Participants selected for Rotary peace studies program at Chulalongkorn
(BANGKOK – 24 October 2007) — Rotary International has selected 23 professionals from 14 countries to study in a unique program that teaches the practical skills needed to succeed in jobs involving peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and mediation.
The Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program, a three-month curriculum taught at Chulalongkorn University, is aimed at mid- to upper-level professionals who work in government, non-governmental organizations, private corporations, academia, media agencies and other settings where a working knowledge of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and mediation is important.
The 23 participants who will begin studies in January 2008 are a diverse group representing a wide array of professional backgrounds. Their interests and areas of expertise include journalism, human rights, public policy, economic development, law and social justice. For example:
- Gina Donoso, Ecuador, president and co-founder of the Alianza Por la Justicia Foundation in Ecuador and Costa Rica
- Francois Kabongo, Democratic Republic of Congo, a logistics operations assistant for the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Kinshana, Democratic Republic of Congo
- Susan Carew, Australia, manager of the NGO One World Network in Australia
- Brian Farr, United States, division chief of the State Agency Counsel Division of the Office of the Attorney General in Salt Lake City, Utah
- Assabah ul Arjamad Khan, India, a journalist with the J&K People's Welfare Institute & Research Centre in Kashmir
- Nancy Ross, Canada, women’s services coordinator for Addiction Services in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Individuals interested in future sessions should contact their local Rotary clubs or email Bangkok.PeaceStudies@rotary.org for more information. Applications are currently being accepted for the July 2008 session and beyond. Participants are selected twice a year in a globally competitive selection process based on professional and academic achievements.
Founded in Chicago in 1905, Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary’s global membership is approximately 1.2 million men and women who belong to more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.