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UPEACE relies in its face-to-face teaching on a mix of resident and visiting professors. Visiting professors are distinguished Academicians and Practitioners in fields related to UPEACE's mission, and do come from all over the world, hence contribute to the multicultural life of UPEACE. The following alphabetic list is of visiting professors expected to teach during the academic year 2012 - 2013. The list includes their affiliations and their nationalities:
Department of International Law and Human Rights
- Joaquin Gonzalez-Ibañez, (Spain), Director of the LLM on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Institute at the Sergio Arboleda University in Bogota, as well as Associate Professor of International Law at both the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, and the Alfonso X El Sabio University in Madrid.
- Keiichiro Okimoto, (Japanese) Member of the Office of the Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, Secretariat of the United Nations. Previously a member of the Treaty Section of the Office of Legal Affairs.
- Patrick Zahnd, (Swiss Citizen) Senior Manager of ICRC Operational and diplomatic delegations, senior manager of Operations at HQ, confirmed expert in Public International Law, IHL, Legal Adviser, Diplomatic Adviser, Political and Policy Adviser.
- Carlos Villán, (Spain) Research on human rights situation in most of Latin American countries and some African, Asian and European countries. Representing the UN before more than 170 international conferences on human rights.
- Margarette May Macaulay, (Jamaica) Notary Public, a Mediator of the Supreme Court of Jamaica, a Women's and Children's Rights Advocate, and an Associate Arbitrator.
- Tomas Ojea, (Argentina) Currently the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar
- Harish Iyer, (TBA)
- Gudmundur Eiriksson, (Iceland) Ambassador of Iceland to India
- Juan Amaya Castro
Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Olger Gonzalez
Inter American Court of Human Rights
- Frans Jacobus Viljoen
University of Pretoria
- Natalia Riveros
University for Peace
Department of Peace and Conflict Studies
Master of Arts in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies
- Gerald Caplan (Canada)
His major preoccupation for the past dozen years has been the genocide in Rwanda, on which he has written widely and spoken around the world. He has also been a lifelong social and political activist.
- Marc H. Ellis (United States)
Marc Ellis is Professor of History, University Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University. Professor Ellis has lectured around the world and his works have been translated into many languages.
- Karim El Mantawi (Egypt)
Karim El Mantawi is a Cairo/Vancouver based consultant. Previously serving at Soliya, a partner of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Mr. El Mantawi used new media technologies to facilitate a media literacy-based dialogue between western and Middle Eastern universities. He also served as field producer for documentary films in Egypt, and as project manager at Sarmady, a Vodafone company specialized in digital communications.
- Adam Jones (Canada)
He is currently (since 2007) Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada. He serves as an expert consultant to the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, and have co-led genocide prevention workshops and seminars in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, Thailand, Switzerland, and the USA.
- Shahbaz Israr Khan (Pakistan)
Dr. Khan is a peace activist, gender specialist and youth advocate and has practical experience of working in the conflict zones of Pakistan. He specializes in gender-sensitive and gender-awareness transformational trainings and writings.
- Alvaro Sierra (Colombia)
Alvaro Sierra has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has worked for the past years as a senior editor and editorial adviser of the daily El Tiempo, Bogota. Since January 2011 he works as chief editor at Semana, the main newsweekly in Colombia.
Master of Arts in International Peace Studies
- Yael Efron (Israel)
Yael Efron, an attorney-mediator, teaches negotiation and mediation at several colleges in Israel. Yael directs Jerusalem-based Tachlit Mediation and Negotiation Training, which provides mediation services as well as negotiation and conflict management training in Israel and abroad, and holds the position of Head of Academic Administration at the Safed College School of Law. Her writing and research focus on negotiation pedagogy and on related legal issues.
- Josefina Echavarría (Colombia and Austria)
Josefina Echavarría Alvarez is a peace, conflict and security researcher from Medellín, Colombia. Her research focuses on (in)security discourses and practices in Latin America and – more recently – in migration and integration discourses in the European Union with special emphasis on feminist and creative interventions in Austria. Her professional experience as development consultant for the World Bank, UNDP and the EU on questions of basic needs and gendered and political citizenship has complemented her teaching appointments at the Universities of Vienna, Innsbruck, Castelló, Complutense de Madrid and National University of Rwanda. She is core faculty member and advisor to the Board of Directors at the MA Program and UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, University of Innsbruck.
- Nadine Puechguirbal (France)
Nadine Puechguirbal is currently the Senior Gender Advisor for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. She previously worked as the Women and War Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva.
She has acquired extended field experience over the years, first with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (in Somalia, Former Yugoslavia, Kenya, Malaysia, Rwanda), later with the United Nations (in Haiti, Laos and the Democratic Republic of Congo).
- Oliver Richmond (United Kingdom)
Oliver Richmond is a Research Professor in the Humanitarian and Conflict Research Institute and the Department of Politics, University of Manchester, UK. He is also International Professor, School of International Studies, Kyung Hee University, Korea. He is the editor of the Palgrave book series, Rethinking Conflict Studies.
- Wolfgang Dietrich (Austria)
UNESCO Chairholder for Peace Studies and Program director MA Peace Studies University of Innsbruck since 2001.
Professor for Political Science since 1986.
Department of Gender and Peace Education
- Eliana Carvalho
- Linda Johnston
Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character
Kennesaw State University
- Mary E. King
Political scientist and prize-winning author
- Jacobo Schifter
Emeritus Professor at Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica
- Felisa Tibbitts
Co-founder and director of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
- Nadine Puechguirbal
United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
- Sara Sharratt
Department of Environment, Peace and Security
- Rolain Borel
Professor Emeritus UPEACE
- Eric Fuchs
Professor at the Universidad de Costa Rica
- Marco Quesada Marine
Program Coordinator for Conservation International's Costa Rican Program
- Oli Brown
- Ariana Araujo
- Koen Voorend
- Alicia Jiménez
Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development
- Andre Nijhof (Netherlands)
André Nijhof (1969) has a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Twente. He started his working life as a researcher of organisational change in multinational companies like Akzo Nobel, Asito, Shell Pernis, Stegeman Sara Lee and Vredestein. Based on his research he finished his PhD at the University of Twente just before the turn of the century (1999). Next he became a senior consultant at Q-Consult, where he specialized in corporate social responsibility and the implementation of management systems. Andre is former chairman of the Dutch Network on Business Ethics. Since 2007 he has been associate professor at the European Institute for Business Ethics, part of Nyenrode Business Universiteit.
- Carlos Bernal Quintero (Colombia)
Carlos Bernal is a Business Management graduate of the Universidad Externado of Colombia, with several courses and qualified titles in leadership, managerial development and sustainable development. He posesses a Specialization in Management for Sustainable Development certified by ZERI Foundation and United Nations University in Tokyo.
He has more than 25 years of experience in training activities and managerial development working first as a responsible official in companies such as BBVA, Philips Industries and Nestlé, and in the last 20 years he has served as an advisory consultant for many companies in Colombia and Latin America.
He has taught on subjects including Blue Economy, environmental business and social responsibility, leadership and sustainable development, as well as ethic management, among others.
- Corinne Bensabat Young (USA)
From 1993-2003, Dr. Young was a tenured faculty member at The University of Tampa. While at UT, she directed the Office of International Programs; the Center for Leadership; the Institute for World Commerce Education; and served as Associate Dean of the College of Business. Since leaving UT, she has served as the Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations for the Graduate School of Business at Florida International University; the Director of the Center for Leadership at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College; and the founding Director of the Center for Social Medicine and Global Health Equity in the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. She is a visitng professor in the graduate schools of FIU, Saint Leo University, ISM in Paris, and University for PEace in Costa Rica. Dr. Young earned her Ph.D. in Latin America Studies & International Strategic Management from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She has earned certificates in International Negotiations, Board Leadership, Strategic Marketing, and Executive Coaching and Leadership, from several graduate schools including Harvard and Villanova universities. Before completing her doctorate, Dr. Young worked as a strategic analyst for a leading multinational company in the oil services industry. Dr. Young has been teaching, consulting, and researching in the area of responsible global management.
- Erik Brenes (Costa Rica)
As an associated researcher, he has done some field researches to develop small cooperation projects between Italy and Costa Rica. As member of the Academic Committee they are responsible for the academic programs and the Master degree thesis. As a consultant for STRO, he usually gives technical support in sustainable local economic development to projects in the Central American and Andean region, develop project documents to implement them and manage funds with possible funding organizations.
As freelance consultant and researcher, he has advised several organizations on sustainability, ethno-development, sustainable local economic development, project management, and MSME development. (IADB, JICA, US Embassy, Japanese Embassy, Ministerio de la Coordinación de la Política Económica de Ecuador, Pachamama Foundation, Renafipse, Bank of Buddha, UN Peace University, RELACC, JAK Medlemsbank in Sweden andothers).
- Jan Pronk (Netherlands)
Currently professor of Theory and Practice of International Development at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Netherlands, he graduated as economist at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (NL) in 1964. He has been Minister for Development Cooperation from 1973-1977 and in 1989-1994 and Minister of Housing, spatial planning and enviornemnt in 1998-2002. He has also been active Member of Parliament for several legislative periods. From 2004 to 2006 he became the special representative Secretary General of the United Nations in Sudan and between 1980 and 1986 the Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD in Geneva. Between 2000-2001 he was elected as Chairman of the 6th Conference of Parites at the UN Convention on Climate Change. In 2001 he joined the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of United Nations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (2001-2003). In 2002 he became Chairman of the Board of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, London 2002-2004) and in 2003 also Chairman of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in Geneva (2003-2004). At the same time he was Chairman of the Federation of Refugee Organisations in the Netherlands from 2003 to 2004 and recently the President of the IKV, Interchurch Peace Council and the President of the Society for International Development (SID, Roma 2008-).
During his carreer, he received several special honours as Dr Honoris Causa at the University San Marcos in Lima, Peru (1974) and at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (2002). Among others, he also became the Officier of Legion D'Honneur of France (2001) and the Officer in de Orde van Oranje Nassau of the Netherlands (2002).
- Mohit Mukherjee (India)
Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive and Professional Education and a faculty member at UPEACE. Prior to this position, he served as Education Programme Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, an international nonprofit organization. Before his 4-years in the non-profit sector, he worked both in the private sector and also as a high school teacher in Ecuador. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his Master's from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
- Nika Salvetti (Italy)
Former Coordinator of the RMSED Programme at the University for Peace, Costa Rica from 2009 to July 2011. She Owns a Msc in Post-war reconstruction, graduated with distinction in 1999, University of York (UK). Bsc in Economics, graduated Cum Laude, 1992, University La Sapienza of Rome (Italy). Technical Diploma in accounting and foreign Languages, graduated in 1986, (Italy).
She has been working since 18 years in developing countries and war-torn societies in Africa (Uganda and Egypt), Asia (Indonesia), Middle East (Jordan, WBG, Lebanon, Yemen), Central America (Guatemala, Costa Rica) and the Balkans (BiH, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia) heading and managing emergency, rehabilitation and development projects for the European Commission (several years), SNV-Dutch Cooperation (1999-2001), CARE Nederland (2001-2008), MOVIMONDO (Consortium of Italian NGOs- 1995-1998). She was also research fellow of the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama (INCAP); University of York (UK) for research projects in Indonesia/Aceh and Lebanon/Beiruth; and of the University of Rome.
Sustainable Urban Governance and Peace
Ma. de los Angeles Barahona (Costa Rica)
Prof. María de los Ángeles Barahona Israel is currently Associate Professor at School of Architecture and Masters Programmes of Architecture, Professor in Disability Interdisciplinary Masters Programme, Architecture Research guide, and director of multiple theses at Masters and License levels. Prof. María de los Ángeles Barahona Israel has an Architecture Doctoral Degree, 1990, from the University of Michigan, where she studied “research on environmental experiences and behavior and its relationship to the built environment and its design”. She has License in Architecture, 1981, from the University of Costa Rica in studies in Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Fine Arts. Prof. María de los Ángeles Barahona Israel was awarded during 2010 a scholarship HARVARD- LASPAU a programme affiliated with Harvard University. Currently she works as professor and seeks to design and implement academic and professional programs to meet the complex social, political, and economic challenges facing the Americas. During the periods 1993-1998 and 2000-2004, she worked at the Ombudsman Office (Defensoría de los Habitantes de la Republica) as Consultant in Housing, Architecture, Urbanism and Disabled Persons’ Rights.
Marije van Lidth de Jeude (The Netherlands)
MSc. Marije van Lidth de Jeude (1972) is master in Cultural Anthropology and Bachelor in Commercial Economy. She has a professional record of more than ten years in rural and urban sector development, in particular with multi- and bilateral donor-agencies, governmental institutions, producer cooperatives, small enterprises and other civil society stakeholders. She has worked for organizations like Oxfam - Novib, UN organisation IFAD – RUTA and the Centre for Rural Development (CDR). Her expertise was established as program officer and during research and consultancy assignments related to all phases of the project-cycle, with a specific focus on formulations and evaluations. Thematic specialisations include gender, natural resources; socio-economic vulnerable groups (esp. migrantes and indigenous people); financial, technical and business development services for small – and medium enterprises, remittances.
Oli Brown (United Kingdom)
Oli has been working on environmental and developmental issues for the better part of 15 years as both a practitioner and a researcher. His main areas of interest lie in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, environmental management and trade policy. Most recently he has been supporting the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Afghanistan on a project to understand and (try to) address some of the natural resource management dimensions of peacebuilding in the country. Before that he spent a couple of years managing a UNEP country program in Sierra Leone: working to build the government’s capacity for more effective environmental management.
Between 2004 and 2010 Oli was a researcher and programme manager in the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD's) Environment and Security & Trade and Investment, programs. From 2007 he coordinated the Trade Knowledge Network, a group of developing country research organizations working on the ways in which trade and investment policies can promote and enable sustainable development. He also arranged and taught a graduate-level yearly course for North Carolina’s Duke University on global environmental politics. In the 1990s he spent two years in Nepal managing education and environmental projects, and a year and a half as a trade policy researcher for Oxfam GB. He has first degrees in anthropology and modern history and a Masters in international relations.
Urbano Fra (Spain)
Urbano Fra Paleo, B.A. Hons. Geography (Santiago de Compostela), Ph.D. Geography (Santiago de Compostela, 1996), also holds a Diploma in Environmental Engineering from the EOI Business School and is a certified Geomatics Specialist (GIS/LIS).
Urbano Fra is Professor in Human Geography at the University of Extremadura in Spain, currently on leave at the Land Laboratory (LaboraTe) of the University of Santiago de Compostela since 2007. He is Visiting Professor at the University for Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica. He worked at the US Geological Survey in Denver (1995) and Hawai’i (1999), and was Research Associate at The Environment Institute of the University of Denver (1996). In 2005 he was Fellow of the American Geographical Society Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Fra has performed fieldwork in the United States, Mexico and Morocco, and taught at the University of Köln, Germany (2003), University of Marburg, Germany, (2002), University of Iceland, Iceland (2001) and Fachhochschule Neubrandenburg, Germany (1997). His research interests lie in risk governance, particularly the development of criteria and methods to perform collaborative evaluation. His research is also focused on the analysis of strategies of mitigation and adaptation to risk from natural hazards.
His most recent works include the editing of the books Building safer communities. Governance, spatial planning, and responses to natural hazards (IOS Press, 2009), and Riesgos naturales en Galicia El encuentro entre naturaleza y sociedad (University of Santiago de Compostela Press, 2010), a review of the interaction between natural hazards and societal processes in northwestern Spain. He currently is editing the book Risk governance: The articulation of hazard, politics and ecology for Springer. Urbano Fra has been involved in the European Virtual Seminar on sustainable development through a European-wide university partnership. He is a member of the group that is developing the evaluation tool AISHE 2.0, contributing with criteria and methods for the evaluation of sustainability in higher education.
He currently is member of the Spanish Scientific Committee of International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), of the Scientific Committee of the Integrated Risk Governance (IRG) Project, of the Disaster Risk Reduction Thematic Group, Commission on Ecosystem Management, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), project associate of the Project Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC), and is Senior Research Fellow of the IHDP Earth System Governance.
In 2009 Urbano Fra received the Innovation Award from the University of Santiago de Compostela, and the same year was honored with the Sustainable Actions in Social Entrepreneurship Award from the University of Santiago de Compostela and the Jaime Vera Foundation for distinguished contributions in introducing young students to science research.
He serves on the editorial board of the Chinese Geographical Science Journal.
(*) indicates that the Visiting Faculty member teaches in more than one Department.