Kenneth Cloke is Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, coach, consultant and trainer, specializing in communication, negotiation, and resolving complex multi-party disputes, including marital, divorce, family, community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment, discrimination, and public policy disputes; and designing preventative conflict resolution systems.
His facilitation, coaching, consulting, and training practice includes work with leaders of public, private and non-profit organizations on effective communications, dialogue, collaborative negotiation, relationship and team building, conflict resolution, leadership development, strategic planning, designing systems, and organizational change.
He is an internationally recognized speaker and author of Mediation: Revenge and the Magic of Forgiveness; Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution; The Crossroads of Conflict: A Journey into the Heart of Dispute Resolution; Conflict Revolution (1st and-2nd Editions); and The Dance of Opposites: Explorations in Mediation, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Systems Design; Politics, Dialogue and the Evolution of Democracy; Words of Wisdom; and co-author with Joan Goldsmith of Thank God Its Monday! 14 Values We Need to Humanize the Way We Work; Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflict; The End of Management and the Rise of Organizational Democracy; The Art of Waking People Up: Cultivating Awareness and Authenticity at Work; and Resolving Conflicts At Work: Ten Strategies For Everyone On The Job (1st-3rd Editions).
His university teaching includes mediation, law, history, political science, conflict studies, urban studies, and other topics at several colleges and universities. He is or has recently been an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law; Southern Methodist University; USC, Global Negotiation Insight Institute at Harvard Law School and Omega Institute; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Cape Cod Institute; University of Amsterdam ADR Institute; Saybrook University; Massey University (New Zealand). He has done conflict resolution work in Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, England, Georgia, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Puerto Rico,
Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USSR, and Zimbabwe. He is founder and first President of Mediators Beyond Borders.
He served as an Administrative Law Judge for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Board, a Factfinder for the Public.
We are in the midst of a global political crisis, filled with hostility, hatred, and violence. The problem is, we haven’t figured out how to talk to each other about passionately held political ideas and beliefs, or to discuss social, economic, and political disagreements in ways that lead to learning, win/win outcomes, increased empathy, mutual understanding, and collaborative problem solving. Yet we are all citizens of the same countries, and care deeply about their futures.
How, then, do we talk to each other about difficult and dangerous issues? How do we exercise responsibility as citizens and apply what we’ve learned as mediators, negotiators, and conflict resolvers? How do we advocate for what we believe in without becoming biased and adversarial? What is an interest-based form of political discourse? What higher order skills do we require for democracy to work? How do we design, organize, and facilitate dialogues over political issues? How do we conduct meaningful discussions of highly contentious, values-based topics without degenerating into pointless diatribes? What are the limits of collaboration and democracy in political conflicts? How do we respond democratically and humanely to authoritarian and inhumane actions? How do we build trust between adversaries in difficult circumstances where time is limited, history is long, and positions have hardened? What can interest-based approaches to conflict resolution teach us about political conflicts? What is politics anyway, and what are the components of political conflict? Are we slipping into fascism and dictatorship, how can we know, and if we are, what do we do about it as mediators? So many questions, so few answers.
Peter first came to the US from New Zealand in 1973 to pursue post-graduate studies in law at the University of Virginia as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. After a career in private legal practice in New Zealand he returned to the US in 1992 to take up a position with the World Bank as a senior international attorney. He retired from this position in 2009.
He was inducted into Rotary in 1976 and has since served the organization in many capacities. He has been particularly involved in alumni/Rotary Peace Fellow activities and has chaired both the Alumni Relations and Rotary Peace Centers Committees. He has also served as an International Assembly Trainer, COL Delegate, RI Presidents Representative and Dean of the Rotary Representative Network. He is currently the RI Director for 2020-22 in Zones 33 & 34.
Peter has received the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award together with the Service above Self Award and the Citation for Meritorious Service. He and his wife, Margaret, live on the West River in Maryland in a home designed by Margaret and close to their two children and one grandson.
"From its earliest beginnings Rotary has had a strong focus on peace. This focus led to an invitation to Rotary to engage in the discussions that led to the formation of the United Nations in 1945. Since then, we have been an active partner with many of the UN agencies. Rotary has established the world's foremost peace education fellowship program. We have a Peace Academy, peace partnerships, peace conferences, peace workshops - peace is in our DNA!".
Alpaslan Özerdem is Dean of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution (formerly known as the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution) and professor of peace and conflict studies. Prior to his appointment as Dean in August 2019, Dr. Özerdem was Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Coventry University in the UK.
Dr. Özerdem specializes in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction. With over 20 years of field research experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Indonesia, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkey, Dr. Özerdem has undertaken numerous research projects that were funded by the UKs Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) (faith-based conflict prevention); British Academy (youth and peacebuilding); US Institute of Peace (reintegration of ex-combatants); and various European Union funding schemes (conflict transformation and leadership).
Prof. Özerdem has published extensively (14 books and numerous journal articles, book chapters and op-eds) and amongst others, is author of Post-war Recovery: Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (2008); co-author of Managing Emergencies and Crises (2011); co-editor of Child Soldiers: From Recruitment to Reintegration (2011); co-author of Peace in Turkey 2023: The Question of Human Security and Conflict Transformation (2013); co-editor of Human Security in Turkey(2013); co-author of Youth in Conflict and Peacebuilding: Mobilization, Reintegration and Reconciliation (2015); co-editor of Local Ownership in International Peacebuilding (2015); co-author of Peacebuilding: An Introduction (2015); co-editor of Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians: The Dynamics of Peace and Justice under Occupation (2016); co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics (2019), and co-editor of Comparing Peace Processes (2020).
Prof. Özerdem has also taken an active role in the initiation and management of several advisory and applied research projects for a wide range of national and international organizations such as the United Nations and international NGOs. He also runs tailor-made and in-country professional training programs for a wide range of audiences from humanitarian aid practitioners to civil servants and policy makers. Dr. Özerdem is a frequent speaker and workshop leader for events organized by the private sector, higher education institutions, international organizations and governmental authorities. He is a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation Scientific Committee, and received his Professor Extraordinary in Politics title by Stellenbosch University in 2017 and visiting professorship to the Jiangsu University and Coventry University in 2019.
Abbas Türnüklü has been working at Dokuz Eylul University, psychology department in Turkey. His research scope is interpersonal and intergroup conflict, peace education, mediation and peer mediation, intergroup contact, immigration and nonviolence education. He has published many research articles in national and international journals and carried out research projects. Besides Dr. Turnuklu also maintains peer mediation and peace education Projects in schools. He is married and has a child.
Students from different, etnic and religious origin, cultural values, gender and interests have education in the same school and classroom. Therefore interpersonal conflict is natural, common and inevitable in school context. Peer mediation is one of the student centered peaceful and egalitarian approaches in order to manage and transform conflicts among students. peer mediators are elected by their classmates. A peer mediators role is to facilitate negotiation among students in order to manage the conflict . Peer mediators have two advantages when they are managing conflicts among students. One of them is, students negotiate and manage their own conflicts and reach peaceful agreement by having peer mediator facilitation. Second, peer mediators transform their interpersonal social skills by the way of mediating their friends' conflicts, and also they improve their self esteem, self confidence, anger management skills, conflict resolution and leadership skills, having popularity among peers.
Deniz Kite is the General Director of GMN Institute which traines, mentors and certifies mediators in Turkey, Cyprus, Brazil, Argentina, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan and certifies Turkish speaking mediators worldwide as an IMI (International Mediation Institute) QAP. She is the founder of Negotiators Society, UK which promotes good negotiation practice and negotiation culture in Turkey & Central Asia and developes Code of Conduct for Negotiators. Ms.Kite is the first professional mediator of Turkey & the first Turkish Speaking IMI Certified Mediator, Member of Consultants Panel at MBBI (Mediators Beyond Borders International) Washington D.C and Founder of MBBI Turkey, one of the Founders of GMN Caspian in Baku, listed negotiator at Negotiation & Public Service, a QAP Appraisal Committee Member at IMI, the first Turkish Musteshar of Egypt, listed international mediators of Milan & Florence Chamber of Commerce, listed expert negotiator at Negotiation at Public Service, NL and Member of Advisory Board of Bangladesh Mediation and Arbitration Center. She is Member at AMATI, one of the trainers at ASAGEM Management Scholl and listed mediation trainer for basic and advanced mediation training at Ministery of Justice Mediation Directorate in Turkey.
Before she started her career as a trainer in 2003, she lived 14 years in Vienna during which she was focused on fashion design and corporate clothing. During 1988-2002 some of her customers were very elite boutiques of Austria, and some well-known companies in Austria & Germany such as ÖWD, Securitas, Tchibo, Anker Brot, Daimler Benz. After studying International Relations, MA Psychology and PhD in Management, she focused on negotiation & mediation had her mediation training in Vienna and as for today, she trained more than 600 mediators in Turkey who are the first and counted as best trained mediators & trainers of mediation in the country. As a mediator & negotiator, her specialization is family business disputes, workplace disputes & commercial disputes and as well contract negotiations.
Ms.Kite belives belives that Negotiation Culture is one of the most effective tool against polarization of today; a great way people at all levels can communicate effectively, argue productively and live harmoniously with respect to all differences. Therefore since 2014, she has been promoting Principled Negotiation in Turkey. Over 400 people; lawyers, business poeple, NGO workers & volunteers, university students got basic negotiation trainings. She cooperated with different NGOs of Turkey, such as JCI, Common Purpose, Rotary Clubs & Lions, Social Mind Association, and companies such as Garanti Teknoloji to develop Negotiation Culture. She structured an accreditation procedure (as GMN) with the belief that negotiation has to be a globally recognized profession. Since June 2018, Negotiation Culture Programme had almost 70 graduates who had advanced trainings, cooperated with Babes Bolyai University and got the sponsorship from Leyla Alaton, one of the most successful women CEOs of Turkey.
Fergal McCarthy is the Peace Programs Manager at Rotary International.
Prior to his role at Rotary, Fergal worked at the Rand Corporation in California, the Irish Prime Ministers Office in Dublin Ireland as well as the Irish Foreign Ministry.
He holds a BA in World Religions & Theology and an MPhil in International Peace Studies both from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict Studies from Queens University Belfast and an MSt in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.
Laura is the Executive Director of the International Mediation Institute, an international non-profit with the vision of professional mediation worldwide; enhancing consensus and access to justice.
She brings a wealth of experience from the private and public sectors, where she has worked in corporate governance, project and portfolio management, and IT.
Originally from Australia, Laura is presently based most of the year in Brussels, where she is presently finalising her PhD in International Relations. Her doctoral research investigates the effects of blame in politics, particularly emotions and polarisationand what we can do about it. She holds degrees in management and in politics and international relations, and has a Masters degree in EU External Relations.
She has taught (peace) negotiation and mediation at graduate level, and delivered keynote speeches and presentations on mediation in several countries. Her key workplace values are lifting up and empowering other women and minorities, creativity, flexibility, compassion, respect for different ways of working, and above all that "Job #1 is 'Happy and Healthy'".
Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn or ResearchGate.
Alison Sutherland (Panel Moderator)
Alison began her working career as the PA to a Chairman in a multinational oil and petrochemical company. Life changed when her husband contracted leukaemia and died five years later. They had both decided to give up their work (he was the CEO of a multi national company) and do missionary work in East Africa. Whilst Alex was sick, Alison went to Durham University and obtained a degree in Theology and Ministry. It was not possible for Alex, he died after battling with the leukaemia, cancer and finally a brain tumour after five years.
She went to East Africa alone, starting in Uganda, moving on to Tanzania and worked in Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo. In Uganda she helped build a vocational centre for orphans and trained teachers. In Tanzania she opened a Centre and set up an NGO caring for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The Centre offered counselling & Testing, Management and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections, Home Based Care, Mobile Testing, Mobile Seminars, Microfinance, Catch up School for Orphans and fed 183 people per week. She lived in a mud house with no water or electricity for some years. She spent eleven years living and working at grass roots in East Africa, during which time her life was often threatened.
She joined Cardiff Bay Rotary some ten years ago and began working in the area of Peace. She has served on the Rotary Action Group for Peace for the past six years.
First as a Director and then later as Chair of Education. She went on to serve on the Executive and has been Chair of the RAGFP for the past year. She has been elected as Chair for one further year.
She is based in Cardiff, Wales and works (on behalf of Rotary) with prisoners, refugees and asylum seekers and youth.
She is currently Peace Officer and District Governor for Southern Wales.