Father Leonel Narváez Gomez, born in Colombia in 1950, is a Consolata Missionary Priest, and a Sociologist. After working with Nomadic Tribes in Africa, he returned to his country to do peace work with hardened left wing guerrillas – FARC – during which time he realized that something was missing from conflict resolution theory: the importance of forgiveness. Together with colleagues from Harvard University, he developed the concept of the Schools of Forgiveness and Reconciliation (ESPERE, for its acronym in Spanish) where those who have been victim of violence learn how to forgive and use pro-social behavior to resolve inter-personal conflicts. ESPERE helps victims of violence transform their negative memories, generate new narratives and break free of the past in order to project their lives into the future. Over 82,000 people have been trained by ESPERE and are part of an international network spanning Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Chile, Venezuela, the U.S, Canada, Bolivia, Argentina, and Uruguay. Father Narváez has Postgraduate Degrees from the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. He won the UNESCO Peace Education Prize- Special Mention in 2006, and in 2007 received the Order of Democracy by the Congress of the Republica of Colombia for his reconciliation efforts. Fr. Narvaez Gomez is author of Cultura Política de Perdón y Reconciliación, 2009 and The Political Culture of Forgiveness and Reconciliation, 2010, and La Rivoluzione del Perdono, 2010.