In addition to world-class keynote speakers, the Rotary World Peace Conference 2016 will feature multiple tracks and breakout sessions led by leaders of conflict prevention and resolution. 

Please see below for the breakout tracks, sessions, and speakers.  Click the speaker images for a short biography of the speaker.


K.R. Ravindran - Friday Morning Plenary

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K.R. Ravindran is the 2015-2016 Rotary International President a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo and CEO of a publicly listed company which he founded. -More


Ray Klinginsmith - Friday Morning Plenary


Ray Klinginsmith is the 2015-2016 Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair.  He is a retired attorney, served as general counsel, professor of business administration, and the dean of administration for Truman State University. -More


Sal Khan - Friday Morning Plenary


Sal Khan is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy (, a not-for-profit with the mission of "providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere". -More


Sharon Stone - Friday Lunch Plenary


Sharon believes that her role is, in order, that of mother, then activist and lastly, actress. Recognized the world over for her humanitarian efforts in AIDS, the Bridge Fund, Hurricane Katrina and most recently through her role producing and starring in the documentary, FEMME. FEMME is an inspirational voyage about women around the world who are actively transforming and healing global society on a daily basis. -More


FATHER GREG BOYLE - Friday Lunch Plenary

As Executive Director of Homeboy Industries and an acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Fr. Boyle is a nationally renowned speaker.  Homeboy Industries, now located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, is recognized as the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the county, and has become a national model. -More


Carrie HessLer-RadeleT - Friday Afternoon Plenary

Carrie Hessler-Radelet is Director of the Peace Corps as of June 2014. She was initially appointed deputy director of the Peace Corps on June 23, 2010. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Western Samoa, 1981–83) with more than two decades of experience in public health focused on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. Since 2010, Hessler-Radelet has spearheaded a comprehensive agency assessment and reform effort to improve efficiency across the organization—the first such endeavor since its founding in 1961. -More

Judge Daniel Nsereko - Friday Afternoon Plenary

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Daniel David Ntanda Nsereko is a Judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), Appeals Chamber, since March 2012.  Prior to his appointment to the STL, Judge Nsereko served for four years at the International Criminal Court (ICC), Appeals Division; and served as the Division's President between April 2009 and April 2010 -More


DR. BERND WOLLSCHLAEGER - Saturday Morning Plenary

Dr. Wollschläger's book "a German Life: Against All Odds Change is Possible" describes his struggle growing up in Germany in the shadow of his Father, a highly decorated WWII tank commander and Nazi officer.  He eventually converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a Medical Officer. -More


Bazzel Baz - Saturday Morning Plenary

He’s got an unusual name and an even more unusual vocation. He clandestinely rescues those missing children that authorities can’t find or have given up trying to reunite with their custodial parent. Bazzel Baz has long operated in the shadows since 1991. -More


Claes Nobel - Saturday Lunch Plenary


Mr. Claes Nobel is a native of Sweden and a senior member of the famed Nobel family. As a passionate activist and advocate of Universal Peace, Environmental Sustainability and Earth Ethics Education, he works tirelessly in his mission to help save planet Earth and its people. -More


Barbara Winton - Saturday Lunch Plenary

Barbara Winton is the daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton, the British humanitarian who organized the rescue of endangered, mostly Jewish, children from Czechoslovakia in 1939.  She has written his biography, titled: If it's Not Impossible...The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton.  


Steve Killelea - Saturday Lunch Plenary

In 2007 Steve founded the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), an international think tank dedicated to building a greater understanding of the interconnection between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace. IEP’s ground-breaking research includes the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of peacefulness. -More


Ambassador Mary Peters - Saturday Afternoon Plenary

Ambassador Peters spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat.  From 2000 to 2003, she served as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, leading the Embassy response to the September 11 attack.  From 1995 to 1997, Ambassador Peters served as Director for European and Canadian affairs on the National Security Council staff, where she worked on Northern Ireland peace process. Ambassador Peters’ earlier postings include Sofia, Bulgaria, Moscow during the Soviet era.  Ambassador Peters will receive the Rotary Peace Keeper Award. -More


Dan Lungren - Saturday Afternoon Plenary


Dan Lungren has been elected to nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from California, he also served as the elected Attorney General of his home state for two terms.  He has practiced law as an associate or partner with firms in California and Washington, D.C.

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Track A: Personal and Home

Child abuse, domestic abuse, sibling rivalry, suicide, drug/alcohol abuse, blended family, step child/parent, foster family, challenged child

Track B: School

Violence, bullying, dropout, drug/alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, cyber bullying/sexting, gun violence, peer pressure, suicide-self mutilation

Track C: Community - Youth

Human trafficking, gang violence, homelessness, suicide-depression, hate crimes

TRACK D: COMMUNITY - Adults / Veterans

Early prison release, unemployed-underemployed, homelessness, terrorism, suicide-depression, returning veterans-PTSD, hate crimes

Track E: Workplace

Harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, mobbing, violence, favoritism, nepotism, termination, discipline

Track F: International

Child Soldiers, human rights, human trafficking, kidnaping, genocide, child labor-slavery, marriages, literacy

Track G: Peace Fellows / Sustainability

Peace building in the 21st century, human needs theory, the role of the NGO, development id vs conflict resolution, peace in India and Pakistan, Where are the Peace Fellows today?

Track H: Civil Rights

Discrimination, changing generations, diversity, what is freedom?, inequality, profiling, sexual orientation, Native-American, interracial marriages

Track I: Diplomacy and War

Nation building, land mines, Crimea-Ukraine, global espionage, middle east, elections, role of the UN, investigating war crimes, tipping point

Track J: TV/Film & Media

Video games, film, television, NPR, Youtube, Twitter & social media

TRACK K: International TrADE and Economic Development

Instability in nations, economic sanctions, trades influence on culture, global economy

TRACK L: Religion

Beliefs, commonalities, nationalism, role in solving conflict, cause of conflicts, control of knowledge, using religion to legitimize war, interdenominational communities, interdenominational marriages


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