Shontaye Abegaz | Managing Director  

Executive Committee Member, Chicago, USA

Shontaye is the Managing Director and Executive Committee Chair of Just Governance for Human Security, part of the Caux Forum, based in Caux, Switzerland. Born and raised in the United States, she has lived in Europe, Africa, and North America, and made friends an a home in every place. A lifetime of encounters and volunteering has taught her the value of intercultural dialogue and personal transformation in preventing conflict and promoting peace. She sees world events and the global climate as constant springboards to action for causes greater than herself. That is why, for the past six years, she has been committed to promoting the efforts and aims of the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation's flagship annual forum on human security. As organizer, her focus has been the advancement of human security through peace building and conflict transformation, dialogue, and the pursuit of the SDGs. 

Twitter @theglobalhand, LinkedIn



Fiona Goggins | Communications Manager

Executive Committee Member, Australia

is an activist, writer, performing artist, development professional and life-long student. She has lived, worked and studied across multiple sectors in Australia, the UK, Germany and West Africa, has a Bachelor of International Studies majoring in Globalization and a Master’s of Human Rights Law and Policy both from the University of New South Wales. Fiona has recently joined the executive committee of Just Governance for Human Security, taken over duties as Communications Manager for the JGHS Forum and will chair the April Women's event, The Pillar Peace-building Approach: Women as Drivers Towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Fiona has a keen interest in the issues surrounding peace building and conflict resolution, particularly where the rights of women and children are concerned, and volunteers with a small grassroots NGO for women living with HIV in Côte d’Ivoire, among other assorted projects. An enthusiastic traveler, she aims to undertake a volunteer assignment through the Australian Government’s AVID program in the next year, and pursue further study in the field of development, gender studies, human security and peace building. She has recently completed the Caux Scholars Program at Asia-Plateau in India, and is looking forward to implementing her new skills and knowledge in her work going forward.

Twitter @fifigoggo, Instagram @fifigoggoLinkedIn



Yara Zgheib | Chair, humansecurityX 

Executive Committee Member, USA/Lebanon

Born in Lebanon, Yara has traveled and lived in Glasgow, Washington DC, Paris, and now Saint Louis. As a Fulbright scholar, she obtained a Master's degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University. She then wrote her doctoral dissertation on natural resource extraction and just governance in developing countries, as the Hautes Ecoles Politiques de Paris. She is also a published author, blogger of Aristotle at Afternoon Tea and an avid traveler. Yara first came to Caux as an intern in 2011, and has been involved with IofC ever since. It is the people, and the ideas they espouse, that draw her back each year. Caux is a place where ideas become projects and dreams become achievable goals. At the Just Governance for Human Security event, in particular, the conversation transcends racial, religious, and political differences. It is about finding real solutions to global issues that affect us all, and it is an honor to be a part of that.



Anjum A. Ali | Executive Assistant


Anjum A. Ali is a former professor of Islamic Studies and has been speaking on Islam and Muslims for nearly 2 decades. Born in the USA, and of Pakistani heritage, she has lived overseas in the Middle East and in the United States and continues to conduct workshops and facilitation training domestically and internationally. She has a Bachelors degree in International Relations and French Cultural Studies from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She obtained her graduate degree in Islamic Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, concentrating on women and children's rights in Islamic Law and did her research on Child Marriage in Islamic Law. She has multiple certifications, in Legal studies, English as a Second Language and Human Resource Management and is most recently receiving training in Trauma Awareness and Resiliency. Her passion and calling continues to be working with Initiatives of Change and she is a member of the Board of Directors for IofC USA. She also enjoys facilitating Creators of Peace Circles when the opportunities arise. And most importantly she is a mother to two children




Elizabeth Hall | Volunteer Coordinator


Elizabeth's passion is working with others to create content, advocate, develop relationships and promote a more connected world-wide community. Elizabeth was born and raised in the United States, she also lived in Ireland and is an avid traveler. Her professional work has been based in international fundraising and research, through her volunteer work has taken her to politics, peacebuilding, and advocacy for women's health. Elizabeth first came to Caux in 2016 as a guest for the opening ceremony and was struck by the solutions-oriented dialogue, storytelling, and focus on inclusion for all participants. Elizabeth returned to Caux for Just Governance for Human Security 2017 as a participant in the inaugural humansecurityX training.

Twitter @n_liz, Instagram @lizzard5, LinkedIn



Nahom Haile | Graphic Designer 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Nahom is a 26 year old Ethiopian whose eyes light up at a good cup of coffee. He gets a sense of security and comfort from fellow humans and is always thrielled to be in a new place. He never missed the opportunity to impact more than one self, and appreciates the intricate designs in nature and human creations. After being introduced to Initiatives of Change through the Caux Interns Programme, five years ago, Nahom has been involved in different capacities with the regional body in Ethiopia. He is involved in projects driven by the same cause, to bring and sustain lasting change for good. Currenlty he works as a Creative Director for an advertising firm in Ethiopia and as Regional Communications Coordinator for the World Peace Initiative Foundation.

Twitter @nahomtsg, LinkedIn





Ashley Müller | JGHS Volunteer 


Ashley Müller is currently a Young Leader in Foreign and Security Policy Fellow at the Geneva Centre of Security Policy, part of the Global Fellowship Initiative. Previously, Ashley worked as a consultant for Initiatives of Change UK in project management and programme development in three focus areas: ethical leadership, sustainable communities and trustbuilding, while also working as the UK National Coordinator for Creators of Peace, an international women's programme. She has participated in social just projects across the USA, Morocco, the Netherlands, Japan and China and has worked in India, Ukraine, Switzerland and the UK on peacebuilding, human security, dialogue and anticorruption. With a university background in Political Science and International Development from the University of Calgary, Ashley contains extensive international experience and cross-cultural exposure. Originally from Canada, raised in Taiwan, holds a Swiss passport and speaks Mandarin Chinese. She first came to Caux in 2015 as an intern and realized it was possible for her passions to forge together: intercultural relations, social justice, and global issues as fusing together to seek social change - this has hooked her ever since.

Twitter @AshleyMuller727, LinkedIn




Salma Moustafa Khalil | humansecurityX

Cairo, Egypt

Salma Moustafa Khalil is from Egypt and is currently a MA Student of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her research, in this Master's and before, have been centered around Agency and people's perception and interaction with systems and institutions governing them, or more generally, the State. She has been part of Initiatives of Change since 2010, as part of the Conference Operations/Forum Secretariat department, and has worked closely with the Just Governance for Human Security team over the years. Her interests and the event topic are increasingly aligned.




Andries Jan Zjilstra | Technical Liaison

Arnhem, Netherlands

Andries Jan was born in Willemstad, Noord Brabant and raised in Fiesland, the Netherlands. Currenlty, he is studying Data Science. He has been a part of Initiatives of Change since 2005 when he was part of the Caux Interns Programme (now Caux Peace and Leadership Programme). What draws him back to Caux nearly every year is his belief in the power of building social and political change from the bottom-up, as well as, the opportunity to meet interesting and inspiring people. In the past, he has been involved with several Initiatives of Change projects, such as the 'Learning to be a Peacemaker' programme, which aimed to inspire young Muslims to become agents of peace. He has also worked as an intern in India helping facilitate encounters between civil society and leaders of India, Pakistan and Kashmir.  After graduation, he worked for the Ministry of Foreigns Affairs in the Fragile States Department. In his spare time you can find him playing squash, mountain biking, volunteering for the Green Party and drinking coffee. 

Rebecca Jiménez | Interpreters Liaison


Rebecca Jiménez is from Switzerland and has Swiss and Mexican roots. Till last year she studied English, Social Anthropology and Geography at the University of Zurich. Since then she was an intern at the national television of Switzerland (SRF) and a visual communications intern for the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR). In her spare time, she loves to travel and to read. Rebecca attended her first CAUX-Initiatives of Change conference in 2015 and was instantly fascinated by the open environment of CAUX-IofC and the people from all different walks of life that meet once a year at Caux Palace. For her, CAUX-IofC is about connecting with like-minded people, networking and about creating an environment in which new things can be created through exchange and support. She strongly believes that fair, inclusive governance is an important corner stone for dealing with many other issues such as oppression, conflict, the upholding of human rights and environmental problems. 




Rana Dahab | Community Group Officer


Rana Dahab currently works as a clinical research associate in a regional research organization in Egypt while simultaneously doing an online Master’s program in public health. She is an ambitious pharmacist whose dream is to be part of changing the world and making it a better place. Rana first encountered Caux in 2013 where she had a mind and soul transformation that led her to commit to making the world a better place by trying to link her academic background with the values learned in Caux. She has previously worked as a clinical research specialist at the Children Cancer Hospital in Egypt, an enriching experiencing where she felt a direct impact of her work on the patients there. In attempts to make her dreams come true, she is overcoming challenging milestones and persevering.



Andree De Leon | Community Group Officer 

Chicago, USA

Andree De Leon was born and raised in Illinois, USA. She is currently working at a digital marketing company in the heart of Chicago in finance and HR. Andree has obtained her BA in Psychology and minor in Kinesiology from University of Illinois at Chicago. She has volunteered and worked with NGO's and universities over the past nine years with medical & dental mission trips to China, the Philippines, Costa Rica and Ecuador. In her spare time, you can find her eating, traveling, playing tennis, biking, snowboarding, and attempting to learn new languages. This will be Andree's fourth time coming to Caux and working with the Communities group. Andree believes that working at the micro level is the key to a peaceful and sustainable government. She finds is truly inspiring to be in an atmosphere with people who share their knowledge and experience to better the world.




Jonathan Dudding | Caux Design Team

London, United Kingdom

Jonathan Dudding has been working internationally as a trainer and facilitator for over twenty years. Trained by the Institute of Cultural Affairs and specializing in their methods (now  known as the Technology of Participation), Jonathan has worked extensively in Europe, Africa and the Middle East with governments, international, national and local organizations. In  addition to facilitating large and small events and training others in facilitation, Jonathan also offers advice and support on how to incorporate participatory approaches into sectors  where the value of participation is less recognized. Jonathan’s involvement with Caux started in 2011 to help with the design and to provide training and support to the facilitators of  various Caux Conference. He is now a full member of the Caux Design Team. Jonathan has also worked with Initiatives of Change outside Caux, with ICA:UK working in partnership with  Caux-IofC to run courses on Facilitation in Geneva. 




We look forward to welcoming you to our 2018 event, part of the #CauxForum



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