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Leadership for Peace

The Leadership for Peace Member Community seeks to attract researchers, educators, practitioners, and others who care about peace – in the mind and body, community, and in the world. Our aim is to draw thinkers and doers to focus on peace, peace-building, and developing, explaining, and educating for a culture of peace. This is a forum where the voices of peace can meet to nurture each other’s needs and collaborate on common interests, and a place to support efforts towards a more peaceful world.

Our hope is to increase the conditions for justice, tolerance, acceptance, hope and understanding anywhere and everywhere and for positive change in individuals, groups, organizations, and governments that lead to freedom from oppression, conflict and war, and aggression, through dialogue, action plans, research, practice, teaching and learning.

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Member Community Leaders

ILA Member Community leaders serve as ILA’s trusted experts in the field of leadership

Stephen Moles

Stephen Moles


Director, Leadership and Talent Development, U.S. Institute of Peace

Aleen Bayard


Lazarina Topuzova

Lazarina Topuzova


Associate Professor, Robert Morris University

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Executive Leadership Team

Our activities and programs are organized by this dedicated team of member volunteers. If you would like to deepen your engagement, please use the email above to contact us about volunteer opportunities.

Aleen Bayard, Principal, Transformative Consulting

Andrew Campbell
, Director, International Peace and Leadership Institute

Rosemary Muriungi
, Professor, Gonzaga University
Annika Hilding-Norberg, Head of Peace Operations and Peacebuilding, Geneva Center for Security Policy

Erich Schellhammer
, Retired
Elizabeth Stork, Chair, ILA Leadership for Peace member community; Professor, Robert Morris University
Lazarina Topuzova, Vice-Chair, ILA Leadership for Peace member community; Associate Professor, Robert Morris University

Priorities and Projects

Promote Peace Leadership

Promoting an understanding of peace leadership separate and distinctive from peace and conflict studies

Share Knowledge

Sharing knowledge on practices, opportunities, and experiences for sustainable peace within and outside the ILA

Refining Peace Models

Identifying and testing models, theories, and perspectives about peace leadership towards developing effective approaches to ….

Develop Peace Leaders

Developing individual and group capacities, leaders and activists, negotiators and communicators, to learn and teach how to develop relationships of trust and reciprocity that can be spread around the world

Embrace Peace

Engaging with and learning from others whose ways of being are peace-intentional and peace-proactive

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