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Global Peace Leadership Africa Virtual Conference - Program

All Times are East Africa Time (EAT)

DAY 1: Thursday July 30, 2020
(11AM-3PM East Africa Time - Kenya)


PLENARY: Transforming Societies for Sustainable Peace and Development

The need for Moral and Innovative Leadership in Education and Peacebuilding remains as relevant as ever on the global stage as we learn to navigate the challenges and opportunities to explore creative solutions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Our time requires out-of-the-box thinking. New technology, research, and analytics are revealing new possibilities but will require moral and innovative educators, experts, and leaders to harness the best solutions to transform societies for Sustainable Peace and Development.

Moderator: Daniel Juma Omondi, Executive Director, The Global Peace Foundation Kenya

MC: Aby Agina, Standard Media Group

Welcoming Remarks: 

Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, Anglican Church of Kenya

James P. Flynn, International President, Global Peace Foundation


  1. Dr. Manu Chandaria: Industrialist & Patron, Global Peace Foundation Kenya
  2. Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee: Kenya Resident Coordinator, United Nations
  3. Hon. Muruli Mukasa: Minister for Public Service, Republic of Uganda
  4. Rev. Samuel Kobia: Chairman National Cohesion & Integration Commission, Kenya
  5. Mr. Orlando Lyomu: CEO Standard Group PLC, Kenya
  6. Dr. Esther Muchemi: CEO, Samchi Group, Kenya 
  7. Ambassador Fred Ngoga: Head of Conflict Prevention & Early Warning Division Africa Union (Burundi)
  8. Archbishop Ole Sapit: Anglican Church of Kenya
  9. Hon. Muferihat Kamil, Ethiopian Minister for Peace

Closing Remarks: CS Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Devolution (Kenya)


Transforming Education During and Post Pandemic

Our world is changing rapidly and in unpredictable ways. The global pandemic has underscored the need for readiness in online access, quality of education, and wellbeing of students and teachers. The need for moral and innovative educational leadership has never been more pertinent as systems and schools explore ways for continued learning and engaging students in the current climate and towards the recovery. In order to adapt to the current and post-pandemic environment as well as the buildup of automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, educators and administrators are having to rethink ways to prepare the next generation for the future. In this session, thought leaders will explore new trends, ideas, policies, models and notable practices underway internationally, nationally, and locally that prepares students for the future and to be successful in all aspects of their lives. 

Moderator: Dr. Tony Devine, Vice President, Global Peace Foundation

MC: Ms. Lilian Njoki Waihuni, Partnership Development Manager, Global Peace Foundation Kenya


  1. Mr. Andreas Schleicher: Director for the Directorate of Education and SkillsOECD
  2. Ms. Grace Baguma: Director of National Curriculum Development Centre Ministry of Education and Sports, Government of the Republic of Uganda
  3. Mr. Ashok Pandey: Director, Ahlcon Group of Schools, Delhi, India 
  4. Hon. Zack Kinuthia: Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Education Kenya
  5. Mrs. Sefunmi Durojaye: Sub-Sahara Africa Country Programs Manager Oracle Academy


Building Social Cohesion Through Shared Values

Identity-based conflict or the “us vs. them” mentality divides us, directly contributes to war, and continues a vicious cycle of underdevelopment, poverty, environmental degradation, and social disorder. Often there are layers of identity, tribal or religious for example, that can further complicate a conflict. Understanding our shared identity and common aspirations as members of the human family beyond the boundaries of ethnicity, religion, and nationality establishes the basis for lasting peace. We need to work together to build consensus around universal principles and shared values to advance the creation of vibrant, prosperous, ethical societies.

Moderator: Rev. Fr. Canice Chinyeaka Enyiaka, Ph.D. Program Development Specialist, Interfaith/Community Outreach, Global Peace Foundation

MC: Nicole Punzi, Global Peace Foundation


  1. Ambassador Fred Ngoga: Head of Conflict Prevention & Early Warning Division Africa Union (Burundi)
  2. Dr. Willi Eselebor: Founding member of the Network of Foundations & Research Institutions for the Promotion of Culture of Peace in Africa
  3. Mr. Laban Cheruiyot: Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Director and Head of Public Education and Training (Kenya)
  4. Rev. Canon Rosemary Mbogo: Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church of Kenya
  5. Ms. Rana Taha: Peace and Development Advisor Kenya, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office Nairobi
  6. Dr. Pauline Long: Founder of Europe's biggest award ceremony for black and ethnic personalities in showbiz and leadership

DAY 2: Friday July 31, 2020
(11AM-3PM East Africa Time - Kenya)



Character, Creativity and the Skills Essential for Future-Ready Education

Nurturing character, creativity, and relationships are essential competencies in education to ensure that students have the capacity to positively contribute to their work, communities, nation, and world. Educators will need to expose their students to experiential models that nurture good character, integrity, universal principles and shared values so that they are competent in the application of knowledge and skills for the greater good and benefit of humanity. Explore what future education systems, schools, and classrooms can look like and the approaches that great educational leaders are pioneering in raising the total child.

Moderator: Amb. Milton Kambula, Country Director, Global Peace Foundation Uganda


  1. Mr. Indimuli Kahi: Chairman Kenya Secondary School Heads Association       
  2. Ms. Mutheu Kasanga: Chairperson, Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA)
  3. Dr. Turyagyenda Kedrace: Director of National Education Standards in Uganda, Ministry of Education and Sports, Government of the Republic of Uganda
  4. Rev. Kakooza Paul: Director, the Directorate of Education of the Anglican Church of Uganda, Directorate of the Interreligious Council-East Africa Secretariat-Education Division
  5. Mr. Micheal Magaji: Vice President General, Unity Schools Old Students Association (Nigeria)
  6. Mr. Nicholas Siwatom: Chief Talent Officer, The Standard Group PLC, Kenya
  7. Hon. Marie-Josee Ifoku: Commercial Director for Tractafric and ATC companies, former Presidential candidate in DRC 2018 general elections


Innovative Strategies for Education Implementation

Education systems, schools, and educators need to make a critical shift on what it means to educate. As we expand our understanding of the critical role of educators in building environments for learning, there needs to be corresponding efforts to find new ways to support and train school leaders and teachers. Educators will need to: participate in responsive professional development, learn to embrace team building, model character, values, and skills, in addition to being student-centered, master facilitators. To make this shift requires new ideas and more reflexive thinking in terms of professional development, investment in resources as well as an openness to experiential models that can inform practice. In this session, panelists will share innovative educational models that borrow entrepreneurial approaches and out-of-the-box thinking to stimulate and inspire transformative changes across the education spectrum.

Moderator: Daniel Juma Omondi, Executive Director, The Global Peace Foundation Kenya

MC: Calvin Jodisi, Education Program Assistant, Global Peace Foundation-KENYA


  1. Ms. Jacinta Akatsa, HSC: Executive Director, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA)
  2. Mr. Daud Hirmoge: Education Specialist, Norwegian Refugee Council
  3. Prof. Waswa Balunywa: Vice Chancellor, Makerere University Business School
  4. Mr. Varum Bhassin: CEO, Agri-Exim (Asia, Africa & U.S.A) 
  5. Ms. Talitha Batts, M.A.ED: Business Counselor, SBTDC at NC State & International Business Development Program Small Business & Technology Development Center
  6. Istar Ahmed: Founder/Director, Change Solutions Somalia


Education as a Whole of Society Approach through Collaborative Partnerships

Rapid changes in technology and globalization are drastically changing jobs and society. Nevertheless, education systems, having remained mostly stagnant, are largely inadequate to meet the demands of our present and future world. A transition to a whole of society approach with fresh inputs from communities, parents, businesses, and NGO’s are needed for education systems to be relevant. This will require a sense of urgency in creating new collaborative, cross-sector partnerships and ecosystems which actively engage the government, the private sector, civil society, and others to invest in future-ready education systems and policies. The outcome is students who are effectively prepared for the new world of work and who can become responsible and engaged members of society, resulting in sustainable growth, peace, and positive global impact.

Moderator: Dr. Tony Devine, Vice President, Education, Global Peace Foundation

MC: Ms. Lilian Njoki Waihuni, Partnership Development Manager, Global Peace Foundation Kenya


  1. Dr. Joel Mabonga: Ag. Chief Executive Officer, The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Kenya
  2. Mr. Gideon Badagawa: Executive Director, Private Sector Foundation, Uganda
  3. Mr. Okiria Obore Martin: National Chairperson, Association of Secondary School Headteachers of Uganda
  4. Ms. Annie Gitau: Newspapers in Education Manager, Standard Media Group PLC, Kenya
  5. Mirian Kaamate Ndyanabo: Head Teacher, British School of Kampala, Uganda 
  6. Salome Agnes Awuor: Founder Hekima Kaka Society / Director JOOUST, Kenya 


11:00 AM – 12:20 PM

Session I - Peacebuilding in the Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities

The pandemic has caused an unprecedented global disruption and fundamentally altered the way we conduct peacebuilding. We are challenged to adapt to the new reality to continue our peacebuilding efforts, and to minimize the devastating socio-economic impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations. The key findings of a recent report on the impact of the pandemic, based on consultations with 400 peacebuilders in 60 countries, highlights that the crisis provides both challenges and opportunities to advance peace.   

While social distancing is undermining many existing peacebuilding efforts, innovative approaches to peacebuilding such as digital peacebuilding and locally-led and youth-led peacebuilding are being prioritized, and there are increasing calls for global solidarity and collaboration to address our shared concerns. Panelists will explore both the challenges and opportunities to peacebuilding in the current context and how we can work together to ensure that the responses to the pandemic do not exacerbate existing drivers of violence and conflict.

Moderator: Cat Lockman, Director of Organizational Development, Global Peace Foundation International

MC: Budoi Samuel, Youth Program Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya


  1. Ms. Irene Fugara: Founder and Executive Director Bright Jamii Initiative (BJI)
  2. Mr. Maurice Amollo: Chief of Party, Mercy Corps, Nigeria
  3. Christopher Rider: Head of Supporting Leaders, Co-Existence, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
  4. Sam Kona: Commissioner, National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Kenua
  5. Alice Nderitu: Founder, Community Voices for Peace and Pluralism

12:20 – 1:40PM

SESSION II - Identity-Based Conflict and Diversity: Uplifting Shared Values

While identity-based grievances, bias, and misconceptions can drive violence, universal principles and shared values amongst diverse stakeholders can also provide the basis of lasting peace.  This session will explore how engaging community members who are very different in race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, political party, socioeconomic status, and other aspects are able to find unity within their diversity which helps cultivate strong, resilient communities in which youth, women and diverse stakeholders have a voice.

Moderator: Gail Hambleton, Senior Program Specialist, Values-based Peacebuilding, Global Peace Foundation

MC: Young Soo Devine, Program Intern, Global Peace Foundation


  1. Sheikh Hailu Abdullahi Maraya: Northern Coordinator, GPFN
  2. Rev. John Joseph Hayab: Country Director, GPFN
  3. Rev. Fr. Joseph Mutie: Chairman, Interreligious Council, Kenya – Peace Projects; Democracy and Human Rights Program, Building Interfaith Bridges (BIB), Society United in Diversity (SUID), Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB)
  4. Haj. Amina Kazaure: General Coordinator of Women’s Interfaith Council, Assistant Coordinator of Faith Actors Dialogue Forum
  5. Archbishop Daniel Matte: Archbishop of the SDA Church and Member of the Council of Presidents of the Interreligious Council of UGANDA and East Africa


Session III - Building Youth Resilience to Online Radicalization

In this digital era, the internet and social media offer tremendous potential to promote peace and resilience and inspire social transformation. While social media has been used by extremists to spread radical content and recruit youth online, it is a very powerful tool to prevent conflict and extremism and promote greater understanding and tolerance. Digitally enabled youth are on the frontlines and can become powerful agents for peace. They can play a leadership role in preventing violence, training their communities, and innovating new peacebuilding technologies. The session will explore how social media could be leveraged to prevent radicalization of youth to violent extremism and to bring about positive change. Panelists will share best practices and lessons learned from their recent projects supported by evaluation data and analyses.

Moderator: Dr. Nilufar Choudry, Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Development, Global Peace Foundation

MC: Budoi Samuel, Youth Program Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya


  1. Mr. Zahed Amanullah: Resident Senior Fellow, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)
  2. Ms. Martha Nghambi: Country Director, GPF-Tanzania
  3. Mr. Dan Juma: Team Leader, Governance and Inclusive Growth, UNDP Kenya
  4. Mr. Aziz Kafeero: Founder, Kafeero Foundation
  5. Ms. Umulkher Harun: Director, The Kesho Alliance
  6. Mr. Kisanja Hillary Musoke: Director National Youth skilling program under the Office President of Uganda
  7. Ms. Ruth Ambogo: ED, Center for Advocacy and awareness on the rights of the youth