for Congressman Bob Casey.
Moin Md. Uddin (Peace Studies), former UN Peacekeeper, worked in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in Ivory Coast from 2008 to 2013. He also worked with research and consultancy organizations later on in order to promote the forward market aiming at improving the value chain actors’ role in the vegetable and fish sectors of Bangladesh. During his student life, he was involved in several volunteer organizations to work for developing latent talent of youth and children, spreading the literature of knowledge. He was also a volunteer organizer in BRAC social forum and Marketing Association in his university life. He also shows utmost interest in culture and language in other respects learning a couple of languages like French, Spanish, and Chinese. He holds masters in development studies from BRAC University, Bangladesh. His research interests focus in peace and development that apprise the present socio political issues in domestic and global periphery.