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 Leadership meeting in Uppsala, Sweden 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 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. Angela Muvumba Sellström, Board of Directors, is a researcher at the University of Uppsala’s Department of Peace and Conflict Research. She has country expertise on Burundi and South Africa and 15 years of policy research experience on peace and security issues in Africa. Her doctoral dissertation (Uppsala University, 2015) examined the causes of armed group impunity for sexual violence. Her research interests include gender, wartime sexual violence, human rights, rebel groups and Africa’s regional organizations.
Dr. Sellström joined the LPI board in January 2020.
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.
Stein Erik Horjen, Board of Directors, is currently a Senior Advisor in the Department for Economic Development, Gender and Governance Section for Human Rights, Governance and Fragility at NORAD. As Special Advisor on Peace and Reconciliation at Norwegian Church Aid, Stein Erik Horjen was immersed in Sudanese studies since the late nineties. In 2006, he began working for the Norwegian Government as a Development Advisor and later as a diplomat in Khartoum, Juba, and Nairobi. Stein Erik has a master’s in theology from the University in Oslo and has been an ordained Minister in the Church of Norway since 1989. He has authored Reconciliation in the Sudans (Religion and Society in Africa) 2016. Stein Erik 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.
Ms. Alice Nderitu, Board of Directors - based in Kenya, is a former Commissioner with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission and a Transitional Justice Fellow of the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation. She is now the Senior Advisor at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and also serves on the UN mediation roster. She also worked at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights founding the Department on Human Rights Education. Prior to joining the Commission, she directed the Education for Social Justice Programme Fahamu, developing and running training courses on human rights and conflict prevention. 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. International Advisory Council Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer
Professor at American University, Washington, DC
Regional Technical Advisor – Peacebuilding and Justice, Catholic Relief Services, Nairobi, Kenya
https://www.crs.org/ 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
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
http://graduateinstitute.academia.edu/ThaniaPaffenholz Hippolyt Pul
Coordinator, Catholic Relief Services, Africa Justice and Peace Working Group, Tamale, Ghana
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