London Peace Talks 2018

Peace Without Borders

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Peace Without Borders


The second edition of the London Peace Talks will be held on 11 December 2018 at the Salesforce Tower.

Organized under the theme “Peace without Borders,” the London Peace Talks aim to inspire reflection and spark a discussion on how each and every one of us can play a role in promoting respect for human rights and fostering collaboration, creativity and active citizenship in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Speakers will share personal stories and practical ideas to highlight the role that we can play in promoting peace beyond borders – be they in the mind, geographic, political or physical boundaries.

Location: Salesforce Tower
Date: 11/12/2018
Time : 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Andria Zafirakou

Andria is the 2018 Global Teacher Prize Winner. She teaches at Alperton Community School, a secondary school academy located in one of the most ethnically diverse places in the UK. Students come from some of the poorest families in Britain and are exposed to gang violence. Working as an art and textiles teacher and as a member of the senior leadership team, Andria redesigned the curriculum across all subjects from scratch while working alongside other teachers so that it resonates with her pupils. While recognizing the importance of a quality curriculum and discipline, Andria focuses on building trust-based relationships with her students. Thanks to Andria’s multiple initiatives to help student’s reach their highest potential, Alperton is now in the top 1 to 5% of the country in terms of qualifications and accreditations and has been awarded the Institute of Education’s Professional Development Platinum Mark, an honor fewer than 10 British schools have ever achieved.

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Ariane Inkesha

Born and raised in Rwanda, Ariane is a peacebuilder and researcher who focuses on conflict transformation, youth and participatory governance. Ariane has worked in post-conflict contexts for over 10 years, where she has supported societies’ efforts to rebuild their social fabric and trustful relations with their governments. Among others, she has contributed with her knowledge, expertise and experience to programs in Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Great Lakes (Rwanda, Burundi, DRC), Kenya and Timor-Leste. She is currently the Great Lakes Policy Lead and Rwanda Program Officer at Interpeace. Ariane is also the co-founder and Vice President of Solid’Africa, a health care organization that attends the needs of financially vulnerable patients in public hospitals.

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Bana Alabed

Bana, born in 2009 in Aleppo, Syria, is known worldwide for her tweets during the siege of the city in 2016 and for her subsequent calls for peace and an end to all global conflict. Her tweets have earned her a legion of admirers around the world by giving a remarkable insight into the daily horrors of life in the city at this time, including air strikes, hunger and the prospect of her family’s death. In December 2016, Bana and her family were safely evacuated from Aleppo to Turkey. Bana’s debut book, DEAR WORLD, published with Simon & Schuster in 2017 and has sold in over 17 countries globally. In her own words, and featuring affecting letters from her mother, Fatemah, DEAR WORLD is not just a gripping account of a family endangered by war it also offers a uniquely intimate, child’s-eye perspective of one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history. In the past year, Bana has been awarded the 2018 Atlantic Council Freedom Award and has been named a Rising Star by the Asian Awards 2018.

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Gail Gallie

Gail is a business leader with a strong sense of social purpose. Gail’s background is in marketing and advertising. She started her career working for ad agencies, helping to create campaigns for a variety of clients including P&G, the Ministry of Sound, and the Labour Party. She then took a role in marketing at BBC and over eight years was responsible for the strategy and delivery of many major projects. On leaving the BBC, Gail co-founded the strategic communications consultancy GaillieGodfrey, delivering corporate campaigns and brand strategy to a mixture of commercial and philanthropic clients. In 2010, she took over at CEO at Fallon London, one of the most creatively awarded advertising agencies in the world. After four years at Fallon London, Gail joined campaigner Richard Curtis to found Project Everyone, the campaign unit that launched the Sustainable Development Goals on behalf of the United Nations.

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Judith Bird

With over twenty years of domestic and international legal experience, Judith currently serves as the Senior Corporate Counsel for in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). She is responsible to negotiate SaaS master subscription agreements throughout the region with charities, universities, and other organisations including the United Nations agencies. Judith also manages disputes and negotiations of procurement contracts throughout the region. As the first lawyer in the EMEA region, Judith is responsible for establishing regional precedents, processes and training. Judith has also been elected as Global Philanthropy Chair of Faithforce, one of Salesforce’s Global Ohana Groups established to champion equality both inside Salesforce and the communities in which employees live and work. Judith holds a MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration from Kings College London and a BA with honours in Law from Durham University.

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Noëlla Coursaris

Philanthropist and model Noëlla is the founder of Malaika, a grassroots nonprofit that works to educate and empower girls and communities in her home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Founded in 2007, Malaika’s work has three main components, all offered free of charge: 1) An accredited school for 314 girls; 2) A community center that offers literacy, health, sports, and vocational programs; and 3) Access to clean water through 17 new and refurbished wells. Noella is also a mother of two children, an Ambassador for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and most recently received an award from Dr. Maki Mandela and the Mandela Family for her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Yetnebersh Nigussie

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Yetnebersh became blind at the age of five after a meningitis infection. After completing her schooling at the Shashemane Catholic School for the blind, Yetnebersh attended Addis Ababa University. During her studies, she took leadership positions, co-founded the university anti-AIDS movement and founded the Addis Ababa University Female Students’ Association. Yetnebersh earned a Law degree and a Master’s degree in social work. She will soon complete a second Master’s degree in Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University. In 2006, she co-founded the Ethiopian Centre for Disability and Development (ECDD), which promotes and facilitates disability inclusion in Ethiopian legal and policy framework and in society at large. Under her leadership, ECDD became one of the main driving forces for inclusion and for implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Ethiopia. She has also opened the Yetnebersh Academy for underprivileged children in Addis Ababa. Among other important awards recognizing her work, Yetnebersh was awarded Right Livelihood Award in 2017.

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Best of London Peace Talks 2018

On Tuesday 11, and Interpeace brought together inspiring individuals who are dedicating their lives to promoting peace in their own communities and beyond. Organized under the theme “Peace Without Borders,” The London Peace Talks inspired many to start taking actions toward building more peaceful societies.

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