Merwyn De Mello

Co-director, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)

De Mello brings a wide range of international and administrative experience to the position of CPT co-director.  He grew up in Nairobi, Kenya and Mumbai, India.  In Japan, he worked as an immigrant rights advocate and community organizer to change policy for asylum seekers.  In Tanzania, he co-coordinated projects in thirteen refugee camps on Tanzania-Rwanda-Burundi borders and developed community education programs on advocacy and peacebuilding.  At the Institute of Peace, Leadership, and Governance in Mutare, Zimbabwe, he designed and taught courses in Transitional Justice and Trauma Healing, Peacebuilding, and provided coordination for peacebuilding strategy development in Harare, Zimbabwe.  More recently, in Mumbai, he coordinated programs for promoting honesty, transparency, and accountability in governance.  He currently works as the Recruitment Manager for Maryknoll Lay Missioners.
(Adapted from the CPT news release, Sept. 13, 2011.)