Vahidin Omanovic co-founded the Center for Peacebuilding in 2004 and continues to serve as the Center’s co-director. Mr. Omanovic received a Master’s degree at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont, in International Relations with a concentration in Conflict Transformation. He also served as a teaching assistant in SIT’s Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) program, where he taught classes on forgiveness and conflict transformation. His work has brought him to peace workshops and trainings throughout the world, including in Switzerland, the Philippines, and Nepal, where he helped to found a peacebuilding organization. In 2011, the Threshold Foundation honored Vahidin with the 5th International Bremen Peace Award, naming him the year’s top Unknown Peace Worker.
“As a survivor of war in Bosnia,” he said, “I would do anything to prevent any future genocide or mass atrocities. Prosecution of war criminals and education on all levels are great ways to prevent future genocide.”
Mr. Omanovic served as an instructor at AIPR’s Lemkin Seminar in November 2012, December 2013, and November 2014 (Global editions), as well as the June 2013 and Oct 2014 Latin American editions.