For as long as Mr. Zoughbi can remember he has been interested in peacebuilding. Starting in his native Palestine, Mr. Zoughbi focused on conflict resolution amongst sectarian groups. To Zoughbi, peace is not the absence of war and violence, but the presence of justice in all forms. This ideology was only reinforced once he became a member of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Regional Facilitators Forum. Mr. Zoughbi believes that we must spread justice and peace through our places of worship and education, at home, in the media, and through all channels of culture and society. He continues to work diligently for the promotion of peace and justice in the world.
Mr. Zoughbi Zoughbi is a regional facilitator with USIP, and the founder and director of Wi’am, the Palestinian Conflict Resolution and Transformation Center. It serves as a center for mediation, training and counseling for the resolution of community disputes. Wi’am provides trauma recovery programs for children, leadership training for women, and nonviolence education programs for youth. It received the 2010 Peacebuilding Award at the World Vision International Peace Prize competition for “successfully integrating traditional Palestinian mediation customs with innovative academic models of conflict analysis.”
Outside of these roles Mr. Zoughbi lectures on cultural dialogue and civilizations, and is an active member of the World Council of Churches, the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the Arab Partnership for Conflict Prevention. He is the author of various booklets and articles, and the editor of four oral history books, including the Sulha Book on community-based mediation in Palestine.
Previously, Mr. Zoughbi worked with Pax Christi, IFOR, Peace Brigades, as well as colleges and universities around the world. He served as a city council member in Bethlehem, Palestine, and on the advisory committee for the Mennonite Central Committee.
Mr. Zoughbi holds an MA in Peace Studies from Notre Dame University, and a BA in English from Bethlehem University in Palestine.