Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

Title Facilitator, Trainer
Education Ph.D., American University, Washington, D.C.
M.A., University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K.
B.A., Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey
Inspiration “I am inspired by people who are creative and are willing to take risks…people who, rather than being afraid of failure, embrace it and learn from it.”

Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana is a facilitator and trainer with Greenleaf and is part of the team serving USAID’s Jordan mission. Her expertise contributes to the development of high-performance workplace cultures in numerous areas. Some of these include resilient leadership development, operational stress mitigation, staff development and management,communications, and conflict resolution.

Ayse is a scholar/practitioner with significant training, teaching, research, and publishing experience. She is currently a research affiliate at Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She is also one of the founding members of the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, where she served as the associate director.

Ayse has over 12 years of training experience with USAID, the United States Institute of Peace, the Salam Institute of Peace and Justice, and several other organizations. She specializes in the areas of leadership, conflict resolution, peacebuilding skills, countering violent extremism, intercultural/interreligious mediation and dialogue, gender, engaging religious actors, and monitoring and evaluation.

Ayse has lived in or worked with clients in Argentina, Chad, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Niger, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and many other nations.

Ayse holds a Ph.D. in international relations from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Arts degree in international conflict analysis from the University of Kent in Canterbury, U.K. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations at Ankara University in Ankara, Turkey.

Ayse has certifications in hostile environment first aid training, cross-cultural conflict resolution facilitation, training for trainers, and development in conflict: practical approaches to recovery.

What inspires Ayse? “I am inspired by people who are creative and are willing to take risks…people who, rather than being afraid of failure, embrace it and learn from it.”

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