Enrique Arturo de Obarrio, Vice President of Private Sector of the Americas

Born in Panama, Republic of Panama, 1962. He obtained his Baccalaureate in Law and Political Science from Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua, in Panama, in 1986; a year later, he did postgraduate...


Essa Al-Ghayeb, Deputy General Secretary at Bahrain Human Rights Society

Essa Al-Ghayeb, a lawyer by profession, is the Deputy General Secretary at Bahrain Human Rights Society. He is also a board member of the Arab World Election Network and a member of the Arab...


Yadira A. Soto, Senior Political Advisor on Conflict Prevention and Governance for the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS

Presently, Ms. Yadira A. Soto holds two senior positions in the Organization of American States. She is a senior political advisor on Conflict Prevention and Governance for the Assistant Secretary...


Ivana Gajović, Director of Nansen Dialogue Centre Montenegro

Ivana Gajović is one of the founders and current Director of Nansen Dialogue Centre Montenegro, local Non-Governemental Organisation part of Nansen Dialogue Network in The Western Balkans. With...


Juan Gilberto Marín Quintero, International President of Consejo Empresario de América Latina (CEAL)

Personal Data: Education: Universidad Iberoamericana B.A. IPADE (Mexico City)-M.B.A.; British Columbia University -Graduate Studies Companies founded and he is President and CEO • Grupo P. I. Mabe....

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Profiles of Key Participants

Emmanuel Bombande, Chairman of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

Emmanuel Bombande is co-founder and current Executive Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). With 17 years of Peacebuilding learning and practice, Mr Bombande is active in facilitating Conflict Mitigation and Prevention across Africa and beyond with a strong African background in conflict analysis.

He has been a lead mediator in many community based mediation efforts in West Africa. He has also served as a member of the UN Advisory Team in Ghana and advised Government on various conflict prevention strategies including developing architecture for peace in the transformation of protracted inter and intra communal violent conflicts. Bombande facilitates and teaches various peacebuilding and peace operations support courses in different institutions. They include the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra-Ghana, the University of Ghana's Legon Centre for International Affairs (LECIA) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy – in Sweden.

Watch an interview with Mr. Bombande as he speaks about regional and collaborative approaches to security.


Augusto (Gus) Miclat Jr. Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)

Augusto (Gus) Miclat Jr. is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Initiatives for International Dialogue, an advocacy and solidarity organization based in the Philippines with campaigns and programs in East Timor, Mindanao and Burma. He is also a former journalist, editor, university lecturer, theatre artist and organizer. He was deeply involved in the broad anti-dictatorship front against Marcos from the late 1970s up to the late 1980s in Mindanao and organized the so-called Middle Forces professionals, lawyers, church people, teachers, journalists, artists, businessmen, politicians. He has been involved in people's diplomacy or international solidarity work since 1985. Gus was a humanities graduate at the Ateneo de Davao University, where he also taught journalism and theatre, among others. He has worked as a Program Officer for the Asia Council for Peoples Culture, as the Executive Editor of the Media-Mindanao News Service, and as a Co-Director at the Initiatives for International Dialogue. He has been an editor and contributor to many books, including: Burma for Beginners (1998), East Timor for Beginners (1997), Primer on Globalization (1997), Breaking the Silence (1995- author), Beyond the Cold War (1992), From Boardroom to the Slums (1990), Out of the Valley of Dry Bones (1990).

Watch an interview with Mr. Miclat in which he discusses the role civil society can play in preventing violent conflicts.


Andrés SerbinPresident of Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES)

Andrés Serbin is currently the Director of the Centre for Global and Regional Studies (CEGRE), Argentina. He is also the President of CRIES (Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales), a Latin American and Caribbean network of 70 NGOs and university research centers, and a Full Professor (r) at the Central University of Venezuela. He has been a visiting professor and fellow at several universities in the United States (Harvard, FIU, Pennsylvania, Maryland), United Kingdom (Warwick), Latin America (UNLP, UBA, FLACSO, USB, UB, UAI) and France (Aix-Marseille, Antilles-Guyane, Sorbonne III), and has been recently awarded with the Simon Bolivar Chair at La Sorbonne University. He also served as Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Venezuela; Special Adviser for Caribbean Affairs to the Latin America Economic System (SELA); and as a consultant to various Latin American Ministries of Foreign Affairs and multilateral organizations. His current main research interests are related to regionalization, globalization and civil society, and regional security, peace building and civil society.

His most recent books are, in Spanish, Entre la confrontación y el diálogo. Integración regional y diplomacia ciudadana (Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI, 2003) and América Latina, el Caribe y Cuba en el contexto global (Sao Paulo: CRIES/AUNA, 2002), and, in English, Sunset over the islands. The Caribbean in the Age of Global and Regional Changes (London: Macmillan, 1998), and (co-edited with Jorge Dominguez) From Pirates to Drug Lords. The Post-Cold War Caribbean Security Environment (New York: State University of New York Press, 1998). Since 1997 he is the Director of the trilingual journal of Social Sciences Pensamiento Propio. He is currently the coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean program on "The role of civil society in conflict prevention" and co-chair of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).

Andrés Serbin holds a degree in Social Anthropology (Lic. en Antropología Social, Universidad de La Plata,Argentina), a Mg. Sc. In Social Psychology (Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela) and a Doctorate in Political Science (Universidad Central de Venezuela).

Watch an interview with Mr. Serbin as he talks about government engagement with civil society and his hopes for the upcoming conference.