Our Associate Trainers
Lia Dong Shimada
Lia is a mediator and community practitioner, and Senior Researcher for the Susanna Wesley Foundation at the University of Roehampton, conducting research on cultural diversity and practical theology. She has worked in the peacebuilding field since 2007. As an accredited mediator, Lia works with organisational, workplace, community and housing disputes. She is the editor of Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration and Community (Jessica Kingsley, 2020).
David serves as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Professions at Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA. He has 34 years’ experience in workplace mediation and organizational and congregational consulting. David has worked in a dozen international settings including Northern Ireland. He is the author of several books, including When the Center Does Not Hold: Leading in an Age of Polarization (Fortress Press, 2019).