New York Peace Talks 2019

Trust Matters

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Trust Matters

The first edition of the New York Peace Talks will be held on 11 December 2019 at the Salesforce Tower. 

The New York Peace Talks is organized under the theme “Trust Matters.”  

In our globalized world, the meaning of trust may vary across sectors, however, the essence of trust as a pillar for peace remains. Trust is the glue that holds relationships, societies and economies together. Through a series of 8-minute talks, speakers will share their personal stories and experiences, to highlight their efforts to promote trust. Speakers come from across different professional and personal backgrounds to emphasize that each and every one of us, regardless of our age and background, can contribute to promoting trust and peace in our communities and beyond. 

The New York Peace Talks is a public event co-organized by Interpeace and is a dedicated social impact team that empowers nonprofits, educational institutions, and philanthropic organizations with the best technology and resources to change the world. 

Location: Salesforce Tower
Date: 11/12/2019
Time : 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Bria Smith

Bria Smith is an activist fighting against gun violence in inner cities and schools. After speaking out against the lack of diversity and representation in the March For Our Lives movement in 2018, Smith rapidly gained the movement's attention. She was asked to join them on their nation-wide tour to represent her community and to tell her first-hand account of growing up in a Milwaukee, where gun violence was "normalized". Smith is currently running the website "Honey For Your Tea" to elevate the stories of women of color, and continues to campaign against gun violence.

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Claudia Romo Edelman

Claudia Romo Edelman is a social entrepreneur, an inspiring data-driven speaker and a determined catalyst for positive change. A recognized speaker, media contributor and advocate, Claudia is a leader for diversity, inclusion and equity, focused on unifying the U.S. Hispanic community and promoting sustainability and purpose-driven activities particularly within brands, tech and the creative industries.

With an extraordinary background with global organizations, including the United Nations, UNICEF and the World Economic Forum, she has collaborated and worked on humanitarian causes for 25 years with organizations such as (RED), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Claudia is the Founder of the We Are All Human Foundation, a New York-based non-profit foundation, dedicated to advancing the agenda of diversity, inclusion and equity through developing and hosting regional and local events, conducting research and developing research pieces/publications, creating content and corporate activation.

She enjoys sports, traveling with her husband and two children, and speaks six languages.

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Darius Gishoma

Dr. Darius Gishoma is a Senior Lecturer at the Mental Health Department, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda. He is holding a PhD in clinical Psychology obtained from Catholic University of Louvain/ Belgium. For the last ten years, he has been involved in training of mental health professionals in Rwanda at different levels: Mental Health Nurses, Psychologists, General Practioners, Counselors and nonprofessional volunteers. In addition to being a lecturer at University, he maintains a clinical practice for individuals affected by genocide-related consequences and other Mental Health issues in Rwanda. Darius Gishoma has research interests in treatment development and evaluation of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Substance Abuse, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health and Community-based interventions. He is a member of the Rwanda National Ethics Committee.

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Hatim Belyamani (HAT)

Since 2012, Hatim Belyamani – aka HAT – unites artists in an ever-evolving audio-visual dance between traditional music and digital remix art. In his one-of-a-kind live show, HAT is as an orchestra conductor from the future, beaming traditional musicians from the four corners of the world onto a big screen, and shaping them harmoniously into new electro beats.
Growing up in Morocco, surrounded by sounds of the country’s Arabic, Amazigh, and Sub-Saharan African origins, Hatim was an award-winning classical pianist and guitarist before finding his voice in electronic music. In 2012, inspired to celebrate his roots, Hatim founded Remix ⟷ Culture, a non-profit organization that bridges cultural divides through the transformative power of music, film, and remix. Hatim and his team traverse the globe, capturing the sights and sounds of underrepresented musical traditions, which they share for free online under a Creative Commons license. HAT’s performances are a live remixing of these videos, seamlessly blending the traditional with the experimental – acoustic trance with electronic dance – connecting his audiences to distant cultures in a unique audio-visual journey.

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Madeline Rose

Madeline is the director of campaigns & +peace at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, leading collective action campaigns dedicated to mobilizing people, governments and the private sector to tackle global violence and division. Prior, Madeline served as Sr. Global Advocacy Advisor and Sr. Policy Advisor at Mercy Corps, where she led advocacy campaigns, as well as global and U.S. government relations on peace and conflict policy. She was the lead advocate behind the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act and Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocity Prevention Act in the U.S. Congress, as well as a civil society negotiator on major global initiatives including Sustainable Development Goal #16 on Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, and the Secretary General’s Platform for Action on the Prevention of Violent Extremism. Prior to her role at Mercy Corps, Madeline was the lead lobbyist for the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict program at the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
In the U.S. Congress, Madeline played a lead role in drafting the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2012, developed the drone warfare oversight strategy for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and helped negotiate the conflict minerals provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. Madeline has worked at the United Nations, developed the greenhouse gas reporting approach and Corporate Responsibility framework for a Forbes 500 technology company, and served with community- based organizations in South Africa. She has a B.A. from Occidental College in Diplomacy and World Affairs and is a Seminar XXI U.S. National Security Fellow with Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Michelle Breslauer

Michelle Breslauer is a Senior Manager at the Governance & Peace, UN Global Compact, encouraging businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies. For a decade, Michelle directed the strategic partnerships and programs of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), a global think thank that uses data to understand and communicate the drivers of peace. She had leadership role in the execution of the strategic communication of IEP's internationally recognized research and education products, as well as its public programs, from the initial start-up phase. Michelle has spoken extensively on a range of issues related to peace, security, terrorism, criminal justice and development in numerous high-level intergovernmental fora at the United Nations and the World Bank as well as numerous conferences and events at leading universities and think-tanks.

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