Christina Barruel

Head of Peace Education
(School Programmes)

Christina BarruelHead of Peace Education, Christina Barruel has trained thousands of student peer mediators and teachers during her 24 year association with Cool Schools both as a School Programme Coordinator and in her present position as Head of Peace Education for The Peace Foundation. In this role she leads a team of 10 other programme facilitators who work in schools throughout New Zealand empowering students and staff with life-long conflict management skills for both personal and professional use. Christina has also introduced the programme to schools in Fiji, Hong Kong, Iceland, Los Angeles and Japan. Christina comes from a primary teaching background. She has had over 25 years teaching experience in both primary and secondary schools. Her contribution to The Peace Foundation has been invaluable. She has worked at developing world-class peaceful conflict resolution and peer mediation programmes for schools. During 2013, Christina was recognized for her contribution to peace education in New Zealand and was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. This enabled her to spend time with an organization in Seattle, Washington State, USA, who also provide successful peer mediation programmes for schools nationwide. “This amazing experience equipped me with lots of ideas and strategies. These have really helped to enhance our own Cool Schools and Leadership through Peer Mediation (LtPM) programmes for New Zealand schools.” During 2018, Christina developed and facilitated a four week practical conflict resolution module for a Level 4 paper at AUT. Components of this module were also taught to Japanese students over two days at Hirosaki University in northern Japan. Christina continues to remain passionate about her work. She considers it a privilege to work in education institutions teaching peaceful conflict resolution and peer mediation skills ... what she loves most. Furthermore, she says, "I have the opportunity every day to remind myself... I must practise what I preach!" Christina enjoys cycling, running, dancing and yoga to keep in good shape. Her regular social activities with family and friends always bring great joy and happiness.

John Reichert

Finance/Accounts Officer

John ReichertJohn brings stability and focus to The Peace Foundation based on his extensive experience in the management of small to mid-sized companies. Before coming to the Peace Foundation in 2017, John’s work experience was mostly in for profit businesses.  He is happy to now contribute to a more peaceful world through his work with The Peace Foundation. "It's my job to create a platform that puts our team in the best possible position to deliver our educational programmes.  Providing a solid financial foundation is at the core of creating organisation stability and enabling the entity to pursue opportunities as they arise." Originally from the United States, John now lives in New Zealand with his three kids and enjoys sharing the beauty and simplicity of the Kiwi lifestyle.

Alyn Ware

International Representative

AlynAlyn Ware is the International Representative of the Peace Foundation. He is also the International Co-ordinator for the Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament, and Consultant for the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.
Alyn was the UN Co-ordinator for the World Court Project, which led the effort to achieve a ruling from the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. He was one of the co-ordinators for the drafting of a model Nuclear Weapons Convention, a treaty on the abolition of nuclear weapons, which has been circulated by the United Nations.
He is currently a vice-president of the International Peace Bureau. Alyn has been a member of New Zealand government delegations to a number of inter-governmental meetings and is co-author of a number of books including Parliamentarians and Nuclear Weapons, Security and Survival: The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, and Our Planet in Every Classroom and the Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme.
In 1986 he was awarded the UN International Year of Peace (Aotearoa) prize for his peace education work with schools in the Mobile Peace Van.  In 2009, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for his effective and creative advocacy and to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Lisa Gibson

Family Programme Coordinator and Facilitator + School Programmes Facilitator

Lisa GibsonLisa is a qualified teacher, devoted mother of two teenagers, coordinator and trainer of the Peaceful Family Communication Programme. Born in Samoa, Lisa grew up in NZ in a blended, cross-cultural family.
For the last decade Lisa has helped hundreds of families discover more about themselves and develop stronger connections with others through facilitating a variety of educational programmes through The Peace Foundation. She is also a practiced life coach with qualifications in positive psychology and neuroscience. After training as a teacher in New Zealand she felt drawn to live and teach in Europe to broaden her experience and stayed for six years.
Lisa is inspired to make a difference by sharing her experiences and knowledge particularly with families and youth. She wants to create a safer world for young people and help families to create life long bonds. She feels inspired and honoured to work with like-minded people at the Peace Foundation in their collective desire to create a more peaceful world.
In her freetime she loves being around family and friends and also enjoys going for walks, swimming and being in nature.

Tamkeen Saeid

Youth Programme Coordinator

Tamkeen SaeidTamkeen Saeid is currently a third year Law and Arts (History and Sociology) student at the University of Auckland. Born in Afghanistan and raised in Auckland, she has been involved in refugee matters and advocacy throughout her life. She is extremely passionate about representation and inclusion in decision making. In her role as Youth Programmes Coordinator, she hopes to inspire many young people across the country to engage in global peace issues and become more aware of peace politics. Before joining the team, she volunteered with a number of non-governmental organisations and is excited to bring the same energy and drive to this role.

Lee Templin

 Programmes Administrator

Lee TemplinLee is passionate about charity work and facilitating opportunities for our youth. She has created and run many humanitarian groups with young people throughout her teaching career. Lee was not only a past student peer mediator and primary school teacher, she also has management experience that enabled her to establish a support network for PTSD. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the Peace Foundation's mission to provide our community with programmes that help teach conflict-resolution skills, self-management tools and provides tips for building healthy relationships. Lee is originally from the U.S. and is proud to now be a New Zealand Citizen. She loves the ocean and prefers to spend her time outside of work surfing NZ's beautiful coastline.


Johnny Matthews

 Membership and Database Administrator

Johnny MatthewsJohnny has been volunteering at The Peace Foundation since 2018. He is a great help maintaining the database of members and supporters as well as the schools' database at times. He assists with mass mail-outs and makes sure that the recipients are happy. He has a background in psychology and administration. One of Johnny's dreams is to see the world in unity, which has also been a personal goal for 30 years.

Janine Edge


Janine EdgeJanine has been a volunteer adviser to The Peace Foundation since 2009, and is trained in a wide range of conflict resolution techniques. She set up TalkingWorks in the UK, a social enterprise which pioneered a scheme for practicing mediators to deliver mediation training in UK schools as part of their professional development, and enabled the Peace Foundation to do likewise in New Zealand. She has also helped the Peace Foundation to extend the impact of its secondary programme to other countries including England and Wales. As a former lawyer and MBA lecturer in organisational psychology, Janine advises the Peace Foundation on strategy, funding and research, with a keen delight in problem-solving and networking.