University for Peace
With headquarters in Costa Rica, the UPEACE is an entity under the United Nations-mandated University for Peace, which was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organisation by the UN General Assembly. UPEACE has an international profile with offices in New York, Geneva, and Addis Ababa, which are operate on a local or regional basis. In addition, the university has an active alumni network with over 50 nationalities. The UPEACE employs top specialists – in education, peace building, conflict resolution, gender studies, international law, environmental studies and more – who have used their expertise to train professionals. These specialists have also designed and evaluated educational projects. As one of the centres core competencies is the development and implementation of online learning experiences, UPeace will bring expertise in intercultural competence in the NGO sector and delivery of online learning.
Melina Solari holds an Erasmus Mundus MA in Media Engineering for Education, joint degree from the Université de Poitiers, France; Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal; Universidad de Educación a Distancia, Spain. Melina is an Education Technology professional experienced in distance learning (design, implementation and evaluation). She has expertise in adults literacy, ICT competence training for teachers and computer-based collaborative learning. After her master studies, she worked as a project leader and research assistant for MIMETIC, an action-research project that intended to validate a case-based learning model for ICT competences by distance training for secondary and higher education teachers. The study was carried out by IRMA lab, from June 2009 to April 2010. At the end of 2010 she worked as Coordinator Assistant for EUROMIME where she implemented the first intercultural training. She has worked as independent consultant on recent years. Currently, she is a PhD student in Information and Communication Science at the TECHNé lab at the University of Poitiers.
Mohit Mukherjee holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Education with a concentration in International Education from the Graduate School of Education of Harvard University. Since 2006 he has been the Founder and Director of the United Nations mandated University for Peace Centre for Executive Education where he is responsible for the overall operations of the Centre. He has designed and delivered Centres core face-to-face courses and online courses. He also worked at the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development in Costa Rica as Education Program Manager from August 2002 – August 2006. Mohit has organised education workshops and conferences such as: Ashokas Innovation Presentations, in the session on Online Platforms and Tools‟, San Diego, in February 2013. Designed and co-presented a workshop on Effective Teaching Methodologies for the University for Peace staff, in January 2005.
Julia Delafield is the Associate Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education. She has dual master’s degrees from UPEACE and American University in Washington DC, in International Relations and Affairs and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. Before joining the Centre, Julia spent three years working with a social enterprise dedicated to bringing volunteers and Spanish learners to Latin America. She also is a co-founder of a sustainable vanilla importing venture with her brothers, and has worked extensively with environmental NGOs in the international development field. Julia is from the United States but has lived in Costa Rica for five years, as well as spending significant time in Mexico and Brazil.