SPEAKERS AND SESSIONS

“Just as Rotary itself can never keep its place unless it is constantly growing, so each individual Rotary club cannot afford to stand still while the stream of life moves onward.” — Ever Forward!, THE ROTARIAN, February 1941

In addition to world-class keynote speakers, the Rotary World Peace Conference 2020 will feature multiple tracks and breakout sessions led by leaders of conflict prevention and resolution. 

Please see below for the breakout tracks, sessions, and speakers.  

MARK DANIEL MALONEY
President, Rotary International, 2019-20 Director, Rotary International, 1999-2001 Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 2004-2008 Vice Chairman, The Rotary Foundation, 2006-2007, 2007-2008

Mark is a member of the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC in Decatur, Alabama, practicing in the areas of taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law. A Rotarian since 1980, Mark is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Decatur and served as Governor of District 6860 in
1989-90. more…

Mark Daniel Maloney 2019-20 Rotary International President

Marilyn Tam

Marilyn Tam is a global speaker, author, and humanitarian. She was formerly the CEO of Aveda, president of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, vice president of Nike, and a successful entrepreneur who built four companies. more…

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies, Steve decided to dedicate most of his time and fortune to sustainable development and peace. more…

 

Steve Killelea

Kenneth Cloke

Kenneth Cloke is Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, coach, consultant and trainer, specializing in communication, negotiation, and resolving complex multi-party disputes, including marital, divorce, family, community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment, discrimination, and public policy disputes; and designing preventative conflict resolution systems.   more

Stephen Dinan is the founding President and CEO of The Shift Network and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders. The Shift Network was founded in 2010 and has served over 1.8 million people worldwide, with customers in 170 countries. It delivers virtual summits, courses, and trainings featuring over 1,300 thought leaders in domains as diverse as spirituality, peace, holistic health, psychology, parenting, enlightened business, shamanism, Indigenous wisdom, and sustainability. more…

Stephen Dinan

Azim Khamisa

Following the murder of his son in 1995, Azim Khamisa founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF.org), which started a subsequent forgiveness movement that has reached millions globally.

He has received numerous local, national and international awards. He is an emissary of peace and an international inspirational speaker with over 600 keynotes and over 1,000 student presentations. More…

Christine Ahn is the founder and Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War and ensure women’s leadership in peace building. In 2015, she led 30 international women peacemakers across the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) from North Korea to South Korea. More…

Christine Ahn

Mary Ann Peters

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters, Chief Executive Officer, The Carter Center

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters joined The Carter Center as its chief executive officer Sept. 2, 2014. As CEO, Ambassador Peters provides vision and leadership for The Carter Center and oversees all program implementation and operations.

Ambassador Peters was provost of the U.S. Naval War College from September 2008 to July 2014. Previously, she was dean of academics at the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Prior to becoming dean of the college, she served as associate director for international liaison at the Marshall Center. More…

Lecturer Stanford School of Medicine
Director Stanford Forgiveness Projects
Senior Consultant Vaden Health Center

Dr Luskin founded and currently serves as Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects.  He is also Senior Consultant in Health Promotion/Wellness at the Stanford University Health Center and Department Chair in Clinical Psychology at Sofia University.     At Stanford Dr. Luskin teaches classes on Positive Psychology, The Art and Science of Meditation, Forgiveness, Wellness, Flourishing and The Psychology of Storytelling to undergraduate and graduate students. More…

Dr. Frederic Luskin

Ira Helfand

Ira Helfand, MD is a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapon, ICAN, the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and  co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the founding partner of ICAN and itself the  recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also co-Founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, IPPNW’s US affiliate. More…

Michelle K. Brooks, Chief of Staff, Peace Corps

Prior to joining the Peace Corps in August 2018 as the chief of staff, Michelle worked for eight years in the field of Global Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). She served as the head of U.S. policy and advocacy for Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Centre, a UK-based NGO, and as the policy director for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin). More…

 

Michelle K. Brooks

Kym Hilinski

The Hilinski’s Hope Foundation was founded in 2018 by the Hilinski Family to honor the life of their son, Tyler, who died by suicide on January 16, 2018. Tyler was a Division 1 Quarterback at Washington State University and his death was a shock to those around him, including his teammates, family and friends as he showed no signs of depression or mental illness. He must have been suffering in silence.   More…

Since July 2015, Michelle Nunn has been president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading humanitarian organization that fights global poverty and provides lifesaving assistance in emergencies. Last year, CARE worked in 93 countries and directly reached 63 million people in FY2017.

Nunn took the helm of CARE in 2015 and has spearheaded an ambitious strategy to reach 200 million of the world’s most vulnerable people by 2020. Under Nunn’s leadership, CARE has invested in innovative new programs and partnerships with private corporations and other nonprofits to increase its impact. Since assuming leadership of CARE, Nunn has set a goal of increasing CARE’s micro-savings program from 7 million participants to 60 million participants by 2028. More…

Michelle Nunn

Dr. Fozia Alvi

Dr. Fozia Alvi grew up in Pakistan. She is an American trained physician who’s working in Calgary, Alberta, for the past 13 years. Her and her husband Tahir Alvi were always passionate humanitarians and had organized several health and education-related projects in developing nations, including opening a charity-based maternity hospital in rural Pakistan. More…

Greg Baird is a National Lecturer on LGBTQ Civil Rights and Equality. He is also a storyteller, writer and filmmaker. Greg has a dedicated following on social media that follows his life, LGBTQ activism and LGBTQ history facts. He is a native of Northern Michigan and currently calls Chicago his home.  More…

Greg Baird

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet is the President & CEO of Project Concern International (PCI). PCI is a global development organization working with families and communities to enhance health, end hunger and overcome hardship in 16 countries. More…

Jude Currivan,Ph.D., is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, author and previously one of the most senior business women in the UK. She has a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University specializing in quantum physics and cosmology, and a Doctorate in Archaeology from the University of Reading researching ancient cosmologies.  More…

Jude Currivan

Eva Haller

Hungarian-Born Eva Haller has been a fierce advocate for social justice since the age of thirteen, when she would sneak out with her brother, John, to assist distributing anti-Hitler pamphlets throughout Budapest.  John’s death propelled Eva to be the activist she is today.  More…

Patricia Heaton is an Emmy-winning actress who has played not one, but two beloved TV moms.  She currently stars in the highly praised CBS comedy, “Carol’s Second Act,” starring as Carol, a mom who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor.
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Patricia Heaton

Kat Graham

Kat Graham is an actress, singer, dancer and producer. Working across a variety of genres in film, television and music, she is one of most accomplished and versatile young talents working today. 

Graham was recently seen in Netflix’s “How It Ends” as Samantha. The film, follows a man (Theo James) and his estranged father-in-law’s (Forest Whitaker) desperate race to save his pregnant wife, Samantha, after a mysterious apocalypse. More…

Track A – Creating Peace and Eliminating Conflict in Your Life and Home

Rebecca Crall
Laurie Smolenski
Jim Halderman
Traci L. Williams
Barbara Gaughen-Muller
Dr. Frederic Luskin
Shelia McLean
Nyron McLean
Kelly Sheline-Arellano
Albert M. Pooley
Daniel Cano
Summer Lewis
Bonnie Emerson
Charles Allen
Mandar Apte

Track B: Education and Literacy

Leo Muller
Makiko Nakasone
Kathy Suerken
Hiroko Seki
Marcelo Lombard
Darren Reiley
Dr. Jim Dimitriou
Josiah Bruney
Yvonne St John-Dutra
Alden Jacobs
Laurie Marshall
Jiro Kawatsuma
Katharine Zaun

Track C – Protecting and Rehabilitating Your Community

Joan Blades
David Wick
Heidi Beirich
Bonnie Emerson
Ashley Bryant
Dr. Brian Gladden
Azim Khamisa
Katie Feifer
Anne Ream
Louis Tse

Track D: Workplace

Mark Fowler
Jacquelyn Thorp
Dave McCleary
JoBonita Rains
Hardeep Girn
Vivian Clausing
Michael Gallo
Greg Baird
Jim Louttit
Nick Frankle
Summer Lewis
Dr. Heather Dwyer Sadlier

Track E: International

Scotty Bruer
Lynn Cole
Christine Stevens
Kerri Murray
Dr. Paula Fellingham
Matt Christl
Vijay Mehta
Steve Killelea
Michelle Nunn
Brian Berman
Lisa Berman

Track F: Peace Graduates and Rotarians Building Peace

Wesley Hedden
Ana Patel
Michael Caruso
Lauren Coffaro
Dr. Manisha Javeri
Patrick Hiller
Aziz Memon
Patricia Shafer
Deepa Biswas
Carmen Evelyn Cuneo

Track G: Human and Civil Rights

Bonnie Emerson
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Wade Nomura
Lisa Broderick
Rick Rosenfeld
Opal Singleton
Bianca Morales-Egan
Ray Matsumiya
Steve Killelea
David G Newman

Track H – Diplomacy and War

David Combs
Vijay Mehta
Jiro Kawatsuma
Steven Leeper
Ira Helfand
Asha Asokan
Sharon Tennison
Matts Ingemanson
Kees van der Pol
Mohammed Ayyaz
Tony Sharma
David Swanson
Dr. Garbis Der-Yeghian
Reem Ghunaim

Track I – Creating Personal Peace with a Healthy Mind and Body, Connecting Science – Spirituality - Religion

Philip Hellmich
Ali Al-Saadoon
Dr. Glenn Wollman
Dr. Reinhard Krauss
Kym Hilinski
Jude Currivan
Johnny Roberts
Shor Denny
Gil Agnew
Dr Derek Farrell
Shunya Barton
Robert Feda
Easan Katir

Track J – Film, Television, Print and Social Media: Their Role in Reporting and Eliminating Conflict

Emmanuel Itier
Hardeep Girn
Steve Youngblood
Ose Oyamendan
Barbara Gaughen-Muller
Arthur Kanegis
Melanie Bennett
John Viscount
Branka Panic

Track K: Sustainability

Dr. Dennis Spurgin
John Votava
Peter Meisen
Dr. Felix Keller
Adam Mosley
Dr. Chris King
Jon Kaufman
Dr. Richard Randolph
Salvador Rico

Track L – Communicating with Empathy and Understanding/Overcoming Trauma and Violence

Gloria Hage
Dr. Vicki Radel
Estera Borsca
Scott Martin
Steve Goldsmith
Dan Sockle
Lina Shehayeb
Dr. James Dincalci
Karen Volker
Dr. Gary Slutkin
Dr. Fozia Alvi​
Lori Leyden

Track M: Empowering Women – Women Peacebuilders

Dean Rohrs
Julia Phelps
Brenda Cressey
Erin Thomas
Rozy Rani Samrah
Charlie Clements
Laura Neuman
Dr. Paula Fellingham
Dean Axelrod
Paulina Ospina
Sylvia Whitlock
Dr. Narayan Chetry
Christine Ahn
Patricia Heaton