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Progress Study | Advisory Group

Members of the Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by UNSCR 2250

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Al-Muslimi, Farea (Yemen)

Farea is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Centre, and chairman and co-founder of The Sana’a Centre for Strategic Studies. His research focuses on Yemeni and Persian Gulf politics. Farea was born in 1992.

Follow Farea on Twitter: @almuslimi

Atran, Scott (United States)

Scott is an anthropologist at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research, Oxford University, John Jay College and the University of Michigan.

Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottAtran

Bah, Chernor (Sierra Leone)

Chernor is an Associate at the Population Council, leading a collaborative initiative to provide solutions to adolescent girls affected by the Ebola outbreak. He is a leading advocate for global education, a champion for girls and a former refugee from Sierra Leone. Chernor was born in 1985.

Follow Chernor on Twitter: @Cee_Bah

Ben Said  
Ben Said, Ikram (Tunisia)

Ikram is a women’s rights advocate and founder of Aswat Nissa (Voices of Women), a Tunisian non-profit that promotes women’s active participation in political and policy-making spheres while fighting against all forms of discrimination and violence against women.

Follow Ikram on Twitter: @ikrambensaid

Bol Kiir  
Bol Kiir, Malual (South Sudan)

As a peace and youth activist, Malual advocates for the mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence of all South Sudanese, and refugee and host communities. Malual was born in 1993.

Follow Malual on Twitter: @Malualbk

Ekomo-Soignet, Kessy Martine  
Ekomo-Soignet, Kessy Martine (Central African Republic)

With her over seven years of experience in the political and development sectors, Martine now works as a local correspondent for Peace Direct. She was born in 1990.

Follow Martine on Twitter: @Ekokess

Elman, Ilwad (Somalia)

Ilwad is the Director of Programs and Development for the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in Somalia. Ilwad was born in 1989.

Follow Ilwad on Twitter: @IlwadElman

Flemming, Matilda (Finland)

Matilda works for the European Women’s Lobby (the largest umbrella organization of women’s association in the European Union) on their campaigns to strengthen the role of women in decision making. Matilda was born in 1986.

Follow Matilda on Twitter: @AMAFlemming

Gilbert-Roberts, Terri-Ann (Jamaica)

Terri-Ann is a Research Fellow at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica. Her research at UWI supports evidence-based youth policies and programmes in the Caribbean. Terri-Ann was born in 1982.

Follow Terri-Ann on Twitter: @tp_gilbert

Granada Contreras  
Granada Contreras, Luz Alcira (Colombia)

Luz is a social worker and specialist in community development, NGO leadership, human rights, childrens’ rights, child and juvenile participation, peace education, and child protection, participation and advocacy for development. Luz is currently working with Save the Children Colombia.

Follow Luz Alcira on Twitter: @LuzAGranada

Ismail, Saba (Pakistan)

Saba is the Executive Director and co-founder of Aware Girls, a youth and women-led organization working to empower young women and promote gender equality in Pakistan. Saba was born in 1987.

Follow Saba on Twitter: @sabaismail

Kavindi Kotigala  
Kavindi Kotigala, Thevuni (Sri Lanka)

Thevuni works with Sri Lanka Unites, a group that aims to unite youth of all ethnic and religious backgrounds across Sri Lanka to promote reconciliation and lasting peace. Thevuni was born in 1993.

Follow Thevuni on Twitter: @ThevuniKotigala

Laiq, Nur (United Kingdom)

Nur is author of Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Egypt and Tunisia (International Peace Institute, 2013) and co-editor of The Search for Peace in the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Oxford University Press, October 2014). Currently Nur is a visiting researcher at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Follow Nur on Twitter: @NurLaiq

Lopes Cardozo  
Lopes Cardozo, Mieke (the Netherlands)

Mieke is an Associate Professor and coordinates the IS-Academie, a co-funded research project of the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Follow Mieke on Twitter: @MiekeLopes

Muggah, Robert (Canada)

Robert is the Research Director of the Igarapé Institute, a Principal of the SecDev Group, and a professor at the Instituto de Relações Internacionais, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.

Nabil Murtaja  
Nabil Murtaja, Hussein (Palestine)

During a struggle between the Palestinian Parties in Gaza City, Hussein was shot in the head and was kept in intensive care for five months. Two years following this incident, he began to volunteer and in 2008 he created “Letters Group” – a group that aims to empower marginalized communities and has since spread to a number of Arab countries. Currently Hussein is an active member of the Youth Advisory Board with UN-Habitat, a coordinator at the Gaza Group of Culture and Development and a manager of “The Economic Empowerment Project for Poor Families in the Gaza Strip” funded by UNDP.  Hussein was born in 1987.

Olonisakin, Funmi (Nigeria)

Funmi is Professor of Security, Leadership and Society at King’s College London. She is also founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting edge knowledge for conflict, security and development in Africa.

Salamah, Salim (Syria)

Salim was born in 1989 in a refugee camp for Palestinians in Syria. In 2011 he started a blog tracking Syrian events that were not covered by mainstream media. Salim now lives in Sweden where he is studying at the Malmo Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare.

Follow Salim on Twitter: @Salim_SYR

Saleem, Ali (Pakistan)

Ali is a senior practitioner with experience in diplomacy, foreign policy and development practice, providing political, technical and managerial leadership in peacemaking; negotiations; mediation; facilitation, design and conduct of dialogue processes; peacebuilding and conflict transformation programing; and consensus building processes.

Sharief, Hajer (Libya)

Hajer is co-founder of Together We Build It, an association working on the democratic transition in Libya since 2011, emphasizing the relevance of youth and women’s political participation in the peacebuilding process. She was born in 1993.

Follow Hajer on Twitter: @hajershareif

Sommers, Marc (United States)

Marc is an internationally recognized youth, conflict, education, gender, and development expert, an experienced evaluator, and an award-winning author.

Follow Marc on Twitter: @MarcSommers