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Patron - Mr Ati George Sokomanu

Mr Ati George Sokomanu

Mr Ati George Sokomanu, the first President of the Republic of Vanuatu, is a treasured national leader. He was a participant in the 2001 decision of the national Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu to work towards the institution of Pacific PeaceBuilding Initiatives. Subsequent to his Presidency of the Republic of Vanuatu, His Excellency was appointed to the post of Secretary of the South Pacific Commission, a positon he held for a number of years, and this experience made him very aware of the critical need for intentional peacebuilding. Currently he is Chairman of Red Cross Vanuatu. Sokomanu paticipated in the pilot program of training in Reconciliation and Mediation Training in 2001, and was a delegate to the first Peacebuilding Course held in Sydney in 2003. He has encouraged the development of a national strategy for peace education and peacebuilding initiatives in Vanuatu.

Chief Executive Director - Rev Ian Stehbens

Rev Ian Stehbens

Rev Ian Stehbens is founding Director of Pacific PeaceBuilding Initiatives and Principal of the Alan Walker College in Sydney, and as such works closely with leaders and grassroots people from most Pacific nations. He has been an encourager and teacher of community leaders in areas of conflict and persecution in Indonesia and China. He was instrumental in developing a strategy for community and personal healing in Bougainville after the war there. His recent research of the conflicts and cultures in the Southern Highlands of PNG has deepened in him a compassionate zeal for just-peacebuilding. In response to conflicts in Bougainville, Solomon Islands and Fiji he has organised some training in reconciliation theory and practice and mediation training at the College since 1997. During his sabbatical leave in 2002 he studied under Dr John Paul Lederach, the internationally renowned peacebuilder, and has since led the development of Pacific PeaceBuilding Initiatives. He holds qualifications in Education, Geography, Theology, Science and Environmental Health.

President - Rev John Woodley

Rev John Woodley

John Woodley served as a Senator (Democrat, Queensland) in the Australian Parliament from 1993 to 2001. While in the Senate he was the spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Family Services, Regional Development and Agriculture, and a member of several important Senate Committees. Prior to his election to Parliament, he was the Queensland State President of the Australian Democrats from 1991 to 1993 and National Ombudsman from 1988 to 1991. From the time of his calling into Christian ministry during the 1950s Rev Woodley has served in the Methodist and Uniting Churches in several parishes in Queensland, and as Director for Social Responsibility and Chaplain at Queensland University of Technology. Since his retirement from the Senate he is now the Social Justice Chairperson for Uniting Care Queensland and founding President of Pacific Peacebuilding Initiatives.

Company Secretary - Fradreck Nyamhunga

Fradreck Nyamhunga

Fradreck Nyamhunga is Accounting & Credit Officer with Galileo Southern Cross in Sydney, having wide experience in business, IT and management. Educated in Catholic Mission schools in Zimbabwe and trained in Accounts and Data processing in Moscow, Russia, he was a young African national that was prepared for leadership of emerging Zimbabwe. He became the manager for a business services company in his native Zimbabwe. However, due to the deterioration of the economy and associated violence and oppression, it became clear to him that peace was elusive in Zimbabwe. From the resulting pessimism and emptiness, he found hope and new possibility through embracing a Christian faith. He then trained for Christian service and has been a church planter and diaconal leader. Through employment by an Australian company, he migrated with his Sri Lankan born wife, Selvi, and their three children to Australia in 2001. Now, through his local Baptist Church and through Pacific PeaceBuilding Initiatives Ltd, Mr Nyamhunga generously serves the local and international community.

Director - Viniana Ravetali

Viniana Ravetali

Vini Ravetali is the current "Vakatawa" (Lay Leader) of the Ermington Fijian Congregation and the first female to hold this position amongst the Fijian congregations Australia wide. Currently the Office Manager for Pacific PeaceBuilding Initiatives Ltd and Alan Walker College she formerly worked as a Client Services Manager with an investment company and has been in the finance industry for the last 21 years. Vini is also the National Secretary of the UCA Fiji National Conference and a member of the Assembly Working Group on International Multicultural Congregations. Vini is also studying part time at UTC doing a BTH and has great support from her husband Iliaseri and their four teenage children.

Director - Renee Smith

Renee Smith is a qualified and remarkable graphic designer, who conducts her own design business, AGIG Design. She has designed PBI's logo, stationery, prospectus and website. She is a member of Berowra Anglican Church and has been involved in youth ministry. As a wife and young mother she appreciates the vulnerability of children and women and is therefore committed to non-violence and building sustainable peace.

Director - Alistair Gee

Alistair Gee is the Executive Director of Christian World Service (CWS) - the international humanitarian and development agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. CWS is also the Australian member of ACT Development, which runs humanitarian and development programs in 157 countries, of which CWS is currently involved in 23 countries.

Alistair is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His governance and interagency experience includes being:

  • Co-Convenor of Make Poverty History (current). He was also the 2007 APEC Team Leader and 2006 G-20 Team Leader for MPH;
  • currently Chair of the Australian Council For International Development's Advocacy and Public Policy Committee;
  • Chairman of Jubilee Australia (current). Jubilee is an inter-agency campaign working on critical issues in finance for development;
  • Chairman of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service Australia (2001-2005). RACS is a law firm that acts for and advises over 700 asylum-seekers annually;
  • a director of Micah Challenge (current) - the church-based campaign to ensure the achievement of the MDGs;
  • a Solicitor at TressCox Lawyers (2002-2005) and Brown & Partners (1999-2002). Some of his main areas of work were advising companies on corporate compliance, risk management, tax and other management and governance issues;
  • Coordinator of Amnesty International's Refugee Team (2000-2003). This work also included being Secretary of the Asylum Seekers Interagency (ASI) and Chair of the ASI Detention Working Group (1999 - 2001); and
  • as a candidate for Doctor of Juridical Studies at the University of Sydney (2004-2005, now on hold) he completed a post-graduate course in modern corporate governance. The focus of his doctorate was on international law and the responsibility to protect civilians at risk of atrocities.

Director - Jitto Arulampalam

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Director - John Wallis

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