Who We Are

About IAHV

The International Association for Human Values (IAHV)

  • Non-profit, United Nations-affiliated organisation with consultative status at ECOSOC (UN) founded in 1997 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and other global humanitarian leaders
  • Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland + 20 national branches worldwide
  • Reached millions of people together with its sister organisation Art of Living Foundation 

IAHV Peacebuilding has been established in June 2013, with the aim to identify, articulate and develop IAHV’s unique expertise and approach to peacebuilding in order to strengthen existing peacebuilding efforts worldwide.

Its Mission is to Build a sustainable and inclusive peace by promoting the development of human values in both the individual and societies on a global scale.

Our human-centred approach lends itself to working across sectors and populations, including international organisations (UN, EU, World Bank), governments, managers and CEO’s, social and community workers, women’s groups, religious leaders, refugees, victims of violence, youth, terrorists and rebels, prisoners and children, bridging religious, ethnic and social divides.

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Vision & Goals

IAHV envisions an inclusive and sustainable peace, deep rooted in the inner life of individuals and supported by societal systems based on universal human values.

  • People affected by violence will find healing and inner peace.
  • People trapped in a vicious cycle of violence against others or oneself, will be freed and empowered for positive action.
  • Populations will be resilient to withstand drivers of conflict and violence and people will be able to smile from their very heart.
  • Nonviolence will be at the core of society and individuals will be apt at resolving conflicts in a nonviolent way.
  • People from different races, religions and ethnicities will co-exist peacefully and feel connected through their shared humanity.
  • Social, economic, political, security, justice, health, culture and educational systems support peace, being rooted in and promoting universal human values such as caring for life, generosity and sharing, cooperation and friendship, integrity and honesty, an eco-friendly attitude, compassion, commitment and responsibility, and service to society as a strong foundation for peace.

This envisioned peace is inclusive of all. It has to reach the furthest corners of the earth, since world peace cannot be attained as long as one individual on this planet experiences violence.

Our Team

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Dr. Katrien Hertog`
Director

Dr. Katrien Hertog is a peacebuilding researcher, trainer and practitioner with 15 years of experience in the academic and non-governmental sector. She has a MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford and a PhD from the Centre for Peace Research at the University of Leuven. Thanks to her book “The Complex Reality of Religious Peacebuilding: Conceptual Contributions and Critical Analysis” (Lexington, 2010), she has become an international reference and resource on religious peacebuilding.Dr. Hertog has worked as project managerfor different peacebuilding INGO’s and as Senior Peacebuilding Trainer and Facilitator at International Alert. As a trainer in peacebuilding, rehabilitation, stress management and capacity development, she has trained 1000+ people, including UN and EU personnel, Dutch and UK government, NGO’s and CSO’s, students, journalists, refugees and prisoners.

Currently she is Director of the internationally renowned prisoner rehabilitation program Prison SMART for Europe and independent consultant trainer and researcher. Her working experience has mainly been in the Middle East, Asia and Russia / North Caucasus

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Nina Noorali
Program Development Manager, Brussels

Born and brought up in the Democratic Rep of Congo (D.R.C.), Nina Noorali has spent 17 years moving to different countries pursuing her career as a life insurance actuary. Not long into that field did she feel the call for more human values and deeper meaning to her life. After taking few sabbaticals to do volunteer work in India, she became a yoga teacher in 2008 and an IAHV trainer in 2009, actively working in South Africa right after her graduation. She focused her efforts on prison rehabilitation programs as well as working in townships to bring joy and stress release to child earners. She initiated stress release workshps in the D.R.C. between 2009 and 2010, reaching out to different sectors of society and mainly NGO workers, including the UN, who were overwhelmed by the political upheaval and difficult environment.

Nina is in charge of program development within IAHV Peacebuilding, based out of Brussels, Belgium, with a special focus on preventing radicalisation in schools.

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Nisrine Hariz`
Program Officer Middle East

Nisrine is a legal consultant, mediator and social activist. Since a very young age, she has volunteered on social and community services with many organizations and initiatives in Lebanon, Syria, Qatar and Germany.

Born in Lebanon during the civil war, she never accepted the imposed situation and continuously searched for solutions. In order to fight sectarianism, corruption and violence, there is a huge need to raise awareness, to promote social ethics and values and to build good citizenship. Noticing throughout these experiences that peacebuilding efforts are much less effective without a strong psychosocial foundation, she believes IAHV’s programs offer very strong tools, especially in the context of war and conflict zones.

Since February 2015 Nisrine is program officer Middle East for IAHV Peacebuilding as well as Project Manager for IAHV’s peacebuilding project in Tripoli, Lebanon.
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Shailen Mittal`
Project Support / Communications

Shailen Mittal volunteers his time for communication, fundraising and project support for IAHV Peacebuilding and IAHV UK. Coming from a family of helping individuals, Shailen is deeply committed to the vision of a stress-free and violence-free society and inspired to help people overcome stressful situations. Being a problem solver by heart, he believes in the practical solution that peace starts from within and peaceful individuals create a safe, prosperous and successful society. Based out of London, Shailen currently heads the exports division for a global food company after a decade of entrepreneurial experience in the arena of international design and trade of fashion accessories. By academic qualifications, he is an ex-Dipsite, a Business Graduate from University of Delhi and holds a Masters in International Business from the renowned Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. Loving history and ancient civilisations, he has travelled varied corners of the world and is fluent in 5 languages.

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Iman Mutlaq
President IAHV Jordan

Iman Mutlaq is a self-made entrepreneur and dynamic leader. As the CEO of Ingot brokers SA, Ms. Mutlaq started and grew her small business into a multinational company with offices across three continents in just a few years. Outside her professional career Ms. Mutlaq has a passion for helping and serving others, which she does amongst others as President of IAHV in the Middle East. Inspired and driven with a passion for women empowerment, Ms Mutlaq has put her multi-fold talents into the development and management of large projects, trainings and organisational development in order to advance the well-being, quality of life and leadership skills of women and men in the Middle East.

Our Advisers

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Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen
Peacebuilding Adviser

Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen is an extra-ordinary peacebuilder and human being, co-founder and Director of the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR). He is an international expert in mediation and peace processes, systemic peacebuilding, design and implementation of early warning and operational and structural prevention, post war recovery, Strategic Conflict Analysis (SCA), Cumulative Impact and Needs Assessments (CINA) and policies and proposals for improving peacebuilding and peacemaking practice, effectiveness and impact. He consults for governments, foreign ministries, and international and national organizations, including as an advisor to the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), UN country missions, and the All Party Parliamentary Working Group (APPG) on Conflict Issues of the British Parliament.

John Paul Lederach
Peacebuilding Adviser

John Paul Lederach is one of the best and most widely known peacebuilding authors and practitioners in the world. Consistently emphasizing a human approach to his work in conflict transformation, Lederach has designed and conducted trainings in 25 countries, across 5 continents including South America, Asia, and Africa. Lederach’s framework for peacebuilding is founded upon three pillars: peacebuilding must be inclusive across all levels of society; peacebuilding must link short-term goals to a long-term vision of interdependence between people and groups; peacebuilding must balance critical issues with structural conditions. Lederach’s peacebuilding framework places him at the forefront of human-oriented approaches to sustainable peacebuilding. His deep and honest reflective practice calls upon everyone in the peacebuilding field to be critical about the difference we make in people’s lives and how we do that.

Dirk Van Eeckhout
Policy Adviser

 

Partners

Funding and Finance

IAHV Peacebuilding is mainly volunteer-driven. Operating with a minimum of logistical and administrative infrastructure, we are able to spend 90%+ of funds directly on project implementation and management.

The initial investment to set up IAHV Peacebuilding came from C3 System sprl and private donors.

Current donors: European Commission

Financial reports available on www.iahv.org.uk

Quality Assurance

The International Association for Human Values, in partnership with its sister organisation the International Art of Living Foundation, certifies its trainers in three training centers around the world including Germany, Canada and India. IAHV trainers have extensive experience leading workshops for prisoners (Prison SMART), trauma survivors (IAHV Trauma Relief), war veterans (Project Welcome Home Troops), gangs, ex-combatants, refugee populations, international institutions, state officials, security personnel, corporates and students. The trainers go through required, continuing certification every two years and vigorously maintain a balanced personal resilience and empowerment program guided by the organization. IAHV, in partnership with leading peacebuilding professionals and institutions across the world, provides ongoing training in peacebuilding skills and encourages knowledge sharing to ensure high professional standards.