Saira Bano Orakzai (2008 ISSRPL)

Saira is a PhD Scholar from Pakistan She holds a MPhil degree in International Relations from the University of Peshawar and a postgraduate diploma in International Law of Human Rights and Islamic Law. Saira has published several articles in the areas of conflict resolution and diplomacy. She has worked on comparative study of Islamic and Western concepts of Human Rights specifically focusing on concept of Gender in both world views and also working on Islamic and Western concepts of Conflict Resolution and aspires for research on interfaith understanding on issues confronting International Politics. Her current work examines the Theory of Conflict transformation from an Islamic and Western perspective.

Noor Akbar (2007 ISSRPL)

Noor Akbar completed his graduate studies in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan in 2002. Since then he has been serving as Communication Officer at Just Peace International (JPI), an NGO, which is working for peace education, tolerance, conflict resolution and interfaith harmony in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The organization is the first of its nature to work for peace, nonviolence and human rights in the Pukhtoon community, which is known for its fundamentalist and extremist outlook. JPI’s overall goals are to promote a culture of peace, tolerance and respect for human dignity. The organization designs and implements peace education programs through formal and informal avenues, provides training programs to community leaders and develops rehabilitation programs for people affected by war and violence.

Diya Agha (2006 ISSRPL)

Diya Agha is currently an Editor and Program Coordinator at a non-profit conflict transformation organization, Search for Common Ground in Washington DC. She has a B.A. from Boston University in Psychology and a M.A. from American University in Comparative and Regional Studies with a focus on Islam & Democracy and U.S. Foreign Policy. Her work on peace studies in Islam, as well as her work in gender and democracy studies has resulted in invitations to present her work at academic conferences, including those hosted by The Association of Third World Studies and The Southern Political Science Association. Her paper on international relations and peace in Islam was awarded the 2006 Sulayman S. Nyang Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper on Islamic Peace Studies.

Mahmud Jafri (2005 ISSRPL)

Husain Kazmi (2005 ISSRPL)