Fadi Abi Allam
In 1983, in the midst of Lebanon’s civil war, dozens of villages in the Lebanese mountains were displaced, including the family of Mr. Fadi Abi Allam. He was eighteen years old at the time, and at that moment Mr. Allam realized he would dedicate his life to the prevention of wars similar to the one he experienced as a child. Working with civil society organizations and restorative justice projects, Mr. Allam has positively impacted many local communities in Lebanon, but he will not be satisfied until a global institution is established whose purpose is to create and protect sustainable peace in Lebanon, the Arab region, and the rest of the world.
Mr. Allam is currently the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional representative for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, and the coordinator of the MENA Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (MENAPPAC). He is also a founding member of the MENA Small Arms Control Network, a regional coordinator for the Non-Violence Network in the MENA region, and a member of the Global Ghandian Movement for Swaraj.
Throughout his career, Mr. Allam has managed and organized collaboration between civil society organizations in the MENA region and the League of Arab States. As executive direction of the Permanent Peace Movement in Beirut, Mr. Allam initiated and led several mediation and reconciliation initiatives after the civil war in Lebanon, among youth groups affiliated with different political parties. In 2009 Mr. Allam was the lead community development officer for the Economic and Social Fund for Development in Lebanon where he provided capacity building trainings to community representatives. `
Mr. Allam has published various manuals on the role of municipalities in peacebuilding and the prevention of conflicts, youth participation rights, and restorative justice. He has received several international awards, including the Honorary Shield of the Consiglio Regionale Del Lazio, Rome, and the Peace Badge from the Lebanese Association for Peace.
Mr. Allam holds an MS in Political Science from the Lebanese University, a BA in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University, and a BS in Business Economics from the Lebanese American University.