Peace Leadership

The Peace Leadership Member Community seeks to attract researchers, educators, practitioners, and others who care about peace – in the mind and body, community, and in the world. Our aim is to draw thinkers and doers to focus on peace, peace-building, and developing, explaining, and educating for a culture of peace. This is a forum where the voices of peace can meet to nurture each other's needs and collaborate on common interests, and a place to support efforts towards a more peaceful world.

Our hope is to increase the conditions for justice, tolerance, acceptance, hope and understanding anywhere and everywhere and for positive change in individuals, groups, organizations, and governments that lead to freedom from oppression, conflict and war, and aggression, through dialogue, action plans, research, practice, teaching and learning.

Priorities & Projects

  • Promoting an understanding of peace leadership separate and distinctive from peace and conflict studies
  • Sharing knowledge on practices, opportunities, and experiences for sustainable peace within and outside the ILA
  • Identifying and testing models, theories, and perspectives about peace leadership towards developing effective approaches to ….
  • Creating a coherent and welcoming ILA community with short and long term goals to further Peace Leadership
  • Launching an ILA Intersections group to foster networking, promote new publications and opportunities, share knowledge and experiences, build a resource library, and address questions about Peace Leadership
  • Developing individual and group capacities, leaders and activists, negotiators and communicators, to learn and teach how to develop relationships of trust and reciprocity that can be spread around the world
  • Engaging with and learning from others whose ways of being are peace-intentional and peace-proactive

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Contact the Community Leaders

Community Co-Conveners

Amanuel Melles Elizabeth Stork

Amanuel (Aman) Melles
President, InterChange, International Community-Based Peacebuilding Institute

Elizabeth Stork
Professor, Organizational Leadership, Robert Morris University

Sample Resources

Leadership Perspectives Webinars

Downloadable Book Chapter


Ann Dinan is active in the emerging field of Peace Leadership, which she defines as the nexus of peace and leadership such that Peace Leadership focuses on the intersection of both Positive Peace and Positive Leadership. She is the President of the Deeper Peace Leadership Institute and previously the Head of North American Operations for the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) as well as Faculty for the Whole Foods Market Academy for Conscious Leadership. She is currently writing several books and book chapters on Peace Leadership and Human Unity for Peace. She is also presented this work at the Oslo Peace Week, sanctioned by the Nobel Institute. She earned her doctorate in Social Science Research from Washington University, USA, her master's degree from Case Western Reserve, USA, and she is an ICF (International Coach Federation) certified coach. ×


Amanuel Melles is the President of InterChange, the International Peacebuilding Institute. He co-founded the Toronto Peacebuilding Network, the Selam Peacebuilding Network, and Canadians for Peace and Development in Eritrea. Aman led the design and implementation of the Building Bridges Horn of Africa Communities Peacebuilding Program in Toronto. He is the Principal of Aman Consulting and Director of the Network for the Advancement of Black Communities at York University, Canada. A multi-lingual social entrepreneur, Aman has over 24 years of management and senior management experience in various sub-sectors: settlement and immigration, community health, social services, nonprofit sector capacity and grantmaking. His expertise and experience span non-profit organizational resilience, systems change, community-based peacebuilding, diversity and inclusion planning, evaluation capacity building, leadership development, and advocacy in mental health, refugees, and prevention of violence against women. Aman is a former marine ecologist with research and teaching experience in several African, Gulf Arab and European countries. ×


Elizabeth Stork is a professor of Organizational Leadership at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Work/ Policy and Administration, her M.A. in Sociology (Gender, Race, & Class), and her MSW in Non-Profit Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Her B.A. in The Classics is from LSU, Baton Rouge. Following a variety of consultancies with area grant-making foundations in Pittsburgh, she did project management work for RAND, and was a VP of Community Impact and Foundation Relations at United Way of Allegheny County. She was hired as the first faculty member to teach in the new Organizational Leadership program at RMU and now teaches courses in non-profit leadership, leadership and social advocacy, research methods, gender/sex and leadership, and decision making at the graduate level, and multicultural perspectives and social movements at the undergraduate level. Her research work is currently on pedagogical matters, and on women activists in authoritarian, patriarchal societies. Her research takes her to Armenia, Jordan, Egypt, Ethiopia, for now.



Erich Schellhammer recently retired from the School of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada after a long career as a professor teaching at Canadian and German universities. He is a long standing member of ILA and has been instrumental in starting the Peace Leadership Affinity Group. His academic background is in law, with a law degree from Germany, philosophy (having earned two graduate degrees in this discipline) and justice studies (with an emphasis on human services skills). He is involved in a number of peace organizations (PACS-CAN, CPSC, Peace Research, etc.). His latest research is on peace leadership where he focuses on the theoretical framework for this evolving discipline.