Judy Saul is a Fellow and Board member of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and a Certified Transformative Mediator. She founded a community mediation center in Ithaca, NY and led it for 25 years. She designed and implemented basic and advanced training and mediator coaching and assessment. Judy is also known for planning and facilitating organizational and community dialogues and large-scale planning initiatives. Her facilitation experience earned her a place on the roster of the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Most recently she and colleague Erik Cleven developed Transformative Dialogue and trained others in this process in Kenya, Norway, Jordan and the US. She has published articles about the transformative framework as it applies to mediator assessment, facilitating multi-party interactions and Transformative Dialogue.
Erik Cleven is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He has worked with dialogue in a variety of places such as Norway, the former Yugoslavia, Russia and East Africa, and has facilitated dialogues and trained dialogue facilitators. With Judith Saul he has developed Transformative Dialogue (TD) and offered training in TD in Kenya, Norway, Jordan and the US. He has conducted research on dialogue in Bosnia and is currently developing research to study dialogue in the United States and Kenya. He has served on the board of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation since 2011.
Vesna Matovic is Head of ‘Peacebuilding Training and Learning’ at International Alert. Vesna holds a doctorate in Psychology and has more than 20 years’ experience of working for peace, as a consultant, facilitator, mediator, analyst and trainer on conflict and peace issues. She has experience of working with organisations and networks around the world; particularly in the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Vesna’s areas of interest are conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity, dialogue and mediation, integrating the theory and the practice of conflict transformation, applying action research methodology to peacebuilding, and learning and change. Vesna has also taught on university courses in London, Birmingham and York in UK, and on university courses in Cambodia and Serbia. Prior to her position at International Alert, Vesna was a Peace and Conflict Advisor with Responding to Conflict.
Jody Miller is the Dutchess County Human Rights/EEO Officer. She is Chair of the Commission on Human Rights, a 15 member Commission with a mission of Defending Human Rights, Bridging Differences, Embracing Diversity. As the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer, she is responsible for discrimination & harassment policy, training and investigation and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Prior to her current role, she was the executive director of a community mediation center and worked closely with courts, businesses, and the community to develop mediation programs and provide conflict resolution training.
Jody is the 2016 recipient of the Lawrence Cooke Peace Innovator Award from the New York State Dispute Resolution Association. Jody is co-founder of the 100 Cups of Coffee Transformative Dialogue Project and will be speaking about the project. More information can be found on http://www.transformativemediation.org/100-cups-of-coffee/
Angie Gaspar works in the National Health Service (England) in a comprehensive staﬀ support service for 11,500 healthcare staﬀ over 3 major hospitals. The service includes an in-house transformative mediation service for groups and individuals, transformative dialogue work for multidisciplinary groups who are struggling for a variety of reasons and training for managers: ‘Responding Eﬀectively to Conﬂict’. Angie has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare, community social work and developing mental health services in the public and voluntary sectors. She has been a humanistic psychotherapist for nearly three decades and has a master’s degree in conﬂict resolution.. Angie is a Board member of the Institute for the Study of Conﬂict Transformation.
Anja Bekink has her own company since 2010. She is a coach and mediator and works with teams of professionals and groups of medical specialists in situations where different groups with different cultures have to merge. She is a partner of CEO Lab BV, a company that provides the digital application FeedbackRadar for hospitals to generate feedback from their patients, focussing on the patient’s stories. This gives both patients and healthcare staff the opportunity to start a conversation about the issues that are important to them, as soon as they arise, in a way that suits them. Anja believes that having good quality conversations can help people to understand themselves and each other better. The transformative way of working supports these conversations and gives people useful insights. Anja is a member of the Dutch think-tank and is a Board member of the Institute for the Study of Conﬂict Transformation.