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Peter Chatterton

London, United Kingdom

Peter Chatterton is an experienced consultant and academic whose work spans the education, Government and industry sectors. He runs his own consultancy practice, Daedalus e-World, specializing in supporting organizations and partnerships in programmes of innovation and change, particularly where technology is employed as a catalyst for improvement. He is a Visiting Professor in the Learning and Teaching Institute at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK and is an Associate Consultant with Atkins Management Consultants. He acts in the role of “Critical Friend”/ consultant to a wide range of Universities (in the UK and Europe) as well as undertaking the role of mentor to individuals, including mentoring students in a “Year in Industry” scheme. He also mentors SMEs (small be medium-sized enterprises) on the business use of technology and has consulted to corporations including Ford, Cable & Wireless and Lattelekom. He has worked with a range of Government departments including the Cabinet Office, Home Office, the (then) Department of Trade & Industry and the United Nations, as well as working for Government agencies such as the Youth Justice Board, the Higher Education Academy, JISC, Becta, The British Library and HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England). He has worked internationally including in southern Africa and Eastern Europe and is actively involved with the Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management and has been a steering group member of the Commonwealth Action programme for the Digital Divide.  As well as authoring journal articles and papers in national/international conferences, he is also the author of various books relating to the innovative use of technology which have been published by the Financial Times, Pitman Publishing and Kogan Page.

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Dr. Ani Kalayjian

Cliffside Park, New Jersey, United States

As the daughter of genocide survivors (1915 Ottoman Turkish Genocide of the Armenians), Dr. Ani Kalayjian has devoted her life to helping survivors of natural and human-made disasters deal with their trauma. She is a psychology professor, American Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, logotherapeutic psychotherapist, traumatologist, genocide scholar, conflict resolution expert, researcher, community organizer, and international consultant. She has over twenty years of experience in disaster management, mass-trauma interventions and conflict resolution;  twenty years of university teaching experience (both graduate and undergrad levels); and she has been psychotherapist in practice in both New York and New Jersey for 25 years.

Dr. Kalayjian is a graduate of Long Island University (LIU) with a Masters and Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and is the recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from her Alma Mate, Long Island University in New York City. She is the author of an internationally acclaimed book on Disaster & Mass Trauma, and the chief Editor of an international book on Forgiveness & Reconciliation: Psychological pathways to conflict transformation and peace building (Springer Publishing, 2010), and Chief Editor of II Volumes on Emotional Healing around the World: Rituals and practices for resilience and meaning-making (ABC-CLIO, 2010).

For more information about Dr. Kalayjian, read her bio on the Meaningful World website. Dr. Kalayjian founded Meaningful World, a consortium of several NGOs dedicated to fostering a meaningful, peaceful, and just world in which every individual enjoys physical, mental, ecological and spiritual health.

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Ron Murch

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Ron MurchRon Murch currently serves as Senior Instructor Emeritus, Management Information Systems, at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.  Ron has over 40 years of experience in working with computer-supported information systems.  Within educational institutions, oil and gas firms, and civic government, his experience includes direct work experience with Information Systems planning, systems analysis, design and development, project leadership and managing professional staff.  Ron spent several years as a manager with the management consulting practice of Deloitte Haskins + Sells and from 1985 through 1991, he was responsible for establishing and leading the Information Technology Support Team for the Haskayne School of Business.  He holds certifications as an Information Systems Professional (I.S.P.), an Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCP) and a Certified Computing Professional (CCP).

As a full-time faculty member from 1985 until his formal retirement in 2008, Ron taught extensively in both undergraduate and MBA Programs and was been actively involved in the school's Executive and Management Leadership Programs.  From 1991 through 1994, he was the Director of the University of Calgary’s Executive Development Program and from August 1994 to January 1996, he was seconded to be the Executive Director of the Banff School of Advanced Management.  He has instructed Information Technology courses in the undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA programs.  He was the Acting Director of the MBA in Enterprise Development in 1997 and was Chair of the University’s Technology Task Force from September 1997 to July 1998.  During 1999-2000, Ron was also the Acting Director of the Professional/Evening MBA Program.  From July 2002 to July 2005, Ron was the Chair(person) for the Management Information Systems area of the Haskayne School. Ron is the recipient of several awards for teaching excellence from both students and faculty colleagues.

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Jules Ouedraogo

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Jules Ouedraogo is a specialist in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for the new Africa.  He is the owner and managing director of INFOLEC, a privately-held company based in Ouagadougou that provides ICT consulting services and training to governments and corporations, as well as manages a popular internet café and distance training centre.

Prior to joining The Strongest Oak team, Jules served as West African Coordinator for Elluminate’s Fire and Ice program where he pioneered several online collaborative projects involving K12 schools from rural areas of Burkina Faso and schools from North America.  In partnership with the University of Hertfordshire (UK), Jules also championed West Africa’s first live distance training program for rural health care workers in malaria prevention, and oversaw an important fundraising effort to supply hundreds of mosquito nets to a rural Burkinabe village.  For his efforts, Jules received the AGFUND International Prize 2010 for facilitating the use of ICT to develop rural and remote areas in Africa. Jules’ projects in Fire and Ice have been featured on Burkina Faso national TV, as well as in several media reports in North America.

Prior to Fire and Ice, Jules served as ICT Director for the World Bank’s Global Development Learning Center facility based in Ouagadougou.   He completed his studies at the University of Yamoussoucro in Cote d'Ivoire.  Jules speaks French, English, and his indigenous language, Mooré.

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Jean de Dieu (JD) Tuyisenge

Vancouver, Canada
Formerly Gitarama, Rwanda

Former Strongest Oak and Rwandan genocide survivor, JD provide insights to the TSO team only someone with first-hand experience can possibly offer. Over the past few years, JD has become a recognized panelist and speaker at a variety of events related to global poverty, migration and youth education in Rwanda and has been featured on news programs including CBC Radio.

Out of a desire to help Rwandan children fulfill their education, JD formed EduAfrica. By virtue of his personal experiences, JD understands more than most about the power of education to greatly change lives in a positive way. In Rwanda there are many children orphaned from the 1994 Genocide and HIV who do not have the financial support to attend secondary school. These vulnerable youth need only a small amount of support to pay their school fees and Edu-Africa is dedicated to raising funds to provide that support.

JD is currently completing his final year of studies at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) where he will graduate with a degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies before pursuing a career in that field.

JD is fluent in five languages: French, English, Swahili, Kirundi and Kinyarwanda.

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Irene Herremans

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mentoring Strongest Oak Jeanne Mutoni

Dr. Herremans holds a position as CMA Alberta Faculty Fellow at the Haskayne School of Business and as an adjunct professor in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary (U of C). She also teaches in the U of C’s Master’s Degree in Sustainable Energy in Quito, Ecuador and at U of C. She holds several degrees including a MBA, Masters of Science in Accounting, and a PhD that included studies in accounting, marketing, and international business. She holds a professional designation as a Certified Public Accountant. She has studied in various countries, including Canada, the United States, China, Mexico, and others. In the past, she has had experience in working with business firms through a consultative position with the Small Business Administration and as Director of the Small Business Institute in the United States.

Her primary teaching responsibilities are in the areas of accounting, tourism, and environmental management. She has taught management seminars and workshops in Mexico, Cuba, Slovak Republic, England, Ecuador and China, as well as international management programs offered at the University of Calgary for managers from various countries. She has won several awards for her research which has been published in several academic and practitioner journals. In addition to teaching awards, (Dean’s Award for Contributions to the PhD Program and The Dean’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in Teaching and Learning) she has been named "Woman of the Year" by the American Business Women's Association and has been recognized for her overall contribution by being named one of the "Outstanding Young Women of America."

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Dayla Maisey

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Working with a broad spectrum of industries (energy, medical, technology), Dayla has developed business, technical and operational plans for companies ranging from small start ups to multi-billion dollar organizations. While focusing on strategic research and model development, she remains very “hands on” in her approach, effectively balancing individual and organizational interests with those of the broader social and political environment. Dayla is an accomplished writer and presenter. She authored and published four books on brain injury and presented these works at conferences across North America and Europe. 

Dayla completed a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Calgary. Her volunteer experience includes the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Brain Injury Association of Alberta, Alberta Children’s Hospital, STARS Air Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross and Canadian Mental Health Suicide Intervention. Dayla was one of two individuals nominated by the University of Calgary for the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award. She continues to practice her French at every opportunity.

News about Dayla:

December 2011: Publication of new book

June 2010: Above and beyond the "call of duty"

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Jules Higiro

Kigali, Rwanda


Jules’ passion for helping vulnerable people is rooted in his faith, leading him to provide these people with various supports (time, skills, finances and guidance) so their lives can be changed spiritually, economically and socially.

His volunteer work includes supporting the sick in hospitals through a youth ministry in the church and leading a Street Kid Ministry to change the lives of many former street kids. The Street Kid Ministry gave birth to an organization called Shelter Them Batarure, for which Jules is currently the legal representative. He also led the Prison Fellowship Outreach Ministry at Malakal Central Prison, South Sudan.

Jules has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (BBA) from the Kigali Institute of Science, Management and Technology (KIST). He has served in the military (demobilized since 2002), both nationally and internationally with UN missions. He has also been a member of TSO’s Rwandan Advisory Board since 2012.

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Serge Kamari

Kigali, Rwanda

Serge Kamari is passionate about improving the lives of disadvantaged Rwandans. As the country Director for the NGO International Teams, Rwanda, Serge works with street children, people with HIV/AIDS and refugees and is involved in community development. Born in Zaire (now DRC), but of Rwandan heritage, Serge joined the army that liberated Rwanda and stopped the genocide of Tutsi in 1994. After the genocide he served in the Rwanda Defence Forces for eleven years.

Serge obtained a Business Administration (Bachelor’s) degree in Finance (school of Finance and Banking, Kigali) and certificates in entrepreneurship and customer care and leadership (both from Regent University). Before joining International Teams, Rwanda, Serge worked for two years at MTN (Mobile Telecommunication Network), the leading mobile and Internet service provider in Rwanda, first as a customer agent then as the security and administration supervisor.

Serge’s vision is to see sustainable life changes in the vulnerable, especially the youth -- the future leaders of Rwanda. His  passion is to serve people in every way possible and help them fulfill their life purposes.

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Success Stories

Many of our Oaks have come a long way since we met them. We would like to celebrate their successes in feature articles. Read about our next featured Oak, Gertrude Nanyonga.

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