fr. Aniedi OKURE

    Director and Permanent Delegate to the United Nations | General Promoter of Justice and Peace of the Order of Preachers Contact

    Until his appointment, Aniedi was the Executive Director of the Washington DC based Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN), a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at The Catholic University of America and Executive Officer for Jubilee USA. For about nine years at AFJN, he engaged on advocacy for just US-Africa policies, the formation and training of Civil Society Groups based on Catholic Social Teaching and techniques of contextual social analysis and mobilizing them for practical advocacy for structural change, and on issues that impact their communities.

    Previously, he served as Coordinator of Ethnic Ministry at the United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops, serving migrant communities, and as Vicar Provincial for North America and the Caribbean of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana. His pastoral ministry experience in Nigeria, the United States, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, includes serving as chaplain to the Nigerian Federation of Catholic Students, associate at St. Ambrose Parish Boston, USA Chaplain at the University of Ife, Nigeria, Chaplain to the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, USA. He taught at several universities in the United States and in Nigeria. For many years, he conducted workshops and seminars on intercultural competency for international pastoral ministers. He holds a Masters degree in Religion and Culture, a Masters degree in Social Sciences and a Doctorate in Sociology.

    aniedi.okure@un.op.org

     

    Laurence BLATTMER

    Programme Coordinator | Contact

    Laurence is a Canadian-Swiss jurist specialized in human rights. She has extensive work experience and expertise in the defence of human rights at the United Nations level and in capacity building of civil society on action and advocacy for the promotion of human rights worldwide. She is working as Programme Coordinator for Dominicans for Justice and Peace since 2016. Prior to this position, she worked in the International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights sections of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Bern and was involved in the work of the Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant and youth advocate coordinator with the Lebanese NGO Right to Nonviolence. Laurence holds a Master's degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and International Law from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), Canada.

    laurence.blattmer@un.op.org

    fr. Luc-Thomas SOMME

    Coordinator of the Academic Engagement Programme | Contact

    Born in 1960, Fr. Luc-Thomas Somme is a teacher-researcher in ethics. After a degree in Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Philosophy and a Doctorate in Theology, he has taught in various seminaries and universities, notably in Toulouse, Fribourg (Switzerland) and Tananarive. He was Dean of the Faculty of Theology and then Rector of the Catholic Institute of Toulouse. Within the Dominican Order, he was also Regent of Studies of the Province of Toulouse and he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of the Angelicum. On March 1, 2020 he was appointed by the Master of the Order as Coordinator of the Academic Engagement Programme of the Order’s Delegation to the United Nations.

    luc.somme@un.op.org

    Benedict RIMANDO

    Project Manager | Contact

    Benedict Rimando, a Filipino national, has been a project and programme manager in the peacebuilding and humanitarian contexts for several years. He has worked with the UNDP as a coordinator of a joint UN youth programme and was also coordinator of the UN Peacebuilding Fund in the Central African Republic (CAR). In the humanitarian field, he managed emergency projects with World Vision International (WVI) as Regional Manager in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and as Programmes Director in CAR. He was also Peace and Conflict Advisor for WVI both in the DRC and in Geneva and has also supported Relational Peacebuilding Initiatives (RPI). Earlier, he occupied the position of Executive Director of a national NGO engaged in mediation and was a Knowledge Management Consultant in the Philippines. Previous to that, he engaged in missionary work in the DRC and in the Philippines during which he was involved in Justice and Peace work. Benedict has done studies in Philosophy, Theology and Anthropology.

    benedict.rimando@un.op.org

    Mónica MARCO

    Communications coordinator | Contact

    Mónica joined Dominicans for Justice and Peace in 2020. She comes from a strong dominican background: she formed part of Dominican Youth Movement (DYM) Spain until she was elected as responsible of communications in the International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM) 2016-2020. She represented dominican youth in the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace (IDCJP) 2018-2020. She has also collaborated in Selvas Amazonicas, the mission secretariat from the Hispania province. Professionally, she had developed her career in the commercial area as Senior Key Account Manager, for the spanish market, at the leading musical theater company in Europe, where she was able to develop a broad vision for interdisciplinary projects, negotiation, communications and public relations skills. Mónica has done studies in art, tourism and modern languages. She holds an MBA and is currently finalizing her studies in theology.

    monica.marco@un.op.org

    NJ Torres-JACOBSON

    Communications Officer | Contact

    NJ is a communications professional with a career in marketing, content creation and is a PR practitioner by heart. She has 15 years of solid experience and diverse capabilities in events, fundraising & project management. She had developed a comprehensive career in campaign development, creative content marketing, SEO strategies, networking and general management. She developed, led, and managed a whole PR department of one of the Philippine's biggest service brand as the Group Head - PR and Media, in charge of the CSR and events team in leading big and medium-sized development campaigns and strategies, some working with the local government in the Philippines, Redcross, Climate Change Commission and UNICEF.She provides creative content, analyzing the team's newsworthiness, and turning them into compelling stories.

    nj.jacobson@un.op.org

     

    fr. Steve SESE OKOTH

    Advocacy Officer Volunteer  | Contact

    Steve Sese Okoth was born in Homabay, Kenya in 1989. He joined the Dominican Friars - Eastern African vicariate - in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer science (2013), a Bachelor degree in Philosophy (2019), and is presently pursuing a Bachelor in Sacred Theology at Tangaza University College in Nairobi. He has been largely involved in the Catholic Deaf community in Nairobi since 2016. Steve has developed a deep interest in environmental questions and its impacts on the life of local communities. He joined the team of Dominicans for Justice and Peace in Nairobi to ensure a presence and participation of the Delegation in the UNEP sessions. 

    steve.seseokoth@un.op.org

    Jean-Claude LOBA MKOLE

    Advocacy Officer - Volunteer | Contact

    Jean-Claude Loba Mkole joined Dominicans for Justice and Peace as an Advocacy Officer in 2019. He holds a Licentiate Degree in Theology, a Doctorate in Sacred Theology and a Doctorate in Theology / New Testament Studies. He is a Global Translation Consultant with the United Bible Societies, based in Nairobi and Research Fellow at the University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa. He has been a Professor Extraordinary at the University of Pretoria and Visiting Professor at Ituri University (Université de l’Ituri - Bunia, DR Congo), Eugène de Mazenod Institute (Institut Eugène de Mazenod - Kinshasa), Theologie Faculty of the Christian Alliance (Alliance Chrétienne - Abidjan), Hekima University College (Nairobi), Laikipia University College (Kenya) and in St Paul’s University Limuru (Kenya). His publications focus on historical-critical methods and intercultural approach to New Testament texts, Bible translation criticism, Biblical Canons, and Eco-justice hermeneutics.

    jeanclaude.lobamkole@un.op.org

    Tobias KRACHLER

    Communications Coordinator and Advocacy Officer Volunteer | Contact

    Tobias Krachler, born in Austria in 1992, has been with Dominicans for Justice and Peace team in Vienna since its inception. He has been an altar boy and parish council at the Dominican parish in Vienna. In the past years, the team at the UN in Vienna has organized events focused on human trafficking and internally displaced persons. Tobias has participated in various UN conferences, such as the CCPCJ, CND, UNTOC, UNCAC, and the COP 22 in Paris. He is currently serving as the team coordinator in Vienna.  He got selected for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) by the US State Department in 2019 and participated in a program on refugee and migration issues. Tobias has been part of reestablishing the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at the UNODC and has been serving it as the Secretary since 2019. He has a background in law and economics.

    tobias.krachler@un.op.org

    Margot KAINZ

    Advocacy Officer Volunteer | Contact

    Margot Kainz was born in Vienna in 1960. She is a lay Dominican and represents Dominicans for Justice and Peace at the UN Committee on the Status of Women in Vienna. Inspired by many feminist theologians, Margot developed a passion for the defense of women’s rights. Being a member of the African Catholic Community in Vienna, she is also involved in promoting justice and peace in Africa. 

    margot.kainz@un.op.org 

    Chiara TESSARIS

    Advocacy Officer Volunteer | Contact 

    An Italian national, Chiara pursued her passion for historical studies in Italy, Lithuania and the United States. Her field of interest was initially Eastern and Central European history and minorities protection regimes during the interwar years. She later broadened her research focus to international history and international mediation of ethnic conflicts from the League of Nations to present day.  After completing her PhD in History at Columbia University (USA), Chiara was a visiting scholar at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) and the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (UK).

    Since the early days of her academic formation, Chiara has been a staunch believer in the enrichment that comes from living, studying and working in an international milieu.  She has therefore combined her research interests in internationalism with several internships and formation courses offered by the Italian Commission for UNESCO and UNICEF in Rome (Italy) and has collaborated with the Institute of Social Economy, in Kaunas (Lithuania).  Chiara has been an enthusiastic supporter of the YSOP Meetings (Young Sisters OP) organized by Dominican Sisters Europe (DSE) and Dominican Sisters International Confederation (DSIC), a wonderful opportunity for young Dominican sisters in formation to learn more about the international soul of the Dominican Order.

    chiara.tessaris@un.op.org