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Bhavesh S Patel

Research and Design

Professional Experience

Bhav has worked from 1999 to present facilitating learning and change with individuals and organisations all over the world. This has involved designing and delivering training courses, organising conferences, and organisational development. He has worked with groups of up to 150 people, and individual clients on a one-to-one coaching basis. His work has taken him to Cambodia, South Africa, Australia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, France, Switzerland, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Norway, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and throughout the UK.

Between 2008-2011 he joined People Potential, a soft skills corporate training company based in Malaysia, specialising in coaching and communication skills, and facilitated group work.

Academic Background

Bhav has a BSc Hons Geology degree, two diplomas in Life & Performance Coaching. He has trained as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming(NLP) Master Practitioner, in PRINCE2 Project Management, and is an Open Space Technology facilitator. He holds a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate, and is presently completing a Masters in Management Psychology.

Community Involvement

Bhav works with various personal and social change organisations including Initiatives of Change International, where he works on developing community action groups, and facilitates the learning of both the personal and professional skills needed to create change. He has organised conflict prevention conferences and run week long courses on engaging in change personally and at a community level.

Organisations Bhav Has Worked With

Not For Profit: The Wrekin Trust, The Anthroposophical Society, The Kingswood Foundation,CARIF, World Wide Fund for Nature(WWF), Initiatives of Change(IofC), Joint Action Group Against Violence Aganist Women(JAG), Malaysian Facilitators Association(MAFa).

Corporate: Shell, Motorola, Deutsche Bank, Malaysia TV3, Monetary Authority of Singapore(M.A.S.), Experian Malaysia, Aberdeen Asset Management, Spirax, Singapore Institute of Management(SIM), Lafarge, Fraser & Neave(F&N), PRINCE Hotel Malaysia, Zuellig Pharma, Averis, Bangkok Bank, Green Packet, Prudential, ERE Consulting.

David Nyuol Vincent

Makes it happen

David Nyuol Vincent was a little boy when he fled southern Sudan with his father, as war raged in their country. He left behind his distraught mother and sisters, his village and his childhood. For months David and his father walked across southern Sudan, barefoot, desperately searching for safety, food and water. They survived the perilous Sahara Desert crossing into Ethiopia only to be separated. David was taken in and trained as a child soldier, surviving the next 17 years of his life alone in refugee camps. Life was a relentless struggle against starvation, air bombings and people determined to kill him and his people. In 2004 David was offered a humanitarian visa as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan and was resettled to Australia. Traumatised by what he had seen and endured, he went about the slow and painful process of making a new life for himself-a life away from hunger, away from guns, away from death.

Since rebuilding his life here in Australia, David has become an advocate for refugees and the Sudanese community and he is a Victorian Human Rights Youth Ambassador and a People of Australia Ambassador. He also helped to set up an all-Sudanese refugee football team, the Western Tigers, in the Brimbank soccer league. David is a true humanitarian and is committed to achieving peace for his people in Sudan. He was short-listed for the Australian Human Rights Awards in 2012.

After returning to Australia following the outbreak of violence in December 2013, he is now back in South Sudan and joined the core team for the recent training of Peace Mobilisers in Warrap State, as part of the Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation’s nationwide consultation process.

See more of David's story here.

Rob Lancaster


From 2007 until now, I have worked in the NGO sector, most of my roles connected with the work of Initiatives of Change; as the Director of the Caux Interns Program, Project Manager and then Director of the Caux Forum for Human Security (now the Just Governance Forum), as support team for the leadership training program Action for Life, and training coordination for IofC International in South Sudan. Work with Initiatives of Change International and Caux-Initiatives of Change has also included consultancy work with the Costa Rican Mission to the UN in Geneva and Training of Trainers programs in India and Cambodia.

As a facilitator and trainer, I have worked with online strategic planning processes, face to face primarily with younger people in exercises around cooperation, trustbuilding, active and empathic listening skills, focussed conversation and conflict resolution.

Academic Background

I have degrees with Honours in both Law (LLB) and Arts (International Relations/French) from the Australian National University, as well as a Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Oxford. My key areas of interest in my Honours studies were humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P); cosmopolitan theory; critical theory; human security discourse; and secularism and religious freedoms in the public space.

I speak fluent french (though it deteriorates without use), having studied as part of my degree program for one year in Lyon at Jean Moulin Lyon III and a further six months in my Honours year at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Sciences Po).

A bit about me...

Having surrendered my childhood aspirations to captain the Australian Cricket team, my passion is for initiatives that explore the link between personal and global change.

That journey has taken me from Australia (where I was born and grew up) through India, South East Asia, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe (including the UK and Norway, in case that isn’t automatically included). I love music, from Handel’s Messiah to the Idan Raichel Project, to Riverdance to teenage boy bands, and enjoy playing and singing musical theatre numbers in my spare time. Good friends tell me (and presumably others are thinking it) that my hair is ridiculous and I have no fashion sense. I like taking naps and am suspicious of people who don’t like donuts.

You can read more about why I do what I do here.

In South Sudan... 

You can see a bit more of David's story here, and he brings to Inside Change a wealth of local experience, insight and connection. The South Sudan side of the story together with Rob and Bhav kicks off in Juba at the beginning of 2013, when they worked together with the Journey of Healing for National Peace and Reconciliation, under the Government Committee, chaired by the former Vice-President. That was before Inside Change, when all three were working with Initiatives of Change International, whose extensive network has had links with (South) Sudan going back several decades, and also have ongoing diaspora initiatives in Australia and Canada, as well as Horn of Africa work, particularly out of the UK. 

Following the dissolution of the first National Committee for Reconciliation, Initiatives of Change International continued supporting the development and implementation of plans with the newly established Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation (CNHPR). They joined the Committee's retreat in Kuron in December 2013 and, following the Crisis, continued building towards a further training program in Yei in October 2014, which brought together 70 people drawn from all 10 States. This was the first program delivered by Inside Change, partnering with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the international network of Initiatives of Change.

Amidst various challenges and imperfections, Inside Change has continued to support the Committee, coordinating the training of peace mobilisers in Warrap State and the subsequent training in Torit, Eastern Equatoria. We have also maintained a strong connection with the South Sudan Support Group within Initiatives of Change International, as well as with local NGO Youth in Solidarity. Further afield, our Associates support a wide range of initiatives elsewhere, including at the International Centre for Initiatives of Change in Caux, Switzerland, in Geneva, in Eastern Europe, and in more development-oriented work in South Sudan.

Our involvement in South Sudan is based on the assumption that we have something to contribute, but only alongside and in partnership with the many organisations and individuals who are committed to a lasting peace in the country. We have met a number, but if we haven't met you, please do be in touch!