Leaders from around the globe


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OUR CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS, representing five continents, Europe,  Asia, Africa, North America, and South America:


J. Frederick Arment (Chair), Dayton, Ohio
Founding Director of International Cities of Peace, Fred’s novels include the philosophical orphan’s tale, “Backbeat: A Novel of Physics,” and a political thriller, “The Synthesis.” His nonfiction work, “The Elements of Peace: How Nonviolence Works,” was released by McFarland Academic Publishers in 2012. His new work, “The Economics of Peace: Freedom, the Golden Rule, and Broadening Prosperity”, published by McFarland in fall of 2014. After an early career as a teacher, Arment founded a successful writing and marketing firm and began lecturing at Wilberforce College and Wright State University. His strategic marketing business, The Arment Group, is a full-service marketing and communications firm located in Dayton, Ohio.


Peter vanden Dungen, Ph.D, Bradford, England
Foremost scholar and author of the definitive paper on cities of peace, “Idee und Geschichte der neuzeitlichen, Friedensstadt”. Peter is General Coordinator of the International Network of Museums for Peace and author of many books including “Pacifism,” “Peace Movements and Political Cultures, Vol. I (co-edited),” and “Twentieth Century Peace Movement.”


Inés Palomeque, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Founder and President of Mil Milenios De Paz (MMP, or the Thousand Millennia of Peace and Solidarity Movement associative), which has over twenty “Cities Committed to Peace” in South America. Inés is also Project Director for the Culture of Peace Art Ecology and Peace Foundation and Founding Member of the Peace Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Argentina and the Peace Council of Argentina.


Gabriela Pickett, Ph.D (Treasurer), Dayton, Ohio
Born in Mexico, Gabriela is an artist with exhibitions in Mexico, U.S., Belgium, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Estonia. She is Founder and Curator Missing Peace Art Space, President of the Unitarian Fellowship for World Peace, and a Board Member of the Human Relations Council of Dayton. (see below for U.N. Human Rights Council representative)


Mabwe Lucien, Fizi, D.R. Congo
A Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Congregations, Lucien is Chair of the Consortium of twenty-one organizations throughout D.R. Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania for Peace in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Bishop Lucien named his organization MLECI, which in his native language means “a sense of mother who raises her son with love and care”. The group is currently building a school for children suffering from the ravages of war.


Jule Rastikis (Secretary), Dayton, Ohio
Chair of the Salem Avenue Peace Corridor, which is an innovative initiative to dedicate 1/6th of Dayton, Ohio to peace through collaboration of businesses, neighborhoods, police, schools, hospitals and more. One of Dayton’s main thoroughfares, Salem Avenue and adjacent neighborhoods, are intentionally cultivating safety, prosperity, and quality of life through peacebuilding. After all, Salem means “peace” in Hebrew and Arabic. Jule is also a businessman, President of ManCo Property Services, former President of the Salem Avenue Business Association, and a Member of the National Association of Realtors.


Liu Cheng, Nanjing, China

Liu Cheng, born in 1964, is Professor for History, Director of Institute for Peace Studies, in School of History, Nanjing University. He holds concurrent posts as vice president of Society of World History of Jiangsu Province, member of China British History Association, vice director of The Center for Collaborative Innovation in the South China Sea, director of Peace Studies Center in The Institute of Nanjing Massacre History & International Peace, senior researcher of The Charhar Institute, vice president of Peace Culture Research Association of Hunan Province, member of the executive committee of Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute, member of Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association, member of China in Transcend International.


Ayo Ayoola-Amale, Lagos, Nigeria

Dr. Ayoola-Amale is the International Cities of Peace liaison for the Lagos Network, which includes a Team of mediators in Lagos, having Barrister and Mediators. Ayo has been a Mediator for years and will further strengthen the pro bono services in Mediation for the poor in the Ikorodu community to promote peace and non-violence with the support of ICP Lagos Network of Mediators to help in building peace in that community and other communities in Lagos.


Dennis Wong, Westport, Connecticut

A business strategist and Rotarian, Dennis Wong is a Hawaiian living near his family in Westport, Connecticut. Dennis holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a B.A. from Northwestern University. He is co-founder of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace. Dennis is expert in business and product development, marketing communications, and customer relations. His people-centered focus is evident not only in his business experience but also in his philanthropy work, including support for an inner-city school in Bridgeport, Connecticut and an orphanage in Haiti. Dennis will hold one of the permanent U.N. grounds passes as the official representative for Cities of Peace, Inc.


Joe Mingo, Dayton, Ohio
Joe Mingo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wright State University and a Juris Doctor degree from  Capital University School of Law. Joe was Government Relations Manager for the City of Dayton, Ohio. At Wright State University he served as Director of Government and Military Relations. For International Cities of Peace, he provides bookkeeping services and is involved in fundraising operations.



Jainjun Zhang is Director of the Memorial Hall for Victims of the Nanjing Massacre and the Institute of Nanjing Massacre History and International Peace. Zhang is the chief editor of the academic journal Japanese Invasion of China History Research, and popular journal on history Purple Grass.



Dennis Wong, ICP Representative to the U.N>

See Board position for background.


Gabriela Pickett, Ph.D., ICP Representative to U.N. Geneva

See Board position for background.


Jean Trudel, ICP Representative to U.N., New York

A Montrealer Jean Trudel is a retired talent management professional and an award winning Producer/Director. Jean is deeply involved at the United Nations as he assists in furthering initiatives related to peace education and global citizenship. Jean sits on various committees at the UN, such as the IDP Steering Committee (UN Department of Global Communication), the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the International Day of Yoga Committee. In 2016, he co-founded the International Day of Education for Global Citizenship – Steering Committee.