OK General Assembly Representatives
Antonetta Lovejoy Hamandishe is from Zimbabwe and holds a BA in History and Development Studies. She has over six years of professional experience in governance, development, humanitarian work, domestic and regional election observation, community development, civil society, democracy work, electoral capacity, gender and human rights. Antonetta serves with Africa Youth Movement and the Leaders of Africa Project which is a research collaborative initiative. She is a strong advocate for social justice, human rights, equality and women’s empowerment with passion for sustainable social change and leadership issues.
Aseel Nassar is from Jordan. She works at the University of Jordan as a lab instructor in the faculty of rehabilitation science, in the physiotherapy department. Aseel is also a meditation trainer with peace revolution.
Bruna Farias is from Brazil. She has a degree in Law and is dedicated to the realisation of human rights, freedom, justice and peace. Bruna dreams of a Brazil with social and economic justice for all. She currently leads the Operation Kindness social media campaign in Brazil.
Denise Alcantar is from Mexico. She holds a degree in International Business. She is a Peace Agent for Peace Revolution. Denise volunteers at meditation retreats and teaches yoga to children to promote loving kindness and peace of mind. She also volunteers on community development projects.
Dilip Balaiyan is from India. He holds a B.E in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is a member of the International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS in India, founder of PANJA GURU and has volunteered for many Indian NGO’s for a number of years.
Godfrey Jackson Lema is from Tanzania. He is the founder and director of the Community Education Resources Foundation, a board member of HEAL International and a peace agent for Peace Revolution.
Hillary Barigye is from Uganda and currently lives in the United States. He has worked with the Ugandan Ministry of Health, Uganda Virus Research Institute and World Vision among others on different research projects. He is a social worker and an aspiring public health practitioner. He is dedicated to reforming the Ugandan health system and working on health projects helping young adults.
Isabella Acomai is from Uganda. She is a journalist and activist. She is a passionate democracy campaigner. Isabella is currently a member of the Young African Leaders Initiative and mentors young girls from the Eastern Region of Uganda.
Isla Macleod is a healer, writer, facilitator and mother. For the past 6 years she has been unraveling her mind and gathering her Spirit, volunteering at meditation retreats and training in shamanic healing. Spending two years alone in the woods she found her greatest teacher in Nature, and is now committed to unearthing ancient wisdom and re-connecting people to their roots, this land, our home. She is passionate about finding natural ways to educate children, in harmony with their surroundings; also female empowerment and gender equality; and preserving our woodlands and waterways.
Jerin Joy is from India. He holds a MBA degree and is Operational Head of Epayindia. He is Creative Head of PANJA GURU and has volunteered for other NGO’s for a number of years.
Juma Keneth is a graduate of development studies, currently staying in South Sudan. He has four years’ experience as a student leader, community mobilizer and peace advocate, and is presently a volunteer with Sudanese Fellowship Mission.
Justus Akampurira is from Uganda. A dedicated humanitarian, he currently works as a peace agent and coach with Peace Revolution, a World Peace Initiative Foundation funded programme. Justus is a ward councillor in Kampala, and currently acts as Chairperson for this working group.
Madeleine Modoukpe Sodjinou lives in the Republic of Benin. She is a social activist and President of the NGO Malida Kayode.
Mark Ovland lives in the UK and has been a trustee of the Mandala Trust since 2012. He teaches meditation and is passionate about offering these tools to underprivileged and marginalised populations. As well as teaching in prisons Mark is involved with Freely Given Retreats, a charity that offers meditation retreats on a donation basis.
Matt York lives in Ireland. He is a founder and trustee of the Mandala Trust. Matt has worked in Europe and Africa on community development and primary healthcare programmes engaging with a variety of marginalised communities. He has been active in Reclaim the Streets, the anti-nuclear and anti-war movements and more recently the alter-globalisation movement, and has a particular interest in the potential of love/kindness as politically transformative.
Mohamed Mussa is from Somalia. He has been involved with the United Nations Online Volunteering Programme for a variety of researching projects and was an outreach programme research officer with the University of Bosaso for 12 months. He has been involved in working with vulnerable communities across East Africa, especially those affected by civil war in his home of Somalia.
Nesreen Khashman is from Amman Jordan. She is a Lab supervisor in Jordan University. She is a Peace Architect and Mindfulness Trainer with Peace Revolution and has been practicing meditation since 2013. Nesreen’s passion is to help people find their true inner peace, happiness and satisfaction from within and spread it out to the whole world.
Nickie Ondadi is from Kenya. He is a student, travel consultant and peace agent with Peace Revolution. Nickie is committed to peace, justice and creating a benevolent society.
Salvator Ntakarutimana lives in Burundi. He works as a community development coordinator with Nouvelle Esparance and lectures part time in philosophy and social sciences at the Ecole Normale Superieure. Salvator has worked as a social worker with street children, refugees and in support of marginalised sections of society. He is dedicated to spreading peace and loving kindness in his local communities.
Sètondji Noël Vodouessis is from the Republic of Benin. He has a Master’s Degree in Law, Political Sciences and International Relations from the Université d’Abomey-Calavi. A committed activist, Sètondji is the founder and chairperson of ‘Heart of the World’, an NGO which sends volunteer election observers to countries throughout Africa.
Syed Ali Hameed is from Pakistan. His main interest is in peace building and conflict resolution. He holds an M.Phil in Peace and Conflict Studies from the National Defence University, Islamabad. He has been awarded the Presidential Gold Medal in recognition of his services in youth leadership and humanitarian work. Syed is the founder of Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness.
Yvette Citegetse lives in Burundi. She is a nurse counsellor working with people living with HIV and AIDS. Yvette has been active in combatting gender based violence, in peace building and in peace education with youth.