Class 7

Marios Antoniou, Cyprus

School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Marios is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying for a Ph.D. in Education. Through his studies in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program his research focuses on Peace Education and more specifically on how formal education systems in conflicted and post-conflicted countries can construct and promote social peace among their youth, who will be their future citizens. Marios earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill after receiving a Rotary World Peace Fellowship, and a BA in Science of Education from the University of Cyprus. He also holds a diploma in Conflict Resolution and International Development from the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. Coming from Cyprus, a divided island in an ongoing conflict, he developed an interest in exploring ethnically and historically created conflicts. Beyond his academic work, his interest in Peace Education is reflected through his work in several NGOs in Cyprus where he volunteered and worked towards bringing peace on the island.


Sharif Azami, Afghanistan

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Sharif has worked for the last seven years with humanitarian and development organizations in the most insecure areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India to build stability, promote peace, and implement development projects. During this time, he gained experience in project management, financial management, human resources management, logistics and supply management, grants and donor contract management, and project monitoring and evaluations. Most recently, he was employed as a project officer for Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) based in Kandahar, Afghanistan, providing full time project management support to CIDA reconstruction and development programs. He believes the Rotary World Peace Fellowship will allow him to pursue his life objectives of overcoming poverty and resolving conflicts through different development initiatives, practices, strategies, and policies.


Paolo Bocci, Italy

Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
After graduating with a degree in Philosophy in 2005, Paolo moved to New Zealand where he cultivated his interests in both Pacific natives and nature. There, he worked for GREENPEACE on the Wellington team. He has also been an intern at the OECD LEED for six months, where he focused on issues related to social exclusion and local development. During the last ten years, Paolo has been involved in several Italian and international NGOs in the field of immigration and development cooperation. At UNC, he will concentrate on the study of the effects of development cooperation projects on Third World cultures. His interest in the anthropology of development stems from his participation in many grassroots movements together with his experiences in Africa, Oceania and Asia. After he completes his studies, Paolo would like to continue to work in this area in a NGO or other international organization.


Louisa Dow, Australia

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Louisa Dow has worked in the community development sector in Australia since 2002, most recently managing communications for a coalition of nonprofit organizations. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in International Relations from the Australian National University, one year of which was completed in Santiago, Chile. In 2005, Louisa’s interest in post-conflict recuperation led her to Norway, where she studied peace building and conflict resolution at the University of Bodø, and to Cambodia, where she evaluated a Khmer Rouge Tribunals education project. As a Rotary World Peace Fellow, Louisa looks forward to deepening her understanding of peace and conflict. She plans to use this knowledge to develop and improve policies and projects that address inequity and discord in communities at risk. Recently, Louisa provided policy advice to Habitat for Humanity in Haiti, and worked on projects related to housing, community and capacity development. For Dow, shelter is intimately connected to peacebuilding.


Danilo Estranero, Philippines

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Danilo Estranero holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Philippine Military Academy. Several years of exposure in conflict-affected areas validated the idea for Dani that a military solution alone will not solve armed conflicts. Following this conviction, after serving his tour of duty in Southern Philippines, he was assigned to the Philippine Army headquarters and then to the Doctrine Center of Training and Doctrine Command, Philippine Army, where he was in the best position to contribute to the improvement of Army systems and doctrines, and influence policy-making. His participation in the first session of the three-month Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand in 2006 inspired him to pursue further studies on peace and conflict resolution. Upon completion of the fellowship, he plans to be actively involved in the peace and development programs of the AFP’s (Armed Forces of the Philippines) National Development Support Command as well as in the other development programs for the Philippines.


Dyah Kartikawening Miller, Indonesia

Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
With background in historic preservation and urban planning, Dyah Kartikawening worked for five years as a community organizer in inner city Cincinnati, Ohio. Through the Rotary Peace Fellowship, she studied in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing in International Development and Water and Sanitation. During the Applied Field Experience, Dyah worked with the Water Supply Sanitation and Collaborative Council and International Labour Organization, while finishing an intensive course in Humanitarian Assistance and Practice with the Duke Geneva Program in Public Policy.

Since graduation, she has presented her research in water and sanitation at conferences in Boston, MA, and Chapel Hill, NC. In addition, she has continued to advocate for universal access to sanitation and water by organizing a fundraising event for Self Sustaining Enterprise, an organization that builds wells for the people of Jos, Nigeria. She created a social venture called arteologie, whose mission is to transform used materials into arts and crafts that benefit the underserved global population by providing access to sanitation and water, while building community locally through creative reuse. Currently, she works as International Services Coordinator with the American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati – Dayton Area. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and son.


Vera Lalchevska, Macedonia

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Vera Lalchevska is a political scientist concerned about poverty and the developing world. Her current focus is on the human and minority rights deficit in the European Union. Vera’s last position was Deputy National Coordinator for the International Organisation of the Francophonie in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, where she represented her country in summits and conferences, promoting democracy, development, and the use of the French language. Before this, as a graduate in European Law and Economics from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne, she worked in the Macedonian Government on the European Union Integration Process, on issues such as harmonizing laws in the fields of education, culture, information society, and broadcasting. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace Program, Vera plans to apply her knowledge and skills working either locally in Macedonia or on the policy side in UNDP, the World Bank or another organization that has wider impact and world-wide coverage.

Darshan P. Mundada, India

School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Darshan is a Mechanical Engineer by qualification and yet has spent most of his years immersing himself in social development – seeking answers to social problems in India. At the age of 16 he founded the Friends’ Society and by the time he finished school, had not only experienced the challenges of starting and managing a non-profit, but had carved a niche for Friends’ within the Development Professionals’ community of Pune, India.
His passion for social work drew him to a Masters in Social Work from University of North Carolina (UNC) during which period he was also awarded a certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution as a Rotary Peace Fellow, through a joint program by the UNC and Duke University. He developed an understanding of the intricacies of refugees and migration by working under the Dalai Lama, and the pertinence of microfinance and social businesses as an essential vehicle for social change under Prof. Muhammad Yunus in Bangladesh.

On returning to India, Darshan’s entrepreneurial spirit saw him design and create two self-sustaining social interventions: Sareelution, a vocational project that engages victims of human trafficking in recycling old sarees into shopping bags; and TRAVolution – an educational pilgrimage for students from developed countries to experience and learn from the kaleidoscope of development issues and work in India.

Currently, at Innovaid, as the Head of Programs & Operations, Darshan guides the social endeavors of celebrities by identifying opportunities for social innovation, and develop programs and requisite strategies to match client priorities. Darshan manages the programs and uses his experience to ensure that the initiatives make meaningful social change on the ground in India.


Leandro Ragone, Argentina

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
After studying international relations at the University of Salvador with a focus on tolerance, equity, and respect, Leandro accepted an assistant teaching position with the university’s Economics Department. Leandro became interested in the importance of commodities on a global scale and how international commerce works as a result of his work with Arcor Group as an Agro-Industrial Sales Analyst, managing the exportations of maize and sorghum in its four production branches located in different cities of the country, and Cremer y Asociados S.A., where he managed the exports of soybeans and popcorn. He is seeking the knowledge required to be a leader for peace and to help those countries with high poverty rates and improper nourishment. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace Program, he plans to apply his skills at the World Bank or a similar organization where he can focus on poverty alleviation, educational support, and the promotion of tolerance and cooperation among countries.


DongJu Yu, South Korea

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Dongju Yu has an academic background in Political Science and Diplomacy. He began his career working as a department head with the Korea-China Culture & Youth Association (Futureforest), an environmental NGO, taking responsibility for projects on combating desertification in North East Asia and cultural exchange of youth. Through the Korea International Cooperation Agency, a Korean governmental agency for grant aid programs, he was dispatched to Mongolia where he was able to renew his passion for working in the field of environment and sustainable development. He participated in the Improvement of Maternal and Child Health and Reforestation and Recovery of Devastated Areas projects. He has also conducted research on water policy and management in Mongolia, integrating comparative analysis and recommendations for future policy. Following his time in Mongolia, he worked in Bangkok, Thailand as a development fellow of The Asian Foundation. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace program, he hopes to commit himself to economic and social development, with an emphasis on environmental considerations.

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