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Navigating Uncertain Futures at the Speed of Need - An In-Person Event: Tuesday, May 30 - 6:00pm

co-sponsored by:

CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College


Association for Conflict Resolution - Greater New York Chapter (ACR-GNY)

DATE: Tuesday, May 30, 2023
TIME: 6:00p - 7:30pm
LOCATION: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Haaren Hall Room 630
ADDRESS: 899 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
TICKETS: $10/person (FREE for John Jay College students and staff)
BRING ID: Required for admission to College

Association for Conflict Resolution - Greater New York and CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College invite you to an in-person event as part of the 22nd ACR-GNY Annual Conference, The Speed of NeedJoin us at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for Navigating Uncertain Futures at the Speed of Need, featuring special guests Zaynab Abdi, Borislava Manojlovic, and Shai Naides and moderated by Nick Pozek. This is an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from ACR-GNY and the Roundtable Breakfasts in an evening event!

The central discussion of this event considers the polycrisis - the convergence of seemingly intractable and potentially existential risks defining the 21st century. Through topics such as the myriad of humanitarian crises, the rise of AI, the climate emergency, and deepening political polarization, this conversation will explore the emerging issues that conflict resolvers face today and the competencies needed to address them.

Photo of Zaynab Abdi


Zaynab Abdi is a MPA-DP candidate who is passionate about social justice and advocacy. Zaynab worked as a Civic Engagement Coordinator with a nonprofit organization called RISE. Zaynab worked on addressing hate crimes against Muslim women and the rise of Islamophobia and served as part of the Hate Crime Coalition in Minnesota. She was able to secure one million from Hennepin county to support victims of hate. As a Leadership Development Coordinator Zaynab worked on offering leadership workshops for Muslim women such as Economic Empowerment workshops, Healing and mental health workshops, and other self-development workshops. Zaynab was also appointed by Governor Tim Walz's office to serve in the Young Women's Cabinet. She is also an advocate for girls' education and has been working with Malala, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, where she spoke at many places, including the United Nations to speak about the importance of educating girls in countries where girls are disadvantaged. Zaynab is a co-author in Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School and graphic novel anthology book Our Stories Carried Us Here. Zaynab was also featured in Malala's new book, We Are Displaced. Recently she published her first solo book, Voice for Refugee. Currently Zaynab works as a Futures & Strategics Fellow with UNDP. She has been using her knowledge in addressing gender, migration and education in crisis and conflict areas.

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Borislava Manojlovic is the Assistant Professor at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University and Co-Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Asia. She is an expert in peacebuilding, transitional justice, dealing with the past, peace education, and atrocities prevention. Before joining academia, she worked on minority and reconciliation-related issues with the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in both Croatia and Kosovo for over seven years. The experience of wars in the Balkans in the 1990s and her desire to understand the roots of violent conflicts shaped her life trajectory and dedication to conflict prevention and peacemaking. Her book  Education for Sustainable Peace and Conflict Resilient Communities was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. She received her master’s degree from Brandeis University and her doctorate from George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution.


Shai Naides is a multidisciplinary strategist with more than 15 years of experience and a track record in a diverse range of leadership roles, including senior management. He has coordinated global climate campaigns; built and strengthened functional communities; scaled organizational capacity for greater impact; and coached senior leaders to introduce more collaborative approaches to drive innovation and impact. Shai has worked on multiple change initiatives to rewire organizational design and introduce new functions and ways of working – from distributed campaign design at Greenpeace to UNICEF’s global youth volunteers’ function. He has designed and implemented strategies to drive impact and innovation in development and social change - working on a wide spectrum that spans from political activism to public engagement and social behavioral change. Having worked across a diversity of contexts globally, including development and post-conflict settings, Shai currently works at UNICEF Innocenti Global Office of Research and Foresight, where he leads the youth engagement function, which focuses on youth-centered strategies and impact in foresight, research, and convening. Shai holds a master’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Carter School at George Mason University.

Special thanks to the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College for co-sponsoring this event as part of the ACR-GNY 2023 Conference: The Speed of Need.





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