European Peace Summit

April 4 - 7, 2016

European Youth Center, Budapest, Hungary

The European Peace Summit was a forum aimed at providing a unique opportunity for youth and peacebuilding organizations from all over Europe to connect with each other, to learn how to be mindful at professional and personal levels, to discover their inner potential, talents and capabilities from a different perspective, and to progress and act together for a better and more peaceful future.

Over a hundred individuals from 30 different countries came together to attended this very first platform not only to discuss problems and initiatives but also to develop themselves to acquire the inner peace in order to spread outer peace more sustainably.

The theme of this very first European Peace Summit is “Connecting minds, unleashing potential” reflecting the importance of the mind on individual as well as collective development. The program of the summit focuses on both individual and organizational development and other crucial topics such as Health Benefits of Meditation, the Art of Conversation, Conscious Leadership and Supportive Work Environment. The Individual Development part of the program involves exploring ways which can boost productivity at work, connecting with oneself and discovering one’s inner potential, deepening the knowledge on mindfulness meditation, and ways to acquire true leadership. The part on Organizational Development includes introduction to mindful approaches in human resource development, building and sustaining a healthy community, and conflict transformation.

Speakers

Hetem Ramadani

Keynote Speaker

Hetem Ramadani

N/A

Venerable John Paramai Dhanissaro

Keynote Speaker

Venerable John Paramai Dhanissaro

Monk John, who once a pianist, a photographer, and a computer programmer, has become a Theravada Buddhist Monk for 10 years after finished his PhD in Telematics. With the knowledge from his tech background, he has pioneered in developing the biggest free online self-development and meditation platform that has users from over 200 countries and territories. He travels the world and gives his insights on mindfulness, meditation and Buddhist philosophy for detoxing, balancing and enriching life of the modern world to individuals, NGOs, government agencies, universities, and companies (such as Google, Orange, Ogilvy, Teamwork, etc.) in 58 countries.

Fleura Shkembi

Keynote Speaker

Fleura Shkembi

Holding doctoral degree in Psychology at UET

Emilija Andonova

Keynote Speaker

Emilija Andonova

N/A

Anca Gliga

Keynote Speaker

Anca Gliga

Passionate Youth Activist working in development and peacebuilding

Salvi Greco

Keynote Speaker

Salvi Greco

Educational activist working as trainer, facilitator of learning, project designer.

Jonathan Fritzler

Founder of Sacred Strategy in USA

Jonathan Fritzler

Educational activist working as trainer, facilitator of learning, project designer.

Mr. Vijay Mehta

Chair of Uniting for Peace and Founding Trustee of Fortune Forum Charity

Mr. Vijay Mehta

N/A

Shahin Pilli

Graduate with specialisation in International Business

Shahin Pilli

N/A

Ilze Jece

Keynote Speaker

Ilze Jece

Holistic therapist, yoga teacher, passionate acroyogi and social change facilitator

Anna Oleshkevych

Keynote Speaker

Anna Oleshkevych

Mindfulness and meditation trainer, yoga teacher, and researcher

Dora Preszeller

Peace Coach, freelancer Youth Trainer/Facilitator and Project writer

Dora Preszeller

N/A

Eva Ježovičová

Chief editor at local paper Zvolen’s news, yoga teacher

Eva Ježovičová

N/A

Joy Johnson Jakelis

Mentor

Joy Johnson Jakelis

Doctorate in psychophysical therapy. Age-defying movement practices and life style mentor

Dr. Waleed Sadek

Co-chair in Sustainable Development Commission Post 2015 at United Nations

Dr. Waleed Sadek

N/A

Maria Kurkova

Interpreter/translator and social NGO activist

Maria Kurkova

N/A

AYA CHEBBI

Founder and Chair- African Youth Movement

AYA CHEBBI

Aya Chebbi is an award winning Pan-African feminist and renowned blogger. Her blogs were published at Al-Jazeera, OpenDemocracy and Foresight-Africa among other international medias. Beside her prominent online presence, Aya is the co-founder of the Voice of Women Initiative (feminist collective) and founding Chair of the African Youth Movement, one of Africa’s largest movements fighting for peace and social justice. Aya is an international speaker,keynote at BONDconference, the UN Commission on the Status of Women celebrity event, US Congress hearings, TEDx and DW among others. In recognition to her achievements, Aya was named one of Africa’s most Outstanding Young Women leaders in 2013 (Ghana) and won the Young Achiever of the year 2015 recognized by the Forbes (South Africa) and she appeared on top lists of people to watch; at the Huffington Post and Youth Hub Africa as well as 100 under 40 Most Influential Arabs byArabianBusiness. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of CIVICUSWorld Alliance for Citizen Participation.

Charu Uppal

Senior Lecturer at Karlstad University, Sweden

Charu Uppal

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Dr. Zsuzsanna Kacsó

Peacebuilding and violence prevention practitioner

Dr. Zsuzsanna Kacsó

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Linda Germani

Founder of YOGA FUSION – HEALS over HEAD

Linda Germani

N/A

Martina Buchal

Global Ambassador for World Merit and advocate for peace

Martina Buchal

N/A

Facilitators

Ping Ping Worakate

Summit Director

Ping Ping Worakate

Ping Ping Worakate is a Co-founder and CEO of World Peace Initiative Foundation that was established in Thailand and UK and an experienced Meditation & Mindfulness trainer. She herself studied about power of the mind and center of the body technique at the temple in Thailand at the age of 12 when she got deep insight into its secret. Through her 30-year of determination to excel in meditation and mindfulness, she is one of the mind-blowing trainers who offers a variety of workshops in following areas such as stress and burnout, work-life balance, women empowerment, emotional intelligence, leadership and empathy, creative mindset, and more to people from all walks of life.

Anca Hurubaru

President of Bumerang Association in Romania, working with youth in the NGO field

Anca Hurubaru

Born in 1987 in Bucharest, Romania President of Bumerang Association, with a PhD in Sociology, Master in Communication, Mass Media and Society; Master in Deviance and Delinquencies and Master in Fine Arts- Graphics, has several years of experience in working with youth in the NGO field. Her big interest in the probation system and combating social exclusion led her to volunteer in a range of projects for marginalized groups such as roma community, disabled people, ex-addicts and inmates. She is very committed to measures to increase social inclusion through various projects for the marginalized groups in order to combat the risk of individuals or communities being excluded from mainstream society. This provides the basis for the participatory work with community groups to ensure that the rights of people with fewer opportunities become a priority in the activities. During her European Voluntary Service project in Poland she has been working in “Foundation for differently abled” where she had the chance to support the disabled people through education, rehabilitation and art therapy activities. Within her work at Bumerang Association she uses art as a vehicle to address various topics such discrimination, racism, poverty, homelessness, lack of employment and mental health issues, while helping to develop self-esteem, creativity, life-skills and learning of my beneficiaries. They continue to foster the arts in a community that can’t otherwise afford access to making art and being creative.

Dulce Ruby

Artist, Manifestation/Motivation Meditation Coach & Guide

Dulce Ruby

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Daniel Matallana

Colombian philosopher, dancer, traveler, intuitive musician

Daniel Matallana

Daniel Matallana started meditating about three years ago after dealing with severe depression. Since then, meditation has become an essential medicine which he takes with him anywhere, anytime. He believes meditation is both a spiritual and a political practice that empowers individuals to catalyze self-love and personal transformation. Daniel is an award-winning Colombian philosopher, massage therapist and yoga teacher, currently pursuing a Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths, University of London, whilst volunteering as a Peace Coach with Peace Revolution.

Defne Erdur

Multi-disciplinary artist, teacher, therapist & a social worker

Defne Erdur

N/A

Karolina Mazetyte

Co-founder of Y2Y Initiatiave and passionate activist

Karolina Mazetyte

N/A

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