Founder and President
Our founder and president is a former Disney animator and longtime author and illustrator of books for children. In 2012, Sue began to wonder how those in the creative community could move beyond entertainment to guide the world’s youth towards a conversation about peace, community, harmony, and connectedness.
Since launching the Peace Crane Project, the goal to arm our children with the skills to express themselves creatively, and connect them to one another through the arts has been met with astounding enthusiasm and support around the world. Participants engage and communicate with one another every day of the year, often building on the network, and bringing a new level of compassion, appreciation, and understanding to their communities.
For more about Sue, visit Wikipedia.
Our director Sarah has a passion for peace that started with her curiosity about global development and inequality. This led her to undertake her BA Social Science, majoring in Community Development at the University of Queensland in Australia.
Sarah graduated with a BA in 2011 and since then has worked with sustainable grassroots organizations in Cambodia,
In 2016, Sarah was awarded one of two annual Global Grant Scholarships from Rotary International to undertake her MA International Law and Human Rights at the United Nations’ University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica, which she is due to complete in June this year. While studying her MA, Sarah is concurrently working with refugees and migrants in Costa Rica’s refugee camps and has worked on various Rotary lead projects such as provision deliveries to young mothers in rural communities and a national peace program in El Salvador with UNESCO,
Social Media Guru
Qayssar, our social media guru, was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1991. He received the B.E. degree in law from Al-Mamon University College, Baghdad, Iraq, in 2013. In 2012, he joined Baghdad City of Peace Carnival – World Peace Day (BCOPC), as a Photographer,
Our creative savant, Australian-German Rubia has worked in film, TV, web, music and print in four continents. She holds dual degrees in children’s development and in media studies, started her own creative venture at the age of 21 and produced her first feature film at the age of 23.
Boris Dzino was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He studied computer science and holds multiple certificates including Microsoft MTA: IT Infrastructure and Microsoft Technology Associate.
Boris oversees our web presence and is our “go-to” guy for all things tech related.
Our Communications Assistant Danielle is a passionate, dedicated and creative dance teacher from Brisbane, Australia. Along with being an accomplished dance
Our Communications Assistant Christina is an activist and a teacher and believes that “Leaders produce leaders”. She has a strong faith in women and believes that they have the courage to raise the society and must be assertive to make difference with dignity. Her vision is to bridge gaps globally and uplift Christian youth, women, and children. Her father believes in girls’ education, grooming, and empowerment so he encouraged her to accomplish her dreams and allowed her to continue higher studies which lead to a new direction of working and exploring her abilities
Mohammed Ihsan Ameen, a 27-year-old from Iraq! A graduate of Kirkuk University’s College, Mohammed has been a volunteer, activist, and civilian in the field of human rights for the last six years and has been involved in various training programs and organizations. With them, he provides food, clean water and a form of normality for those displaced by war.
Mohammed has recently been involved with a refugee camp in Kirkuk where his role was to entertain the children, working for their happiness. His current projects involve connecting those passionate about volunteering and human rights through social media in order to organize action in their local community! Mohammed is also working with a team to write a book about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in both Arabic and Kurdish, as he is passionate about creating a society that is aware and active in them.
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Additionally, we have organized several workshops, including a workshop promoting social cohesion through dialogue and promoting diversity and peaceful living.
I’m very happy to be part of peace crane project let’s go!
Lorna Battista is a currently a student at the United Nations’ University for Peace in Costa Rica, working on a double MA in International Relations and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. She has been passionate about the environment since growing up in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, and got her BS from University of Arizona in Ecology and Chemistry.
Her decision to move away from biological studies and towards environmental impacts and sustainability was based in a desire to work on projects that will have a clear and direct human impact. In the past Lorna has worked extensively with science outreach programs, the U.S. National Parks Service, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Earth Charter Secretariat. “I learned about the Peace Crane Project through Sarah, while we were both attending UPEACE. The project’s simplicity and clarity of message really appealed to me: starting the dialogue of peace early through creativity and international connections. I am really looking forward to helping the project grow and getting more schools involved!”
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My professional experience is mostly in public relations, customer service, conflicts, and complaints solving, tourism and hospitality and international marketing for a fashion and textile industry in India.
I also contribute with a Center for Education from the South of México that advocates for children that come from low-income families and marginalized communities to receive free education. I am developing for them a Disarmament Education
After working in India for one year, my life changed and I decided I wanted to contribute to
I started to volunteer in local NGOs in India and México and self-published a zine called ” Go find yourself” to try to encourage people to go abroad and learn from the beauty of the different cultures and our inner selves in different environments without judging , being afraid and get the best from every culture instead to copy the experiences it in our own cultures.
I am passionate about contributing to
I have the faith and hope that we can prevent many conflicts and that through an integral educational framework that is based on peace narratives we can achieve it.
I love reading, writing, traveling, mangoes, chocolate, languages, art, movies, and coffee.
I love working out, running, dancing, and enjoy outdoor activities.
Jéssica Viales López
Jéssica Viales López is a 26-year-old from Costa Rica. She holds degrees in International Relations and International Business. She just finished a Masters Program in International Peace Studies at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace, in Costa Rica.
Jéssica has been a volunteer in environmental
Professionally she has had a very different experience; working first in banking and finance, and then as a primary school teacher for three years. Working with children was an amazing and incredibly rewarding experience. One that was hard to let go, but since a very young age she has been passionate about Peace Studies, Human Rights, and Conflict Resolution; which ultimately led her to move away from education.
“Today, by joining the Peace Crane Project a wonderful opportunity is presented to me, combining two of my passions: education and peace. The idea of working with children, using art as a tool to create international networks and exchange messages of peace is simply amazing. For a young kid to feel that his or her actions have an impact on others, and that change can