Salpy Eskidjian | BIO

Salpy Eskidjian Weiderud is one of the two architects of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process under the Auspices of the Embassy of Sweden- (RTCYPP) which is an unprecedented peacebuilding initiative in Cyprus launched in 2009 and currently serves as the main facilitator of the religious leaders’ dialogue for peace in Cyprus. In her capacity as senior consultant for peacebuilding and human rights, Salpy has served as special advisor to a non governmental organization called Viva Rio in Brazil (2006); the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-OHCHR) and facilitator for the Nicosia community leaders’ (mayors) joint meetings, (2014-2015). Since 2013 she has been appointed a member to the Governing Board of the Home for Cooperation and works closely with the civil society and international community in Cyprus.

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Susana Pavlou | BIO

Susana Pavlou is an outspoken and committed feminist and a women’s rights activist. She started her career at the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) in 2005 and has served as Director of the Institute since 2008. She has served as gender equality expert on European networks and organisations including the European Women’s Lobby and the European Institute for Gender Equality. Susana is a tireless advocate to end all forms of violence against women and girls and is currently President of the Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Combating of Violence in the Family.

She holds a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MSc in International Relations from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University.

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Sezis Okut | BIO

For the last 12 years, Sezis Okut has been working for non-profit organisations and enterprises in the USA, London in roles ranging from events coordinator, project coordinator and project manager, and for the last five years, she has been part of the civil society in Cyprus working towards reconciliation through youth empowerment. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Masters Degree in Finance and she is a certified project manager. She managed a project with a budget of 350,000 Euros funded by the UNDP-ACT between January 2012-July 2013.

She is currently co-managing an European Union funded project called, Youthopia, with a budget of 377,000 Euros. She is a true believer in youth empowerment and entrepreneurship, and is founder of a start-up called Mystery Cyprus. She is also a co-founder of the first co-working space in northern part of Cyprus called Hive Cy.

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