This panel will feature civil society experts who will share the experience of their organizations in influencing policy development for the prevention of atrocities. Speakers will reflect on their engagement with national governments to undertake necessary action to prevent the commission or reoccurrence of atrocities, with particular focus on policy development in the areas of justice and accountability; good governance; and ensuring the inclusion of women and other underrepresented populations within decision making, judicial and other processes, as well as the protection of their rights. Countries in focus include Sierra Leone, Guatemala, and Kenya.
Dr. Tibi Galis, Executive Director, The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
Ms. Valnora Edwin, Director, Campaign for Good Governance, Sierra Leone
Mrs. Paola Alejandra Castillo Diaz, Sub-Director, Centro para la Acción Legal en Derechos Humanus, Guatemala
Mr. Stephen Kirimi, Chief Executive Officer, Peace and Development Network Trust, Kenya
Paola Alejandro Castillo Díaz
Paola Alejandra Castillo Díaz is currently the sub - director of the Center for Legal Action in Human Rights - CALDH association, which represents victims of the genocide in Guatemala.She has spoken at various seminars and forums, such as the International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference in Argentina; the Political Transitions from a Human Rights Perspective: Experiences and Challenges, 38th Congress of FIDH, and other seminars in Spain, Ireland, Colombia and Peru, to share her experiences on strategic litigation of the Genocide case in Guatemala, as well as on sexual violence against women in Guatemala during the war.
Valnora Edwin is a Sierra Leonean and currently serves as the Director of Campaign for Good Governance a post she has held for the past seven years.She has a Masters in Human Rights from the Central European University in Hungary and Masters in Governance and Leadership from the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) in Sierra Leone. She also has a certificate from the Transcend Peace University on Peace based Leadership and Governance and theories of International Relations and also from the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Centre on International Electoral Observation. She has served in various other capacities as facilitator, trainer and in national programs such as commissions of inquires. She has vast experience in governance, public policy, human rights, a civil society activist and a political governance analyst. She specifically has firsthand experience on transitional justice processes especially truth commissions and reparation program. She has also served as a national observer in Sierra Leonean elections since 2004. She also serves as a regular contributor to media discussions on governance issues. Currently she sits as one of the committee members of the Constitutional Review Committee of Sierra Leone.
Tibi Galis has been Executive Director of AIPR since 2006. Born and raised in Romania, he earned his B.A. in Law and Political Science from Babes-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca. He received his M.A. in International Politics and Political Development from the University of Manchester, and is earning a Ph.D. from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, at Clark University, with a focus on transitional justice. Previously Galis worked as associate researcher for the UK Parliament, helping develop the UK position on the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and as rapporteur for the Swedish government at the 2004 Stockholm International Forum on the Prevention of Genocide.
Stephen Kirimi Mwamba
Stephen Kirimi Mwamba is the Chief Executive Officer of Peace and Development Network Trust (PEACENET Kenya) a national network organization of Peacebuilders and conflict prevention practitioners, whose vision is “a peaceful and stable society that upholds equity and development”. Previously Mr. Kirimi worked for Resource Alliance (UK) as the East and Southern Africa Regional Representative, NGO Council Kenya as Policy Advocacy Officer and later as Chief Executive Officer (CEO); and a number of local organizations in various capacities. He is a Senior Chevening Fellow in Conflict Prevention and Resolution (University of York-UK), holds a Masters in Leadership (Pan Africa Christian University) and a Bachelors in Economics and Political Science from the University of Nairobi. He has extensive knowledge and experience in peace programming and conflict prevention.