Rafael Tyszblat is an expert in conflict resolution, mediation, and intercultural dialogue with 15 years of experience. Based in Paris, France, he is the Innovation and Program Design Manager at Soliya, an online based NGO promoting the field of Virtual Exchange (online intercultural dialogue) within the Virtual Exchange Coalition. He is a member of the European Mediation Institute, an organization that brings certified mediators, trainers and coaches together to advance multi-disciplinary mediation practices in schools, companies and communities. Previously, as a manager and researcher at Meta-Culture, an integrated conflict resolution center based in Bangalore, India, he tested best practices in mediation, accompanied multicultural teams and facilitated group processes in different settings, including schools, families and the work place. He has trained thousands of youth and adults to equip them with effective relationship and communication skills.

As a dialogue facilitator, Rafael specializes on the relationship between “Western” and “predominantly Muslim” societies. He designs and leads facilitated dialogue programs between youth from North America, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as well as within European societies between members of antagonistic communities. He is the Director of Programming at the Muslim-Jewish Conference, a grassroots interreligious organization that he represents in France.

Rafael is trained in several schools of conflict resolution including those provided by the Institut de Formation du Mouvement pour une Alternative Non Violente (IFMAN) and the Centre de Médiation et de Formation à la Médiation de Paris (CMFM). His praxis combines Carl Rogers’ Person Centred Approach, emotional intelligence, the teachings of neurosciences, Transactional Analysis and Non-Violent Communication. His interventions challenge communication habits, help understand identity dynamics and promote a different way of handling our relations with the Other. Rafael received his Master’s in Philosophy in International Relations from Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne University and has a MA in Conflict Resolution from University of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. He received another MA from Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences-Po).