Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Berhe is the African Peace Missions Project Director and is a Senior Fellow at the World Peace Foundation. Previously, he served as the director of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University from 2009-2011. He holds an MA in Public administration from Harvard Kennedy School, an MBA from the Open University of London, a BA degree in International Management from the Amsterdam School of Business. Until 2001 Mulugeta was a member of the military and political leadership of the Tigray’s People Liberation Front. As a military leader he contributed to the victory over the then Military Junta led by Mengistu Hailemariam and subsequently was in charge of demobilizing over 300 000 combatants of the defeated army. Altogether, Mulugeta has more than 20 years of experience as a senior manager in the Ethiopian public and private sectors. As an expert in Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution with a focus on East Africa he has consulted with different international organizations including AU, DFID, DANIDA, ECOWAS, GIZ, IGAD, UNMIS, UNAMID, and UNDPA.
Alex de Waal is Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at Tufts University. During 2009-11 he served as senior advisor to the African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan. He was also Program Director at the Social Science Research Council, with responsibilities for research programs on humanitarian issues and HIV/AIDS and social transformation. His academic research has focused on issues of famine, conflict and human rights in Africa. He was awarded an OBE in the UK New Year’s Honors List of 2009, was on the Prospect/Foreign Policy list of 100 public intellectuals in 2008, and the Atlantic Monthly list of 27 ‘brave thinkers’ in 2009.
Sophia Dawkins is a PhD student researching how peace process design affects civilian experiences of violence during and after negotiated settlements. Prior to her PhD, Sophia was Senior Program Officer at Conflict Dynamics International, a not-for-profit organization that specializes in mediation support, peacebuilding, and humanitarian policy development. In addition to managing Conflict Dynamics’ research team, her work focused on South Sudan, where she supported South Sudanese across the political spectrum to develop policy options aimed at addressing political drivers of violence. A graduate of the University of Oxford and The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Sophia has also worked in parliamentary capacity building, and grassroots peacebuilding in conflict-affected contexts, including the Abyei Area of Sudan. She has published on peace processes in the peer-reviewed European Journal of International Law, and presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, and Rift Valley Institute, amongst other venues. In 2013, she was named to the Diplomatic Courier list of 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under 33 years of age.
Sarah Detzner s a PhD candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her research is focused on international security, particularly post-conflict stabilization/reconstruction and security sector reform. In addition, she serves as director of the Fletcher Graduate Writing Program, on the board of The Fletcher Security Review, as a Fares Center Fellow, and as a consultant for the World Peace Foundation. Previously, she served in the Obama Administration as a speechwriter for former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, campaigned as an Obama 2008 staffer, and worked with the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C., Lebanon, and Jordan. She is a graduate of Macalester College and originally from the Chicago area.
Ben Spatz is a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School