Join Diplomatic Courier and the Institute for Economics and Peace to mark the 10th edition of the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of country peacefulness, and discuss the major challenges and opportunities for peace in the decade ahead. The Global Peace Index, which ranks 162 countries on their peacefulness using 23 different indicators, has helped shift the world’s conversation about peace to a positive, achievable and tangible measure of human wellbeing and progress. The summit focuses on the main challenges and opportunities for peace over the next decade. Is the world becoming more or less peaceful? What countries and regions have improved the most in peace and why? The summit seeks to address these questions, while at the same time providing a road map for the kinds of investments that create and sustain more peaceful societies over the long-term.

 

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SPEAKERS

MATTHEW BISHOP

MATTHEW BISHOP

U.S. Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist

Bio

Matthew Bishop is the US business editor and New York bureau chief of The Economist. He co-founded and advises the #givingtuesday campaign and the Social Progress Index. Bishop is the author of several books, including Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World (described as “important” by President Bill Clinton) and The Road From Ruin. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business. He is also wrote the report of the Taskforce on Social Impact Investment, which was established by the governments of the G8.

 

MICHELLE BRESLAUER

MICHELLE BRESLAUER

Director, Americas Program Institute for Economics and Peace

Bio

Michelle Breslauer is the Americas program director for the Institute for Economics and Peace, communicating research to engage diverse stakeholders in IEP’s programming. In this role, she produces conferences, publication releases and partnerships for the range of IEP research, such as the Global Peace Index and Global Terrorism Index, and established the Mexico program and office. She works closely with UN agencies, contributing to consultations and global discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals. Michelle speaks frequently on peace, violence and development at public events and has presented at leading universities, think tanks and multi-lateral organizations, including Stanford University, the Wilson Center, the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the World Bank and the United Nations.

DES BROWNE

DES BROWNE

Lord Browne of Ladyton Vice-Chairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)

Bio

Lord Browne of Ladyton (Des Browne) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010. As a back-bencher, he served on the Northern Ireland Affairs and Public Administration Select Committees. In 1998, he became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Donald Dewar, Secretary of State for Scotland. In 2000, he became PPS to Adam Ingram, Minister of State for Northern Ireland. Subsequently, he served on the first Joint Committee on Human Rights. Since 2014, Lord Browne has served as NTI’s Vice Chairman. In this role, he helps shape NTI’s strategic direction, including long-term planning and international outreach.

 

CHIC DAMBACH

CHIC DAMBACH

Immediate Past President, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Bio

Chic Dambach’s wide ranging career includesPresident of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, President of the National Peace Corps Association, and Chief of Staff for Congressman John Garamendi. Together with Peter Yarrow, he led the Operation Respect program to address bullying, ridicule, and violence in schools. His memoir, Exhaust the Limits, the Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder, features a lifetime of service and successful initiatives for peace. He is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and adjunct faculty at both Johns Hopkins University and American University. His career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, and the Peace Corps just hired him to be a part-time “expert” adviser to the director.

 

THOMAS DEBASS

THOMAS DEBASS

Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State

Bio

Thomas Debass is responsible for managing the office and provides thought leadership on partnerships related to economic growth, global finance, entrepreneurship, and innovation. His recent partnership accom- plishments include: Fishackathon andmFish, Women In Science (WiSci) Camp, Veterans Innovation Partner- ship (VIP),International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA), Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA), and Unreasonable@State. Thomas has played a leading role in promoting and institutionalizing the role of public private partnerships as a tool for advancing foreign policy and development objectives. He regularly gives lectures and talks about the intersection of foreign policy, business, and society.

 

AUBREY FOX

AUBREY FOX

Executive Director of the US office, Institute for Economics and Peace

Bio

Aubrey Fox is the Executive Director of the US office of the Institute for Economics and Peace. Prior to joining IEP, Aubrey was a member of the senior leadership team of the Center for Court Innovation,an organization which helps the justice system aid victims, reduce crime, strengthen neighborhoods,and improve public trust in justice. Aubrey is the co- author of Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning from Failure (Urban Institute Press, 2010). Aubrey is on the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Justice Innovation, an institution that seeks to promote criminal justice reform in the United Kingdom.

 

JOHN GARAMENDI

JOHN GARAMENDI

United States Representative (D-CA), United States Congress

Bio

John Garamendi joined the U.S. House of Representatives on November 5, 2009. He brings nearly four decades of public service to the House Armed Services and Transportation & Infrastructure committees. In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed Garamendi as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Interior Department.

John spearheaded efforts to resolve water disputes in California and to protect the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta. He negotiated the purchase of the Head- waters Forest, coordinated research on global warming, and established habitat conservation plans in California. One of Garamendi’s passions is a commitment to international service.

SHANNON N. GREEN

SHANNON N. GREEN

Director and Senior Fellow Human Rights Initiative, CSIS

Bio

Shannon N. Green is director and senior fellow ofthe Human Rights Initiative at CSIS. She brings deep experience in human rights, civil society strengthening, and international development, with over 13 years in the U.S. government, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining CSIS, Ms. Green was senior director for global engagement on the National Security Council staff. In that role, she developed and coordinated policies and initiatives to deepen and broaden U.S. engagement with critical populations overseas, including spearheading the president’s Stand with Civil Society Agenda and young leader initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia,
and the Western Hemisphere.

MELANIE GREENBERG

MELANIE GREENBERG

President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Bio

Melanie Cohen Greenberg is President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Before joining the AfP, she was the President and Founder of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, a foundation making grants in the areas of peacebuilding and nuclear nonproliferation. From 2003 to 2004, she was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, focusing on issues of justice in post-conflict peace- building. From 2000 to 2002, Melanie was director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She previously served as associate director of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and deputy director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation.

CARRIE HESSLER-RADELET

CARRIE HESSLER-RADELET

Director, The Peace Corps

Bio
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the 19th Director of the Peace Corps, was sworn in on June 25, 2014. Prior to this, she served as the agency’s acting Director and deputy director from 2010–14. A member of a four-generation Peace Corps family, Hessler-Radelet began her career in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa (1981–83), teaching secondary school with her husband, Steve Radelet. She went on to spend more than two decades working in public health, focus- ing on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. During her time at the Peace Corps, Hessler-Radelet has led historic reforms to modernize and strengthen the agency to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
JOHN HEWKO

JOHN HEWKO

General Secretary, Rotary International

Bio

Before joining Rotary in 2011, John was vice president of operations and compact development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government agency established to deliver foreign assistance in a new and innovative manner. An attorney, John was an international partner with the law firm Baker & McKenzie, specializing in international corporate transactions in emerging markets. In 1991-92, he assisted the Ukrainian Parliament in drafting the initial laws on foreign investment, anti-competition, and corporations. John is a trus- tee of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. He and his wife, Margarita, live in Evanston, IL.

FRANCES HOLUBA

FRANCES HOLUBA

Director of Social Enterprise, POLITICO

Bio

After five years at the White House, Frances launched a brand new division of POLITICO’s audience solutions team called Social Enterprise, which aims to bolster content, partnerships and events with purpose-driven organizations, foundations, nonprofits and private sector partners with strong corporate social responsibility. At the White House, Frances served as a strategic millennial voice for the office of Global Engagement. She was instrumental in balancing a series of initiatives that the President placed as a priority for global engagement priorities as well as advancement in U.S. Public Diplomacy Issues.

MARY D. KANE

MARY D. KANE

President and CEO, Sister Cities International

Bio

Mary D. Kane became President and CEO of Sister Cities International in October 2011. Prior to joining Sister Cities International, she was an Executive Director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for identifying and building business partnerships and strategic alliances for the Chamber. Before joining the Chamber, Ms. Kane was the Secretary of State in Maryland and a former Assistant State’s Attorney. She serves on several boards, including Suburban Hospital – a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Mount Saint Mary’s University. Ms. Kane is a graduate of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. and earned a B.S. in business and finance at Mt. St. Mary’s University.

STEVE KILLELEA A.M.

STEVE KILLELEA A.M.

Founder and Executive Chairman Integrated Research Ltd; The Charitable Foundation; Institute for Economics and Peace

Bio

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies Steve decided to dedicate most of his time and fortune to sustainable development and peace. Steve founded Integrated Research Ltd (IR), an Australian publicly-listed company. Through Steve’s direction as CEO and now as Chairman, IR has built an impressive, world-class customer base to make it one of Australia’s leading software companies.

NANCY LINDBORG

NANCY LINDBORG

President, US Institute of Peace

Bio

Ms. Lindborg has spent most of her career working in fragile and conflict affected regions around the world. Prior to joining USIP, she served as the assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at USAID. From 2010 through early 2015, Ms. Lindborg led USAID teams focused on building resilience and democracy, managing and mitigating conflict and providing urgent humanitarian assistance. Ms. Lindborg led DCHA teams in response to the ongoing Syria Crisis, the droughts in Sahel and Horn of Africa, the Arab Spring, the Ebola response and numerous other global crises.

SANDRA MELONE

SANDRA MELONE

Executive Vice President, Search for Common Ground

Bio

Sandra Djuvara Melone is the Executive Vice President of Search for Common Ground, one of the world’s leading international non-governmental organizations working in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. SFCG has headquarters in Brussels and Washington, 55 offices in 34 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, over 700 staff, partnerships with hundreds of organizations, and funding from a large, international platform of donors. Prior to becoming EVP, Sandra established SFCG’s headquarters in Brussels, and founded the Women’s Peace Centre in Burundi.

ANA C. ROLD

ANA C. ROLD

CEO and Publisher, Diplomatic Courier

Bio

Ana C. Rold is the CEO and Publisher of the Diplomatic Courier, a global affairs media network. Ms. Rold also teaches Comparative Politics at Northeastern University and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the annual commemorative publications of the G7, G20, and APEC Summits since 2009. Ms. Rold is also a co-founder of corporate publishing firm, Medauras Global, which specializes on private and public sector special reports, books, and publications.

CHRISTOPHER SCHROEDER

CHRISTOPHER SCHROEDER

Author, Entrepreneur, and Investor

Bio

Christopher Schroeder is the author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. Previously, he co-founded the content/ social platform healthcentral.com (backed by top Silicon Valley venture capital) sold in 2012. He also ran washingtonpost.newsweek interactive. He is an active venture investor in the United States, who also sits on the board of the American University of Cairo School of Business and serves as an advisor to Middle East incubators Flat6Labs, Oasis500 and the new Wamda Fund for A-round investing. He is an angel investor in consumer-facing content and social companies like Vox Media and Skift.

WILLIAM VENDLEY

WILLIAM VENDLEY

Secretary General, Religions for Peace

Bio

Dr. William Vendley is the Secretary General of Religions for Peace International. He is a member of its World Council which consists of 60 senior religious leaders from all continents. He coordinates the activities and projects of Religions for Peace in 90 national and 5 regional councils. Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace by working to advance multi-religious consensus on positive aspects of peace as well as concrete actions to stop war, help eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth.

AGENDA

9:00 AM — 9:15 AM

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

Ana C. Rold

CEO & Publisher, Diplomatic Courier

Aubrey Fox

US Executive Director, Institute for Economics and Peace

9:15 AM — 9:20 AM

VIDEO PRESENTATION

 9:20 AM — 9:40 AM

OPENING KEYNOTE

Steve Killelea

Founder & Executive Chairman Integrated Research Ltd; The Charitable Foundation; Institute for Economics and Peace

Chic Dambach

Past President, Alliance for Peacebuilding

9:40 AM — 10:00 AM

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Congressman John Garamendi

US Representative (D-CA), United States Congress

10:00 AM — 10:10 AM

 BREAK

10:10 AM — 11:00 AM

FORUM

Melanie Greenberg

(Moderator), President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Matthew Bishop

US Business Editor & New York Bureau Chief, The Economist

Bill Vendley

Secretary General, Religions for Peace

Sandra Melone

Executive Vice President, Search for Common Ground

11:00 AM — 11:10 AM

BREAK

11:10 AM — 11:25 AM

LIGHTNING PRESENTATION

John Hewko

General Secretary, Rotary International

11:30 AM — 11:45 AM

LIGHTNING PRESENTATION

Des Browne

Vice-Chairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative

11:50 AM —12:30 PM

FORUM

Aubrey Fox

(Moderator), US Executive Director, Institute of Economics and Peace

Nancy Lindborg

President, US Institute of Peace

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Director, Peace Corps

12:30 PM — 1:30 PM

NETWORKING BREAK & LUNCH

1:30 PM — 1:45 PM

LIGHTNING PRESENTATION

Mary D. Kane

President & CEO, Sister Cities International

1:50 PM — 2:00 PM

BREAK

2:00 PM — 2:50 PM

FORUM

Frances Holuba

(Moderator), Director of Social Enterprise, POLITICO

Michelle Breslauer

Director, America’s Program, Institute for Economics and Peace

Thomas Debass

Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships, US Department of State

Shannon Green

Director and Senior Fellow, Human Rights Initiative, CSIS

Christopher Schroeder

Author, Entrepreneur, and Investor

3:00 PM

ADJOURN

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