Conference 2012. Speakers

John Rucyahana is the Anglican Bishop of Rwanda. During the 1959 Tutsi persecution, he, at the age of 14, and his family went into exile. In 1994, Bishop Rucyahana endured the unthinkable horrors of the Rwandan genocide.Since then, he has founded the Sonrise orphanage for children orphaned in the genocide and was recently appointed President of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission. He is the author of the autobiographical book entitled: The Bishop of Rwanda.
Honorable Aloisea Inyumba is Rwandan Minister for Gender and Family Promotion. Prior to that appointment, she served as a Senator in the National Senate of Rwanda. While in Parliament, she was an active member of the Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum, which brings together Rwandan Women Parliamentarians.She is passionate about the unity and development of Rwanda as a nation and has served in various other positions of leadership in the country. Hon. Inyumba holds a Masters of International Relations from the Irish American University, and an honorary doctorate from La Roche College in the United States. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace
ALEXANDRA ASSEILYAs witness of the pain of the Lebanonese Civil War, Alexandra Asseily decided to explore her own responsibility for war and peace and became a psychotherapist. Her focus is conflict resolution in the individual, family, tribe or nation. She helps people to transform beliefs and behaviours associated with painful memories and inherited experiences. She is the founder of Hadiqat As-Samah, the Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut. Alexandra is also a governor and founder of the Centre for Lebanese Studies; a founding member of the Ara Pacis Initiative and an advisor of the Fetzer Institute. Formerly she was a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of World Religions at the Harvard University.
Marina Cantacuzino’s background is in journalism; in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, she started collecting personal stories of atrocity and terrorism which drew a line under the dogma of vengeance. The stories formed a body of work in the celebrated ‘F Word’ exhibition and led to Marina founding The Forgiveness Project, a UK based not-for-profit unaffiliated to any religious and political group. The Forgiveness Project explores forgiveness and reconciliation through individual real-life stories, and promotes alternatives to violence and revenge.

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