Betty Bigombe is former chief mediator to the northern Uganda peace process. She has tirelessly played the role of peace advocate and advisor to the warring factions and been a voice to the international community for the people of Northern Uganda. From 2004-2006, as chief mediator she arranged the first ever face-to-face meeting between the Ugandan government and the LRA, which led to the Juba peace process. Bigombe was named “Uganda’s Woman of the Year” in 1994 for her efforts as a Ugandan government minister to broker peace and has received numerous international awards since then, from the UN, Tannenbaum Center, and others. She holds a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has been a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, as well as Senior Social Scientist at the World Bank.
John Prendergast is a co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. During the Clinton administration, John was involved in a number of peace processes in Africa while he was director of African Affairs at the National Security Council and special advisor at the Department of State. John has also worked for members of Congress, the United Nations, human rights organizations, and think tanks, as well as having been a youth counselor and basketball coach in the United States. He has authored eight books on Africa, including Not on Our Watch, a New York Times bestseller and NAACP non-fiction book of the year that he co-authored with actor Don Cheadle.
Michael is Executive Director of The Resolve, a campaign to create political change in America to achieve lasting peace in Uganda. Prior to co-founding Resolve Uganda in 2007, Michael served as the Washington-based Associate Director of the Africa Faith and Justice Network, where he focused on peace and security in Africa. Michael’s expertise on northern Uganda has been cited in such publications as the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and the National Journal. Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Anthropology and Peace Studies. He spent one semester in Uganda conducting research on economic development in the country’s refugee camps.