Asma Khalifa is a Libyan activist and researcher who has worked on human rights, women’s rights and youth empowerment since 2011. She has begun working on peace-building and conflict transformation in Libya. In May 2016, Ms. Khalifa received the Luxembourg Peace Prize during The World Peace Forum in the European Parliament in Luxembourg. In 2017, she was named one of the 100 most influential young Africans by the Africa Youth Awards. In 2018, Ms. Khalifa was named one of the 30 most extraordinary voices by the African Women in Leadership Organization. Ms. Khalifa is the co-founder of Tamazight Women’s Movement, a think/do tank that is working on gender equality and research on the indigenous women of Libya and North Africa.
Bjørn Ihler is an international counter extremism expert, technologist and activist working as a editor, writer and filmmaker to develop spaces for dialogue and peace-building between people and communities who are radically different. In 2016 Ihler co-founded the Khalifa Ihler institute which works for peace through knowledge, technology and design. Since 2016 Ihler has also been part of the Kofi Annan Foundation initiative Extremely Together and exploring means of countering violent extremism as one of ten young leaders in the field from across the world. Ihler is building his work on a foundation in communication, technology, data and computational sociology as well as his academic background in peace and conflict studies.