School of Peace Studies

Contact: Don Trinh
Phone: (619) 260-7795
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Location: KIPJ Room 113
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Students and Alumni

2004 Alumni

Naupess Kwabene Kibiswa A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire), Naupess is a PhD scholar in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Naupess has an extensive experience in healthcare services’ management, in teaching/training, and in social work. This includes leading mediation among civil society organization leaders; training workers to fight HIV/AIDS in the workplace; training civil society leaders/activists in post-conflict security sector reforms; and teaching high school and college students. Naupess holds a BS in Administration & Management, an M.S. in Management of Health Institutions from the Kinshasa College of Medical Techniques (DRC), and a graduate certificate in Technology Management from the Apesma-La Trobe University (Australia). He earned his M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego (USD) in California where he was as aFulbright and Gandhi Fellow. After obtaining his master’s degree, Naupess spent time as a Researcher in Residence at American University’s Peacebuilding and Development Institute in Washington, D.C. where he taught undergraduate and graduate students. Upon his return to the DRC, he resumed his position of lecturer in the Department of Management of Health Services at the Kinshasa College of Medical Techniques. He also resumed his position as Executive Director of the DRC’s Civil Society, an umbrella organization of DRC’s NGOs, unions, faith-based, youth and women’s organizations. When he joined Nova Southeastern University, Naupess was Deputy National Coordinator of a DRC peace program (Amani Program) in charge of its department of peacebuilding and reconciliation in the Kivus, the conflict-torn zone of the DRC. Naupess has written and co-written articles and essays, mostly in French, some of which have been published in Paradigm, the University of Sankuru’s journal edited in Kinshasa (DRC), by Fondation Andre Renard, Liege (Belgium), and by Institut Panos, Paris (France). He speaks French, English, Swahili, Lingala, Kirega, Spanish and German (Updated 8/11). Email:

Joseph Kioi Mbugua (Nairobi, Kenya) Works as the Executive Director of Peacebuilding International, a Kenyan registered NGO, implementing Kenya post election violence peacebuilding programmes and offering consultancy services for UNDP Kenya, Ministry of Youth Affairs, Practical Action (Formerly ITDG)and PeaceNet-Kenya. He has trained rural communities in Kenya on peacebuilding and has worked as a consultant in Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan. Mr. Mbugua has continued to interact with members of Rotary club of district 9200 and he is a member of Fulbright Alumni Association of Kenya. Email: