Leaders from around the globe

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representing five continents, Europe,  Asia, Africa, North America, and South America.

J. Frederick Arment (Chair), Dayton, Ohio

Founder and current Chair and Lead Facilitator of International Cities of Peace. Arment’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. In addition, “The Economics of Peace: Freedom, the Golden Rule, and Broadening Prosperity” was 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. In 2017 as the result of an International Cities of Peace alliance for Southeast Asia, Arment was engaged as Distinguished Researcher for the Institute for National Memory and International Peace Studies in Nanjing. He has keynoted events in South Korea, United States, Jamaica, China, and Northern Ireland as well as virtually on the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, South, North and Central Americas.

Inés Palomeque, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Founder and President of Mil Milenios De Paz (MMP, or the Thousand Millennia of Peace), 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. In 2021, she was elected President of the Honorable International Council of Peace Ambassadors.

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.

Liu Cheng, Nanjing, China

Liu Cheng, born in 1964, is Professor for History and  holder of the UNESCO Chair of Peace Studies for China. He is Director of Institute for Peace Studies, in School of History, Nanjing University and holds concurrent posts as the following: 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. He is Coordinator for the Nanjing Peace Forum and editor, publisher and author of many publications, including the first Peace Studies Journal in China and the five-book International Cities of Peace series published in 2023.

Ayo Ayoola-Amale, Lagos, Nigeria

Dr. Ayoola-Amale is the International Cities of Peace liaison for the Lagos State Network, which includes a team of legal practitioners in Lagos, including Judges, 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.

Katherine Li, Ph.D., Honolulu, U.S.; Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr. Li is Director, Office of External Affairs, as well as Assistant Professor of English and Modern Languages at North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She also serves as a Lecturer for Educational Foundations at the University of Hawai’i at Mänoa, Honlulu. Katherine holds a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawai’i. In addition, she holds a Master of Arts in International Educational Development from Columbia University, New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai’i. She resides in both Honolulu and Dhaka

Gabriela Pickett, Ph.D., Dayton, Ohio

Born in Mexico with dual citizenships in that country and where she resides in the United States, 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. An advocate for immigrant populations in the United States, Gabriela is a member of the Dayton, Ohio School Board.

Danielle Henson, Illinois, U.S.A.
Danielle Henson is a Community Engagement Coordinator, Mediation Instructor, a certified Spiritual Director, and has deep experience in Library Science and Information Technology. In 2012, she was Coordinating Chair of the Elgin, Illinois, U.S. based City of Peace initiative, which received Elgin’s 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award for community programming and engagement. She was guest speaker at for Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration (ICOVA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM Midwest Region), American Library Association’s Programming Librarian, Illinois Library Association conferences, and Friendship Force conference in Boulder, Colorado representing ICP and Elgin City of Peace. Danielle was awarded the Betty Brown Racial Justice Award from YWCA Elgin in 2017.

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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.”


Lonnie Franks, Dayton, Ohio
After serving in the U.S. Air Force and receiving his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa, Lonnie Franks rose to Director of Engineering, General Manager, and Vice President for NCR Corporation. Lonnie has decades of experience in software development, process improvement and accounting. Currently, Lonnie is a Consulting Software Program Manager. He served on the Board for the Dayton International Peace Museum and on the Board for the International Network of Museums for Peace.


The ICP Corporate Connect™ Advisory Council reaches out to organizations that emphasize Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and other global standards and strategies.

David Wick, Ashland, Oregon
David Wick has held the vision and values of personal and societal evolution to our highest and best. He currently serves as: CSR Facilitator, International Cities of Peace, President, Pathways To Peace, Past President, Rotary E-Club of World Peace, and Executive Director, Ashland Culture of Peace Commission. David has 30 years of corporate executive and management training and organizational development consulting experience working Levi Strauss & C0., Stanford University, and Sun Microsystems.

Sustan Jain, Ashland, Oregon
After co-founding two technology start-ups, Susan went on to work in Big Tech where she served as a vice president at IBM. Her assignments there took her overseas for 11 years, and included responsibility for the company’s Marketing, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs in Asia. IBM was awarded the Golden Peacock Award for excellence in CSR in India in 2011, and during her time there the company’s programs were also recognized in Australia and other countries.  In 2020, Susan left the corporate world and returned to her hometown of Ashland, Oregon, where she focuses on her latest entrepreneurial venture and giving back to the community as a Board Member of the American Red Cross of Southwest Oregon, member of the Ashland Planning Commission and Public Arts Advisory Committee, and a proud contributor to the International Cities of Peace. and accounting.


ICP Central Facilitators

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Official Facilitators

  • Lead Facilitator: J. Frederick Arment, Space Coast, Florida
  • Skills Development Program: Dr. Katherine Li, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Human Resources: Dr. Ayo Ayoola-Amale, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Rotarianism for Cities of Peace™: Dr. Gail Hoffman
  • Development: Looking for experiened volunteer
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Program: David Wick, Ashland, Oregon
  • Online Opportunities: John Menjo Tilji, Kabernet, Kenya
  • Tool Box Resources: Danielle Henson, Elgin, Illinois
  • U.N. Representative, New York: Jennifer Brady
  • U.N. Representatives, Geneva: Kjeld Lanng and Finn Reske-Nielsen
  • SustainChain™ Communications EcoSystem: Jennifer Brady
  • Systems: WordPress Consultant, Hafiz Uzzaman Tuhin, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Continent Facilitators:
    • South/Central America: Inés Palomeque, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Asia: Dr. Liu Cheng, Nanjing, China
    • Europe: Miomir Rajcevic, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Compliance: Open
  • Communications: Open

Special Advisory Council

  • Dot Maver, National Peace Academy; River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
  • Rita Marie Johnson, Founder, Rasur Fondation, creator of the BePeace Practice
  • Glenn D. Paige, Ph.D., Founder of Center for Global Nonkilling (in Memoriam)
  • Anoop Swarup, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Jagran Lakecity University, Chair of Center for Global Nonkilling
  • Carol Rank, Ph.D., Coventry, England, City of Peace and Reconciliation
  • Kazuyo Yamane, Ph.D., Kochi University, Japan
  • Hend Farouh, Ph.D., Cairo University, Egypt
  • Balkrishna Kurvey of Nagpur, Ph.D., India, President, India Institute for Peace
  • Mitra Sen, Toronto, Canada, Founder of International Peace Tree Day
  • Patrick Hiller, Hood River, Oregon, War Prevention Initiative
  • David Adams, PhD, Coordinator, Culture of Peace Initiative
  • Avon Mattison, Pathways to Peace
  • Dennis Wong, Rotarians for International Cities of Peace


There are many dedicated volunteers that have been working with International Cities of Peace for years, even decades. A new Strategic Plan for the future of the organization is available in the Documents section of the website. Positions, position descriptions, titles, etc. are detailed.

Above all, thanks to all the volunteers, facilitators, donors, mentors, and advocates for the Cities of Peace movement at the core of our vision.