Main Organs

Main Organs

In order to secure the resources ICERMediation needs to exist and carry out its mission and work effectively and efficiently, we have established a vital organizational structure. The proposed structure of ICERMediation includes the management and advisory levels, membership, administration and staff, and their interconnections and inter-responsibilities. ICERMediation’s long term goal is to create and build an international network or community of peace advocates (Peace Council), effective and efficient Board members (Board of Directors), elders, traditional rulers/leaders or representatives of ethnic, religious and indigenous groups around the world (World Elders Forum), vibrant and engaging membership, as well as functioning and active staff, spearheading the implementation of the organization’s mandate from the secretariat in collaboration with partners.

Organizational Chart

Peace Council

The Peace Council is the highest policy-making and governing organ of ICERMediation. Comprised of outstanding and reputable leaders and representatives from Member Countries, the Peace Council convenes annually to execute the following functions:

  • Confirmation and approval of the appointment of the President of the Organization.
  • Confirmation of the members of the World Elders Forum.
  • Adoption and approval of the Organization’s financial regulations and annual budget.
  • Recommendations for and approval of bilateral, multilateral cooperation and international agreements.
  • Recommendations for the establishment of public or private partnerships in view of the work of the Organization.
  • Recommendations for new initiatives based upon vital issues within the purview of the Organization.
  • Nomination, approval and admission of new Peace Council members.

If you are interested in joining the Peace Council or would like to recommend a leader or representative from your country, please send email.

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the general direction, control and management of the affairs, work and property of ICERMediation. For this reason, the Board of Directors shall always be and act as the governing body of the Organization under the watch of the Peace Council. The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERMediation), a New York based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is pleased to announce the appointment of two executives to lead its Board of Directors. Yacouba Isaac Zida, Former Prime Minister and President of Burkina Faso has been elected to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors. Anthony ('Tony') Moore, Founder, Chairman & CEO at Evrensel Capital Partners PLC, is the newly elected Vice Chair.

Yacouba Isaac Zida, Former Prime Minister and President of Burkina Faso

Yacouba Isaac Zida is a former military offi­cer trained in Burkina Faso, Morocco, Canada, USA, Germany, and highly qualified in the field of intelligence. His rich and long experience as a senior offi­cer and his commitment to the general interest of the communities led to his designation and appointment as Prime Minister of the transitional government of Burkina Faso after the uprising of the people that ended 27 years of dictatorship in October 2014. Yacouba Isaac Zida led the fairest and most transparent election in the history of the country. After which he resigned on December 28, 2015. His mandate was fulfilled in due time and his accomplishments were highly appreciated by the United Nations, European Union, African Union, the Francophonie, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the International Monetary Fund. Mr. Zida is currently pursuing a PhD in Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. His research focuses on terrorism in the Sahel region.

Anthony ('Tony') Moore, Founder, Chairman & CEO at Evrensel Capital Partners PLC

Anthony ('Tony') Moore has 40+ years experience in the global financial services industry having lived and worked in 6 countries, 9 cities and transacted business in another 20+ countries in his long and distinguished career. Most notably, Tony opened and managed the Goldman Sachs (Asia) Ltd office based in Hong Kong; was the first Head of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs Japan in Tokyo and Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Ltd in London where he had responsibility for UK privatizations and relationships with a large number of Footsie 100 companies. Following his career at Goldman Sachs he held, among other positions, Member of the Board of Banker's Trust Int'l and Chairman of Corporate Finance at BZW, Barclays Bank's investment banking subsidiary. Tony has also held senior positions in industry including President & CEO of New Energy Ventures Technologies in Los Angeles, one of the early entrants into the deregulating US power industry. Tony has served, and still very much serves, as Chairman and/or Board Director of large number of public and private companies in the USA, Europe and Asia/Pacific. His experience covers capital markets financing, equity fund raising, cross-border mergers & acquisitions, project finance, real estate, precious metals, asset management (including alternative investments), wealth advisory, etc. He has particular experience in guiding start up and emerging companies right the way through to an exit, either trade sale or IPO. Currently based in Istanbul, Tony is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Evrensel Capital Partners, a global merchant bank, fund management and trading company. He is particularly interested in providing strategic and financial advice to companies that have a significant humanitarian aspect in their offering and in general seeks, in this legacy period of his life, opportunities to contribute to creating a better world for future generations. Tony has an extensive, global senior executive level network in government, public entities, financial institutions and corporations around the world which he is more than happy to leverage to the benefit of outstanding organizations such as the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation.

The appointment of these two leaders was confirmed on February 24, 2022 during the leadership meeting of the organization. According to Dr. Basil Ugorji, President and CEO of the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, the mandate given to Mr. Zida and Mr. Moore is centered on strategic leadership and fiduciary responsibility for the sustainability and scalability of the conflict resolution and peacebuilding work of the organization.

Building an infrastructure of peace in the 21st century requires the commitment of successful leaders from a variety of professions and regions. We are thrilled to welcome them into our organization and have high hopes for the progress we will make together in promoting a culture of peace around the world, Dr. Ugorji added.


Headed by the President of the Organization and the Chief Operating Officer, ICERMediation’s Secretariat is divided into nine departments: Research, Education and Training, Expert Consultation, Dialogue and Mediation, Rapid Response Projects, Development and Fundraising, Public Relations and Legal Affairs, Human Resources, and Finance & Budget.

President of the Organization

Basil Ugorji, Ph.D., President and CEO

  • Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy from Université de Poitiers, France
  • Diploma in French Language Studies from Centre International de Recherche et d’Étude des Langues (CIREL), Lomé, Togo
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Permanent Mission of ICERM to the United Nations

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERMediation) is one of the few organizations that have been granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Consultative status for an organization enables it to actively engage with the United Nations ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programs, funds and agencies in a number of ways.

Attendance at Meetings and Access to the United Nations

ICERMediation’s Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) entitles ICERMediation to designate official representatives to the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the United Nations offices in Geneva and Vienna. ICERMediation’s Representatives will be able to register for and actively participate in events, conferences and activities of the United Nations, as well as sit as observers at public meetings of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, General Assembly, Human Rights Council and other United Nations intergovernmental decision-making bodies.

Meet the Representatives of ICERM to the United Nations

United Nations Headquarters in New York

Spencer McNairn, ICERMediation's Public Affairs Coordinator, is the Main Representative to the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

United Nations Office in Vienna

Designation of official representatives to the United Nations office in Vienna is in progress.

United Nations Office in Geneva

Designation of official representatives to the United Nations office in Geneva is in progress.

Journal of Living Together Editorial Board / Peer Review Panel

Publisher: International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERMediation)

Peer Review Panel:

  • Matthew Simon Ibok, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, USA
  • Sheikh Gh.Waleed Rasool, Ph.D., Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Kumar Khadka, Ph.D., Kenneshaw State University, USA
  • Habib ur Rahman, Ph.D., Sarhad University of Science & Information Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Egodi Uchendu, Ph.D., University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria
  • Kelly James Clark, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, USA
  • Ala Uddin, Ph.D., University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Qamar Abbas, Ph.D. Candidate, RMIT University, Australia
  • Don John O. Omale, Ph.D., Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria
  • Segun Ogungbemi, Ph.D., Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State, Nigeria
  • Stanley Mgbemena, Ph.D., Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Anambra State, Nigeria
  • Ben R. Ole Koissaba, Ph.D., Association for the Advancement of Educational Research, USA
  • Anna Hamling, Ph.D., University of New Brunswick, Fredericton , NB, Canada
  • Paul Kanyinke Sena, Ph.D., Egerton University, Kenya; Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee
  • Simon Babs Mala, Ph.D., University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Hilda Dunkwu, Ph.D., Stevenson University, USA
  • Michael DeValve, Ph.D., Bridgewater State University, USA
  • Timothy Longman, Ph.D., Boston University, USA
  • Roselyn Onyegbula, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, USA
  • Evelyn Namakula Mayanja, Ph.D., University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Mark Chingono, Ph.D., University of Swaziland, Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Arthur Lerman, Ph.D., Mercy College, New York, USA
  • Stefan Buckman, Ph.D. Candidate, Nova Southeastern University, USA
  • Richard Queeney, Ph.D., Bucks County Community College, USA
  • Robert Moody, Ph.D. Candidate, Nova Southeastern University, USA
  • Giada Lagana, Ph.D., Cardiff University, UK
  • Autumn L. Mathias, Ph.D., Elms College, Chicopee, MA, USA
  • Augustine Ugar Akah, Ph.D., University of Kiel, Germany
  • John Kisilu Reuben, Ph.D., Kenyan Military, Kenya

Layout & Design: Muhammad Danish

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