Oxford Peace Talks 2019

Africa Leading for Peace

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Africa Leading for Peace

The 2019 Oxford Peace Talks is organized under the theme: Africa Leading for Peace, and held in honour of Kofi Annan, the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation.  Through a series of 8-minute talks, young Africans will share their personal stories and experiences, to highlight their efforts to promote peace in Africa. The Oxford Peace Talks will also help shift the needle on the narrative of Africa being a continent in need to a continent of global relevance with best practices and models of peace. 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 peace in our communities and beyond. This is something Kofi Annan strongly believed in as he often said: “You are never too young to lead and never too old to learn”.

This is the first time the Peace Talks travels to a university campus. This is a satellite event of the 9th edition of the Oxford Africa Conference (OAC).

Kofi Annan’s legacy is an illustration of the essence of the Peace Talks’ theme: his contribution to peace has truly transcended borders and has contributed to asserting Africa’s relevance globally.

Location: The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Mansfield College
Date: 16/05/2019
Time : 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm


Sadat Zagah Zziwa

Sadat is a former gang member, who has become a peace ambassador. Sadat is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building at the Islamic Call University College of Kampala, Uganda. Sadat is also a Team leader and Co-founder of the Ngabo Youth Friendly Service Centre, a youth-led organization aimed at championing the access, availability and utilization of quality youth friendly services across the country, through comprehensive approaches geared towards increasing participation in governance. He recruits gangsters and people from the ghetto in order to engage them productively and contribute to the country’s development.

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Fatima Al Ansar

Fatima is the current youngest Malian diplomat, a social entrepreneur and activist for girls’ education and women’s rights. She is currently serving as head of mission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. She is the founder of Tilwalte Girls Peace Network which empowers girls to be peace ambassadors through entrepreneurship, leadership and peace building trainings and those girls are back to their communities to create different peace building network throughout Mali. In addition to being an alumna of the Oxford Consortium on Human Rights, she was a MasterCard Foundation Scholar and also studied at the African Leadership Academy, Trinity College and Vienna University. She is One Young World and Orange Corners Enterprise for Peace Scholar. Fatima is the youngest 2010 YALI fellow (a fellowship for young African Leaders) Fatima is passionate about writing and her latest article “Feminization of African Politics “got published by Project Syndicate and translated in eight different languages.

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Dr. Sellah King’oro

Dr. Sellah Nasimiyu King’oro is the Assistant Director of the Research, Policy and Planning Department at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission. Dr. King’oro has over 11 years of experience in social research with interests in measuring peace, ethnic relations, genocide prevention and social cohesion among others. She coordinated the concept development and implementation of the first ever ethnic audits of public institutions in Kenya. Additionally, she was appointed a Global Peace Index Ambassador by the Institute of Economics and Peace, USA following her great efforts in developing a Social Cohesion Index for Kenya in 2013. Dr. King’oro worked for both local and international NGOs before joining the Commission. She has a PhD in Peace and Conflict (Kisii University), a Master of Arts in International Studies (University of Nairobi), a Bachelor of Education Arts (Maseno University) and a Bachelor of Laws (Mount Kenya University). She is also a Rotary Peace Fellow Alumni with a postgraduate certificate in Peace and Conflict from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and a diploma in ‘Using Democracy for Peace’ from Bradford University, UK, and a certificate in 'The Responsibility to Protect' from the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Centre, Ghana.

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Daniel Mpilo Richards

Daniel Mpilo Richards is a versatile and award winning South African actor. He graduated from UCT in 2013 with a BA Honours Degree in Theatre and Performance, and has performed in England, USA, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe and all across South Africa. He is currently completing his Masters Degree in Film and Television Producing in London at the Met Film School having received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship. Daniel serves as the creative director for the Ruben Richards Foundation – a non-profit organization that aims to heal the hearts, minds and souls of traumatized communities through various programs in the areas of Therapy, Job Creation, Conflict Mediation and Art Therapy. He is the recipient of various awards including the Naledi Theatre Award for Best Breakthrough Artist of 2016 and most recently the CEO Artist of the Year Award at the Baxter Theatre 2017. Other performance highlights include playing Will Shakespeare in the Fugard Theatre’s Shakespeare In Love, playing a lead role in West Side Story (Bernardo) and doing comedy alongside legendary comedians: Marc Lottering, Alan Committie and Rob Van Vuuren at the Leicester Square Theatre on the West End, UK for London’s Cape Town Festival.

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Anupah Makoond

Anupah is passionate about sustaining peace, both in countries emerging from conflict where peacebuilding is pressing or in stable societies where peace can be taken for granted. For the last five years, she has supported dialogue processes and data initiatives in conflict affected countries, notably in Liberia, East Timor, Guatemala and Burkina Faso. Her most recent project was with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, conducting population perception surveys to inform peacekeeping and humanitarian action in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prior to her work with peacebuilding organisations and humanitarian agencies, Anupah led advocacy efforts on drug policies and harm reduction programmes in Mauritius. Since October 2018, Anupah is pursuing an Msc. in Evidence Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford, an ‘academic pause’ which she hopes will equip her to become a more effective peacebuilding practitioner.

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Hajer Sharief

Hajer Sharief is the Extremely Together (ET) Young Leader from Libya and founder of the “Together We Build it” NGO. As a teenager, she has closely witnessed the bombings during the Libyan civil war in 2011. This experience has made her realise the importance of empowering and encouraging women and youth from grassroots to participate in peacebuilding and conflict resolution and prevention. Since then, she has been actively advocating at different levels for women’s and youth inclusion in peacebuilding processes. At the age of 19, Hajer founded her own organization, “Together We Build It”, which works on the democratic transition in Libya by emphasizing the relevance of women’s and youth participation in peace. In 2013, she co-initiated the 1325 Network in Libya, a network of civil society organisations encouraging women to play an active role in peacebuilding and conflict prevention. In 2017, Hajer was awarded the Student Peace Prize in Norway for her contribution to the inclusion of women in peacebuilding processes. Hajer was a member of the UN Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security. She is also a UN Women Champion on Women, Peace, Security and Human Rights.

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Qhayiya Mudau

Qhayiya Mudau (nee Magaqa) is a physiotherapist and Rhodes Scholar currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford. Qhayiya’s research focuses on how to improve access to health rehabilitation services, such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy, for people with disabilities in rural South Africa. In particular, she analyses opportunities for health policies to be best translated into practice in a way that facilitates inclusion and participation in every day life for people with disabilities. Her conviction is that people with disabilities should also have the opportunities to live the kinds of lives that they themselves find valuable. Outside of her research, Qhayiya teaches on the East Africa Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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Ngoni Mugwisi

Ngoni is a musician, scholar and leader. He plays the mbira, a soothing lamellophone traditional to Zimbabwe that has charmed audiences for almost a thousand years. He is passionate about preserving the music and pursued ways of documenting it. He has played in many settings including receptions in Zimbabwe, festivals in Arizona, an art gallery in the US, schools in Japan, recitals in Oxford and notably at the official opening of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. At Oxford he is a DPhil Candidate researching power electronics for universal electrification applications as a Rhodes Scholar.

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