Columbia Global Centers

This panel will be an intergenerational conversation among expert leaders who are spearheading critical movements for peace and security in countries across Africa. The panel will feature Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and showcase the strategic contributions of women peacebuilders addressing current challenges and mobilization strategies happening in the face of a range of inequalities. The panelists will disrupt and expand the very idea of “peace” and explore what kinds of cross movement work still needs to be done across a range of country contexts, including Liberia, Cameroon, South Sudan, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe.


  • Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate, Executive Director, Women, Peace and Security program, Columbia University
  • Christelle Bay, Founder and Executive Director, Hope for the Needy Association, Cameroon
  • Riya Yuyda, Founder and Executive Director, Crown the Woman, South Sudan
  • Omezzine Khelifa, 2018-2019 Obama Scholar, Founder and CEO, Mobdiun – Creative Youth, Tunisia
  • Rumbidzai Chisenga, 2018-2019 Obama Scholar, Program Manager, Mandela Institute for Development Studies, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Moderator: Elleni Centime Zeleke, Assistant Professor of African Studies, Columbia University

Co-sponsored by the Women, Peace and Security Program.

This event is part of a yearlong 10-event series celebrating the Columbia Global Centers‘ 10th anniversary. Click here to learn about the other events in this series.