Academic Co-Directors

Dr Gladston Xavier
Dr Gladston XavierDr. Gladston Xavier, belongs to Loyola College, Chennai. It is one of the most popular educational institutions in India. It has always been among the top three colleges for more than a decade. It is one of the eight out of the 38000 colleges to be awarded the status of College of Excellence by the Government of India.

Dr Gladston Xavier is an expert in the field of conflict. He has worked extensively in South Asia, providing trainings to people at the grass roots as well as to policy makers. He has also lectured widely in Asia, Europe and the Americas. He is currently the Head of the Department of Social Work in Loyola College, Chennai. Before that he used to be the Dean of Arts Faculties for the college.

Dr Florina

Dr FlorinaDr. Florina, works for CASA, a national level humanitarian organization. She heads the south zone managing five states as the Chief Zonal Officer. She has a Masters Degrees in Social Work, Public administration and Peace building. She holds a doctorate in Social Work. She too has conducted several workshops along with Dr. Gladston Xavier on peace building in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, USA, Australia, Iran, Kenya, Sweden, Netherlands, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia to name a few countries.

Both Dr. Florina and Dr. Gladston have a unique combination of working with the grassroots and the policy makers. As a combination of field and academics, they able to assimilate high sounding ideas and have been able to build a community of trainers who can sustain themselves comfortably. Their areas of expertise include, training on trauma awareness and recovery, arts based approaches to peacebuilding, sustainable development, strategic planning and management, restorative justice and working with community based organizations.

Guest Lecturers:

Sriprakah (Sri) Mayasabdra
Sri MayasabdraSri Mayasabdra works as a resource person to peace development initiatives through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) country programs across Asia; liaisons with MCC Advocacy Offices in North America and is on the Governance Board of Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) in the Philippines and the Steering Committee of Northeast Asia  Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI). He has facilitated on Cross-Cultural Education and Diversity Appreciation at universities, corporations and civic organizations in several parts of the world. He was a delegate with Witness for Peace to Haiti in 1994 during the US occupation of Haiti and collaborated in Peace Advocacy and Peace Education with non-governmental organizations in the Middle East - Palestine, Israel and Syria for four years. 


Patrick McNamara

Patrick McNamaraPatrick McNamara, PhD, has worked locally and internationally with universities, corporations, governments, NGOs, and foundations for 25 years. He serves as Visiting Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He teaches in the areas of conflict and negotiation, sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, and civic leadership.

Patrick is a 1996 alumnus of the Caux Scholars Program. He received a PhD from the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Patrick has presented workshops and consulted in the US, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

In 2011, he was in India teaching social entrepreneurship and conducting research on water conflicts and social movements as a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar, a program co-funded by the US State Department and the Government of India. He returned to India in 2012, 2013, and 2014, to teach social entrepreneurship, train civil servants and corporate executives on ethical leadership and good governance, and work on water resource management.

CSP Coordinator

Dr. Nidhi Shendurnikar

Dr. Nidhi Shendurnikar has a PhD in Political Science from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat. She presently resides in Ahmedabad and till recently worked as a Research Officer for an ICSSR project spearheaded by The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Until November 2015, she was an Academic Associate in the Communications Department of The Indian Institute of Management (IIM-Ahmedabad). She has been a Senior Research Fellow of The University Grants Commission studying for a PhD in 'Conflict Mediation between India and Pakistan and Media's Role'. Over the past four years, she has been a fellow of The Building Peace Project (2014-15), Global Conversations Project (2015), a CONTACT SIT Alumnus (2014) and a peace educator with Pax Populi's online program teaching English to students in Afghanistan. In 2015, she was selected to be a Caux Scholar for Asia Plateau's program on peace building and conflict resolution at Panchgani. In June 2016, she participated in a program on interfaith dialogue and religious harmony by the Dalai Lama Foundation. 

Writing is when she feels she can express herself the best. She has been a freelance contributor to several forums like Open Democracy, South Asia Monitor, Women's Web, Bayside Journal, Aman ki Asha, The Alternative, Sayfty. She has several academic publications on gender related issues to her credit and has been associated with the Women’s Studies Research Centre in her university.