Mr. Juha Christensen
Director of Peace Architecture and Conflict Transformation Alliance (PACTA), Finland
A Finnish businessman and researcher, mainly works in Aceh, Indonesia, as a General Manager of PACTA (Peace Architecture and Conflict Transformation Alliance), a non-governmental organisation focusing on the transformation of conflict into peace; committed to advancing international and national conflict resolution and reconciliation with a view to alleviate suffering, poverty and distress and building social cohesion and trust within and between communities.
Juha Christensen has been involved in the Aceh peace process since the very inception of the preparatory phase in 2000 laying the grounds for the Helsinki talks in 2005. I.e., urging the negotiations resulted in the parties signing a memorandum of understanding in August 2005. He has worked closely in the mediation and followed up process together with Martti Ahtisaari, former president of Finland and Nobel Peace Price laureate.
Later appointed by Ahtisaari, Juha Christensen served as a special adviser to the Head of the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) in Aceh. Yet after the AMM had finished its work, he has been directing peace-building program in Aceh and promoting lessons learnt from the Aceh peace process. He continued to monitor the peace through the Interpeace Institution, an international NGO based in Geneva, Switzerland. One of the NGO’s duties was to monitor the implementation of the Aceh Government Law, a special law for the province.