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Member Spotlights

MBBI calls its members Peace Builders. Our members contribute their time utilizing their skills and experiences to participate in Working and Regional Groups, and Capacity-Building & Advocacy Initiatives. We hope that through our Spotlights, our members, individually and collectively, will inspire you as much as they inspire us to continue the important work.

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A growing number of international requests reach MBBI for partnerships, services, and projects. Help us build our capacity to say “yes” to these requests; consider joining us as a Peace Builder. For more information on how to become involved and for internship and volunteer opportunities, please visit our Join Us page or contact us at info@mediatorsbeyondborders.org.

Our Peace Builders

Creating a “Conflict Free Zone.” Member Spotlight: Alibi Akylas

As a certified mediator and lawyer from Kazakhstan, Alibi Akylas is establishing a professional path in mediation in the United States. Akylas’s journey to mediation started out over a decade…
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The Flying Joker. Member Spotlight: Laura Strakova

Theatre of the Oppressed was created by Brazilian theatre director and political activist Augusto Boal in the 1970s as an antidote to the theatre of the authoritative class that routinely…
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Mediation: A Healing Perspective. Member Spotlight: Nicole Angela Williams

Nicole Angela Williams is a newly certified family mediator from Toronto, Canada, who is devoted to guiding families through challenging transitions with compassion. With over 20 years of experience as…
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Creating Opportunities for Change. Member Spotlight: Andreas Riemann

A Journey to Peacebuilding Andreas is a peacebuilding activist currently based in Germany, with a professional background in social work, primarily with experience in working with troubled youth and mentally…
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From Fighting for Peace to Finding Inner Peace. Member Spotlight: Nariman Hamo

Nariman Hamo is a meditation teacher and peacebuilder from Syria, whose mission is to empower people to find inner peace as a path to social change. After spending years working…
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“My desire is that the sun will shine.” Member Spotlight: Dr. Sellah King’oro

Sellah King’oro is a mediator, advocate, researcher and agent of peace, based in Kenya, who is devoted to resolving communal conflicts and advancing women’s leadership. Guided by an unwavering belief…
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The Peacefinder. Member Spotlight: Joan McWilliams

Joan McWilliams is an attorney, mediator, peacemaker, and writer from Denver, Colorado, who has devoted her career to compassionate conflict resolution and family wellbeing. Through her pioneering mediation practice focused…
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A Lifelong Pursuit of Justice. Member Spotlight: Neisha Shepherd

Neisha Shepherd is the Founder and Legal Director of NLS Law, with offices in Newcastle and Sydney, Australia. As an Accredited Specialist in Children’s Law, a National Accredited Mediator, a…
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A Dual Mission to Eliminate Racism and Empower Women. Member Spotlight: Sharon Shelton

Sharon Shelton is a mediator and passionate advocate for the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women. For the past twenty-nine years, she has been working to fulfill this…
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Always Moving Forward. Member Spotlight: Constanza Metzadour

“The truth is, you can’t simply embrace uncertainty, embrace the fears, they will still be there along the way with you. But you know, cowards never have made history and…
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