Co-Founder / Executive Director
Julia Lisi originally began working in Rwanda as a
student mentor teaching entrepreneurship and leadership
skills to high school and college students with the
Wheaton Innovation and Leadership Laboratory.
In her Junior year at Sarah Lawrence College, Julia
won a 2017 Davis Projects for Peace Award through
which she led and co-founded Critical Thinking for
P.E.A.C.E. (CTP). Julia is currently the Board Relations
and Development Assistant at the Agahozo-Shalom
Youth Village. Her goal is to get her Masters Degree in
Peace and Conflict Studies.
The Raymond Seidelman Award for Political Advocacy
Davis Projects for Peace Award
The Nancy Lyon Porter '43 Community Service Fellowship
Davis Fellowship Award
“The main goal of our organization is to inspire youth to be
peace ambassadors who learn, teach, and sustain peace in
their individual communities. Watching the students think
critically about their community to create positive solutions
which sustain peace and general well-being, I learned that
the more youth who approach conflict carefully and
critically, the less likely a country is to repeat past violence
Co-Founder / Director of Programs
Ian Manzi is a recent graduate of the University
of Rochester where he majored in Data Science
and Economics. He was selected as part of the
Rwandan delegation to the United States for the
Pan African Youth Leadership Program. Ian currently
works for the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village as the
Enrichment Year Program Coordinator. He is very
passionate about the future of Rwanda’s youth, and
believes critical thinking is the key to effective leadership
and peace building.
“One of the most powerful aspects of the work CTP does is
that it re-envisions the learning space into a model that gives
the student control that they wouldn't usually have, over the
learning process. In this space, the learner is a leader, and
the instructor learns from their repeated interactions. The
products have been ownership and fulfillment.”
Co-Founder / Director of Operations
Derrick Murekezi shares his passion to
create the next generation of critical thinkers
in post-genocide Rwanda. He is a
Bridge2Rwanda Scholar awarded a
Renaissance Scholarship to pursue a BS
degree in Geology at the University of
Rochester. He will pursue a doctorate in
Geophysics at Georgia Tech in Fall 2019. In
his free time, Derrick sings in his church choir,
enjoys playing soccer, and reads books. He is
also the co-founder of True Legacy Initiative
which created CTP's Umurage Nyawo
Concert program. Derrick recently held a
major internship in his field of Geology, doing
research at Tulane University.
“I envision this program to be a breeding
ground for transformational leaders and
passionate youth who are prepared to make
an impact in their communities, the wider
community, the country, and beyond.”
Dejoie Ifashabayo Sylvain
Umurage Nyawo Concert Director
Partnerships & Sustainability Associate
Deo is a first year student at Northwestern,
pursuing an engineering degree. He is interested
in finding an irrigation system unique to Rwanda's
topography (the thousand hills) and equipping the
young Rwandan generations with critical thinking to
use in spreading and sustaining peace. He also
enjoys public speaking.
Christelle Mazimpaka is a high school graduate from Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology in Math Physics and Computer Science. Christelle is Ms. Geek Rwanda 2018. She wants to take Artificial Intelligence and National Security for her undergraduate classes. She also enjoys the essentials of MUN and the diplomatic structures of the MUN conference.
Kato Adam David
Kato is a Bridge2Rwanda scholar. He is also a
peace agent and Facilitator of Peace Dialogues
that helps in the journey of healing of psychological
wounds left from the Genocide against the Tutsi in
1994; a project that was initiated by Never Again
Rwanda. He loves Debate and music. Kato was
part of the pioneer class of CTP in 2016.
Giséle Sandrine Irakoze
Giséle Sandrine is a student at Adventist University of Central Africa and is the Founder of Ndabaga Impact, a social enterprise with the aim to provide a platform for women and youth to sustain themselves through social and economic growth. Her values are integrity, persistence, and faith.
Bosco Martin N. is a student at ASYV where he serves on Student Government as the Foreign Affairs Minister. His concentration is on Math Economics and Computer Science. He founded the service organization Youth Impact Mission for Africa and is active in Model UN and Critical Thinking for Peace clubs at school. Bosco is a hard worker who is moved by giving back to the community. He is laughter-filled, a global peacemaker, optimistic, and a happy feminist.
Bosco Martin Nshimiyumukiza
Robert Mugabo is a motivated self-starter with
experience in Digital Marketing. He has a proven
ability to work in difficult situations and provide a
high level of service to clients, due to his experience.
Robert is currently pursuing a first-year degree at
African Leadership University.
Robert is a National Youth Council Ambassador from
Feb 2017- Present, where he is actively coordinating
with Never Again Rwanda to raise awareness and
drive sustainable youth-led initiatives to understand
the importance of peaceful communities.