Organising Committee

  •     Prof. Dr. Alpaslan ÖZERDEM – Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations – Coventry University
  •     Assoc. Prof. Dr. Füsun ÖZERDEM –  Head of  the Department of Political Science and International Relations – Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University
  •     Neslihan OZFARIS - Research Assistant- Coventry University
  •      Laura PAYNE – Research Associate – Coventry University

 The 4th Global Peace Workshop 2016  Leaders 

 elif kalanElif Kalan  works as a consultant to UNICEF focusing mobilizing youth for child friendly cities (CFCs) and international youth leadership academy (IYLA) in Turkey. She provides support to the implementation of the CFCs at the local level and coordinates local and international trainings and youth related activities under the IYLA. She previously worked as a project coordinator at Habitat (2010-13). Chiefly, she coordinated two projects coordinated by UNDP, Microsoft, Ministry of Development and Unicef. Her areas of interest are youth empowerment and participation, capacity building on peace education, conflict resolution, fight with discrimination and hate speech, youth and child rights, as well as monitoring, evaluation and research on these topics. She actively takes part in writing peace education manual within a Grundtvig project where 7 EU countries take part. She also contributed to the development of training manuals on above mentioned topics which have been used and implemented by young people from Turkey as well as from South East Europe, MENA, Central Asia and Caucasus in local trainings and activities. She began working at Habitat as a volunteer in 2005. She supported the establishment of youth councils within the Local-Agenda 21 Programme, participated in national and international trainings and events, took part in national campaigns fostering young candidates. She represented Turkey at UN Global Youth Leadership Summits held in Vienna and New York in 2006.  As a legislative fellow supported by the US State Department, she visited University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she worked at Institute of Public and Civic Engagement and Great Cities Institute in October 2013.

tunckaracayTunç Karaçay is a visiting lecturer for the Conflict Resolution Practice Course of Sabancı University’s Conflict Analysis and Resolution Master’s program. Tunç is the co-founder of ‘Conflictus’ which aims to provide individual and institutional support on conflict resolution. As a freelance trainer he has taught negotiation and mediation skills and techniques in various platforms including Galatasaray University and Istanbul Bilgi University. Tunç has extensively worked with NGOs such as Habitat Centre for Development and Governance where he developed trainings’ curriculum with professional experts and academics providing the coordination of participation of local youth councils, disadvantageous young people, marginalized young people and young women to peace projects. He innovatively uses visual techniques and theatre plays in his training sessions.


Laura_PayneLaura Payne is a Research Associate at Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. She has particular expertise in working with people from non-academic and non-expert backgrounds who are based on the front lines of conflict in their communities, including local civil society groups in Africa and Asia. Her research focuses on the militarisation of youth and their involvement in peacebuilding, and the contributions that faith groups can make in efforts to prevent violent conflict. Her fieldwork includes applied research in Turkey, Israel and Palestine, and Iraqi Kurdistan. She also teaches peacebuilding for the Summer School at Kadir HAS University in Turkey



Toygar Halistoprak took his M.A. and Ph.d. degrees from Bilkent University, Department of International Relations. His master’s thesis focuses on the civil-military relations in Turkey and its impact on the Turkey-EU relations with a theoretical emphasis. He worked on the peacebuilding practices in Liberia and Sierra Leone in his Ph.d. dissertation and examined how different actors varying from international organizations to NGOs and local authorities contribute or jeopardize the consolidation of peace in West Africa. His research interests include subjects such as Foreign Policy Analysis, Peace/Security Studies, the nexus between development and peace, Turkish foreign policy. Apart from his academic interests, he is also interested in cooking and playing several musical instruments.


chasChas Morrison has 12 years practical and academic experience in international post-conflict reconstruction and disaster response, primarily in East Africa and South Asia. He has undertaken projects and consultancy for donors such as various UN agencies, DFID, AECID, ECHO, and USAID, and developed partnerships with government authorities and civil society organisations. He has particular experience of the challenges of community participation and security in hazardous environments. Recent field research has been on faith groups in transforming conflict dynamics within communities in Sri Lanka, South Africa and Tanzania. His research interests include civil society in conflict transformation, post-conflict recovery and religious groups’ involvement in peacebuilding. Chas currently manages a 48 month EC Marie Curie IRSES project, “Inter-Continental Exchange of Leadership in Conflict Transformation”, with universities in South Africa and Turkey. He teaches post-graduate project management, and conflict sensitivity using a board game he co-developed named “Utopia”.


TPTatjana Popovic is the Peace Education Programme Coordinator at Nansen Dialogue Network in Belgrade and South Serbia. Tatjana facilitated, over the last 12 years, a number of multi-ethnic trainings in the Western Balkans and coordinated the long-term dialogue process in the South Serbia, thus contributing to reconciliation in the region. Focus of her trainings is on Dialogue, Conflict Analysis Tools, Negotiation and Mediation. She holds an MA in Peace Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. Work with international groups at Responding to Conflict UK, at the Centre for Conflict Managemen, Kazakhstan and at Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway enriched her experience. She is a Co-editor and author of three practice books, the latest is Education for Peace, Experiences from practice,  NDC Serbia, 2013.

Ivana Gajovic has got fifteen years experience of working in civil society sector in Montenegro and in the region of Western Balkans on programmes related to democratisation, conflict prevention in inter-ethnic communities and peacebuilding.She is a trainer within the conflict transformation field and an excellent strategic planner of local development strategies.She developed lobbying and advocacy skills during her work on cross-sectoral cooperation in the region as well as through active involvement in GPPAC network ( ) through collaboration with partners from different parts from the world. For several years she has been Regional representative for the Western Balkans and the Chair of Peace Education work group.



  • Assistant Prof. Zeynep Sahin Mencutek is educated at the Bogazici University, Social History (MA) and the University of Southern California, Politics and International Relations. She has served as a seasoned teacher with over ten years of teaching experience in Turkey and the United States in the International Relation Departments. She is one of the founders of Migration Research Group in Gediz University and the current director of Migration Research Center. She is the scholar of comparative migration, refugee policies, and gender policies in Middle East; currently studying on a book project, Refugee Governance, State and Politics in the Middle East which examines responses of states (Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon) and regional organizations (the European Union, Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation) to Syrian refugees and domestic and international implications of these responses. She is recently awarded a Research Fellow Position at the Kate Hamburger Kolleg/Center for Global Cooperation Research (University of Duisburg-Essen) for the 2016-2017 period to study on the book project. She has extensively  published articles at highly impact journals, chapters in edited book and reports at the several Research Centers.



Gökçen Yilmaz Tokgöedz studied Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. After completing undergraduate studies, she completed her M.A. at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in 2012. During undergraduate and graduate studies, she focused on migration, human rights, international law and conflict studies. She wrote her M.A. thesis with Prof. Dr. Kemal Kirişci on evaluation of the new Turkish asylum system in relation with European Court of Human Rights cases of refugees. Since 2012, she works at Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM) Ankara HQ. ASAM is the biggest national NGO operating in the field of asylum with more than 50 offices in 40 cities in Turkey. Gökçen is Deputy General Coordinator and responsible for monitoring projects, supervising protection unit and representing the Association in different platforms.


edit-Neslihan OzfarisNeslihan Ozfaris holds an MA in Peace and Reconciliation Studies at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University and specializing in reconciliation and peacebuilding. Neslihan works as a conference coordinator for the Global Peace Workshop and she will be responsible from the general facilitation and the running of the workshop.