Zab Vilayil

Zab Vilayil

Conflict Negotiator & School Administrator

Zab is an experienced Educator and Conflict Early Warning specialist. He is passionate about building bridges between communities, drawing insights from his upbringing in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

His innovative use of mapping technology in conflict zones spanned East to West Africa. His contributions have been instrumental in supporting organizations such as the U.S. Department of State, ECOWAS, and the United Nations, particularly in the realms of risk assessment and conflict transformation. He currently brings this experience to serve as Administrator of Community and Culture in a K-12 school in Lower Mainland, BC. Zab’s impactful initiatives have led to speaking engagements at venues such as the United Nations in New York and Google in Mountain View, California.

Balcony Wisdom: Conflict is a good word

Conflict, good? This narrative is anchored in a deep passion for building connections and informed by experience in conflict zones. Zab offers a compelling vision of transforming various conflicts, inspiring unity across diverse communities through an impactful step. Drawing on insights from Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, he highlights the significance of pausing to re-evaluate conflicts, viewing them as opportunities for growth and learning.

Through vivid storytelling and hard-won insights, it champions a paradigm shift: to courageously embrace conflict’s potential for deeper human connection. This is a vital message for anyone seeking to transform human conflict from a place of nameless fear to one of consciousness and possibility.