The global circle, which includes the Director, Deputy Director, and the various coordinators for networking, communication (web, social media and blogs), deep circles administration, and funding, is responsible for policy and operational matters in relation to the coordination and maintenance of the network and links at the global level. The Director and Deputy Director are responsible for managing the day to day functioning and administration of the DEEP Network; administering the funds available to the DEEP Network subject to the approval of the GC; and preparing the Annual Report of the DEEP Network and other relevant reports. The GC shall form working groups whenever necessary to assist it in carrying out Network tasks and to explore, formulate and undertake new projects and directions. The current members of the circle include:
Alberto Gomes is an Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University and has held several university administrative positions, including head of department and the director of the Centre for Dialogue in his twenty-five years at the university. Apart from Australia, he has taught at universities in Austria, Finland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Spain, and Vietnam. An anthropologist by profession, he has had the privilege of living with the forest-dependent Orang Asli (Malaysia's Indigenous peoples), from whom he learnt to appreciate peaceability, nonviolence, egalitarianism, and respect for nature. He is an author of several books and numerous papers. When he is not engaged in his scholarly and activist pursuits, you will likely find Alberto pottering around his ecologically regenerative home garden.
Deputy Director & Abya Yala Coordinator
GLORIA M.A. OBREGÓN
Gloria Maria Abarca Obregón is from Mexico City, México. She is a well-qualified and highly experienced peace educator with a MA degree in education and a MA and PhD in peace studies. Her PhD is from Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain. Gloria was also a peace researcher at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. In 2009, together with Said Bahajin, she received the Peace Castellon Award, for her 'A World Painted With Peace' Project.
EGIDIO DE BUSTAMANTE
Egidio de Bustamante is a DEEP member, part of the Decolonizing and Semillero Circles. Egidio holds a PhD in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies from the Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Spain, where he also completed the masters in the same area. He graduated in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He currently co-facilitates Intercultural Seminars I, II, III, and New Tendencies in Peace and Conflict Studies courses at the Peace Masters at UJI, and has been a visiting scholar at the International Masters in International Studies (MAIS) at the University of San Francisco, USA. He has previously been a facilitator/teacher in the Peace Masters at the University of Innsbruck and the Postgraduate Program in Conflict Transformation and Peace with an emphasis on Emotional Balance at Paz & Mente in Florianópolis, Brazil. During his PhD, Egidio conducted a research stay at the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, Portugal on the topic of Human Rights. His current research interests are: Peace, Peace Philosophy, Peace Education, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Transformation and Nonviolence, Humanistic Psychology, Philosophical Anthropology, International Relations Theory, International Development Discourse, Social Movements in Latin America and Buen Vivir, and Queer Studies. In his free time, Egidio likes to learn new recipes, cook, dance 5rhythms, and is on the lookout for attending Theater of the Oppressed, Theater for Living and/or Improv workshops!
MARISOL CRISTINA BOCK
Marisol is one of the co-directors of DEEP Germany. Having lived in six different countries, Marisol is fluent in German, Spanish and English language and culturally adept. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in peace studies following up on her MA in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies at Universitat Jaume I in Spain. Marisol is also an accomplished musician.
Idham Badruzaman became interested in Peace and Conflict studies when he enrolled in the Master in International Peace, Conflict, and Development at Universitat Jaume I. Upon completion of his masters, he decided to pursue his doctorate in this field of study at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. After his studies in Madrid, he will return to Indonesia to teach at Universitas Muhamamdiyah in Yogyakarta. He also intends to set up a deep circle in his home country focused on indigenous forms of peacebuilding, the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Idham has been an active member of the DEEP Network in Indonesia since 2015 and now working with Renelyn and Martim, he manages the Network's website and contributes broadly to the running of the network at the global level.
Reney is currently taking her master’s degree in International Peace, Conflict and Development at Universitat Jaume I in Spain. She has completed a Post Graduate Program in Social Innovation Management at Amani Institute and UPEACE and has worked with Nonprofits and INGOs for over 6 years. Currently, she is volunteering and consulting with startups and non-profits facilitating workshops, managing projects, and designing curriculums. She loves being surrounded by people who bring joy and positivity to this world. She spreads her positivity to encourage individuals to create innovative solutions that are socially just. She joined the DEEP network in 2020 to support and promote the mission of the network to a wider audience. She believes in the power of community coming together in creating change and making Peace(s).