The members of the CNVC Board of Directors govern the organization by articulating the purposes, vision and mission of CNVC. They ensure its financial and legal integrity and establish board policies, strategies and objectives, including approving policies proposed by the Administrative Team and others. They also assign priorities and ensure the organization’s capacity to carry out programs by regularly reviewing its work. The Board of Directors provides continuity for the organization and also represents the organization’s point of view through interpretation of its products and services and through advocating for them.
Our Board Members are located all around the world. Check out this map to see where they can be found!
Farrah is Belgian of Indian origin. She lives in Luxembourg with her husband and 3 grown up kids. She graduated as a translator and discovered NVC in 1999. Farrah met Marshall Rosenberg for the first time in Switzerland during a 10-day international workshop in 2004. Later she served as an interpreter several times on Marshall’s intensive trainings in French-speaking Europe. She remains immensely grateful to life and to those who enabled her to be "exposed" in this way to Marshall's radiance, his wisdom and quality of presence. In 2011 she joined the Francophone assessors’ team A-Certif and is committed ever since to contribute to the creation of a global community of NVC Ambassadors. As a member of the CNVC Board, she trusts and relies on our collective intelligence when decisions need to be made on a global level. Read more about Farrah here: www.giraffarrah.eu
Amal MekouarVice President
Amal Mekouar is a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication, living in Casablanca in Morocco with her husband and 2 daughters. She shares her understanding of NVC in three languages and in different countries and regions of the world (Maghreb countries, West Africa, Lebanon in the Middle East). She has been a pioneer in teaching NVC and setting local NVC associations in Morocco and Ivory Coast where she lived for two years. She was working in Finance when she met NVC in 2006, and shifted to focus her attention to sharing NVC in 2008 with different audiences (organizations, associations, leaders, youths, parents, doctors ...). Her interest in diversity and multi- culturalism led her to organize and facilitate residential multi-cultural trainings. She is also committed to bringing NVC to business leaders and into business organizations through governance and cultural change. Amal is passionate about promoting social change projects in Africa and has been involved in a large initiative with Cocoa farmers in West Africa. She is very interested in representing voices from the Global South and contributing to systemic change. She is currently engaged in Girafrica, a project aiming at training peace ambassadors and certifying trainers in Francophone Africa. Amal earned an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University. Amal feels deeply honored to serve our international community by joining the CNVC Board. She is a firm believer of the richness of diversity and the power of collective intelligence, and trusts that by tapping into both, we can have more impact.
Kirsten feels honored to serve our international community on CNVC’s Board. She trusts that together we can create amazing movements that none of us can do alone and that we can organize ourselves for more impact in how we work towards the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. When Kirsten met Marshall in 1998, she decided to take every opportunity to study with him and share NVC with others. She found NVC to be the missing link in her work as a family therapist, and in her personal development and spiritual growth. Kirsten’s interest in leadership & organizational structures led her to attend several CNVC board meetings as an observer, starting in 2002 in Hungary where organizing CNVC with circles was talked about for the first time. Kirsten’s main project has been creating the association LIVKOM, which serves as the foundation for NVC work in Denmark and abroad. LIVKOM (Life-Enriching Communication) has supported many projects including winning funding for 10 projects since 2009 and involved NVC trainers to deliver them. In 2006, she created her own publishing house when the big publishers were not willing to bring out more of Marshall’s books in Danish. She has brought 9 titles to the Danish audience. Over the years, Kirsten has shared NVC in many countries from North to South, West to East, including Healing and Reconciliation with NVC in Nepal in 2014 and 2016, a project she found very meaningful. Kirsten is ready to do playful work and have serious fun with CNVC
Kanya was born in Thailand where she has been a pioneer in applying and teaching Nonviolent Communication for many years. She offers transformational programs in communication, conflict resolution, and coaching across all sectors from hospitals to prisons to farmers cooperatives. In her work as a consultant for businesses and organizations, she loves working with people on their blind spots, to build stronger feedback channels and to support leadership to use their power and privilege in a conscious and effective way. Kanya lived in the US for over 25 years and experienced the pain of being in a marginalized group. Now that she lives in Thailand and is part of the dominant group, she regularly receives feedback around her unconscious use of power and privilege. This allows her to understand and relate to both worlds. With this awareness, as a Board member, she is deeply committed to hearing and representing voices from the Global South, especially Asia. Kanya is also committed to bringing understanding to the different needs and issues as well as to being a bridge within our community between people with different experiences and perspectives. NVC has changed Kanya’s world from the life of a software engineer in Silicon Valley pursuing the next popular app to a life filled with purpose and meaning. She is forever grateful. Kanya feels humbled and honored to serve on the Board as a way of giving back to our community that has given so much to her.
Carl Plesner works with social restorative processes. He is a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication, mediator, dialogue facilitator, reconciliation and restorative justice specialist, and certified crisis and hostage negotiator. He acts as a mediator in conflicts, facilitates reconciliation and social restorative processes between individuals as well as social groups of different levels.
The main objective of his practice is to restore the dignity and humanity of those affected by violence. Carl conducts dialogue facilitation, Nonviolent Communication, mediation, and crisis negotiation trainings. He also conducts educational events, supervisions, and consultative sessions for nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions, business, and state sectors in Denmark, Ukraine and other countries.
Jan Carel van DorpBoard Member
Jan Carel van Dorp ran into NVC in November 2006, when Marshall gave a 1.5 day workshop in the Netherlands. In January 2007, Jan Carel participated in a Special Session of 15 days with Marshall, in Albuquerque, NM, USA. In September 2007, he started hosting practice groups in his dining room. In 2008, he formed the Dutch-speaking NVC Circle, now consisting of 60 trainers from Belgium and the Netherlands, of which 30 are certified. After a career as an international tax lawyer, Jan Carel formed the Dutch Center for Great Communication, offering open NVC trainings, courses, workshops, in-company trainings, and coaching. Jan Carel is inspired by Rogers’ listening approach and integrates Eugene Gendlin's Focusing in his work. In 2010, Jan Carel re-translated Marshalls book “A Language of Life” into Dutch. He also edited Marshalls “Living Nonviolent Communication” and “The Empathy Factor”, by Marie Miyashiro for the Dutch market. Jan Carel is a certified trainer with CNVC, living in Amsterdam and Bilthoven in the Netherlands or in Verbier, Switzerland. His 4 daughters also live in Amsterdam. Together with his wife (also a Certified Trainer) they facilitate in-company trainings in the Netherlands and abroad.