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Panel de Ancianos

Apoyando a la red mundial de Iniciativas de Cambio y al Consejo Internacional

El Panel Internacional de Ancianos fue constituido en la consulta global de 1999 en Sudáfrica, al mismo tiempo que se formó el Consejo Internacional de Iniciativas de Cambio.

El mandato de los Ancianos es ser un "cuerpo de recursos" informal que apoye a la Asociación Mundial de Iniciativas de Cambio y al Consejo Internacional.

En la Asamblea Mundial de 2018, como resultado de una recomendación para ampliar el papel de los Ancianos, se han desarrollado nuevos Términos de Referencia que hacen un par de cambios significativos.  Uno de ellos es que los Ancianos serán ahora adscritos a sus propios Grupos Regionales:  África, Américas (del Norte y del Sur - cuando se establezca), Árabe, Asia-Pacífico y Europa para que sirvan como representantes en todas las conferencias y diálogos internacionales, según proceda.  Otra es la mayor participación de los Ancianos en el desarrollo de programas de acompañamiento y tutoría.  Estos cambios permitirán un mayor apoyo a la labor del Consejo Internacional.

El Panel de Ancianos consistirá haste de 12 miembros que cuenten con una amplia comprensión de IdeC, y cuiden de la red mundial de IdeC; un buen equilibrio en diversidad; y ser capaces de ofrecer consejo. Los ancianos prestarán sus servicios por no más de cinco años y no menos de dos. Los nuevos miembros serán seleccionados por un proceso de nominación abierto a toda la comunidad IdeC y en conjunto con el Consejo Internacional.

Ellos pueden trabajar y hablar como individuos y como grupo, manteniendo la confidencialidad en los asuntos que les son presentados, pero teniendo la libertad de discutirlos con otros veteranos, a menos que se les haya pedido no hacerlo.

Miembros

Barbara Lawler

Barbara Lawler (Australia) (Coordinadora)

Barbara nació en Brisbane, donde inicialmente se encontró con Iniciativas de Cambio cuando tenía 21 años. Experimentó una transformación personal hacia una nueva y constructiva dirección en su vida y en su gran familia. Continuó trabajando voluntariamente a tiempo completo con IdeC de 1970 a 1985 en Europa, India y Australia. Bárbara tiene más de 20 años de experiencia en Recursos Humanos y Relaciones Industriales en dos de las organizaciones de medios más grandes de Australia en Sídney (se retiró de Australian Broadcasting Corporation en junio de 2011) donde obtuvo una Maestría en Negocios (Relaciones de Empleo). Se mudó de Melbourne a Brisbane en abril de 2017.

Desde 2003, Bárbara se ha sentido particularmente inspirada por muchas visitas a Indonesia y Timor Oriental, trabajando con el equipo joven de IdeC. Ella se siente llamada a construir puentes de confianza y amistad entre Australia y sus vecinos. Siente que Indonesia tiene mucho que ofrecer al mundo en su lucha por la democracia y a través de su sólido y verdadero liderazgo islámico, que a su vez construye puentes de confianza a través de las divisiones del mundo.

De 2010 a 2014, Bárbara fue la Coordinadora Nacional de IdeC Australia. Esto fue seguido por los roles en una nueva estructura organizacional para IdeC Australia; y actualmente en una función de transición de Coordinación, Red, Actividades y Conexiones. También es representante de Queensland en el Grupo Asesor Nacional de Creadoras de Paz de Australia.

A Bárbara le apasiona apoyar la transición y el crecimiento continuo de IdeC como un canal de valores de transformación y empoderamiento necesarios en el mundo, con su enfoque dinámico y único de conectar lo personal con lo global.

Marie Chaftari

Marie Chaftari (Líbano)

Marie, que tiene un título en Administración de Empresas de St. Joseph's University, conoció y ha colaborado con IdeC Líbano desde hace muchos años y está activa en muchas iniciativas que involucran a mujeres de diferentes orígenes. Fue su experiencia de cambio la que finalmente llevó a la notable transformación de su esposo Assaad.

Ella es facilitadora de Creadoras de Paz y lanzó un grupo de mujeres "L'naltaqui" para facilitar el diálogo entre las mujeres después de la guerra. Es este grupo el que está en el corazón de los Círculos de Paz en el Líbano. Marie también ha sido parte de un equipo que organiza campamentos para jóvenes adolescentes de diferentes orígenes para conocerse y crear lazos de amistad durante las vacaciones de verano.

Marie ha nutrido y cuidado a algunas jóvenes musulmanas de Egipto y también a una mujer joven (y su creciente equipo) de Siria, manteniéndose en contacto con ellas y cuidándolas durante sus visitas, además de acogerlas en su hogar. Ella tiene un gran talento para cuidar a las personas y apoyarlas mientras les permite crecer y desarrollarse. Es muy respetada por su integridad, honestidad y experiencias personales que fácilmente comparte cuando ha sido necesario para ayudar a otros.

Christine Iralu

Christine Iralu (Nagaland)

In the early 60s, Christine’s family migrated from Mumbai, India to Perth, Australia where she met Initiatives of Change when the musical Sing Out Australia passed through en route to India.  To engage all the new and interested young people, including Christine, Sing Out West was formed, travelling to towns in West Australia and sharing their initial experiences of change along with the songs they had learnt.

Christine was studying music in Perth at the time and training as a secretary, which she used when she became fulltime with IofC at the age of 18.  She worked as a secretary in the Melbourne office for a couple of years and travelled with Anything to Declare on their return journey to India then on to Europe where she spent 3 years in the UK working as a secretary. She had the privilege of joining the cast of ‘Crossroad’, a multi-media production which told the story and history of IofC.

Returning to India to join Song of Asia, she travelled with the cast through the country until the programme ended its tour. She then married her husband, Niketu, and in 1995 they moved to North-East India, where they still reside.  In Christine’s words, ‘Our home in Nagaland has become a place where people come from all over the North-East region and other parts of India.  We named it Kerünyü Ki which in Niketu’s Angami language means “House of Listening”. It is a place where people come together to plan, to listen to one another, and to solve problems through honesty, humility, and openness.’

Ravindra Rao

Dr. Ravindra Rao (India)

Dr. A.S. Ravindra Rao has been involved with Initiatives of Change since 1964. Captured by the vision of a New India and a New World projected by Rajmohan Gandhi he interrupted his dental studies in 1965 and worked as a full-time volunteer with MRA-IofC for ten years working in many parts of India and abroad. He was part of the musical, India Arise which toured India, Middle East and Europe in the 60’s. His work in Eastern India resulted in extreme left-wing militants accepting IofC and surrendering their weapons.

After marrying his MRA co-worker Jayashree and a stint at a Dental Hospital in the UK, they made their home in Bangalore. She started and ran a successful machine tools sales and service business. He started his private dental practice soon leading in the profession and pioneering implant dentistry in South India. He organised the first Oral Implantology Conference of Bangalore and was elected to the executive committee of the Indian Dental Association. He was also a prominent Rotarian and won international award for ‘Best President’. His commitment to IofC guided his professional, social and family life. He also served on the International Council of IofC.

When she had the thought to set up Grampari, IofC India’s rural and ecology initiative at Asia Plateau, both of them decided to retire to be full-time once again in 2009 and moved to Panchgani when he became the director of the centre. He was on IofC’s International Council and remains a trustee of Friends of Moral Re-Armament (India), the IofC legal body of India. While he is using his time mentoring young people, he has taken on to develop ways to deliver IofC’s message drawing on Indian and other Asian traditions in a contemporary language.

Megumi Kanematsu

Megumi Kanematsu (Japón)

Megumi was born in 1952, and brought up in Tokyo and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Tamagawa University and a Master’s degree in Human Security from the Dept. of Political Science, Doshisha Graduate University. 

In 1974, she attended her first IofC International Conference in Caux and subsequently trained with IofC in the UK. In 1975, while touring Europe and Canada with the MRA musical Song of Asia, she made lifelong friends from Asia and the Pacific as well as other continents. Through their life stories, Megumi learned what Japan had done to other people in Asia and around the world, and decided to dedicate the rest of her life to spread the message of IofC.  She worked full time for three and a half years with IofC in Brazil, alongside Latin American team.

Returning to Asia, Megumi worked for five years with Cambodian people, Korean Buddhists, and Japanese Christians. She assisted in developing a support team for the younger generations of Cambodians to have access to education, but also helped to encourage farmers to play their part in building a better society. 

In Megumi’s words, ‘As an ordinary Japanese I have sought to build bridges of trust within Asia and the world.  I live by the belief that by learning together everyone can discover more of their own strength. Wherever we are, and whatever situation we are in, people around the world will be able to fulfill their unique potential and have the strength to bring light into this needy world.  This part of the world [Japan and Asia] has yet to be able to offer its own unique strengths to respond to the world’s needs.’

Daphrose Ntarataze Barampama

Daphrose Ntarataze Barampama (Burundi/Suiza

Daphrose was born in 1956 in the Kayanza province of Burundi.  The only child of a modest Christian family, she grew up privileged.  She shares her life with her husband Angelo Barampama and they have 3 sons.

Her strong political stand in Burundi pushed her on to the path of exile in 1988; then on to Switzerland which offered protection and political asylum and where she became naturalized Swiss in 2001.  Daphrose is proud to be a good Swiss as well as Burundian. Winner of the ‘Woman in Exile, Committed Woman’ award from the city of Geneva in 2007. She is also honored, since August 2016 with the title of Ambassador by Creators of Peace for which she was President from July 2013 to 2016.

In the 1990s, she joined Initiatives of Change through GRETA (Group for Research and Engagement in the current Turmoil) based in Geneva.  It is from there she became involved with Creators of Peace (CoP) after participating in their international conference in Kampala, Uganda in 2005.

Undertaking training in order to support CoP she became a certified facilitator of peace circles in 2009. By becoming a Creators of Peace international volunteer, she has promoted peace circles to multicultural audiences in Europe (Switzerland and France) and francophone Africa: Burundi, Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania, Democratic Republic of the Congo.  She was able to use the methodology of CoP to facilitate honest dialogue between the leaders of the various political and fighting factions in Casamance/Senegal.

Currently, Daphrose is responsible for project Muntunuwundi - circles of peace and development, based on the value of universal Ubuntu, accessible to the public of the Region of Great Lakes.  She also serves as a mentor to the many Initiatives of Change teams in Africa.

Roy Edward Ncube

Roy Edward Ncube (Zimbabue)

Roy was introduced to Initiatives of Change at the MRA/IofC Centre in 1985 at Coolmoreen Farm, which is in Gweru, Zimbabwe as student on industrial attachment.  Upon graduation, he taught Agriculture in secondary schools in Harare and Bindura for two years and during this time he maintained links with IofC.  In January 1988, he and his wife Tafadzwa were invited by the Council of Management to Coolmoreen Farm and Conference Centre in Gweru to run the farming units which comprised of a dairy, poultry breeding, and cropping enterprises.  

Roy learnt a lot about both IofC and commercial farming from the late Peter and Jean Loch together with the late Professor Emeritus Jesse Williams, who was a specialist in Dairy Science from the United States.  Due to his experience of IofC at Coolmoreen he decided to live a life guided by the values of IofC. It was during his tenure that the farm experienced its most productive years in the post-independence era. After five years at Coolmoreen, a new calling drove he and his family to Botswana. He worked for 15 years for the Government of Botswana where he was involved in various capacities introducing Agriculture in secondary schools throughout the country.

After teaching Agriculture in secondary schools in Zimbabwe and Botswana for nearly 20 years, he retired from active employment but maintains interest in sustainable farming methods and rural development. Roy was part of the cohort Workshop for Africa in 2013 which led he and his teammates to South Sudan for peace mobilizing efforts. He is currently the Secretary General of MRA/IofC Zimbabwe and is involved with efforts to reclaim the IofC Centre in Zimbabwe which had been taken away by the government for resettlement purposes. He is also Convener for the African Coordination Group (ACG).

Teresa Luckhurst

Teresa Luckhurst (UK)

Teresa was born in Sheffield in 1966 and raised in a Catholic community.   Teresa made the choice not to have children of her own through personal circumstances.  Teresa is an aunt to 5 nieces, a great aunt and a step-grandmother.  Teresa has been married and separated, and lives with her partner of 19 years.

Teresa has had a varied work life, having worked as a care assistant, family support worker with Children and Families, and for the past 10 years as a clinic secretary for the National Health Service (NHS).   She is currently an Advanced Health Care Support Worker, taking care of adults who have learning disabilities and additional health care needs with the NHS.  One of the NHS values is working in partnership; Teresa is involved with fundraising and hosting members of the Gulu Fellowship when they visit Sheffield to train in mental health before returning to Uganda.

Teresa gained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the Open University in 2017.  Following on from this achievement while working full time; Teresa is now undertaking a post graduate diploma in relational centred counselling.

Teresa came to know the work of IofC through meeting Judith and David Curtis.  Teresa has been actively involved with IofC for the past 17 years.

Florence Nosley

Florence Nosley (Francia)

Florence was born in 1952 and spent most of her childhood abroad in USA, Lebanon and Algeria. When she was 12 years old, she became aware that she was French, but hardly knew her own country. At 15, she moved to France and one year later, she discovered Moral Re-Armament (now Initiatives of Change). One of her first changes was to open herself to France, which she had longed to discover, but which she found difficult to adapt to.

She realised that ‘big doors turn on small hinges’ and that inner listening can lead to personal changes. These changes, which seem small at first, can have far bigger consequences. Her first ‘small hinge’ moment was to follow the thought that she needed to apologise to someone. In doing following this inner guidance and seeking forgiveness she began to walk on a new life path.

After her secretarial studies she worked full time with Initiatives of Change for 13 years. She worked in Europe, took part in two itinerant shows: ‘Time to choose’ in Europe and southern Africa, and ‘Poor man, rich man’ in Europe and northern America. She also lived a few months in Latin America with Jean-Louis, whom she married in 1983; they have had four children. After several years teaching in primary school, she retired in July 2018.

Lorne Braun

Lorne Braun (Canadá)

Fung Ming Chan

Fung Ming Chan (Hong Kong)

Contacto

elders@iofc.org