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Governing Board

OUIDED BOUCHAMAOUI

OUIDED BOUCHAMAOUI

Tunisia

Nobel Peace Laurate, former President
of UTICA, the Tunisian Confederation
of Industry, Trade
and Handicrafts.

Ouided Bouchamaoui is a Tunisian businesswoman who served as the President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) from 2011 to 2018, becoming the first woman to hold the position. She was part of the National Dialogue Quartet, alongside other organizations, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. She has been recognized for her work, receiving the “Best Businesswoman of the Arab World” award in 2013 and several decorations, including the Legion d’Honneur in 2015 from the French President, Mr. François Hollande.

Bouchamaoui is a shareholder and director of the Hedi Bouchamaoui Group (HBG Holding), and is involved in several foundations, including the “Business for Peace” and “Global Hope Coalition”. She has been appointed as the President of the Steering Committee of the Summit of the Two Shores by French President Emmanuel Macron and is a member of the Consultative Council for Gender Equality.

Bouchamaoui is a multilingual speaker of French, English, and Arabic and intervenes in political conflicts and within companies to initiate dialogue with unions.

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KAMISSA CAMARA

Mali

Senior Advisor, Africa at the United States Institute of Peace. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the President

Kamissa Camara is a sub-Saharan Africa policy analyst and practitioner with 15 years of experience. She served as Mali’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Digital Economy and Planning, and Chief of Staff to the President. Camara is a well-published political commentator and television pundit who has been featured on CNN, Aljazeera, Voice of America, and other media outlets.

Camara has held leadership positions with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the National Endowment for Democracy, and PartnersGlobal. She co-founded the Sahel Strategy Forum at NED and led a multi-million-dollar program supporting civil society initiatives in West and Central Africa. Camara trained US diplomats on the Sahel and sub-Saharan Africa at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.

She holds a master’s in international economics and development from Université Grenoble Alpes and a bachelor’s in international relations from Université de Paris.

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yves daccord

Switzerland

Executive Chairman & Co-founder of Edgelands Institute, & Former Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Yves Daccord is a renowned humanitarian leader, international strategist, influencer, and changemaker. With a deep understanding of real-world problems, he translates his personal insights into solution-oriented visions for our society. Currently, he is leading a special initiative at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society on security, social contract, and the role of cities in the age of digital surveillance and pandemics.

For more than two decades, Yves held various posts in challenging contexts such as Israel and the Occupied Territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya, and Georgia for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where he served as Director-General from 2010 to March 2020.

Yves Daccord served as Co-Chair of the International Commission on Inclusive Peace (ICIP), spearheading the Principles for Peace initiative.

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ATJE DREXLER

Germany

Senior Vice-President at the Robert Bosch Foundation. Former Head of department International Relations Europe and its Neighbors at the Robert Bosch Foundation

Since 2020 Atje Drexler is Senior Vice President International Cooperation and Understanding at the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany, overseeing the work of the foundation in the topics Inequality and Conflict. From 2013 to 2019 she headed the department International Relations Europe and its Neighbors, and in addition was responsible for developing the Africa portfolio of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Atje has been with the Robert Bosch Stiftung since 2001 starting her career in the Health and Science Department where she held the position of Deputy Head of Department from 2007 through 2012. In this position, she was responsible for research at the foundation’s medical institutions, namely the Robert Bosch Hospital, the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch-Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and the Institute for the History of Medicine. Before joining the foundation, she worked in the automotive industry after graduating from the University of Göttingen in 1998 with degrees in Slavic Studies and Economics.

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ANDREW GILMOUR

United Kingdom
On behalf of the Stakeholder Platform

Executive Director of the Berghof Foundation. Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.

Andrew Gilmour is the Executive Director of the Berghof Foundation. Andrew Gilmour served at the United Nations for 30 years, including as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights from 2016 to 2019 and as Political Director in the Office of the Secretary-General in New York from 2012 to 2016. He also held senior UN positions in various conflict zones, including Iraq, South Sudan, and the Middle East.

He has also worked as an Adjunct Fellow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College Oxford. Andrew has written for various publications, including the New York Times and Financial Times. He is a British national and resides in Scotland with his family.

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ELIZABETH HUME

The United States
On behalf of the Stakeholder Platform

Executive Director of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Former Chief Legal Counsel for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo.

Liz Hume is the Executive Director at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, with over 25 years of experience in conflict resolution and policy development in various institutions and NGOs. She has worked in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa, managing large-scale peacebuilding programs in conflict-affected and fragile states. Liz also has experience working as a mediator and is a frequent guest lecturer and author on conflict analysis and peacebuilding.
She holds a BA from Boston College, a JD from Vermont Law School, and a MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from California State University.

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ELISSA JOBSON

United Kingdom/Trinidad and Tobago

Director of Advocacy and Partnership at the Crisis Group. Former media relations specialist with UNICEF.

Elissa Jobson is the Director of Advocacy and Partnership at the Crisis Group. She previously served as Director of Africa Regional Advocacy and was the organisation’s main liaison with the African Union. Prior to joining Crisis Group, she was a media relations specialist with UNICEF in New York, where she helped co-ordinate public advocacy around the Sustainable Development Goals.
Between 2012 and 2014, she was a freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa working for The Guardian, Africa Confidential, The Africa Report and Business Day.

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MARIANNE KRESS

Denmark

Director General of Stabilisation at Danish Foreign Ministry. Former Ambassador to Mali.

Ambassador Kress is the Head of Department for Migration, Stabilization and Fragility of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2020. Prior to her appointment, she served as Ambassador to Mali between 2018 and 2020 and as Deputy Ambassador to Mali from 2017 to 2018. She was also the Deputy Head of Development Cooperation at the Danish embassy in Burkina Faso.
Ambassador Kress also has extensive experience and expertise on EU foreign policy, having been seconded as senior policy advisor to the European External Action Service (EEAS) from 2011 to 2015. She holds a MSc in International Development Studies/Economics from Roskilde University.

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DR. TOBIAS LINDNER

Germany

Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office. Green Member of Parliament for the Southern Palatinate in Berlin.

Dr. Tobias Lindner has been Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office since 8 December 2021. His regional competence covers transatlantic relations, relations with Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, the Asia Pacific region, the Near and Middle East and Latin America. Tobias Lindner focuses on security policy issues and is committed to the further development of the rules based international order, to the strengthening of the United Nations and to a feminist foreign policy.
He advocates for a strong role for Germany in civilian crisis prevention, humanitarian assistance and peace mediation. Tobias Lindner also works on structural issues such as the digital transformation, gender equality, diversity and budget issues. He previously represented Germany on the Principles for Peace Steering Committee.

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DR. KHADIDJA OSOBLE ALI

Somalia

Co-Founder of Idman Community Bank. Former Minister of State and former member of the Somali Transitional National Parliament.
Somalia

Dr. Osoble Ali is the co-founder of Idman Community Bank and a former member of the Somali Transitional National Parliament and a Minister of State from 2000 to 2002.
Idman Community Bank is a community-based financial institution in Somalia. Idman Community Bank’s mission was to establish a financial institution that enhances empowerment, promotes positive social impact and contributes to economic development. They also work to close the gender gap in entrepreneurship and fuel the growth of women-owned enterprises all over Somalia.
She is a doctoral student at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and a contributor to Foreign Policy In Focus.

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ANNIKA SÖDER

Sweden

President of the Board of Governors European Institute of Peace and former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

Amb. Annika Söder served as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Sweden between 2014 and 2019. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation working on UN matters, UN reform, peace-building, and the SDGs. She has also been a senior manager and ADG of the UN FAO, responsible for external relations, partnerships, interagency affairs and communications.
Previously, she served as State Secretary for International Development Cooperation in the Swedish Government and as spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, and in several positions as foreign policy advisor to the prime minister and foreign ministers. Annika Söder was a member of the International Commission on Inclusive Peace (ICIP), spearheading the Principles for Peace initiative.

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teresita quintos deles

Philippines
Lead Convener: Local Ownership and Responsibility

Party to the Philippines Peace
Agreement on the Bangsamoro & Former Presidential Advisor on the
Peace Process in the Philippines

Teresita Quintos Deles, also known as Ging, has been at the forefront of peace initiatives in the Philippines, as a civil society activist for many years and, more recently, as a public servant. She was the first woman to be appointed as Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, with Cabinet rank, serving a first term in 2003-2005 and a second term under the 2ndAquino government from July 2010 to June 2016. Under her watch the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed in 2014, marking the end of four decades of armed conflict between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Three other peace tables were brought to peaceful completion and a nation-wide peace-and-development program, specifically targeting conflict-affected areas, was successfully implemented.
She sat as an Expert-Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (UN CEDAW) in 1991-1994. She served as the Philippine Permanent Representative in the Advisory Board of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) from its founding of 2013 to June 2016. Under her leadership, the Philippines became the first country in the Asia-Pacific to adopt and implement a National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS). Teresita Quintos Deles was a member of the International Commission on Inclusive Peace (ICIP), spearheading the Principles for Peace initiative.

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ITONDE KAKOMA

Interpeace incoming President from October 2, 2023 

Advisory Group

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BERT KOENDERS

CHAIR OF ADVISORY GROUP

World Bank Special Envoy on Fragility. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

Bert Koenders served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from October 2014 to October 2017. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1997 to 2007 and served as Minister for Development Cooperation from 2007 until 2010. He was the Undersecretary General of the United Nations and served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Operation in the Ivory Coast (2011–2013), and Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (2013–2014).

Bert Koenders has also served as President of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly and was Founder of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank/IMF. He has been a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University SAIS. Bert Koenders was a Co-Chair of the International Commission on Inclusive Peace (ICIP), spearheading the Principles for Peace initiative.

Frederic Gateretse-Ngoga

FREDERIC GATERETSE NGOGA

VICE-CHAIR OF ADVISORY GROUP

Ambassador, Head of Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division at the African Union Commission (AUC).

Former Senior Officer with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

General Roméo Dallaire

ROMEO DALLAIRE

LIEUTENANT-GENERAL (ret) THE HONOURABLE ROMEO DALLAIRE

Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honourable Romeo Dallaire, Founder of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security.

Former Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda.
Former Canadian Senator. Founder of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security.
ATJE DREXLER

SULTAN BARAKAT

Professor in Public Policy at Qatar Foundation’s Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.

Professor Sultan Barakat is a world-renowned scholar, known for pioneering the study of war-torn societies and their recovery. Professor Barakat founded the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and directed it between 2016 and 2022.  Previously he served as Director of Research at the Brookings Institution’s center in Doha. At the University of York, he founded and led the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit between 1993 and 2019.

Susanna Campbell

SUSANNA CAMPBELL

Director of the Research on International Policy Implementation Lab (RIPIL), American University, Washington D.C.

Susanna P. Campbell is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Service and Director of the Research on International Policy Implementation Lab (RIPIL) at American University. Her research examines interactions between international and domestic actors in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, addressing debates in the statebuilding, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, international aid, and global governance literatures. She uses mixed-method research designs and has conducted extensive fieldwork in conflict-affected countries, including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Sudan, South Sudan, and East Timor. Her research has been supported by awards from the US National Science Foundation, Humanity United, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Network for International Studies, the United States Institute of Peace, the Swedish and Dutch governments, and the United Nations.

Mohamed Elsanousi

MOHAMED ELSANOUSI

 Executive Director, The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers.

Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi is the Executive Director of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, a global network that bridges grassroots peacemakers and global players to work towards sustainable peace. Dr. Elsanousi was the director of Community Outreach and Interfaith Relations for the Islamic Society of North America. He also served on the Core Group Taskforce for the Department of State’s working group on Religion and Foreign Policy. Dr. Elsanousi holds a bachelor’s degree in Shariah and Law from the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, a Master of Laws from Indiana University, a graduate diploma in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, and a Ph.D. in Law and Society from the Indiana University School of Law.

LIEUTENANT GENERAL KEES MATTHIJSSEN

LIEUTENANT GENERAL KEES MATTHIJSSEN

Lieutenant General (Ret) NLD Armed Forces.

Former Force Commander UN Multidimensional Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in 2022-2023.

In his 43 years is service he furthermore held many operational and staff positions including other command positions at various levels in Srebrenica (1995), Iraq (2004) and Afghanistan (2008-2009).

He was the Military Advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013-2014. He obtained a Master of Strategic Studies degree at the U.S. Army War College.

MARIANNE KRESS

PROFESSOR SU HAO

Founding Director of the Center for Strategic and Peace Studies, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing.

Professor SU has a B.A. in history and M.A. in international relations from Beijing Normal University and a Ph.D. in international relations from China Foreign Affairs University. He took advanced study at SOAS, University of London; and was a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University, and in the Institute of East Asia Studies of the University of California, Berkeley. He has held visiting professorships in Sweden, Australia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and the USA. He was acting chairman of the Department of Diplomacy, director of China’s Foreign Relations Section, general secretary of the East Asian Studies Center, and director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies at China Foreign Affairs University. He is the president of the Beijing Geopolitical Strategy and Development Association, and a member or board member of several Chinese professional associations. His specialties are China’s foreign and security policy, strategic studies, international relations in the Asia-Pacific region, and East Asian integration.

Staff

Staff Principles for Peace July 2023
Hiba_Qasas

hiba qasas

Executive Director of the Principles for Peace Foundation

Served at the United Nations for 17 years in various leadership and expert roles at head quarters and in Arab States. Former Chief of the Crisis Prevention and Response Office in Geneva. Former UN Women Country Representative in Iraq. Coordinated Crisis Prevention and Response with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau at headquarters and led programmes at UNDP office in Jerusalem.

Keith Krause

keith krause

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Keith Krause is Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland; and Director of its Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). An international expert on conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and armed violence, Keith has more than 30 years of experience in designing and conducting research projects for academic and policy-oriented purposes. He was also the founder and Programme Director of the Small Arms Survey, an internationally-recognized centre of excellence for knowledge-related products concerning small arms proliferation and misuse, violence prevention, and human security. His research interests include the changing character of contemporary armed violence, peace-building and statebuilding, and multilateral security cooperation. He has published more than 80 articles, chapters, and reports. Keith is Swiss-Canadian, and received his MPhil and DPhil from Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.