Guest Bloggers – Beyond Two Views

Judith Reen

Judith ReenJudith Reen (B.Ed., MA. Int.) has worked as a committed teacher and Education specialist in eight countries during the past 16 years. Her work with asylum seekers and refugees has cemented her belief that investing in people through education provides a path of return to dignity, security and an opportunity for healing. She recently spent two years on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea and in The Republic of Nauru working with asylum seeker adults and children.


Alys Willman 

alysAlys Willman, PhD, is a Senior Social Development  Specialist for the Cross Cutting Solutions Area on Fragility, Conflict and Violence at the World Bank. She is co-author of Violence in the City (World Bank 2011), Societal Dynamics and Fragility (World Bank 2012), and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence at the World Bank: What Have  We Done and What Have We Learned (2014), and a volunteer sexual assault counselor at the DC Rape Crisis Center.


Oakley Brooks

76e6eaededbfa70a4ca74a20f32918d7_400x400Oakley Brooks works on media content and strategy for Ecotrust. He’s a former journalist whose work has appeared in news outlets around the world, including The New York Times,International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. He’s also the author of Tsunami Alert: Beating Asia’s Next Big One (Marshall Cavendish, 2010).



Agus Wandi

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Agus Wandi is a governance and conflict specialist, currently working  for the UN support programme on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He has worked on DDR, post conflict recovery, mediation and transition issues in Asia. He was a Weatherhead Center for International Affairs fellow at Harvard University and is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster. He can be reached at



Carolyn Blacklock, International Finance Corporation


Carolyn grew up in rural north Queensland. Throughout the 1990’s till 2010, she held senior positions in both Westpac and ANZ banks covering the Pacific and Asia region. Since 2010 to present, Carolyn is the International Finance Corporation’s Resident Representative to Papua New Guinea.  Carolyn leads IFC’s investment focus with clients such as Bank South Pacific, Digicel, KK Kingston, NCS/Anitua, Avenell Engineering Systems and Others. She holds a Masters Degree in International Development from the Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.


Danya Greenfield

greenfield_danya Danya is former Deputy Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council. She is a Yemen country expert, having led the Yemen Policy Group. She has given testimony before several US Senate Committee hearings, and is the author of numerous reports and articles on the country. She previously worked for CIPE and for the IRI.