Gina Marie Torry
Director, International Center for Dialogue and Peacebuilding
Ms. Torry is an international peace and security expert and gender advisor, specializing in the protection of civilians and support to mediation and peace processes. For almost two decades, she has worked extensively with the United Nations and its member states, including the United Nations Security Council and the Department of Political Affairs Mediation Support Unit, where she provided support to UN mediators and technical input to the drafting of ceasefire agreements. In 2007, Ms. Torry was invited, as Coordinator of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, to address the UN Security Council in an Open Debate.
Since 2014, Ms. Torry has worked with the Norwegian Nobel sphere. First as Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Minneapolis and, since 2016, supporting the Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in the establishment of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo – an international peace congress that takes place as part of the official annual Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremonies in Oslo. She also works and collaborates with the Nobel Peace Center on international programming.
Ms. Torry plans to take her extensive global network and experience into the development of the International Centre for Dialogue and Peacebuilding – creating a permanent, physical site in the United States at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers (at “Bdote” or “The Meeting Place” in the Dakota language) for advancing national and international peace and security.
Chair, International Center for Dialogue and Peacebuilding
Ingrid Stange has been a leading force in the effort to foster a greater culture of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility in Norway.
She serves on the board of directors of a number of organizations promoting social innovation, developing sustainable business in challenged countries, and meeting climate challenges. She serves on the advisory board of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, the Sahara Forest Project, and the IIX (Impact Investment Exchange, Singapore). She has founded the Norwegian NGO Partnership for Change focusing on empowering women and youth to build economic independence through education and business development.
Ms. Stange is associate fellow at the World Academy of Art and Science and she is a board member of Queen Sonja’s International music competition. She has focused on social business and venture philanthropy for the past 25 years, introducing the Montessori School system in Norway and establishing several foundations focusing on dignity for challenged children and youth.
Partnership for Change US is transitioning into the International Center for Dialogue and Peacebuilding.