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Dr. Alexis Lyras is the founder and President of Olympism4Humanity Alliance and currently holds the Conflict Resolution Senior Fellowship position at the Conflict Resolution Program, Department of Government at Georgetown University. Dr. Lyras’ area of expertise is the integration of organizational, cultural, educational and assessment aspects of Olympism, Peacebuilding and International Development. He has consulted for national, regional and international sports, development, education and health agencies, civil society organizations, ministries and universities in Greece, Cyprus, Africa, Monaco, the USA, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Lyras has 25 years of experience in strategic planning and consulting; developing and implementing integrated research, teaching and service, student engagement academic programs and curricula; in youth and professional sport programming and policy, coaching, vocational training and certifications; and in conducting monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian programs and initiatives.

In January 2013, Dr. Lyras was appointed by the International Olympic Academy to serve as a special advisor to the IOA on Olympism, Peacebuilding and International Development (OPID). His most recent project is Olympism for Humanity (O4H), a global venture of the International Olympic Academy, Georgetown University, the International Olympic Truce Center in collaboration with O4H Alliance, a global consortium that provides individuals and organizations the inspiration, education, tools and support to create their own purpose-driven humanitarian venture using sport, education and culture (Olympism) for social change and human welfare. O4H’s vision is “to explore and enhance the contribution of Olympism to Humanity” through through humanitarian action, capacity building, academic engagement and youth-led social entrepreneurship.

Dr. Lyras is the author of Sport for Development Theory (SFDT), the first and most widely used Olympism for Humanity interdisciplinary theory in this emerging field. SFDT provide sound theoretical foundations and practical recommendations that are utilized for the design, delivery and evaluation of preventive interventions, curriculum design, professional/vocational training, academic courses and student engagement initiatives. Lyras’s SFDT is being used by various scholars and youth humanitarian programs across the globe and was validated in various settings such as (a) inter-group conflict and peacebuilding interventions, (b) inclusion and integration of homeless youth and refugees, (b) HIV and Health Prevention interventions, (c) Gender roles and inclusion policy evaluation, (d) at risk youth non-formal education, and (e) youth and student engagement ventures.
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European Union, Africa, USA, Caribbean, West Indies
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Research Fellow at the Conflict Resolution Program, Georgetown University
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Business, Civil Society, Conflict Mainstreaming, Conflict Resolution, Culture, Democratization, Development, Dialogue, Diplomacy, Education, Peacebuilding, Psychosocial, Refugees, Social Entreprenuership, Sports for Development, Violence Prevention, Youth
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Advocacy, Budgeting, Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Evaluation, Fundraising, Monitoring, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research, Qualitative Skills, Quantitative Skills, Training
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USAID, United Nations
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Peace-building and International Development through Sport with an emphasis on Olympic Education and developing innovative approaches to peace policy, governance, program design and delivery, strategic planning and impact assessment.

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What is unique about it? Theory or Praxis? Join us to find out!

Posted on May 25, 2015 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

Annual Olympism in Action Professional Training

Athens, Marathon & Ancient Olympia, Greece June 25-July 5, 2015

Registration is open for the O4H Praxis Summer Program

Given the increased international interest from a number of humanitarian, educational, sport, NGO practitioners and civil society institutions to…


Few days Left! Join us! Humanitarian Action, Prevention and Resilience Summit

Posted on May 25, 2015 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

The 2015 Olympism For Humanity Summit

Theme: Humanitarian action, prevention and resilience: bridges across agencies, policy and practice

 A call for humanitarian action and collective wisdom

Submit your abstract by May 30th , 2015…


4th unedited with typos blogging: Peacebuilding Context Re-Design instead of Content.

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

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