Speakers & Panelists
Mediators Beyond Borders 2019 International Congress brings world-class presenters to the stage to discuss what it means to be a DISRUPTOR, an innovator, a pioneer and a leader in today's world. Conflict-resolution, mediation, and collaborative peace-processes are increasingly being recognized as key components of transformative leadership, and we invite you to have personal, engaging, thought-provoking conversations with some of today's most impactful leaders on the global stage.
President Jose Ramos-Horta
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE RECIPIENT
Nobel Peace Prize Recipient President Ramos-Horta received international recognition for his work "towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict" in East Timor. Despite being the former leader of a Resistance movement, he never raised arms. Instead, he used dialogue and diplomacy to propose a peace plan that lead to the voluntary withdrawal of an occupying nation, and enabled the self-determination of a now autonomous people.
Madame Dewi Savitri Wahab
INDONESIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Ibu Dewi is a prominent high official representing the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and serves as advisor to the Foreign Minister on Socio-Cultural Issues and Empowerment of Indonesian Community Abroad at the Director General level. She was the first Indonesian Consul General in Melbourne, overcoming many of the challenges faced as a woman in diplomacy.
Rotary President K.R. Ravindran
PAST ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
As Sri Lanka's chair of Rotary's polio eradication efforts, Past Rotary International President Ravi led efforts to eradicate polio from Sri Lanka. His country became one of the first to become polio-free in Asia. The PolioPlus task force, which he headed, included Rotary, UNICEF and the Sri Lankan government, and succeeded in negotiating a ceasefire during the civil war, allowing polio immunizations to continue during scheduled National Immunization Days.
The Honorable Edita Tahiri
FORMER DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER & PEACE NEGOTIATOR
Edita Tahiri is a leader of the independence of Kosovo, as the former deputy prime minister and peace negotiator. She was Minister for Dialogue and Chief negotiator of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo; Deputy Prime minister responsible for foreign policy and national security and Chief Negotiator; and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo for ten years in a difficult time of liberation and independence of Kosovo. Tahiri is recognized as a leader of independence and one of the main protagonists in the political changes affecting Kosovo and South Eastern Europe.
Mr. Achaleke Christian
ACTIVIST, EDUCATOR, YOUTH EXPERT
Achaleke is a civil society activist, university lecturer, and a youth expert on peace building and counter violent extremism. He was born in a town renowned for youth involvement in violence like jungle justice, kidnapping, gangs, socio-cultural and religious conflicts, armed robbery, and street fighting. Despite being a victim of this violence, he succeeded in transforming himself from an agent of violence to an Ambassador of peace and change. His work currently focuses on transforming young offenders into entrepreneurs, peace builders and job creators, in an attempt to provide them with an alternative to violence, and prevent radicalization and recidivism.
Ms. Shadia Marhaban
INTERNATIONAL MEDIATOR, CAPACITY BUILDER, ACTIVIST
Ms. Shadia Marhaban is an international mediator, capacity builder and activist from Aceh, Indonesia. She was a member of the Free Aceh Movement’s (GAM) peace negotiating team in Helsinki (2005) that ended the 30 years of conflict. Upon her return to Aceh, she co-founded the Aceh Women’s League (LINA) to oversee the implementation of the reintegration programs for women ex-combatants and to provide training for their political participation. Since then, she has concentrated her activities on consultation for peaceful dialogues in many conflict areas in Southeast Asia and established contacts with several conflict actors in the region.
Dr. Nadja Alexander
INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION ADVISOR & EDUCATOR
Dr. Nadja Alexander is an award winning author and educator, mediator and an independent adviser to international bodies and governments worldwide. She currently leads the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy, a conflict prevention and policy advisor to international and national governments. She was on the front lines at the signing of the Singapore Mediation Convention, which took place August 7, 2019, and set a monumental precedent for international mediation settlements worldwide.
Dr. Ren Yuanzhe
CHINA FOREIGN AFFAIRS UNIVERSITY
Dr. Ren Yuanzhe is an associate professor at Department of Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs Management, China Foreign Affairs University. He was program coordinator of the Center for Strategic and Conflict Management. He is secretary general of the Center for Strategic and Peace Studies; a consultant with the Center for China Foreign Policy Studies at CFAU; research fellow of the Collaborative Innovation Center for Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights; local coordinator of the Young Leaders Program, Pacific Forum CSIS; and honorary adjunct associate professor at Bond University, Australia.
Mr. Raymond Lee
SENIOR ADVISOR, INDONESIAN MEDIATION CENTER
Mr. Raymond Lee became a pioneer in bringing mediative practices to the country in the wake of the global financial crisis, as conflicts arose due to the economic turmoil and instability. He now serves as an instructor and advisor to the Indonesian Mediation Center, supporting the Centre's training and socialization programs designed to promote mediation as a dispute resolution tool in Indonesia. Mr. Lee is also retained by World Bank Group as a Regional Mediator for the East Asia Pacific Region.
Ambassador David Carden
FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO ASEAN
American lawyer, diplomat, mediator, and author, Ambassador David Carden (Ret.) served as the first resident U.S. Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Recognized as a pioneer in the field, his responsibilities included supporting ASEAN economic integration and advocating for the systemic changes necessary to promote peaceful and prosperous growth in the region. Ambassador Carden currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Weinstein International Foundation. He is committed to harnessing the transformative power of mediation to assist communities around the world in the face of increasing global challenges and conflict.
Setting the Tone for the Next
Decade of Change
Our incredible international partners have identified some of the most dynamic, influential, and informed speakers from across Asia and Southeast Asia, to share their invaluable perspectives on mediation, conflict transformation, collaborative peace-processes, and their transformative role in socioeconomic development worldwide. Stay tuned for more announcements in upcoming weeks!