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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

‘A Sixth Sense Every Mediator Should Have.’ Member Spotlight: Suzanne Sherkin

The chair of MBBI—Canada, Suzanne Sherkin, has pointed out effective communication as a viable solution to mediation. A trained speaker and mediator, Suzanne believes that mediation and effective communication are interwoven; urging mediation practitioners, as well as aspiring mediators, to treat communication as an area worthy of critical analysis.
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Building Software for Soft Skills. Member Spotlight: Martha Harty

Martha Harty is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Her work focuses on technology-based training in conflict skills and collaboration…
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Reconciling Technical Differences to Save the Environment. Member Spotlight: Saleem Ali

Saleem Ali, self-identifies as a global mediator, is a Professor of Energy and Environment at the University of Delaware. Saleem has lived in three countries (the United States, Pakistan, and…
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Creating Conflict-Prepared Workforce in a Conflict-Prone World. Member Spotlight: J. David Renfro

Dave Renfro self-identifies as a peacemaker.  He’s the principal and founding officer of J. David Renfro Conflict Resolution Services, LLC, which has the mission of “Assisting Labor-Management Leaders Become Conflict…
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Cultivating Seeds of Hope for the Future Generations. Member Spotlight: Catalina Chaux-Echeverri

A native of Colombia, Catalina Chaux-Echeverri has been an active member of the MBBI network since 2013 and is a Co-Leader of the MBBI-Colombia Project. She is an accredited lawyer,…
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Advocacy, Partnerships, and the United Nations. Member Spotlight: Erik Steinecker

Since 2010, Erik Steinecker has co-led the United Nations Multilateral Working Group (UNMWG) of Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI). He helps maintain the organization’s Special NGO Consultative Status with the Economic…
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‘Drawing out solutions from the people.’ Member Spotlight: Maureen Inglis

Maureen Inglis, a professional mediator from Australia, is also a peace advocate, and a dispute resolution coach. Having specialized in workplace conflict resolutions, she renders requisite skills and know-how in…
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‘Mediation Empowers.’ Member Spotlight: Mary Hellwig

Mary Hellwig is a mediator and a facilitator of restorative justice processes. She has identified empowerment as one of the many benefits or impacts of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.…
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Transforming Warriors into Peace Guardians. Member Spotlight: Dorina Prech

Dorina Prech is an active team member of the Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI), Kenya Project. She has been a member since 2012, joining after attending MBBI’s international peace conference…
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A Toolbox for Conflict and Peace. Member Spotlight: Fiona White

Fiona White is the Director of The Conflict Toolbox, an organization centered in New Zealand that provides conflict resolution skills, life skills coaching, workshops, and courses. Advanced Mediation course run…
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