Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to welcome two guest speakers to this year's conference!

Gillian Kitley, Senior Officer in the United Nations Office for Genocide Prevention and the Resonsibility to Protect, will join us on Friday evening to deliver a keynote address. Srdja Popovic, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) will deliver a keynote address to close the conference on Saturday.

You can read more about Ms. Kitley and Mr. Popovic below. We look forward to hosting them during the conference and learning from
their valuable work experience.

Gillian Kitley

Gillian Kitley

Senior Officer, United Nations Office for Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

Gillian Kitley is the Senior Officer in the United Nations Office for Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, which works to advance national and international efforts to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, as well as their incitement.

Gillian joined the Office for Genocide Prevention and the Responsiblity to Protect in late 2009 after fifteen years working as a human rights officer in United Nations field operations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. Her work in the field involved managing investigations into serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including some cases that constituted atrocity crimes.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Gillian worked for Amnesty International, as part of the research department at the organization's International Secretariat in London.

Srdja Popovic

Srdja Popovic

Executive Director, Center for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS)

Srdja Popovic is one of the founders of the Otpor!, the Serbian nonviolent resistance group that led the successful revolution in October 2000 against Sloboan Milosovic. In 2003, he and other former Otpor! activists founded the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS).

CANVAS has worked with activists from 46 different countries, including Zimbabwe, Burma, Iran, and Venezuela, helping spread knowledge of nonviolent strategies and tactics for nonviolent revolution. Recently, they worked with the April 6 Movement, a key group in the 2011 Egyptian uprising.

Popovic has been named one of Foreign Policy Magainze's "Top 100 Global Thinkers," nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and listed as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in Davos. He recently published his newest book, Blueprint for Revolution.