Join us on April 14 as we highlight the role the private sector can, should, and does play in driving a more peaceful and just world. When it comes to the most critical issues of our time like climate change, inequity, poverty, social justice, or the Russian invasion of Ukraine, companies are increasingly being faced with calls to respond in a world that seems to be shifting beneath us by the day. At the next peace&justice café, professionals of The Hague’s public, private, and non-profit sectors will explore how the private sector chooses to respond to these calls and how NGOs, governments, and international organisations can shape this expanded role that they are carving out. 

At this edition of the peace&justice café, network with organisations and businesses with experience of this new corporate adaptation to a more expectant public, and (re)connect on common goals. 

If you would like to share your experiences, or have a suggestion for a great organization or business you would like to see at the café, please contact 

Thursday, 14 April 2022
16:00 – 18:00 CEST
Hybrid Event
Join us in-person at
The Hague Humanity Hub City Centre, or online on Zoom


Here’s what you can expect as a participant:

15:30 CEST
In-person welcoming – coffee & cake

16:00 CEST
Zoom rooms open
Facilitated networking
Roundabout side sessions
Panel – What’s the role of the private sector in achieving a more peaceful and just world?

18:00 CEST
Open-ended networking & drinks (both virtually and in-person)


Whether you join us in-person or online, there is plenty to look forward to:


 John Marks

Private sector involvement in NGO work

Roundabout moderator John Marks will share his past experience in securing support from the private sector. Then, participants will be asked to relate similar examples. Lastly, participants will formulate what a successful request to a potential corporate sponsor might look like.
Centre for Innovation Leiden University

Building responsible data-driven public-private partnerships (PPPs)

It is undeniable that the quantity and depth of PPPs is increasing and, in many cases, is the only option available to the public actor. These private companies are vital in assisting the public sector with data-driven work especially around data management and analytic expertise. However, they come with serious technical, reputational, and operational risks. Join the CFI for a discussion on our research and on how we can create frameworks for more responsible and ethical data-driven PPPs.

Talking with people: The use of technology in humanitarian contexts

Upinion is a social enterprise that developed an online platform that allows organizations to securely stay in touch with people in crisis and displacement-affected countries. Our in-house developed platform allows us to engage with thousands of people simultaneously using advanced technologies. It does not stop there: Upinion supports clients with analysis, advocacy, and impact.
ActivityInfo &  Solvoz

Driving process improvements by innovating in the public sector through private-sector startups

A growing number of private sector startups have been founded with the goal of bringing process improvements and innovations to humanitarian assistance or other public sector institutions. This path has some advantages, such as the flexibility to adapt quickly and greater risk tolerance, but can also face significant obstacles. Join us to hear about why and how two startups founded by two humanitarians, ActivityInfo and Solvoz, took this path to drive innovation in information management and procurement respectively, and to discuss where this model might prove useful.

Business for peace: Do’s and don’ts of conflict transformation by private companies

Local and global companies have an important role to play in conflict transformation and peace building. What are the success stories and cautionary tales of business involvement with countries facing violent conflict? How can private companies join forces with the public and social sectors to build peace? And what are lessons learned in other conflict zones for businesses dealing with the Ukraine war?

The role of business in tackling climate change

The science is clear: We must act now to prevent the worst effects of climate change. As stated by the IPCC, the decisions we make now can secure a liveable future. With just 100 companies being responsible for 71% of global GHG emissions, it is clear that corporate action is not only necessary, but a global obligation. We will discuss how the private sector can contribute to the transition, and how businesses as well as individual professionals can serve as climate leaders in the years to come.

Evidence based working in peace and justice: how to get your great methods funded by the private sector


International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Business in times of conflict: risks and responsibilities

Operating in conflict areas or weak governance zones create enormous legal, economic and reputational risks for businesses. When should a business stay and when should it leave a conflict zone? What measures can be taken by companies to limit the (very real) risk of being linked to violations of international law? We’ll discuss about the risks, roles and responsibilities of businesses operating in conflict-affected or high-risks areas.
Leaders for Climate Action

The role of business in tackling climate change

(Same topic as Acronyms, but different format)

The science is clear: We must act now to prevent the worst effects of climate change. As stated by the IPCC, the decisions we make now can secure a liveable future. With just 100 companies being responsible for 71% of global GHG emissions, it is clear that corporate action is not only necessary, but a global obligation. We will discuss how the private sector can contribute to the transition, and how businesses as well as individual professionals can serve as climate leaders in the years to come.


Opportunities and challenges of commercial companies in the peace and justice sector

We want to discover how commercial and non-commercial entities operate within the peace and justice sector. By sharing past experiences, we will discuss the role of the private sector in peace and justice, possibilities as well as restrictions on how partnerships can be formed, what makes them successful and which ones have failed. At the end of this roundabout, participants will have gained additional perspectives on the role of the private sector and formed new connections.
International Mediation Institute

The role of the mediation community in a time of crisis

The private sector can play a key role in responding and mitigating many critical issues we are faced with today. For that to happen, stakeholder engagement and meaningful consultations are needed. Mediators have the skillset, mindset and neutrality needed to convene people in a safe space so they can engage in such constructive, honest and open dialogue. During this session we will explore what is the role of mediators and how they can best utilize their unique skills and process design knowledge to facilitate change.

We’re excited to welcome the following speakers to the next edition of the peace&justice café on April 14:

  • John Marks, Founder of Search for Common Ground and Confluence International: Roundabout host and Keynote panel participant, In-Person
  • Brittany Sage Brown from The Kraft Heinz Company: Keynote panel participant, In-Person
  • Maddalena Neglia from FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights): Roundabout host, Virtual
  • Piotr Drozd from Leaders for Climate Action: Roundabout host, Virtual
  • Paulien Boone from Acronyms: Roundabout host, In-Person
  • Joanna van der Merwe and Manuel Ignacio Galdames Castillo from the Centre for Innovation Leiden University: Roundabout co-hosts, In-Person
  • Ivana Ninčić from International Mediation Institute: Roundabout host, Virtual
  • Alexander Gunkel from Space4Good: Roundabout host, Virtual
  • Alexander Bertram from ActivityInfo and Claire Barnhoorn from Solvoz: Roundabout co-hosts, In-Person
  • Noor Lekkerkerker from Upinion: Roundabout host, In-Person
  • Katja Noordam from FairChange: Roundabout host, In-Person
  • Maurits Barendrecht from HiiL: Roundabout host, In-Person

The event will also be moderated by Connor Sattely.

The peace&justice café

is the new networking event series for cross-sectoral connection and collaboration for a more peaceful and just world. Launched by the Hague Humanity Hub in collaboration with the Municipality of The Hague, it convenes the peacebuilders, justice innovators, researchers, humanitarians, impact entrepreneurs, policy makers, and other changemakers from The Hague and beyond. By strengthening our connections, we can help offer concrete solutions for today’s complex and pressing problems and increase our collective impact.

Thanks to our partners!


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16:00 – 18:00 CEST
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16:00 – 17:45 CEST
Humanity Hub via Zoom