MAY 27-28, 2018 | PHILADELPHIA, PA

Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of International Higher Education in Peacebuilding

Keynote Speakers

Peter T ColemanPeter T. Coleman, PhD
Columbia University
Peter T. Coleman is professor of psychology and education at Columbia University where he holds a joint-appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute. Coleman directs the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) and the Institute for Psychological Science and Practice (IPSP) at Teachers College, and is executive director of Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4). He currently conducts research on conflict intelligence and systemic wisdom as competencies for navigating conflict constructively, including a focus on adaptive negotiation and mediation dynamics, cross-cultural adaptivity, optimality of motivational dynamics in conflict, justice and polarization, multicultural conflict, intractable conflict, and sustainable peace.

Brandon HamberBrandon Hamber, PhD
Ulster University
Professor Brandon Hamber is the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE). He is also a member of the Transitional Justice Institute at the university, and is a visiting professor of the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has undertaken consulting and research work, and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Bosnia, Colombia, the Basque Country and Liberia, among others. He has published some 30 journal articles, over 25 book chapters and 4 books. In 2010-2013 he was a Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar at University of the Witwatersrand. He was awarded The Paul Harris medal for contributions to peace by Rotary (2013), and was listed as one of the Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction by the Action on Armed Violence Network (2013/2014). Professor Hamber is a board member of Healing Through Remembering (Northern Ireland) and Impunity Watch (Netherlands). He is on the Society Advisory Group of the British Council.


sherif barsoumSherif Barsoum
New York University
Sherif Barsoum is assistant vice president for global services at New York University. He has been in the field of international education for 24 years, and prior to coming to NYU, worked at the Ohio State University for 14 years was director of international students and scholars office at Vanderbilt University for eight years. He served on the NAFSA Board of Directors for three years as vice president for public policy and practice. Barsoum has lead study abroad programs to Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa and enjoys leading cross-cultural communication workshops. He holds a BA and MA from the Ohio State University.

Hernando EstevezHernando A. Estevez, PhD
Universidad de la Salle
Hernando A. Estévez is currently dean of the School of Philosophy and Humanities as well as associate professor of philosophy at Universidad de la Salle. He received his master's degree in liberal studies from Indiana University, and a PhD in Latin American philosophy from DePaul University, IL. Some of the primary influences in his work are critical race theory, deconstruction, phenomenology and critical theory. His work focuses on the articulation of identity and its histories unfolding the conflict between political identity and cultural identity, from a Latin American perspective. Central to this work are the critical analysis of the relationships between culture and politics in Latin American thought and the articulation of the modalities that sustain twentieth century continental philosophy. He is the author of several articles in political and social philosophy and teaches and conducts research in the areas of twentieth century continental philosophy. He is interested in the ways in which the notion of political identity during the formation of state in nineteenth century Latin American countries contributes to the idea of citizenry. He is currently conducting research in the rhetoric of current Latin American politics changes and its relation to perennial problems of political philosophy.

tony gallagherTony Gallagher
Queen’s University Belfast
Tony Gallagher is a professor of education at Queen’s University Belfast. From 2005 to 2010 he was head of the School of Education; from 2010 to 2015 he was pro vice chancellor; in 2017 he was the acting head of the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, and currently he is director of research in the same School. His main research interest lies in the role of education in divided societies, including work on the development of collaborative school networks in ethnically divided societies, and work on the civic role of higher education. He is the editor of Education, Citizenship and Social Justice (Sage) and a member of the board of the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation.

thomas hillThomas Hill, PhD
New York University
Thomas Hill is a clinical associate professor at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University’s School of Professional Studies, where he is director of the Initiative for Peacebuilding through Education. He oversees the peacebuilding concentration within the Master of Science in Global Affairs (MSGA) program. Hill is a peacebuilding practitioner and researcher with more than 15 years of experience focusing on Iraq. A former journalist, his research interests include: the role of universities as actors and sites for peacebuilding; the importance of community-centered approaches to civil society-led peacebuilding; and the use of conflict analysis and assessment as tools for integrating development and peacebuilding. Dr. Hill earned his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a master of international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lori MasonLori Mason
Lori Mason joined IREX in 2011 and has been working in education programs for 15 years. As project director of the Iraq University Linkage Program, she provides leadership for university partnerships in areas of higher education curriculum development and career services. Lori has lived and/or worked in Iraq for more than seven years in various capacities. She designed training modules and conducted professional development for teachers and administration with private schools, she initiated and provided oversight to a curriculum development project facilitating collaboration between the U.S. Government, the Kurdistani Ministry of Higher Education, and U.S. university partners. Her experience in Iraq also includes leadership development, faculty development training, and research on women leaders and gender related violence in Kurdistan. Lori has also taught seventh and eighth grade social studies and implemented after-school programs for at-risk students in the U.S. Lori holds an EdD in educational leadership from Appalachian State University and both an MA and BA in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Fouad Kasim MohammadFouad Kasim Mohammad, BVMS, MS, PhD
Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Baghdad, Iraq
Mohammad is a professor of pharmacology and toxicology, served at the University of Mosul from 1985 to 2013, where he became dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (2003-2012) and vice president of the same university (2012-2013). He joined the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Iraq) in 2013 as a ministry deputy for scientific research affairs. At the ministry, he supervises the Directorate of Studies, Planning and Follow-Up and the Directorate of Research and Development. He is engaged in various activities with Iraqi universities to provide leadership for undergraduate and graduate educational programs, curriculum development, scientific research, faculty professional development and heads the council of Iraqi scientific societies. He is the chairman of the Situation Room at the ministry (2014-present) to deal with the crisis and displacement of eight universities suffered from ISIS terrorists’ occupation and to solve educational problems facing their students and faculty. He also coordinates various educational and developmental collaborations between Iraqi universities and international educational agencies and universities. Mohammad holds MS and PhD degrees (pharmacology) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the editor of the Iraqi Journal of Veterinary Sciences and associate editor of Veterinary Research and Research Notes (BMC). He has been recognized and honored several times by the ministry for his distinguished scientific achievements.

Luis Fernando Múnera-CongoteFather Luis Fernando Múnera-Congote (of the Company of Jesus), PhD
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Father Luis Fernando Múnera-Congote currently serves as dean, faculty of political sciences and International Relations at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He received his graduate degree in philosophy of the Javeriana University and doctorate in political philosophy of the Sèvres Center of Paris. Associate professor of the faculty of philosophy, where he held the position of career director. From 2015 he was adviser to the academic vice-rector and is currently dean of the faculty of political sciences and international relations of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. In the Javeriana campus located in the city of Cali, he worked in the area of social formation and coordinated the Specialization in Ethics and Values. He was director of the Program of Peace of the Company of Jesus in Colombia.

Guillermo Antonio Ruiz-PavaGuillermo Antonio Ruiz-Pava
CESA Business School
Guillermo Antonio Ruiz-Pava is currently an assistant professor of the School of Humanities at CESA. Mr. Ruiz graduated from economics with a master’s in economics from the Universidad Externado. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Business Administration of the Universidad de los Andes. He completed his doctoral research practice as a visiting student researcher at the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University. His current research is focused on the relationship between innovation and social networks. His research interests also include the economic theory of entrepreneurship, organizational theory and the relationship between institutions and the processes of moral learning.

Raquel SorzaRaquel Sorza
Ministry of National Education, Colombia
Raquel Sorza is currently an adviser to the Minister of National Education of Colombia. She is a lawyer from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá – Colombia. Sorza has experience in the public sector, mainly in local development, science, technology and innovation, and the education sector. She received a master’s degree in government and public policies from the Ortega y Gasset University Research Institute and is a specialist in international crisis prevention and management at the Carlos III University of Spain.

Elizabeth Anderson WordenElizabeth Anderson Worden, PhD
American University
Elizabeth Anderson Worden is an associate professor of education at American University in Washington, DC. Her research examines how governments foster identities and belonging through education during social and political transition. Worden’s book National Identity and Education Reform: Contested Classrooms (Routledge 2014) examines these issues in the context of Post-Soviet Moldova. Her current project focuses on teachers, social memory, and citizenship education in post-conflict Northern Ireland. As a Fulbright Scholar, she spent 5 months conducting field work there in 2014-2015. Dr. Worden has recently been appointed as a visiting professor to Ulster University in Northern Ireland where she will be in residence for a month each year until 2019. She has published articles in journals including Comparative Education, Journal of European Education, and Comparative Education Review.