Beyond Violence 

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Beyond Violence has many very engaged and inspiring volunteers. Some of the key people behind Beyond Violence introduce themselves here:


Tim Williams

Director of operations


Tim is a PhD student at the Free University Berlin with a research focus on genocide perpetration. He also writes a blog on violent conflict and has worked as a risk analyst on governance, human rights and conflict issues. He is passionate about theatre, and enjoys cooking and travelling


Thomas Pritzl Knoll

Campaigns Director


Thomas Pritzl Knoll is an ex-econmic journalist and expert for advocacy and change working in post conflict-affected countries mainly in Africa and the Caribbean. He is specialized in campaigning and community building for change in order to strengthen the voice of the most vulnerable people such as women, children oder people with disabilities. Thomas has a Master's in literature and sociology. His motto is: "the more you listen to people's need the more you can empower local communities in order to change concerns on a national or even international level". His previous work focussed as well on organisational development.

Barnaby Locke

Public relations manager


Barnaby Locke is a Law and Psychology graduate from the University of Auckland, with a particular interest in International Human Rights, European Union Law, the legal complexities in Post-Colonial developing countries and Indigenous Rights. Barnaby is passionate about travel, music, photography and learning from and accommodating the political empowerment of people in conflict zones. He is currently residing in Latin America, teaching English in underprivileged communities.

Morganne King Wale

Campaigns associate


Morganne has studied international relations, human rights, international relations, and peace studies in her academic career. She has also been active in many organizations working to halt violence via government advocacy, media monitoring systems, and peace education. Morganne believes the technology, skills, and enthusiasm within Beyond Violence are very innovative, and is excited to be a part of the BV team.

Tawhidul Alam

Campaign associate


Tawhidul has seven years of experience working in the private and non-profit sector. Specifically on organizing training and workshops for NGO staff. He has a post graduate degree in social science and is currently working in BRAC, the world’s largest NGO.

Social media

Myriam Ménard

Social media manager

Myriam is currently pursuing a M.A. degree in International Relations at the l’Institut québécois des hautes études internationales (HEI). Concurrently to that, she is interning at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS). She has developed an expertise on Iran’s counter-narcotics policy and is keeping tracks of human rights violations for drug-related offences.

Jeanne Pariseau

Social media team associate


Jeanne Pariseau is currently pursuing a M.A degree in International relations at the Institut québécois des Hautes études internationales (HEI) at Université Laval in Quebec, Canada. She also has a bachelor in political communication from Université du Québec à Montréal. Her field of studies are vary varied but she is primary interested in peace conflict resolution, human rights, the issues on climate refugees and environmental strategies in the fight of global warming.

Jared Knoll

Communications manager


Jared Knoll is a journalist and media developer working in conflict-affected areas across the developing world. Originally from the quiet Canadian prairies, he earned a Master's at the University for Peace, and is working toward a Communications PhD in Media Ethics and Propaganda. Jared believes the spread of accurate, responsible information can be a powerful vehicle for justice and peace, and that vigilance for disinformation and propaganda can be the best shield against injustice, corruption, and other conflict factors.

Ruba Kaloti

Social media associate


Bachelor Degree in English Language and Literature/ Minor Business Administration. Volunteer in Beyond Violence's Arabic translation and social media teams. Currently translate for the grassroots campaign Stop the Wall.

Maria Llebrez

Social media associate


María Llebrez is a Spanish journalist with more than 10 years of experience that temporally assists in the Communications Department of Islamic Relief South Africa in Cape Town. She has a MA in Development and NGO’s Management with a thesis in communications strategies based on Human Rights principals. Previously she collaborated with the Spanish NGO Solidaridad Internacional Middle East in Jerusalem, Palestine, and volunteered in other organizations like Oxfam.


Machteld Bierens de Haan

Blog manager

Machteld has more than 10 years experience in international cooperation in Africa, Central Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She worked in conflict and in post conflict environments and specialized in good governance, democratisation, elections and public administration reform.

Al Ousseynou

Language consultant


Al is an experienced translator. He studied English Literature in Gaston Berger University in Senegal, and International Journalism at Hamline University in St Paul, MN in the US. He earned his PhD in English Literature in 2012 from Gaston Berger. He is passionate about social justice, conflict resolution, international development, and nonviolent campaigns. He also enjoys watching comedies, reading, and cooking.


Manuel Domes

Multimedia manager


Manuel Domes currently works as a project manager for an international NGO in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines. He is also a freelance photographer and videographer and has recently graduated from his diploma course in photojournalism at the Ateneo de Manila University. Through volunteering for Beyond Violence’s multimedia team, he seeks to combine his professional background in conflict transformation with his passion for visual media.

Baz Hodson

Video producer


Baz is a professional director and producer with 15 years experience within broadcast, corporate and webcast productions. He has worked for various global organisations on a range of promotional videos, short films and video content.


Richard Jolley

Technical manager


Richard graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in electronics and straight away turned to building websites. He found beyond violence and enjoyed the technical challenge and good cause. In his spare time he enjoys playing music.


Lynn van Beek

Research associate


Lynn has recently completed her postgraduate degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance at the University of Amsterdam. She has also studied in South Africa and conducted research in Morocco. Currently she is volunteering with an international NGO in Amsterdam, and she is planning to do an internship in Central America next year. Her interests revolve around areas of conflict management and resolution, peacebuilding and human rights, post-conflict development, political violence, international migration issues, social inequalities, global governance and North-South relations.


Ayman Badah

Fundraising team manager


Ayman has been working in the field of relief and development for more than five years. He started his career in program and project management, however he shifted more towards program design and fundraising working as a fundraising officer for the past four years. He also provides consultations for NGOs business development, fundraising approaches, and programs design. He is also an activist in the field of youth rights and an advocate for more inclusive society for persons with disabilities. He enjoys spending time with his family, following football, designing, and learning foreign languages.

Brenda Gandawa

Fundraising associate


Brenda has a bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Anthropology from University of the Witwatersrand, she worked at Save the Children South Africa as a volunteer in the fund raising department. Brenda is currently working towards Honors in Media Studies. She joined Beyond Violence as a Fundraising Associate and is Interested in Human rights promotion and research.

Arjun Prasad Tiwari

Fundraising associate


Arjun is an MBA with major in Finance from T.U. in Nepal and have pursued the international level executive programme like MCMIS and OCM through MsM, Maastricht, The Netherlands in 2009 and 2013 respectively. He has gained the experience of more than 12 years in the development sectors like NGOs and INGOs. Currently he is working with Rural Health & Education Service Trust as the Admin & Finance Manager in Nepal. He has joined Beyond Violence as a Fundraising associate.