Our team

Daniel Rivkin, Senior Advisor 

Daniel Rivkin is an international media executive, who has worked in some 70 countries as a journalist, producer, bureau chief, and global product manager for Reuters, and then as a general manager and corporate communications consultant for governments and some of the world’s largest companies, NGOs and international agencies.
Notable assignments in his 20 years overseas included covering the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the death of Princess Diana as Paris Bureau Chief for Reuters TV, and establishing an outsource business for Reuters in Cairo, eventually becoming general manager of Egypt’s
largest independent TV news production company.
Since returning to Michigan, he has worked with Detroit Venture Partners, Ford/Team Detroit, Strategic Staffing Solutions and Artrain/The Arts Alliance locally, while also maintaining international communications production and consulting assignments across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Civic involvement includes board membership of Planned Parenthood of Michigan and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, the Roosevelt Institute and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Currently, he leads communications for the Center for International Reproductive Health Training, based at U-M, focused on family planning and reproductive health curricula at African universities.

Christian Cito Cirhigiri, Founder
Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Christian is a youth advocate and peace entrepreneur with six years’ experience leading youth empowerment projects in post conflict contexts. Co-founder of Bukavu Youth Action Center, a non-profit based in eastern Congo promoting youth leadership through arts and communication, Christian is a 2014 fellow of President Obama Mandela Washington Fellowship. With a Bachelor degree in Integrated Community Development from Daystar University in Kenya and Master’s degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in the US, Christian is passionate about supporting young people in war torn parts of the world aspire for greatness and reach their goals. “ I am who I am today because of the generous guidance and support of many people that I met on my life journey from my hometown of Bukavu in eastern Congo, through Kenya to the US in pursuit of a better life. I am committed to return to that favor by supporting the work of peace activists and young entrepreneurs in countries struggling with conflicts.” Christian is a peacebuilding advisor  with the Mennonite Central Committee in Colombia.

Maija Jespersen, Editor
Maija Jespersen is a writer and researcher focused on normative violence and positive peace. Her publications include, “Men are not Yang and Women are not Yin: Gender Construction in the Tao Te Ching and I Ching” and, “The Goddess-Worshipping Age: Feminist Egalitarianism in Prehistory and Early History,” in Feminism and Religion: How Faiths View Women and Their Rights(2016); “Gandhi’s Nonviolent Sources of Power” in Winning Revolutions: The Psychosocial Dynamics of Revolts for Fairness, Freedom, and Rights (2013); and “Evil as a Socioeconomic Disconnect” in Explaining Evil: History, Global Views, and Events (2011).

​She has a MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University, and lives on Plum Island in Massachusetts, USA.

Anca Stephania, Digital strategist
Anca has extensive experience in digital strategy and client management. Speaking six languages, Anca has been managing clients in the UK, France, Germany, and Thailand. To learn more about Anca’s work visit DigitalJoy. Anca does also have a strong commitment for social justice around the world and supported the Peacemaker 360 campaign in its launching phase.