Class XXII (2023-2025)

Peace Fellows Class XXII. Photo credit: Chris Chau

Peace Fellows Class XXII. Photo credit: Chris Chau

The Uppsala Rotary Peace Center is excited to welcome the new group of talented and committed Peace Fellows Class XXII. Fellows come from different countries and have diverse backgrounds that will enrich the Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Beatrice Anowah Brew

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Beatrice Anowah Brew has extensive experience as an international development practitioner. Prior to her studies at Uppsala University, she served as the Partnerships and Capacity Strengthening Advisor at the Catholic Relief Services (CRS)-Ghana. Beatrice's passion lies in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and empowering communities, especially women and youth.

For over ten years, she has been actively involved in various initiatives in Ghana and across West Africa, focusing on capacity building, policy influence, project management, partnerships, and research interventions. Over the past three years, Beatrice has broadened her experience by actively supporting initiatives related to maternal and child health, specifically in maternal and neonatal mortality prevention, as well as Early Childhood Development and community empowerment.

Beatrice's expertise also extends to critical areas such as countering violent extremism, conflict analysis, transnational organized crime, human security, and migration. She explores the impact of knowledge imbalances on peacebuilding processes and delves into how multi-stakeholder approaches and local ownership contribute to sustainable peace.

Beatrice holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography & Resource Development and Psychology from the University of Ghana, as well as a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Legon Centre for International Affairs, also at the University of Ghana. She is sponsored by Rotary Club of Accra-District 9104.

Faith Chelangat Tonui

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Faith Chelangat Tonui is a peacebuilder from Kenya who is passionate about young people's involvement in peace and advocacy processes. Recently, Faith served as the Coordinator for the International Service Worker Program at Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), where she provided support to various partners in implementing initiatives related to peacebuilding, education, healthcare, food security, and livelihood improvement in Uganda.

Before joining MCC, Faith held the position of Eastern Africa Peacebuilding Program Coordinator at Hekima University College in Kenya. In this role, she focused on conducting research and facilitating training programs centered around peacebuilding, conflict monitoring, and the impact of extractive industries on peace and conflict.

Faith’s research interest lies in exploring an intergenerational approach to peacebuilding processes in the Horn of Africa region. Additionally, she has a keen interest in the use of Unarmed Civilians Peace force interventions as a means to influence the conflict resolution approaches of development agencies and governments in the area.

Faith earned a Bachelor’s degree in Disaster Management and International Diplomacy from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kenya. Her sponsor district is 9212.

Janithrika Jayasundara Kankanamalage

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Janithrika Jayasundara Kankanamalage, a Sri Lankan expert in anti-corruption and governance, brings her wealth of experience to the program. She started her career at Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), assisting victims and witnesses of corruption. She also served as the National Coordinator for the Integrity Icon Sri Lanka Program in partnership with Accountability Lab, aiming at behavioral change in public officials by creating a positive narrative around the Sri Lankan public service sector.

Janithrika led TISL's Advocacy and Research unit, developing a tailored strategy and executing evidence-based advocacy initiatives. She advocated for policy reform and enhancement of the anti-corruption legal framework in Sri Lanka. Passionate about victim-centered recovery of stolen assets, Janithrika currently convenes the Asia-Pacific region working group on Victims of Corruption for the UNCAC Coalition.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Janithrika is dedicated to improving education for underprivileged children in Sri Lanka and is interested in the relationship between corruption and conflicts. She is committed to promoting equality and justice through grassroots peacebuilding efforts. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Arts from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, she is sponsored by Rotary District 3220.

Jawoon Kim

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Jawoon Kim is a passionate racial and gender justice advocate. Originally from South Korea, she moved to Australia and lived an equal amount of time in both countries.

As a changemaker, she is working towards creating a world where everyone everywhere, particularly the underrepresented community groups, can live life to their fullest potential. This is driven by the values of justice and equity, which are motivated by her family and her lived experience as a migrant woman of colour in Australia. This led her to work with various not-for-profit organisations in community organising, campaigning, and advocacy for gender equality and global health for the last seven years.

She looks forward to translating her experience and knowledge into peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction efforts in the future. In doing so, she is committed to examining her power and privilege in pursuing a career in development while challenging colonial and patriarchal structures in development practices overall.

She has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of New South Wales. Her Rotary sponsor district is 9675.

Le Sen

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Le Sen focuses on the intersection of gender and peace, specifically addressing issues of multiple marginalization and intersectionality among minority groups. She is the lead author of “Making the Space: Voices from the girls of Cambodian minority communities”. Le has conducted participatory research in Cambodia, working with girls and young women from ethnic, religious, and cultural minority backgrounds for three years.

As a former participant in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative exchange program, she has a background in civic engagement and community service. Le is passionate about empowering young people in Cambodia and amplifying the voices of marginalized communities through the Global Peace Campaign.

Le holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the Royal University of Law and Economics in Cambodia. Her Rotary sponsor district is 3350.

Leila Asani Halud

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Leila Asani Halud served as the Director of the Social Healing and Peacebuilding Unit, and Head of Secretariats for the Task Force for Decommissioned Combatants and their Communities and the Inter-Cabinet Cluster Mechanism on Normalization–Socioeconomic Development Subcluster at the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity in the Philippines. Her work centered on the transformation of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front combatants, and on the prevention and transformation of violent extremism.

Leila led the team that facilitated collaborations with government agencies and development organizations, oversaw inter-agency programs, and managed the transition process for over 20,000 decommissioned combatants.

Previously, Leila was part of the Secretariat that supported the Government Peace Negotiating Panel for Talks with the MILF, which signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. This agreement established the political entity for Muslims in Mindanao through the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

Leila's research interests include human security, political philosophy, and narrative inquiry. She earned her Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science (Behavioral Studies) from the University of the Philippines. She completed her Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration training at the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Stockholm. Rotary District 3800 is her sponsor.

Win Bo Aung

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Win Bo Aung's dedication to peace and development is exemplified through his vast expertise in peace research, development initiatives, and peacebuilding practices. With a deep understanding of the complexities of peace and development challenges and their impact on societies, Win Bo is driven by a vision to foster pluralism, social cohesion, and inclusion. His extensive experience in peace research equips him with the knowledge and tools needed to analyze the challenges for peace and identify effective strategies for sustainable peace.

Win Bo is committed to volunteering to provide relief and service to local communities and has an academic curiosity and passion for learning on topics related to peace education, conflict analysis, and reconciliation. During his studies at Uppsala University, he seeks to learn the role of political institutions in the development of cultures of peace. By studying this relationship, Win Bo hopes to shed light on effective strategies for fostering peace within communities. He is also interested in strengthening his conflict resolution skills for durable and sustainable peace.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and has studied peacebuilding in Thailand. Win Bo is sponsored by Rotary District 2101.

Zander Willoughby

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Zander Willoughby is a fellow with six years of professional experience in peacebuilding from Michigan, United States. He focuses on peacebuilding, youth leadership, and policy advocacy. Zander especially enjoys contributing to field-wide public goods such as ConnexUs, the Peace Impact Framework, and the Global Coalition on Youth Peace and Security.

Zander works on ConnexUs at Search for Common Ground - a global knowledge-sharing platform for social impact sectors in conflict-affected regions. Previously, he worked as a Youth, Peace and Security Advocacy Expert at Search for Common Ground, the +Peace Program Manager at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and the Peace Studies Coordinator at the Manchester University Peace Studies Institute. Zander has also served as a mediator, trainer, and board member for Education for Conflict Resolution.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science, French, and Peace Studies from Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. Zander is sponsored by Rotary District 6540 and the Rotary Club of North Manchester.