Global Refugee Crisis, Migration, and Trauma: Lessons at the Intersection of Peace and Sustainability Leadership Brussels plaza

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When: Thursday, October 12| 08:30 - 17:00 | FULL DAY
Where: Quaker Council for European Affairs
Ticket Price: ILA members - $85 | non-members - $113
Thank you to Eastern University – PhD in Organizational Leadership for being a Bronze Sponsor & sponsoring this event!


We live in a turbulent world, full of chaos and complexity. Nowhere is this clearer than the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, and indeed around the world. In Brussels, in the heart of Europe, such turbulence was amplified by the events of 22 March 2016. This terrorist attack predictably tightened immigration policies, but less predictably, increased the already unsettled lives of refugees in Brussels, and even those around the world, in a myriad of ways. This session provides a unique opportunity for participants to learn about the crisis first-hand, by closely examining the implications for leadership for peace and sustainability. This pre-conference will be hands on, informative, and creates space to maximize that learning through reflection, brainstorming, and networking in order to create possibilities for new integration, and problem solving, and pathways to engagement. Attendees will have opportunities to experience on the ground efforts by European and other NGOs at the forefront of migration and trauma work followed by lunch and a facilitated dialogue.

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  Who Should Attend?

ILA 2017 participants, particularly educators, practitioners, and scholars, interested in Peace Leadership and Sustainability Leadership, and those with a particular interest in the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis, in Brussels, Europe, and around the world.

What Will Attendees Gain?

Attendees will take away:

  • Learn about the current refugee and migrant crisis, particularly in Europe
  • Understand the impact the refugee crisis has on peace and sustainability
  • Discuss the role of peace leadership and sustainability leadership in understanding and providing solutions to the refugee and migrant crisis
  • Share a space with others around the possibilities of peace and sustainability for challenging some of the world's most wicked problems.

Track: Public Leadership

Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Amanuel Melles McIntyre Miller Paul Kosempel Charles David Tauber Sandra Marić
Amanuel Melles
Aman Consulting
Whitney McIntyre Miller
Chapman University
Paul Kosempel
University of Denver
Charles David Tauber
Coalition for Work in Psychotrauma & Peacebuilding
Sandra Marić
Coalition for Work in Psychotrauma & Peacebuilding


Amanuel Melles is the President of InterChange, the International Peacebuilding Institute and serves as the co-convener of the International Leadership Association's Peace Leadership Affinity Group. He co-founded the Toronto Peacebuilding Network, the Selam Peacebuilding Network, and Canadians for Peace and Development in Eritrea. Aman led the design and implementation of the Building Bridges Horn of Africa Communities Peacebuilding Program in Toronto. He is the Principal of Aman Consulting. A multi-lingual social entrepreneur, Aman has over 22 years of management and senior management experience in various sub-sectors: settlement and immigration, community health, social services, nonprofit sector capacity and grantmaking. His expertise and experience spans non-profit organizational resilience, systems change, community-based peacebuilding, diversity and inclusion planning, evaluation capacity building, leadership development, and advocacy in mental health, refugees, and prevention of violence against women. Aman is a former marine ecologist with research and teaching experience in several African, Gulf Arab and European countries.



Whitney McIntyre Miller is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at Chapman University. Whitney received her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, and centers her research around peace leadership and issues of community development and leadership, with a particular focus on postconflict societies. Whitney has researched and worked in Sierra Leone and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and has also lived in Russia. She has traveled to over 40 countries for work, study, and leisure. She has also worked in the areas of international development, refugee return and resettlement, nonviolence, elections monitoring, and community development. Whitney has served for the past several years as the co-convener of the International Leadership Association's Peace Leadership Affinity Group.



Paul Kosempel is currently Teaching Associate Professor in leadership studies at the University of Denver (DU) as well as Interim Director of the Pioneer Leadership Program. Paul joined the faculty in 2007, and soon after received his PhD in interpersonal communication from DU. His professional experience includes over twenty years in higher education in various capacities including career development, leadership development, and operations management. He is co-convener of ILA's Sustainability Leadership Learning Community. His research interests include leadership and sustainability, assessment of leadership learning outcomes, and mentoring and leadership. He is also part-owner of the Green Bay Packers Football Team.



Charles David Tauber, M.D. is a founder of the Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace and has been its Head of Mission for Southeast Europe since 1995. He developed Pragmatic Empowerment Training (PET), a participatory course in communication, psychology, civil society, non-violent conflict transformation, and human rights for people without previous education in these fields. He has given therapy and supervision to victims of war. Previously, Tauber worked with various groups in The Netherlands, assisting asylum seekers and refugees and lay volunteers. He grew up in the USA, where he worked with environmental and peace groups starting in 1966.



Sandra Marić, grew up and studied in Zagreb, Croatia. Before joining to the Coalition for Work with Psychodrama and Peace as Deputy Head of Mission for Southeast Europe in 2006, she worked extensively with children and young people in eastern Croatia. Sandra holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Zagreb. Her role with the Coalition includes therapy, research, writing, and a wide variety of other Coalition tasks.