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Ambassador Dr. Nureldin Satti

He is an educator and a retired diplomat and senior UN official from Sudan. He got a Doctorate in Literature from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1974 and taught French language and literature at the University of Khartoum then served as Sudan ambassador to France, the Vatican, Portugal and Switzerland and as Sudan Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.

He joined UNECSO in 1996 and served as Director of UNESCO’s Regional Program for Emergency Education and Culture of Peace, based in Nairobi, as well as UNESCO Representative to the Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Somalia, Tanzania, as well as to the African Union, the ECA and IGAD.


In 2002 he was appointed as the United Nations Deputy Special Representative for Burundi, where he played his part in putting an end to the civil war in that country.

Dr. Satti has an extensive experience in mediation, conflict resolution and culture of peace.

Dr. Satti is a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center and Senior Regional Advisor to the Helsinki-based Conflict Management Initiative (CMI).


Dr. Satti is an author of a number of articles in Arabic, English and French on issues of identity, inter-cultural relations and culture of peace. He authored three books in Arabic on the failures of the Sudanese elite, a message to the new generation as well as on his own experience as a cancer survivor.

Russell J. Hanks

Innovative leader with over 25 years of global experience resolving conflict, creating consensus, and motivating team members to implement targeted solutions to complex problems. Skilled at analyzing the root causes of confrontation, conceptualizing solutions, and building coalitions necessary to achieve results. He is a retired diplomat with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, Public Administration, International Relations, and National Resource Strategy.

Prof. Dunera R. Ilako

Prof. Dunera Rahel Ilako has been a practicing ophthalmologist for over twenty years. She is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Nairobi

Babafemi Adesina BADEJO, Ph.D

For almost two and a half decades, he served the United Nations in Somalia, Kenya, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan as Chief of Staff of complex UN Peace Operations; Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General...

Ayodele Patrick Aderinwale, MFR

Ayo Aderinwale’s career has spanned politics, leadership, international relations, education, public service and philanthropy. He has also been a consultant for several international agencies, including the United Nations, European Union and the former Organization of Africa Unity now known as the African Union.