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Fellows and Associates

The GHfP Institute actively creates dialogue spaces for intellectual exchange, engagement with thematic exploration, collaborative research, and knowledge creation. To this end, we invite global scholars and researchers to join our growing network of Fellows and Associates. Each year, the Fellows and Associates take part in our research symposia and conferences, contribute to our courses and programmes, and contribute to our research publications.

Lord Professor John Alderdice FRCPsych is a member of the House of Lords and was the Chairman of the Liberal Democrats during the Liberal/Conservative Coalition Government. He serves as one of the Deputies to the Lord Speaker of the House.  As Leader of Northern Ireland’s Alliance Party from 1987 to 1998, he had played a significant role in the negotiation of the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement which brought peace in Ireland, and when the new Northern Ireland Assembly was elected, he became its first Speaker. He was President of Liberal International from 2005 to 2009 and continues to serve on its Bureau as a Presidente d’Honneur. Lord Alderdice’s professional background was as a medical doctor in psychoanalytic psychiatry in Belfast where, as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University, he established the Centre for Psychotherapy. As a scholar, for many years, Lord Alderdice has devoted himself to understanding and addressing religious fundamentalism and long-standing violent political conflict including the conflicts between indigenous peoples and the descendants of colonists in various parts of the world. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict. His work has been recognised around the world with many fellowships, honorary doctorates, and international awards.

Professor Patrice Brodeur teaches at the Institut d`études religieuses, the Université de Montréal. He was the Canada Research Chair (junior) on Islam, Pluralism and Globalization (2005-2015). His expertise includes contemporary Islamic thought and intercultural and interreligious dialogue. He is also Senior Adviser at the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID). His publications include more than fifty articles, book chapters and books. He has lectured academically to a variety of audiences and conducted trainings on different forms of dialogue in over fifty countries around the world.

Rob Corcoran is a trainer, facilitator, writer, and racial healing practitioner. He has led trustbuilding workshops among diverse and polarized groups across North America, Europe, South Africa, Brazil, India and Australia. He served as national director for Initiatives of Change USA and founded its internationally recognized program Hope in the Cities in Richmond Va. Rob’s book Trustbuilding: An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility has been described as a “visionary, compelling account of healing and change.” Read Rob’s full bio HERE.

Professor Myriam Cottias is a colonial historian, specialist in slavery in the Caribbean area, is research director at the CNRS (CRPLC, University of the Antilles and Guyana). She heads the International Center for Research on Slavery, actors, actresses, systems, representations. She is president of the national committee for the memory and history of slavery.

Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne is an alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he holds an agrégation in Philosophy (1978) and he took his Doctorat d’État in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1988)). Before joining Columbia University in 2008 he taught philosophy for many years at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar (Senegal) and at Northwestern University. His field of research includes history of logic, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature. Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s current teaching interests include history of early modern philosophy, philosophy and Sufism in the Islamic world, African philosophy and literature, twentieth century French philosophy. 

Professor Kenneth J. Gergen is Senior Research Professor in Psychology at Swarthmore College, and the President of the Taos Institute. Upon receiving his PhD from Duke University, Gergen served as an Assistant Professor at Harvard University, after which he took a position as Chair of the Department off Psychology at Swarthmore College. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, Heidelberg University, Kyoto University, Marburg University, Trento University, Ritsumaikon University, and as a Senior Research Scientist at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. Gergen is a major figure in the development of relational theory and its applications to practices of social change. He has published over 300 articles in journals, magazines and books, and his major books include Toward Transformation in Social Knowledge, The Saturated Self, Realities and Relationships, An Invitation to Social Construction (4th edition), and Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community.

Dr Ali Moussa Iye holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the Institute of Political Sciences in Grenoble, France.  He was journalist, editor in Chief of a weekly Newspaper and Director of Press and Audio Visual in Djibouti . He joined UNESCO in 1997 as Coordinator of the Programme of Culture of Peace in the Horn of Africa and then of the Programme on the Fight against Racism and Discrimination. Before leaving UNESCO in 2019, Ali directed two important UNESCO Programmes: The Routes of Dialogue, includign the Slave Route Project and the Silk Roads Project, and the General and Regional Histories Project. He served as the Coordinator of the General History of Africa project. Ali is the founder of a new international think-tank AFROPROSPECTIVE: A Global Africa Initiative

Steve Killelea founded the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) in 2007 as an independent not-for-profit global research institute analysing the intertwined relationships between business, peace and economic development. As one of the world’s most impactful think tanks, IEP’s research is extensively used by multi-laterals, including the United Nations, World Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as well as taught in thousands of university courses around the world. He is also the creator of the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading quantitative measurement of global peacefulness, ranking 163 countries, and independent territories. Steve currently serves on the President’s Circle for Club de Madrid, the largest forum of democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers working to strengthen democracy. In 2010, Steve was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the community through the global peace movement, and he was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Simon Sadinsky is Executive Director (Education) for the Prince’s Foundation. He oversees a portfolio of education programmes and academic partnerships which equip professionals, graduates, students and the public with the skills they need to design, build and preserve sustainable communities. Simon also serves as the Trustee of a small educational charity in Sierra Leone, is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Craft, and is on the governing board of the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. 

Professor Garrett Thomson is Compton Professor of Philosophy at the College of Wooster, USA. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace. He was formerly the CEO of the World Subud Association (2005-2010). Garrett received his DPhil from Oxford University, and is the author of numerous books including Needs; Kant; Introduction to Modern Philosophy; and a series of introductory texts on Descartes, Locke, Aristotle, Kant, and Leibniz. He co-edited the six-volume The Longman Standard History of Philosophy. His other recent works include Una Introduccion a la Practica de la Filosofia, On Philosophy and On the Meaning of Life

Joe Louis Washington is a human rights advocate, social critic, curator of stories, and peacebuilder. Joe’s professional background spans the areas of university related teaching and training (including in various capacities as an international lecturer and trainer in human rights and conflict resolution); public policy development and analysis; philanthropy; and peacekeeping. Joe has presented papers and/or published articles on topics related to conflict prevention, the right to self-determination, human security, Gandhian approach to non-violence, the rights of indigenous peoples, and barriers to the effective implementation of human rights, specifically economic, social and cultural rights. Among Joe’s various activities include: Organizer and Curator, hiSTORY, herSTORY, theirSTORY, mySTORY, ourSTORY; Collaborator, Ubuntu House; President – Global Vision Institute (GVI); Fellow, Complexity University; and Managing Director of the Nia Foundation (TNF).

Professor Erica Wilkins is the Program Director for the Masters of Couple and Family Therapy Program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her research explores the ways in which the residuals of slavery affect African American individuals, couples and families and implications for clinical practice. This research also highlights the training needs for therapists who work with descendants of formerly enslaved Africans.  Professor Wilkins has been an invited television and radio contributor and has presented at local, national, and international conferences.  Through her private practice she assists clients in coping with the residual effects of slavery, recovery from various historical traumas, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse and addiction, culturally competent services, and contextual therapy.

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