MAGDALENA CRISTINA BUTUCEA is the Founder of Peace Museum Romania. Educated in Law an History, with a Master Degree in Political Elites, she is a dedicated activist for peace and human rights. She is also Editor and President Founder of international online newspapers: Diplomatic Aspects/Aspecte Diplomatice and Diplomatic Intelligence. She is Executive President of WN4P and Field Coordinator in Eastern Europe, North Africa and Middle East.
Liska Blodgett is a Real Estate Developer in Austria and the United States and she has an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France). Previously to that, Liska learned 6 languages in France, Spain, Germany, USA, Israel, and Japan. Her native language is Czech. Her travels and studies took her around the world many times and she was struck how we are all the same and that there is really a global Culture for Peace. This is in contradiction to the Military Industrial Complex who tries to make money off of War, Defense Spending, Military Budgets and Military Turmoil Worldwide
Robert is completing his Master in Philosophy at the University of Vienna. Peace means poverty elimination. Peace means everyone having access to the objects of human rights. Human rights such as the right to have a certain quality of life which allows for satisfactory level of well-being for one's self and one's family, are absolutely essential to peace, and the elimination of poverty is essential to these rights. Thomas Pogge says poverty is like slavery, there either exists poverty or there does not, reducing poverty in this sense is then not an option; poverty must be eliminated. Peace, then, does not consist in half-measured efforts but in the total elimination of poverty, and the promotion of human rights. Once we eliminate poverty and ensure everyone has access to the objects of human rights, war is over. This is not some pie in the sky dream. Pogge estimates that if society's very richest members just relinquished 2% of their wealth, poverty would be fully elimated. Not only is this attainable, it's readily and immediately attainable "if we want it". Peace isn't a dream, it's our only hope." He is WN4P Field Coordinator in Western Europe and USA.
Ali Ahmad is an international peace activist and the founder of Kabul PeaceLibrary in Afghanistan, his home country. He holds a Masters degree in ‘Peace and Conflict Studies’ and has been an integral part of the team at the Peace Museum Vienna since early 2014. For Ali, peace is the multi-dimensional outcome of interactions between two or more groups of people or parties in any given society. Peace means respite from violence of all kinds and presence of social justice. At the personal level, this implies calmness, contentment and serenity within the self and with one’s immediate surroundings. At the inter-personal level, peace is best characterized by harmony, nonviolence and creative approaches to transform conflicts.
NAVIN K JUNGALI
He is a Nepalese Artist/Painter/Sculptor and peace activist, coordinator of Peace Museum Nepal and director of ENMP. Born in 1978 in Ilam, eastern part of Nepal. From 2009 to 2015 he worked in Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, Government of Nepal. From 1998 to 2006 in Nepal there was Nepalese civil war against the monarchy by Maoist army combatants. At that time 17000 people died and numerous people disabled and more than 30000 community property and other governmental buildings are destroyed in that war. Following the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed on 21 November 2006 between the Government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) at the end of the Nepalese Civil War, the United Nations received a request for assistance, and established the political mission United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) on 23 January 2007 to monitor the disarmament of Maoist rebels and the preparations for Constituent Assembly elections in 2007. When UNMIN returned back then Nepal Government established a high commission for supervision, integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist Army Combatants. And NAVIN appointed as an IT officer to support the Secretariat of Commission. It was the most important peace building process in Nepal after the war. When he visited cantonments of Maoist Army Combatants he looked closely many weapons were stored in container. He has never seen that kinds of weapons and quantity. In his working period when he visited remote village and other places of Nepal he saw closely many victims, insured people, family of members missing and tears in many students and orphan children. They had huge fear and trying to search for an invisible future. Navin realizes; “none can change a rule of the nature and to retrieve a past” and he started to think; what can I do for peace? And trying to show a peace in his every artwork and love to work peace activities and awareness after his government service. He has exhibited his artworks in Austria, Australia, Argentina, Czech Republic, Equator, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Romania, USA and other countries. Last year when he became connected with Liska Blodgett; founder of Peace Museum Vienna, she provided him an internship program in Peace Museum Vienna then he found a right way and opportunity to start a Peace Museum in Nepal by support of Peace Museum Vienna and Peace Museum Colorado.