About us

Vision

Deepening human integration by transforming conflicts at its roots through strengthening the human connection.

What We Do

GN4C strengthens the human connection at the root-cause level of conflicts by engaging in people-to-people transformative activities and by educating the wider public through raising awareness and advocacy.

Why We Do What We Do

Due to the fast-paced political reality in international affairs, diplomats and policy-makers often tend to develop policies or working methods based upon symptoms because they are more visible than root-causes of conflict. Therefore, such approach risks to omit deeper and more complex local realities and can lead to misinterpretation of local events by the wider public.

GN4C aims to address this gap by dedicating its efforts exclusively to transforming conflicts at its roots. GN4C’s activities contribute to healing relationships, fostering integration efforts, broadening perceptions and planting more love into people’s hearts. In addition, through its transformative work, GN4C raises awareness about the root-causes of conflicts.

Principles

GN4C abides by the principles it promotes. Its key principles are love, respect, ownership, transformative approach, priority of human identity, responsibility, empowerment and empathy.

Our Executive Committee

Olivier Loose

Olivier is a conflict transformation practitioner, specialized in the field of political psychology of conflict. He received training in transformative mediation, psychodrama and nonviolent communication. His work is centered around connecting the policy level and the grassroots level to facilitate a more coordinated and stronger integrated approach to conflict transformation, emphasizing hereby on the aspects of research, perception, psychology and mediation. Besides his working experience at the European Parliament, he has also been involved in research projects and mediation dialogues related to international conflicts. As co-director at the European Platform of Middle East Dialogue, he brings local perspectives of conflict dynamics from the Middle Eastern region to European policy-making circles to faciliate better informed decision-making processes. At the grassroots level, he spent some time with local peace-makers in Israel-Palestine, Northern Ireland, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan and conducted psychosocial workshops with Syrian refugee children through Project Amal ou Salam.

Klara Srbova

Klara brings to GN4C her experiences with the EU institutions in the international diplomatic environment in conflict resolution and mediation, as well as with economic development aid. In addition, she has volunteered and worked on projects in Togo, Jordan, with focus on youth and children. She has also been active in research on yoga as a transformative tool. Critical reflection on her insights form big international regional institutions and their policy-making, contrasting with her experiences from the field, lead her to the commitment to dedicate her energy to working with and for individual human beings. Believing in peace, in positive and constructive approach, with GN4C she supports peace processes and positive social transformation from the grass-roots. Peace by humans.

Sudhanshu Verma

Sudhanshu has an extensive experience of seven years in public affairs and political communications. He holds a masters degree in Political Strategy & Communications. He is also working with a policy research organisation based in Kabul for last two years. His research expertise is focused on game theory, narrative analysis, use of new media, and narrative & counter-narratives in a conflict. Sudhanshu has also founded the Indo-Pak Youth Forum, a platform for young minds from Pakistan in India to interact and share their experiences. He has been working on to integrate new communications & media technologies to bring together people from the conflicting societies to create a grassroots peace-building platform.

Our Advisors

Dr Juan Diaz

Juan teaches mediation at several European universities with an interactive experiential learning approach. He also works with mediation trainers on specific courses, including peace mediation, professional negotiation, and conflict transformation. After receiving a doctorate in International Relations, he specialised in mediation in transitional or postconflict regions. He is recognized by the Federal Association of Mediation in Germany. Over the last 13 years Juan has dedicated his work to peace-building in regions, such as South Eastern Europe, South Asia and North Africa. In 2005 he co-founded the CSSProject for Integrative Mediation and served as its Director and Chairperson from January 2005 to May 2012. In this capacity he oversaw the overall development of the interactive problem-solving methodology for the organisation; and developed the use of interest-based negotiation in workshops with political leaders in divided communities. Juan has supported mediation and negotiation work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Egypt, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Over the last couple of years, Juan pursued a Masters Degree in Gender and Diversity Competence at the Free University in Berlin to complement his peacebuilding and conflict transformation work.

Hind Kabawat

Hind Kabawat, holds a BA in Economics from Damascus University, a degree in Law from the Arab University in Beirut; a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Toronto; a Certificate in Strategy Leadership from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Currently Hind is a Senior Program Officer in United States Institutes of Peace, Senior Research Associate in Public Diplomacy and Director of the Conflict Resolution Program of Syria at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, CRDC , George Mason University.previously she was the International Council at Janssen and Associates, Toronto; Hind has led a variety of public diplomacy efforts in recent years in Syria to promote interfaith tolerance and cooperation, modernization and reform, as well as educational innovations in conflict resolution and diplomacy education. She was awarded in 2007 the Peacemakers in Action Award from the Tanenbaum Centre for Interreligious Understanding in New York, and also the Public Diplomacy Award from CRDC, George Mason University in 2009. In 2009, she was a member on the Future of the Middle East, World Economic Forum, Davos. And also was a member in the Global Agenda Council for war intervention in 2011-2012, World Economic Forum. Found member of the Syrian Centre of Dialogue.

Brendan McAllister

Brendan has been actively involved in peacebuilding in Northern Ireland since 1974. After years of peace activism, he left his career in social work in 1992 to commit himself full-time to the development of mediation as a method of peace-building. He was responsible for providing leadership for the growth and evolution of an indigenous mediation field, using culturally sensitive and contextually nuanced methodology. He worked as a mediator primarily through the development of local practice: at street level; across peace lines in Northern Ireland; within circles of civic leadership; among political leaders; with paramilitaries, inside and outside of prisons; with institutions of state; with Government and, at times, in partnership with outside third parties from the international community. From 1992 to 2008, Brendan was the Director of Mediation Northern Ireland, one of the foremost national mediation organisations working throughout the troubles. During this time, Brendan played a significant role in police reform regarding organisational culture, change management and community policing. He acted as Mediation Advisor to the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland, advising Commissioners on the management and resolution of disputes over parades across Northern Ireland; training and managing a team of mediators; and mediating in a range of disputed parades. In 2003 he became a Neighbourhood Renewal Advisor for England, working on racial tension, gang violence and social cohesion. As Victims Commissioner between 2008 and 2012, he was a principal advisor to the Government concerning the needs of victims and survivors of the conflict in Northern Ireland and worked with families and groups representing those with enduring trauma and distress.