The WSPS team is a small group of dedicated professionals applying decades of expertise in the areas of filmmaking, journalism, communication strategy, and multimedia to the peacebuilding space.
Founder and Director of WSPS
As a life-long peace activist, award-winning documentarian, and communications expert, Jamil Simon founded WSPS in 2017. Through his media production and consulting firm, Spectrum Media, Jamil has garnered over 40 years of experience promoting social and environmental reform through documentary film and public awareness projects in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America in partnership with multilateral organizations like USAID and the World Bank.
Co-Producer and Creative Director of WSPS
A highly experienced design director and event producer, Peter Agoos has served major corporations, nonprofit organizations, universities, and international NGOs throughout his career. His work experience ranges from multimedia staging, exhibit, and architectural designs to public art installations, and from documentary films to graphic design for print and web. He serves on the boards of two nonprofits engaged in conservation and education.
Steven Youngblood is the founding director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri USA, where he is a communications and peace studies professor. He has organized and taught peace journalism seminars and workshops in 33 countries/territories (27 in person; 6 via Zoom). Youngblood is a two-time J. William Fulbright Scholar (Moldova 2001, Azerbaijan 2007). He also served as a U.S. State Department Senior Subject Specialist in Ethiopia in 2018. Youngblood is the author of “Peace Journalism Principles and Practices” and “Professor Komagum.” He edits “The Peace Journalist” magazine, and writes and produces the “Peace Journalism Insights” blog. He has been recognized for his contributions to world peace by the U.S. State Department, Rotary International, and the World Forum for Peace, which named him a Luxembourg Peace Prize laureate for 2020-21.