Brian Ganson

Brian Ganson teaches international negotiation and law & development as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy of Tufts University. He is a Senior Fellow with the Fletcher School’s Center for Emerging Market Enterprises, where his current research focuses on corporate operations in emerging and frontier markets. He is co-author with Roger Fisher et al. of Coping with International Conflict: A Systematic Approach to Influence in International Negotiation (Prentice Hall 1997), and editor of Beyond Machiavelli: Tools for Coping with Conflict (Harvard University Press 1994), a publication of the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is also co-author with Diana Chigas of Grand Visions and Small Projects: Notes from the Field in South Eastern Europe, in Imagine Coexistence (Jossey Bass 2003), and recently wrote a paper on business capabilities for conflict prevention, published by the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (2011, Series Paper No. 2) in connection with their consultation on “Strengthening International Support for Conflict Prevention" in December 2011. He has designed and conducted intensive training for diplomats, business executives, and attorneys at Harvard Law School. He received the Danforth Award for excellence in teaching from Harvard College, and has been nominated for the James L. Paddock Teaching Award at the Fletcher School.

In his consulting work, Mr. Ganson counsels organizations operating in particularly challenging environments. He has assessed the interrelationships between corporate operations and social conflict at the local and national levels as an advisor to a multi-company consortium in Myanmar. He has advised a multi-national pharmaceutical company on its relationships with academic medical centers in China and other emerging markets. He has consulted to UN agencies on their operations in Bosnia and Rwanda, and has worked with a local NGO in Northern Ireland and an international development agency in Kosovo to develop their strategies for achieving technical goals in divided societies. In the U.S., he has designed and implemented conflict resolution programs for contentious civil rights disputes with the federal government. His work leads to context-appropriate governance, decision-making and operational capabilities that help multi-national corporations, development agencies, and inter-governmental organizations meet both business objectives and non-financial goals in emerging economies and post-conflict societies. Published reports from this work include (with Eileen Babbitt et al.) Imagine Coexistence: Assessing Refugee Reintegration Efforts In Divided Communities (Submitted to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 2002), and (with Mary B. Anderson) Report of the Fifth CDA/CEP Visit to the Yadana Pipeline in Myanmar/Burma (2008).

Mr. Ganson works independently and in collaboration with other leading consultancies. He is an Associate Partner with Etheco, an international network of consultants focusing on corporate responsibility and sustainability. He has worked together with CDA’s Corporate Engagement Project. He has acted as Senior Researcher with the Fletcher School Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, and as a Director of Conflict Management Group, a non-profit consulting firm founded to apply the innovative approaches of the Harvard Negotiation Project to intense or protracted conflicts of public importance. He was a Consulting Partner with Alliance Management Partners, LLC, and has partnered with a number of leading private consulting firms.

Mr. Ganson was previously a founder of the Organization Practice of Mitchell Madison Group, where he consulted to Fortune 500 companies across a number of industries. He also served as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education, where his portfolio included strategic planning, finance, information technology, and organizational improvement. He began his career as a civil rights attorney in Texas litigating impact cases in education.

Mr. Ganson received his Bachelor of Arts in history with high distinction from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a graduate with honors of the Harvard Law School.

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