The collaboration between Regent’s University London and the Tutu Foundation UK began almost 5 years ago. It has proved to be a highly effective means of promoting the legacy of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The existential philosophies underpinning the Mediation Skills courses at RUL represent a transformative approach to conflict - remarkably similar to the principles of Ubuntu, the African philosophy so well espoused by the Archbishop.
Whilst this is a ‘Peace Summit’ , we must nevertheless acknowledge that peace is an aspiration, to be realised only in brief and intermittent moments. We are rarely without conflict, and peace is merely a phase in a never-ending cycle of conflict and reconciliation. The Peace Summit – and events like it – serve to ensure that the cycle revolves faster, with periods of conflict replaced more regularly and speedily by ever-lengthening periods of peace and reconciliation. Through the Peace Summit we can learn to work with and manage conflict, and so derive positive elements from it - such as progress, development, and change for the good.
Mediation is an important integral part of any peace process. It is a caring and compassionate means of resolving conflict, succeeding even when negotiations fail. It enables dialogue where parties have lost the ability to speak; promotes mutual understanding where trust has evaporated; and dispels misperceptions where prejudices dominate. It can thus achieve more effective outcomes than those secured by armies of soldiers or cohorts of lawyers.
This Peace Summit will hopefully serve to spread mediation practice and Ubuntu facilitation far and wide; and Regent’s University London is proud to participate with the Tutu Foundation in promoting inclusion, equal opportunity and justice, - so helping to build stable and peaceful communities.
- Paul Randolph
Judith Ackroyd, is an emeritus professor of Regent's University London, having been Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences until October, 2015. Her previous role was Associate Dean for research and development at the University of Northampton. Judith has published widely in the fields of educational drama and applied theatre, and continues to deliver workshops and addresses internationally. Most recently she has brought together her research interests and her fascination for higher education leadership in a project funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. The project explores the relationships between vice chancellors and university board chairs, with dissemination of the data gathered through confidential interviews presented in fictionalised performances.
Martin Bell OBE, a retired TV war reporter is also a British UNICEF Ambassador and former independent politician and best known for his broadcasts from combat zones. He was the MP for Tatton from 1997 to 2000. Bell, who served with the Army in Cyprus during his National Service, joined the BBC in Norwich in 1962 after graduating from Cambridge. He moved to London three years later, beginning a distinguished career as a foreign affairs correspondent. Over the next 30 years, he covered 11 conflicts and reported from 89 countries, making his name with reports from wars and conflicts in Vietnam, the Middle East, Nigeria, Angola and Northern Ireland. He won the Royal Television Society’s Reporter of the Year award in 1977 and 1993. in 1992 he was seriously wounded by shrapnel while covering the war in Bosnia.
Sir Hugh Orde recently retired as President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, representing the 44 police forces of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and was between 2002 and 2009 the Chief Constable of Northern Ireland. Orde took part in the latter phase of the enquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence and its subsequent handling by the police. Later Orde was assigned to the senior staff of the Stevens Report which investigated government collusion in sectarian killings in Northern Ireland. Sir Hugh is also Director of the Police National Assessment Centre. He is an Ambassador for the Tutu Foundation UK.
Paul Randolph 'Barrister, Mediator, trainer and author. He designed and created the Mediation course at Regent’s University, London, which adopts a unique psychological approach to conflict and mediation with distinct parallels to Ubuntu, the African philosophy espoused by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Paul is on the Board of the UK Civil Mediation Council., and has been involved with the Tutu Foundation UK since 2011. He has lectured on the psychology of conflict throughout the UK, Europe, and Asia, and has written two books on the psychological approach to mediation. The second, The Psychology of Conflict (Bloomsbury 2016), has a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Spenser Hilliard, experienced barrister and litigator, who has concentrated on mediation since 2005. He is actively involved with the Slynn Foundation in the promotion of mediation in various states of Central and Eastern Europe, and lectures on mediation skills both in the United Kingdom on the RUL Mediation Course and abroad. He has delivered advanced mediation training courses to judges and lawyers n Romania, Albania and Jordan. He has served as a non-executive director of a large North London NHS Health Trust and was active in pioneering risk management procedures.
Sakira Suzia is a London Metropolitan Police Officer who was awarded the Commissioners’ Bravery Award for her role on the front line at Tottenham during the London Riots in 2011. She was also one of the very few police officers that formed the security team for the Olympic torch during London 2012 as it travelled throughout the UK. Last year she was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship Award and travelled to America and South Africa researching restorative justice approaches as a process to prevent re-offending for young people. She also participated in the Initiatives Of Change BME leadership course. Sakira is a Trustee of the Tutu Foundation UK.
Peter Sheridan OBE Chief Executive Co-operation Ireland in 2008 as Chief Executive. In addition to his role as CEO, Peter is an Equality Commissioner in NI and he is also a Commissioner with Londonderry Port and Harbour. Peter is a former Assistant Chief Constable with the Police Services NI (formerly the Royal Ulster Constabulary). He retired from the police service in 2008 having spent 32 years policing in NI. Before retiring he was responsible for the Crime Operations Department, which included serious and organised crime investigation including terrorist investigations. A graduate of Cambridge University, Peter attended the FBI Academy in 1999.
Rukiyah Khatun Bsc. Head of Youth and Inclusion- Tutu Foundation UK coordinates its youth programmes including Conversations for Change. She has extensive experience of working with young people and communities. She previously worked for BRAC UK an international development organisation with Bangladeshi origins. She has sat on the Department for International Development's (UK AID) youth steering committee and has worked on youth led projects in different countries. She co-founded a youth led organisation in East London, has worked with a diverse range of people including youth offenders and young parents. She has worked with the British Council and Royal Commonwealth Society and spoken on behalf of TFUK in Northern Ireland , South Africa and Sri Lanka. She currently coaches wheelchair Basketball in South London. She is a qualified Youth Worker and Regent’s University London SPCP Accredited Mediator.
Dr Neven Andjelić is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Human Rights at Regent’s University London. He is also an expert member of the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Neven is Visiting Professor at the University of Bologna. Originally from Sarajevo, he was a journalist in pre-war Sarajevo where he was a leader in the anti-war movement. After the first year of war he left Sarajevo and settled in London. He worked for CNN for 15 years and was also working at several British universities. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley in 2006/2007. Neven received his DPhil from the University of Sussex. His best known publication is Bosnia-Herzegovina: The End of a Legacy (London: Frank Cass, 2003).
Nompumelelo (Mungi) Ngomane serves as the Research and Planning Analyst at Lodestone Advisory Group and will be undertaking a Master’s in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She completed her BA in International Studies, with a focus on Peace, Global Security and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. She served a term as the alumnae relations chair of the Chi Omega women’s fraternity from January 2013 to January 2014 and is a member of the Tau Sigma Honor Society. She also completed an internship in the office of her Congressman, Jim Cooper. Mungi spent the summer of 2013 interning for the Girls and Women team at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). She has interned at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Washington, D.C. She is a youth patron for the Tutu Foundation UK and serves on the board of her grandparents’ Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
Tamara Ben-Halim has worked in non-profit and civil society for over 6 years. She co-founded Cycling4Gaza in 2009, and led various communication and outreach projects while working with Arab venture philanthropy organisation Alfanar. Her documentary film, Ain El Hilweh, about a young Palestinian's struggle to move forward as a refugee in Lebanon, was nominated for an award at the California Arab Film Festival in 2011. Tamara holds a first class MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. She now co-leads Makan, an educational platform dedicated to mainstreaming the Palestinian human experience in the UK and beyond.
Serena Chaudhry is a TV journalist with Reuters news agency in London. She has worked as a political and financial reporter in the field for eight years, breaking news from across the Middle East, southern and west Africa and Pakistan. Serena was one of the youngest foreign journalists to cover the recent Iraq war as Reuters correspondent in Baghdad from 2010-2012. She has also worked for BBC World News. Serena was born in London, brought up in South Africa and has ties to Kenya and Pakistan too. She speaks French, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi and is currently working on adding Arabic to the list. Serena is passionate about humanitarian stories, particularly the plight of women and children in conflict zones.
Nontombi Naomi Tutu. The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of Naomi’s life as an activist for human rights. The third child of Desmond Tutu, she was born in South Africa and educated in Swaziland, the US and England. She has divided her adult life between South Africa and the US. Being the ‘daughter of …’ has offered Naomi many opportunities and challenges in her life most important of which has been to follow her own path in building a better world. Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa, to being program coordinator for programs on Race and Gender and Gender-based Violence in Education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. She has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut and Brevard College in North Carolina, served as Program Coordinator for the historic Race Relations Institute at Fisk University and was a part of the Institute’s delegation to the World Conference Against Racism in Durban. She started her public speaking as a student at Berea College, Kentucky in the 70’s when invited to speak at churches, community groups and colleges and universities. As well as speaking and preaching Naomi has established Nozizwe Consulting, the guiding principle of which is to bring different groups together to learn from and celebrate their differences and acknowledge their shared humanity. As part of this she has led Truth and Reconciliation Workshops for groups dealing with different types of conflict. She has also offered educational and partnership trips to South Africa for groups as varied as high schools, churches, hospices, K-12 teachers, and women’s associations. The recipient of four honorary doctorates from universities and colleges in the US and Nigeria she is currently completing a Masters in Divinity at Vanderbilt University.
Andrew Pilkington is Professor of Sociology at The University of Northampton and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His research has especially focused on issues relating to race and ethnicity, and he has published widely in this area, including 'Racial Disadvantage and Ethnic Diversity in Britain' (Palgrave, 2003) and, with Shirin Housee and Kevin Hylton, an edited collection, ‘Race(ing) Forward: Transitions in Theorising Race in Education’ (HEA, 2009). His most recent book is ‘Institutional Racism in the Academy: A Case Study’ (Trentham, 2011) in which he compares the response of universities and the police to legislative measures and policy initiatives designed to promote equality. He is co-author of successive editions of a very popular textbook, 'Sociology in Focus' (Pearson, 2009). He has been an Associate of the Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics, is Vice President of the Association of Teachers of Social Sciences and is particularly interested in exploring different pedagogies in addressing equality and diversity issues, especially in relation to the police.
Dr Kit Barton is a Principal Lecturer and Programme Director for Arts & Humanities at Regent’s University London. After training in Canada at the University of King’s College, he earnt degrees from the University of Malta and in the UK from the University of Essex’s Philosophy Department. His Ph.D. research was in the area of applied ethics, feminist political theory and 20th century French & German philosophy. He teaches business ethics, management and leadership, designing modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He joined RUL five years ago in order to co-ordinate their American postgraduate business degrees, including their MBA programme. His knowledge of the intersection between philosophy and business studies has resulted in his affiliation with the Philosophy of Management group and invitations to speak at various international business schools. Recently Dr. Barton has focussed on developing an American-style liberal arts education in a UK higher educational context. With colleagues he has been recreating an American-style undergraduate experience at RUL and was very proud to see the new B.A. Liberal Studies programme launched in Autumn 2015.
Clive Conway ARAM is Chairman of the Tutu Foundation UK. As a professional flautist with a wide network of distinguished friends and colleagues in the worlds of music and theatre, Clive Conway started producing anthology performances during the nineties. They featured well-known actors like Derek Jacobi, Wendy Craig, Hannah Gordon and Robert Powell and leading writers including the late John Mortimer. The success of these shows, which brought top quality performances to regional theatres, inspired Clive to develop An Audience With. Starting with Tony Benn in 2002, it proved an immediate critical and box office success, filling theatres across the country, particularly in the provinces. The formula blazed a trail that has since been followed with big names including David Frost, Alastair Campbell, Jonathan Miller, Michael Portillo, John Sergeant, Desmond Tutu and a hundred others. This led to Clive's dedication to the cause of promoting the legacy of Desmond Tutu's global peace and reconciliation work. Clive also conceived the idea of and co-founded the international Oxford Flute Summer School 30 years ago and it continues to be regarded globally as the leading course of its kind.
The Tutu Foundation UK builds peace in fractured communities in the UK using a model inspired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s peace and reconciliation work all over the world. To successfully tackle the anti-social behaviour and violence in our communities, underlying attitudes and behaviours must first be addressed in order to build a lasting peace. Read more
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