Presidential Peacebuilding Conference 2018

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Rotary International President 2017/18 Ian Riseley invites you to join him at the Presidential Peacebuilding Conference 2018.


Saturday 24th February 2018


Disease Prevention & Treatment and Peace Conference – 09.30-17.30


The Ricoh Arena, Jimmy Hill Way (sometimes listed as Phoenix Way), Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE


Early bird expired on 31st October
Registrations (from 1st November – 25th January): £55.00
Registrations (from 26th January – 23rd February): £60 (non refundable)



About the Conference

Since World War II, Coventry has become known as the City of Peace and Reconciliation and has formed many twin cities all over the world.

The programme will include interesting speakers which already include Rotary International President 2017/18 Ian Riseley, The Rotary Foundation Vice Chairman Ken Schuppert, The Lord Mayor of Coventry and Rotary International Director 2017-19 Brian Stoyel (see below for speaker profiles).

In addition to interesting plenary sessions there will be breakout sessions for all to get involved in.

The registration will cover tea, coffee and pastries on arrival, buffet lunch, hot drinks during the day, car parking and wifi.

Location and accommodation

The Ricoh Arena is the home of the Wasps Rugby Club and Coventry City Football Club. It is situated just 5 minutes from the M6 Motorway, which gives access to the M1, M5 and M40. It is just 20 minutes away from Birmingham Airport  and has its own rail station.

Rooms at the Double Tree by Hilton are now fully booked, but rooms at The Ramada Hotel and Suites, Coventry (CV1 3GG) are available at  a discounted rate of £70.00 for a single and £80.00, including full English breakfast (inc. VAT).

Please contact the hotel direct on 02476 238110 or email reservations, quoting ROTARY GBI to receive this special discount.

Rooms and rates are subject to availability. Early booking is advised.

Evening dinners

These dinners will take place at the Ricoh Arena and can be booked alongside your registration.

The Rotary Foundation Supporters’ Dinner:

This special dinner will take place on Friday 23rd February at 19.30 and will be hosted by Rotary Foundation Trustees Mike Webb and Ken Schuppert. Guest speakers will include Rotary Scholar, Lonnie Hackett.

Price – £38

The Rotary International President’s Peacebuilding Dinner

This dinner will be hosted by RI President Ian Riseley on Saturday 24th February at 19.00 and feature Colin McInnes, UNESCO Professor of HIV/AIDS and Health Security in Africa, as guest speaker.

Price – £38.50


09.00 – 09.30 Registration
09.30 Welcome
Chairman Peter Offer, Lord Mayor of Coventry and Rotary International President Ian Riseley

Today’s Enemies are Tomorrow’s Friends
Coventry Cathedral (Revd Canon Dr Sarah Hills) and Rotary Club of Warsaw (Mark Krawczynski)

Disease Prevention
Professor Joe Valadez

Youth Speaks
Magnus Riley

Rotary Peace Fellow
Dr Natalia Guitierrez Trujillo

11.45 Breakout groups and sessions for young people
12.45 Lunch
13.40 Nobel Peace Laureate
Dr Shirin Ebadi

Rotary Peace Fellow
Jessica Tissell

14.40 Breakout groups and sessions for young people
16.00 Minister of State – Department for International Development
Alistair Burt MP

Peace – Coventry University
Professor Mike Hardy

Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London
Dr Josephine Ojiambo

RI Convention – Toronto
Gordon McInally

Peace Conferences – Toronto
Lonnie Hackett

Rotary International President
Ian Riseley

Rotary International Director
Brian Stoyel

17.30 Close

Sessions for young people

There will be two 75 minute break out sessions for 12 to 18 year olds at 11.25 and 14.25.

Both sessions will start with a short introduction and some activities involving the whole group. The majority of these sessions will then be run in mixed groups of 12 to 15 participants, each facilitated by two or three Peace Advocates/PeaceJam Mentors (older students who are fully trained to run these sessions).

There will be activities that enable those who are sharing their ideas and thoughts to do so in an environment in which they feel safe. The young people will be encouraged and enabled to discuss issues that have been raised in the plenary talks in a controlled and mature manner, with guidance on how to share ideas, debate concepts and achieve consensus.

There will be supporting activities to create an environment of appreciation and collaboration, and It is intended that the outcomes of these sessions will be decisions on future actions, either individually or in a group.

It is expected that the afternoon session will be joined by Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi. Our aim is to enable young people to make better informed decisions about their lives, how they affect the lives of others, and what actions they might take in the future to create more peaceful communities.

Post-Conference visits

On Sunday 25th February an excursion will be available (subject to participation levels).

Trip two – City of Coventry, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon day trip

Start the day by participating in a Rotary Peace Tree Planting alongside Coventry’s five Rotary clubs and RI President Ian Riseley.

You will then head to the historic towns of Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon.

You will be able to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and attend a special service in Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was baptised, worshipped and buried, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Depart from the Ricoh Arena at 10.30 and return by 17.00. Cost per person is £25 (does not include attraction entry fees).

Meet the speakers

Ian Riseley - Presidential Peace Conference

Ian Riseley

Rotary International President 2017/18

Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia

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Luke Addison - Presidential Peacebuilding Conference

Luke Addison

Rotaract in Great Britain and Ireland Chairman 2016/17 and PeaceJam volunteer

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Jean Best Presidential Peace Conference

Jean Best

Creator of The Peace Project, which enables young people to develop skills helping them to conquer conflict in their lives.

Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright, District Peace Officer and one of Rotary’s six Champions of Peace

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Shirin Ebadi - Presidential Peacebuilding Conference

Dr Shirin Ebadi

Nobel Peace Laureate

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Lonnie Hackett - Presidential Peace Conference

Lonnie Hackett

Rotary Scholar

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Professor Mike Hardy - Presidential Peace Conference

Professor Mike Hardy CMG OBE FRSA

Chair of Intercultural Relations and Founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.

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Canon Dr Sarah Hills - Presidential Peace Conference

Revd Canon Dr Sarah Hills

Canon for Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral

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Natalia Gutierrez Trujillo - Presidential Peacebuilding Conference

Dr Natalia Gutierrez Trujillo

Rotary Peace Fellow

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Mark Krawczynski - Presidential Peace Conference

Mark Krawczynski

President, Rotary Club of Warszawa City, Warsaw

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Colin McInnes - Presidential Peacebuilding Conference

Colin McInnes

UNESCO Professor of HIV/AIDS and Health Security in Africa

Director of Research Excellence, Aberystwyth University

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Caroline Millman - Presidential Peace Conference

Caroline Millman

Chairman of PeaceJam UK

Rotary Club of Ringwood

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Peter Offer - Peace Conference

Peter L. Offer

Rotary International Director 2015-17

Rotary Club of Coventry Jubilee

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Josphine Ojiambo - Presidential Peacebuilding Conference

Dr Josephine Ojiambo

Deputy Secretary – General of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London

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Magnus Riley Presidential Peace Conference

Magnus Riley

Peace Advocate, participant in The Peace Project and former Rotary Youth Speaks contestant.

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Ken Schuppert - Presidential Peace Conference

Ken Schuppert

Vice Chairman, The Rotary Foundation

Rotary Club of Decatur

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Brian Stoyel - Presidential Peace Conference

Brian Stoyel

Rotary International Director 2017-19

Rotary Club of Saltash

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Professor Valadez - Presidential Peace Conference

Professor Joe Valadez

Chair of International Public Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

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Presidential invitation

For further details contact the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Rotary International Director 2015-17 Peter L. Offer at

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