Vahidin Omanovic

Vahidin Omanovic

Vahidin is a professional trainer in nonviolent communication and conflict resolution. For years he believed that revenge would relieve him of his anger and heal the scars he carried from the war. However, from 1997 to 2002, he experienced a personal transformation while participating in interethnic dialogue and trauma healing sessions sponsored by an American organization. He found that reconciliation was the only way forward for his community and country.

Before founding the Center for Peacebuilding in 2004, Vahidin received a master’s degree in international relations with a concentration in conflict transformation at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont. Additionally, Vahidin served as a teaching assistant in SIT’s Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) program, where he taught classes on forgiveness and conflict transformation. He has attended peace workshops and trainings throughout the world, including in Switzerland, the Philippines, and Nepal, where he helped to found a peacebuilding organization. In 2011, the Threshold Foundation honored Vahidin with the 5th International Bremen Peace Award, naming him the year’s “Unknown Peace Worker.”