Peace Fellows in the News

December 2020

Rotary Peace Fellow Dhruti Shah (Chulalongkorn University 2017) appeared on Do Not Adjust Your Focus, a creativity and strategy podcast. She discussed moving to Thailand and embarking on the Rotary Peace Fellowship and how it has helped her with the way she approaches stories. Listen here.

Rotary Peace Fellow Wendy Sternberg (Chulalongkorn University 2009) is the founder and executive director of Genesis at the Crossroads. On 19 December, Genesis at the Crossroads will premiere The Sounds of Healing virtual concert, featuring a world music ensemble made up of artists from cultures in conflict.  Register at

Rotary Peace Fellow Chad Shipmaker (Duke University 2009-11) is featured on the Positive Turbulence podcast to discuss big idea thinking and practical problem solving in small town contexts. He also discusses his previous work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, his Rotary Peace Fellowship, and his experience as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. Listen here.

November 2020

Rotary Peace Fellow Phill Gittins (Chulalongkorn University 2012), Director of Education at World Beyond War, has released “A Global Security System: an Alternative to War.” Read more about the blueprint to end all war, the online study and action guide, and Phill’s work with the RPFAA and the Rotarian Peace Projects Incubator.

Rotary Peace Fellow Jay Gilliam (International Christian University 2008-10) co-authored a report on “Transforming U.S. Foreign Policy To Ensure Dignity and Rights for LGBTI People” for the Center for American Progress. Read more.

October 2020

Rotary Peace Fellow Jamie Leseur (Uppsala 2013-15) has been named Uppsala University’s Alumnus of the Year for 2020. Jamie is global Head of Emergency Operations at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Read more.

Rotary Peace Fellow Rita Lopidia (Bradford 2015-17) executive director and co-founder of the Eve Organization for Women Development in South Sudan, received the US Institute of Peace’s inaugural Women Building Peace Award. Read more.

Rotary Peace Fellow Eva Czermak (Chulalongkorn 2017) uses her fellowship background and medical training to ensure that needs don’t get overlooked during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Rotary Peace Fellow Nick Tobia (Uppsala 2012-14) and his team won NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge (Best Use of Data award; Euro Data Cube award) for developing the GIDEON app, which measures the risk and sustainability of post-lockdown economic recovery across the globe, and looks at how countries’ pandemic and environmental management tactics balance with that recovery. Read more.

Rotary Peace Fellow Dongju Brandon Yu (Duke-UNC 2008-10) builds consensus among goat herders to help them earn a decent wage, protect grasslands. Read more.

Rotary Peace Fellow Chia-Yin Lin (International Christian University 2011-13) leads teams that screen travelers in Taiwan to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more.