Originally from the US, Dr. Noah Taylor is CPCS’ Programme Co-ordinator for the Building Peace Leaders team and is the Academic Director for the ACTS Programme. He holds a PhD in Peace Studies from Universitat Jaume I in Spain, an MA in International Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation from the UN University for Peace, Costa Rica and an MA in Peace, Conflict, Development and International Conflict Transformation from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Noah has lived in Asia and Central America and speaks four languages. READ MORE
Gabrielle is from North Carolina, USA, and an ACTS Faculty Member. She holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, USA and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution from University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA. She has worked at different universities and organizations focusing on research, advocacy, and violence prevention. READ MORE
Originally from Nepal, Dirgha Raj Sigdel holds Master Degree in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies from Tribhuvan University. He has experience working with several international organisations for more than five years in the area of peace and conflict. Prior to CPCS he worked with International Institute of Peace and Development Studies/Asian Resource Foundation as Programme Coordinator, based in Bangkok. READ MORE
In addition to the resident faculty, the ACTS Programme has a network of guest lecturers that regularly participate in the curriculum.
Dr. Bilveer Singh is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore. He was CENS Acting Head from January to December 2010 and graduated with a Master’s and PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University. Currently, Associate Professor Singh is the President of the Political Science Association of Singapore.
Dr. Simon Fisher is a conflict transformation specialist with extensive global experience and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University. He is a trainer, mediator, writer, educator, and facilitator who thrives on working in cross-cultural teams to address intractable situations of instability and violent conflict. His background is in education and development, as well as conflict transformation, mainly in Africa, Europe and Asia. He is an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and also teaches at Paññāsāstra University in Cambodia and at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe.
Yayah Khisbiyah has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta since December 1994, where she is also the founding director of the Centre for Cultural Studies & Social Change, which was established in 2000. She also teaches in the postgraduate programme in Peace and Conflict Resolution at Universitas Gadjah Mada. She has been a consultant for the International Labor Organisation for a programme on eliminating child labor in Weleri, Middle Java, UNICEF for psychosocial programming of peacebuilding in Aceh and Ambon, and WHO for a programme on health bridging peace in Aceh. READ MORE
Dr. Andreas List is an Austrian diplomat with long and extensive experience in and with Asia. In the EU External Service, he was Deputy Head of Mission in Bangkok, and then the first Head of Office in Yangon, Myanmar. Until recently he served as the European Union’s envoy to ASEAN. Dr. List holds a PhD from Vienna’s Law School and studied at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, US, and at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Before entering the EU’s diplomatic service, he worked for the Austrian Foreign ministry in Vienna, Belgrade, Rabat, Jakarta, Tokyo and Tunis.
Dr. Kamarulzaman Askandar is a lecturer in political science at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia, and a specialist in conflict resolution. He holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution from Bradford University (UK), an MA in Government from the University of Texas, and a BA in Political Science from the University of West Texas. He is particularly interested in Peace Studies, conflict resolution, and Southeast Asian international relations. Dr. Askandar currently heads the Research & Education for Peace Unit at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, a regional base for the Southeast Asian Conflict Studies Network (SEACSN), which he also helps to coordinate.
Dr. Novri Susan is a Sociologist at Airlangga University, Surabaya Indonesia. Born in Klaten, Indonesia Novri received his bachelor degree in sociology from Gadjah Mada University with a graduating paper about religious conflict in Ambon Maluku. He finished an MA in International Peace Studies from United Nations-University for Peace in Costa Rica with a thesis about conflict governance and democracy. He received his doctorate degree on Global Studies from Doshisha University, Japan, with a thesis about Conflict Management and Governance in Indonesian Democracy. He has lectured at the Sociology Department of Airlangga University since 2003, mainly about social theory, peace analysis, and conflict management. Novri is also the director of Indonesia Conflict Consultation Institute. READ MORE
Dr. Desmond Molloy is a Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) practitioner/scholar who has contributed to the evolution and operationalisation of innovate approaches to ex-combatants and armed gang member DDR in many recent post-conflict and rule of law strengthening environments. Since 2007 he has completed a Masters and a PhD in International Studies/Inter-regional Relations (TUFS, Tokyo). Dr. Molloy remains associated with Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center, Japan; Visiting Lecturer at Pannissastra University, Phnom Penh and an advisor to IISA, London. He is currently Programme Director with The Nippon Foundation in Myanmar. READ MORE
Kaloy served many years as a development advocate and peacebuilder, holding titles such as Mindanao Area Manager of the Presidential Management Staff of the Office of the President, Regional Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Mindanao Coordinator of PhilDHRRA, co-founder of MINCODE and Secretary-General of the Mindanao Congress of Development NGOs (MINCON). Kaloy was also the first Executive Director of Balay Mindanao, a peacebuilding organization supporting Mindanao’s peace processes. Kaloy had served as the mediator and Head of the Independent Secretariat in the Government of Philippines and Revolutionary Workers Party- Mindanao (RPM-M) peace negotiations.
Atty Franklin was born in Dansalan, which is now Marawi City. He grew up in Lanao and learned to speak Maranao, Ilonggo, Chavacano and Cebucano, fluently. He became the Mayor of Iligan City from 1998 – 2004 and the Chairperson of the GRP Peace Panel for GRP-RPMM (Government of the Republic of the Philippines Rebolusyonaryong Partido Mangagawa ng Mindanao) as well as became the Chairperson of the JEMC (Joint Enforcement and Monitoring Committee) of the GRP Peace Agreement with the RPMP-RPA-ABB (Rebolusyonaryong Partido Manggagawa ng Pilipinas- Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Bongcayao Brigade) with a rank of Under Secretary from 2004 – 2008. READ MORE