Advancing Pluralism Together


Advancing Pluralism Together

Whether diverse groups co-exist in harmony or in conflict is not pre-ordained. These outcomes result from social and institutional responses specific to the makeup and history of a society. Civil society and the media can shape and transform a society's treatment of diversity, and, in turn, pluralistic, democratic societies rely on vibrant, well-equipped civil society and media sectors to thrive.

Civil Society and Media Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (CSM-STAND) invites you to join Advancing Pluralism Together on October 13, 2022 at 8am ET. 

Moderated by Mason Ingram, CSM-STAND Chief of Party Latin America, Asia and Europe, participants will hear from and can engage with an exciting panel of speakers. 

Meredith Preston McGhie Secretary General, Global Centre for Pluralism

Meredith Preston McGhie has devoted more than 20 years to addressing conflict and instability in Africa and Asia in some of the most troubled situations. From working with the Naga in Northeast India and indigenous communities on the Thai-Myanmar border, to supporting UN efforts in Kosovo, Norther Iraq, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Kenya, her work has straddled frontline negotiation, policy and diplomacy. She became the Global Centre for Pluralism's Secretary General in 2019. 

As Africa Regional Director with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, she oversaw the HD Centre's complex mediation and dialogue efforts in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sudan, Somalia and South Sudan, among other places. In the Kenyan National Dialogue and Reconciliation Process in 2007-08, she advised the Panel of Eminent African Personalities led by the late Kofi Annan. She has contributed annually to the Oslo Forum, a gathering of the world's leading experts and policymakers in conflict resolution, and teaches mediation practice internationally. 

Ms. Preston McGhie studied military and international history at the University of British Columbia before pursuing graduate studies in global security at Keele University in the United Kingdom.

Mustafa Mahmoud Senior Program Manager for Namati Kenya's Citizenship Program

Mustafa has over nine years experience supporting partner organizations working with community-based paralegals on citizenship rights and inclusion in Kenya, Bangladesh, Jordan and Myanmar. Before joing Namati, he was the Program Manager at the Nubian Rights Forum, a Kenyan NGO, where he managed a team of seven paralegals assisting the Nubian ethnic minority with application for citizenship documents.

Mustafa is also a 2021 awardee of the GoodID award under the inclusion category. Namati Kenya received the 2021 Global Pluralism Award in recognition of their work to promote inclusive citizenship and legal empowerment for marginalized communities within Kenya.

Taalaibek Azimov Project Coordinator, Aga Khan Foundation (Kyrgyz Republic)

Taalaibek has more than twelve years of experience, including with the UNDP, International Alert, DVV-International, DRC and PeaceNexus. He has worked in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, women and youth empowerment, socio-economic development, democratic governance, climate change and disaster risk management. 

In addition, he has experience in civil service in the Kyrgyz Republic, including with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Development Industry and Trade, the State Committee on Migration and Employment, and the Ministry of Youth, Employment and Migration. Taalaibek holds a Bachelor's degree in international relations from the Interntational University of Kyrgyzstan and a Master's degree in political science from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India.