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.

David Anderson Hooker, PhD, JD, MDiv

Dr. David HookerDr. Hooker is Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. His practice as mediator, trainer, leadership development specialist, advocate, and community peacebuilder throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the united States spans more than 30 years. His practice and research foci investigate the social and narrative construction of complex identities; the role of multigenerational trauma in the formation of interpersonal and communal relations and systems and structures; and the various models and approaches to truth-telling as mechanisms for approaching justice, quality peace, and societal reconciliation. He is the co-author (with Amy Potter-Czjaikowski) of Transforming Historical Harms (Eastern Mennonite (2012), and author of The Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing (SkyHorse 2016) and other book chapters and journal articles.  

CSP Coordinators

Swathi Pottabathini

Swathi PottabathiniSwathi Pottabathini, hails from the newly born state of India—Telangana—but has spent most of her time outside it, hopping across a couple of states and a country too (Saudi Arabia) which she believes has given her a multi-cultural perspective in life. A computer engineer from the College of Engineering, Pune (2012-16), she went on to pursue the Young India Fellowship (YIF) from Ashoka University (2016-17) in search of new avenues of learning in the space of liberal arts. She then worked with a grassroots NGO, Samaj Pragati Sahayog, which works with the tribal communities in Madhya Pradesh. The immense experience has reinforced her idea of working in the social sector and public policy, even in the future.

The zest for exploration and travel made her participate in programmes such as the Gurukul (2015) and Interfaith (2016) organized by Foundation of Universal Responsibility of His Holiness Dalai Lama, which added depth and width to her thought process through the vivid interactions she had with the Tibetan community and various religions at large. Caux Scholars Programme-Asia Plateau (2017-18) was another transformative experience wherein she understood and reflected upon the notions of peace and conflict through expert faculty, diverse peers, and a healthy learning environment.

Having been an editor of her college magazine and author of various articles, poems and papers, she believes writing gives her wings. Reading—a halo—and painting/sketching—a magic wand—to make herself and the world outside a little better.

Chetana Pawar

Chetana Pawar Chetana has pursued her B. Tech in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune. Currently she is working with an automobile manufacturing company, TATA Motors. During her college days, she has led Philomystics club and Media team of MindSpark 2014. In her B. Tech, she has won the best outgoing debater award. She has been a fellow of ‘Interfaith Dialogue and Pilgrimage’ program in 2016. In 2017, she was selected for Caux Scholars Program which was held at Asia Plateau, Panchgani. She has plethora of hobbies such as reading, writing, dancing, photography, playing Harmonium, treasuring special coins and listening to music. Some of her articles have got published in newspaper and magazines. You can find her writings at:,