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Our people

Across our various offices and programmes, we have over 75 dedicated and professional staff, interns, associates and volunteers who contribute their skills, creativity and passion to the Institute’s work. 

This talented and multicultural team, working in close collaboration with our various partners, are the heart and soul of who LPI is. LPI is governed by its seven-member International Board comprised of wise leaders from across the globe. The International Advisory Council, comprised of globally respected peacebuilding practitioners, academics and researchers, provide advisory support to the LPI programmes and team.

“I am here as an intern and I must say I've been so impressed with the warm environment that one is exposed to at LPI. I can also not underestimate the room one is given to develop and the availability of all staff to help you achieve that.” Former LPI Intern 

Uppsala Leader
Leadership meeting in Uppsala, Sweden
Staff from the Horn of Africa program located in Addis Ababa
Staff from the Horn of Africa program located in Addis Ababa

“The people at LPI,  and the people I have met through LPI, are easily the best thing about being part of the LPI family. I’ve met people who are some of the most intelligent, passionate and inspiring people I have ever come across, for which I feel very fortunate.” Susanna Sebelius 

Nairobi Staff
Staff from the Nairobi program.
LPI Uppsala, Sweden office

Board of Directors

Revd Gustaf Ödquist, President - Based in Sweden, with working experience in Southern Africa and the Middle East, as well as at the International department of Church of Sweden. There he held various positions, among them being responsible for East and West Africa relations, and for peace and conflict issues. He has a licentiate degree in Mission and Ecumenism at Lund University, and is an ordained minister in Church of Sweden.

Dr Myra Blyth, Vice President - based in United Kingdom, is Chaplain & Tutor Fellow in Liturgy and Pastoral Studies at Regent’s Park College, in the University of Oxford. Her Doctoral research is in the area of peace and conflict resolution and particularly restorative justice. Between 1988 and 2000 she worked at the World Council of Churches in Geneva as Europe Secretary and the Director of the Commission on Inter Church Aid. From 2000-2004 she served as Deputy General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Dr. Nada Mustafa Ali, Board of Directors, is a scholar, practitioner and an activist whose scholarship spans the fields of comparative politics,  women’s, gender, and feminist studies, development studies, and African and Middle Eastern studies. She has written extensively in both English and Arabic. She is the author of Gender, Race and Sudan Exile Politics, and of numerous book chapters, journal articles, and academic and policy reports. Dr Mustafa Ali teaches in the Women's and Gender Studies Department and is a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Governance and Sustainability at U Mass Boston, where she also directs the Human Rights Minor. In addition, Dr Mustafa Ali is a Fellow of the Rift Valley Institute, and an Advisory Board Member of the African Feminist Initiative. Dr. Nada Mustafa Ali joined the LPI board in January 2020.

Dr. Angela Muvumba Sellström, Board of Directors, is a Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) and affiliated to Uppsala University's Department of Peace and Conflict Research. She has 20 years of experience in the field of peace and security, both in academia and at policy research organizations. Her research examines wartime sexual violence, particularly in Burundi; international interventions and mediation; gender, women, peace and security; and the UN Security Council.

Dr. Sellström joined the LPI board in January 2020.

John Katunga Murhula, Board of Directors, is the Technical Advisor for Peacebuilding and Justice, East Africa Region for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). John joined the LPI Board in January 2020.

Dr Fulata Lusungu Moyo, Board of Directors - is currently the Programme Executive for Women in Church and Society of the World Council of Churches (WCC), based in Geneve. She focuses on feminist and gender theological ethical perspectives, women’s participation and gender justice relationships . She holds a PhD in Religion and Theology focussing on Gender and Sexual Ethics, as well as a certificate in Conflict Management from the Centre for Conflict Resolution (University of Cape Town, South Africa). Before joining the WCC she was deputy Director of the Conflict Resolution Centre at the Chancellor College (University of Malawi). As a research fellow of the Harvard Divinity School she is developing a Religious Ethic of Care that responds to trafficked and sexually violated women and girls.

Shamsia Ramadhan, Board of Directors - is a peace practitioner based in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently she is the program manager for the Capacity for Inter-religious Community Action program at Catholic Relief Services. Previously, she worked for LPI as a programme advisor for the Somalia programme and editor of the Horn of Africa Bulletin. She has also been program coordinator for a Kenyan social justice movement and worked as a research officer and trainer with the Peace Network of Kenya and UNDP. She holds a B.A. in social ministry from Tangaza College, Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi and an M.A in International Peace Studies from Notre Dame University.

Stein Erik Horjen has extensive international experience through ecumenical engagement, peace and conflict processes, peacebuilding and diplomatic services. He is an ordained Minister of the Church of Norway, currently working in a local parish outside Oslo. He has fifteen years of services with the Norwegian Government in diplomatic missions in East Africa and with the agency for development, Norad. Previously, in Norwegian Church Aid, he was engaged in several local peace processes in Asia, Africa and Europe. He has authored Reconciliation in the Sudans in 2016.  Stein Erik joined the LPI Board in January 2020.

Dr. Njoki Wamai, based in Nairobi, is a scholar activist on African politics, peace and social justice issues. Dr. Njoki is an Assistant Professor in International Relations at the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya where she teaches and researches on Peace and Conflict, Human Rights, Peacebuilding Politics, Politics of Africa and Women, Peace and Security. She has a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development from King's College London's, Africa Leadership Centre (ALC). She has previously worked as a human rights activist and peace researcher with the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Dr. Njoki Wamai joined the LPI Board in March 2021.

International Advisory Council

Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer Professor at American University, Washington, DC https://www.american.edu/sis/faculty/abunimer.cfm Right Reverend William Kenney CP Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, UK https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/faqs/bishop-william-kenney

Dr. John Paul Lederach Senior Fellow at Humanity United https://humanityunited.org/team/john-paul-lederach/

Florence Mpaayei Consultant Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Thania Paffenholz Executive Director, Inclusive Peace thania.paffenholz@inclusivepeace.org Hippolyt Pul Coordinator, Catholic Relief Services, Africa Justice and Peace Working Group, Tamale, Ghana https://www.crs.org/

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