Who we are - Peace Direct

Who we are

Peace Direct is an award-winning, international NGO supporting local people in some of the most challenging conflict environments worldwide.

We are based in London, UK, and have offices in Washington, DC and New York.

If you’d like to work for Peace Direct, visit our jobs page to see current vacancies for interns or staff.

Staff in the US

Bridget Moix, US Executive Director

Bridget serves as Peace Direct's US Executive Director, sharing our work and the work of our partners with the US peacebuilding community, funders, and policymakers. Show more

Bridget serves as Peace Direct’s US Executive Director, sharing our work and the work of our partners with the US peacebuilding community, funders, and policymakers. She has worked for 20 years on international peace and conflict issues, with a focus on US foreign policy. Prior to joining Peace Direct’s staff, she was part of its founding US board for four years. From 2013-2015, Bridget served as Atrocity Prevention Fellow with USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation. She spent nine years lobbying on US foreign policy and peace issues with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, where she developed and led the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict program. She has also worked with the Quaker United Nations Office, Oxfam America, American Friends Service Committee, and the World Policy Institute. Bridget directed the Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City, a Quaker center of hospitality and international understanding, from 2006-2008. She also worked in Capetown, South Africa, with the Quaker Peace Centre during her graduate studies internship. Bridget holds a PhD with George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where she focused her dissertation on understanding the motivations of local peacebuilders and how the international community can better support them. Her book, “Choosing Peace: Agency and Action in the Midst of War“, describes how local and global peacebuilders can work together. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and Quaker studies at a variety of institutions, including Haverford College, Columbia University, George Washington University, and Eastern Mennonite University. Bridget lives in Washington, DC, and has two sons who challenge her peacebuilding skills every day.

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Christine Trillana, Development and Administrative Associate

Christine helps manage Peace Direct's US-based fundraising initiatives, supporter groups, and the Washington, DC office itself. Show more

Christine helps manage Peace Direct’s US-based public engagement and fundraising initiatives, including donor outreach and retention. She also leads Peace Direct’s Peacebuilder Allies Program for public education of the organization’s core values of local peacebuilding. In addition, Christine manages the systems that run Peace Direct’s Washington, DC office and contributes to its steady growth. She is an occasional contributor to Peace Direct’s blogs where she recounts her personal experience of supporting peacebuilders and recognizing the peacebuilder in herself. She earned her degree in International Studies from Fordham University and is happy to put this and her experience as an ambulette dispatcher to help build peace. 

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John Guinan, US Director of Development

John Guinan serves as Peace Direct's US Director of Development managing public education/engagement, development and partnership efforts. Show more

John Guinan serves as Peace Direct’s US Director of Development managing public education/engagement, development and partnership efforts. John has experience managing communications and development efforts for leading non-profit organizations.  His background also includes working in peacebuilding and youth development both internationally and domestically in Northern Ireland, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Chile, as well as Washington DC and New York City.  He resides in Washington DC and is an accomplished visual artist.  

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Vahe Mirikian, Assistant Director for US Policy

Vahe is Peace Direct’s Assistant Director for US Policy. He is leading Peace Direct’s US office with policy and advocacy where he focuses on youth, peace and security, atrocity prevention, countering violent extremism, and locally led peacebuilding. Show more

Vahe is Peace Direct’s Assistant Director for US Policy. He is leading Peace Direct’s US office with policy and advocacy where he focuses on youth, peace and security, atrocity prevention, countering violent extremism, and locally led peacebuilding. His regional focuses are Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia. Prior to joining Peace Direct, Vahe interned with Search for Common Ground as a policy and advocacy assistant with the Global Affairs and Partnerships department. While at Search for Common Ground he focused on peacebuilding in the Middle Belt of Nigeria, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also has experience as a legislative intern working with Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill. Vahe has an M.A. in International Affairs from the American University of Paris and a B.A. in Politics from Saint Mary’s College of California. 

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Dica Adotevi, Senior Finance Officer

Dica handles the finances for Peace Direct's US office. Show more

Dica handles the finances for Peace Direct’s US office. She has more than 20 years of professional nonprofit accounting experience.

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Gay Rosenblum-Kumar, UN Representative

Gay is Peace Direct's New York Representative where she interacts at the UN with Member States, UN staff and NGOs on efforts to support Peace Direct's local peacebuilding partners in conflict affected countries. Show more

Gay is Peace Direct’s New York Representative where she interacts at the UN with Member States, UN staff and NGOs on efforts to support Peace Direct’s local peacebuilding partners in conflict affected countries. She worked at the United Nations for 25 years on conflict transformation and peacebuilding issues primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. She has been involved in: conflict analysis, capacity-building for mediation and dialogue, electoral violence prevention, and conflict-sensitive policy and practice. Gay has designed numerous peacebuilding programmes and co-founded the UN’s first cadre of peace and development advisors. Prior to that, she administered anti-apartheid capacity-building projects for refugees in southern Africa. In addition to representing Peace Direct at the UN, Gay is a senior advisor to Nonviolent Peaceforce and undertakes project formulation, analyses and evaluations of peacebuilding projects around the world. 

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Shannon Paige, Policy Associate

Shannon join Peace Direct as a 2020/2021 Scoville Fellow working at Peace Direct. She continues to assists the US team with organizing Platform4Dialogue consultations, monitoring and developing educational materials on the Global Peacebuilding Act, and planning the ceremony of the Peace Direct Awards. Show more

Shannon is a Scoville Fellow working at Peace Direct. She assists the US team with organizing Platform4Dialogue consultations, monitoring and developing educational materials on the Global Peacebuilding Act, and planning the ceremony of the Peace Direct Awards. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and Arabic from Kenyon College, where she wrote her senior capstone on how public perceptions of migrant domestic and sex workers impact the hostility of the legal system in their destination countries. She has interned at a number of small international non-profits, most recently at New Light, a non-profit based in Kolkata, India that works with migrant sex workers. She is eager to build upon her first-hand experiences working with conflict-impacted communities to better integrate diverse perspectives into peacebuilding efforts.

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Elsie Mares, Scoville Fellow

Elsie is a Herbert Scoville Peace Fellow with Peace Direct. She works with the US Policy and Advocacy team organizing Platform4Dialouge consultations, scoping and developing partnerships with local peacebuilders, and researching the intersection between migration and peacebuilding. Show more

Elsie is a Herbert Scoville Peace and Security Fellow with Peace Direct. She works with the US Policy and Advocacy team organizing Platform4Dialouge consultations, scoping and developing partnerships with local peacebuilders, and researching the intersection between migration and peacebuilding. Her regional focus is Latin America. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University where she served as Student Body Vice President, leading initiatives focused on equity and inclusion. Elsie has interned with EMILY’s List, the UK Parliament, and LMU’s Global Policy Institute. She also previously worked with the United Farmworkers Foundation and continues to be involved with grassroots efforts to serve immigrant workers in the US. Elsie is thrilled to pursue her passion for addressing and preventing displacement through contributing to Peace Direct’s work toward a world without violent conflict.

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Staff in the UK

 

Dylan Mathews, Chief Executive

Dylan Mathews is CEO of Peace Direct having joined the organisation in 2015. His commitment to supporting local organisations in the global south spans almost twenty years, during which time he has worked for a range of peacebuilding, international development and humanitarian organisations. Show more

Dylan Mathews is CEO of Peace Direct having joined the organisation in 2015. His commitment to supporting local organisations in the global south spans almost twenty years, during which time he has worked for a range of peacebuilding, international development and humanitarian organisations. While working for the peacebuilding think tank Oxford Research Group, he authored ‘War Prevention Works’ which profiled the role of non-state actors in conflict prevention and resolution – a publication that helped launch Peace Direct in 2004. He is the editor of ‘Working with Conflict 2’ a practical toolkit for local peacebuilders, published in 2020. Dylan is the Vice Chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a global peacebuilding network based in Washington DC.

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Harriet Knox Brown, Head of Programmes and Research / Deputy CEO

Harriet oversees Peace Direct’s International Programmes and Research, providing guidance and strategic direction to the work, team and partnerships. Show more

Harriet oversees Peace Direct’s International Programmes and Research, providing guidance and strategic direction to the work, team and partnerships. Harriet has been supporting local organisations in the global south for over 15 years, working with Y Care International, the global YMCA movement and a range of youth-focused civil society organisations. Her work to date has focused primarily on youth empowerment, livelihoods, tackling injustice, and building more sustainable, socially relevant organisations. Harriet has an MSc in International Development Management and a BA in French and Hispanic Studies. 

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Katarzyna Khider, Head of Finance and Operations

Kasia is responsible for financial management, HR, IT systems, information security and admin of Peace Direct. Show more

 Kasia is responsible for financial management, HR, IT systems, information security and admin of Peace Direct. She is a CIMA qualified Chartered Global Management Accountant and has a MSc degree in Finance Management from AGH University in Krakow, Poland. She has over 12 years’ experience in UK charity accounting and was previously involved in work of Charity Retail Association. Kasia came to Peace Direct from Emmaus Greenwich, a charity running a residential working community for previously homeless people. 

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Gemma Britton, Head of Fundraising and Communications (job share)

Gemma leads the Fundraising and Communications team at Peace Direct, helping to grow the funds we need to bring about real change in areas of violent conflict. Show more

Gemma leads the Fundraising and Communications team at Peace Direct, helping to grow the funds we need to bring about real change in areas of violent conflict and to raise the profile of Peace Direct and peacebuilding in general. She has 13 years’ experience in the UK charity sector and holds a BSc in Economics from Loughborough University. 

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Ryan Boyce, Head of Fundraising and Communications (job share)

Ryan is responsible for overseeing all communications as well as unrestricted income from a range of sources Show more

Ryan Boyce is our Interim Fundraising and Communications Manager and is responsible for overseeing all communications as well as unrestricted income from a range of sources. Prior to joining Peace Direct he was Communications Manager for The Young Foundation in London and Senior Manager for Development at Heart of England Community Foundation in the West Midlands. He also supports charities and social enterprises grow their brand and supporters as a freelance consultant and is an UnLtd mentor.

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Charlotte Divin, Programme Funding Manager

Charlotte is responsible for helping our partners to develop their programmes and to liaise with government and other institutions to secure the necessary funding. Show more

 Charlotte is responsible for helping our partners to develop their programmes and to liaise with government and other institutions to secure the necessary funding. She has been supporting Civil Society Organisations and networks around the world around thematics of peacebuilding, civil-military relations, international criminal law, human rights, and has provided organisational development support as an independent consultant. Charlotte also has experience in managing regional programmatic portfolios in West Africa. She holds a Masters in Bilingual Studies of the Laws of the EU States from University Paris X and an LLM in International Law and Security from Glasgow University.  

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Jennifer Pobi-Browne, International Programmes Manager

Jennifer is responsible for supporting the International Programmes team in their day to day work with partners, and for coordinating our atrocity prevention work in Burundi and DRC. Show more

 Jennifer is responsible for supporting the International Programmes team in their day to day work with partners, and for coordinating our atrocity prevention work in Burundi and DRC. She has over 10 years experience working in human rights, with a particular focus on the rights of women, children and young people in Latin America. Before joining the Peace Direct team, she was Programmes Manager for an NGO working in Colombia, supporting local partners to build safer communities through youth advocacy, psychosocial support and rights education.

Jennifer has an MA in Human Rights from UCL and a BA in Law (Jurisprudence) from Oxford University. Please note, Jennifer is currently on leave.

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Lesley Agbarakwe, HR Manager

As HR Manager, Lesley is responsible for the overall strategic direction of HR within Peace Direct, as well as our people-related processes and culture. Show more

As HR Manager, Lesley is responsible for the overall strategic direction of HR within Peace Direct, as well as our people-related processes and culture.  She comes to Peace Direct with over 25 years HR experience, spanning global and SME organisation across the private and charity sector. Lesley holds membership status of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) from Middlesex University and an HND in Business and Finance.  She has worked in a homeless charity and more recently came to us from a charity focussing on research in environment and development.

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Megan Renoir, Research Manager

Megan is in charge of managing Peace Direct's broad research portfolio, including developing new research programmes in collaboration with local research partners. Show more

 Megan is in charge of managing the organisation’s broad research portfolio, including developing new research programmes in collaboration with our local research partners and developing Peace Direct’s ongoing research strategy. She is also currently a PhD candidate at the LSE Department of International Development.

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Claire Payne, Senior Programmes Officer

Claire manages Peace Direct's work on youth, peace and security currently, with a focus on supporting youth-led peacebuilding and promoting youth-led advocacy. Show more

Claire manages Peace Direct’s work on youth, peace and security currently in Mali, CAR, DRC and Pakistan, with a focus on supporting youth-led peacebuilding and promoting youth-led advocacy within the project. She previously managed projects in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey for the EU Commission, and has experience working with refugee populations from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. She has an MA in International Security and Conflict Resolution, and an BA in French and German.”

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Bénédicte Aboul-Nasr, Senior Programmes Officer, Great Lakes

Bénédicte manages Peace Direct’s work in the Great Lakes and Central Africa regions, primarily in Burundi, CAR, and the DRC, where she supports partner initiatives relating to peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Show more

Bénédicte manages Peace Direct’s work in the Great Lakes and Central Africa regions, primarily in Burundi, CAR, and the DRC, where she supports partner initiatives relating to peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Her experience has spanned the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa, where she has worked with civil society on topics including links between corruption and conflict, post-conflict governance, and the protection of civilians. She previously worked with Transparency International’s Defence and Security programme and with the Center for Civilians in Conflict.

Bénédicte holds an undergraduate degree in French and Common Law from the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole and an LL.M. in Public International Law with a focus on international humanitarian law and human rights law from Queen Mary, University of London.

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Sam Crocker, Senior Trusts & Foundations Officer

Sam is responsible for liaising with trusts and foundations to secure funding for Peace Direct and our partners. Show more

Sam is responsible for liaising with trusts and foundations to secure funding for Peace Direct and our partners. Having graduated with an MA in International Development from University of Sussex, he has since worked in Madagascar for the charity SEED Madagascar and for WWF, developing projects and seeking funding from various donors. 

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Adja Diallo, Senior Programmes Finance Officer

Adja oversees the finances relating to the different programmes that we run with our partners at Peace Direct. Show more

Adja oversees the finances relating to the different programmes that we run with our partners at Peace Direct. She holds a Master’s in accounting and finance from Queen Mary University and is currently studying towards her ACCA qualifications. She has experience working in Finance in international organisations, more specifically working to coordinate the relationship between headquarter, region, country, and advocacy offices. She also has experience business partnering and overseeing budgets for different projects. Adja came to Peace Direct from Save the Children International.

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Dimitri Kotsiras, Research Analyst

Dimitri is responsible for coordinating the Local Voices for Peace report series as well as Peace Insight and the USAID-funded “Facilitating Financial Sustainability” research project. Show more

Dimitri is responsible for coordinating the Local Voices for Peace report series as well as Peace Insight and the USAID-funded “Facilitating Financial Sustainability” research project. He has previously supported democracy strengthening programmes at Westminster Foundation for Democracy. He also acted as a researcher and campaigner with Crisis Action and Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, and he previously worked at the United Nations reporting on the UN Security Council. Dimitri holds a BA in Political Science from Concordia University and an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London.

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Joel Gabri, Senior Peace Technology Programme Officer

Joel leads on researching and mapping the role of technology and local peacebuilding and supports our web infrastructure. Show more

Joel supports the web infrastructure and development of the Peace Insight and Peace Direct websites. He also leads on our work looking at how technology can support local peacebuilders, including advanced approaches to mapping and incident reporting and monitoring. Joel has a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies and Politics, with his final year dissertation focusing on how the Internet can be used to promote and assist conflict resolution.

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Ruby Quantson Davis, Senior Learning and Impact Advisor

Ruby ensures that learning is embedded in Peace Direct’s internal and external work. She collaborates with our global partners to strengthen knowledge, capture learning and measure impact. Show more

Ruby ensures that learning is embedded in Peace Direct’s internal and external work. She collaborates with our global partners to strengthen knowledge, capture learning and measure impact to advance locally led peacebuilding, and our advocacy work, while supporting staff in organisational learning. Ruby comes to Peace Direct with almost 20 years’ global experience in public policy research and advocacy, deliberative conversations, community engagement and institutional development. With an M.A. in International Affairs and B.A. in French and Linguistics, from the University of Ghana, Ruby specialises in strengthening capacity for conflict prevention and peace processes, in places of political polarization, religious differences, ethnic, racial and gender divides. She has worked extensively within Africa and the South Pacific; Israel and the United States, using innovative ways of reflecting, learning, documenting, and sharing knowledge. 

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Aji Ceesay, Research Assistant

Aji is responsible for supporting Peace Direct’s research and advocacy work on locally led peacebuilding in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. Show more

Aji is responsible for supporting Peace Direct’s research and advocacy work on locally led peacebuilding in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. Her work currently focuses on supporting two USAID-funded projects at Peace Direct: “Facilitating Financial Sustainability” and “Stopping As Success.” Aji has previously worked as a Junior Research Analyst at Zinc Network and M&C Saatchi World Services in strategic communications. In these roles, she provided research informing campaigns concerned with creating positive social change and counter-terrorism/extremism messaging. She holds a BA in International Relations and an MSc in Conflict Resolution, both from the University of Essex. 

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Kit Dorey, Policy and Advocacy Manager

Kit is Peace Direct’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, responsible for our advocacy efforts in the UK, aimed at key stakeholders including policymakers, donors and the peacebuilding and international development sectors. Show more

Kit is Peace Direct’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, responsible for our advocacy efforts in the UK, aimed at key stakeholders including policymakers, donors and the peacebuilding and international development sectors. Previously at the Bond network, he coordinated cross-sector strategies for holding UK government to account for its delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2021 G7. In former roles, he has concentrated on international LGBT+ and minority rights, youth empowerment and the British Overseas Territories (BOTs), while living and working in Addis Ababa, Budapest, Glasgow and London. He holds an MPhil in Development Studies, for which his thesis focussed on pastoralism and post-development. 

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Oscar Lester, Fundraising and Engagement Officer

Oscar is responsible for raising the charitable profile of Peace Direct and building strong relationships with our supporter base. Show more

Oscar is responsible for raising the charitable profile of Peace Direct and building strong relationships with our supporter base. He holds a BSc in Politics, Governance and History from Canterbury Christ Church University, and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Manchester, where his thesis examined the contemporary limits of Euro-American Statebuilding in both theory and praxis.

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Sarah Phillips, Senior Communications Officer

Sarah is jointly responsible for Peace Direct’s digital marketing and communications, and she manages the running of the Peace Direct website, and produces print publications. Show more

Sarah is jointly responsible for Peace Direct’s digital marketing and communications. She manages the running of the Peace Direct website and social media channels, and produces print publications. She is jointly responsible for the blog content on the Peace Insight website. Sarah previously worked in Mexico with the British Council, and before joining Peace Direct was working for an international social justice charity. Sarah holds a BA in French and Spanish from Newcastle University and an MA in International Relations from the Central European University.

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Áine Donnelly, Finance Officer

Áine is responsible for processing payments and maintaining accurate financial records, in order to support the team with reporting and financial management. Show more

Áine is responsible for processing payments and maintaining accurate financial records, in order to support the Finance, Fundraising & International Programmes teams with reporting and financial management. Áine graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Geography, and also holds a GradDip in Economics. Since graduating, she has volunteered with Teach A Child-Africa in Kenya, and has one year of experience as a Finance & Admin Officer at Restless Development. 

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Richard Andrew, Database Officer

Richard is responsible for data management at Peace Direct, ensuring supporter information and donations are effectively captured and processed, with a remit to further develop data systems. Show more

Richard is responsible for data management at Peace Direct, ensuring supporter information and donations are effectively captured and processed, with a remit to further develop data systems. Richard graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA in Media Arts and has a background in web, print and data management, with over 15 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector. He has previously worked with Kidscape, NHS Lambeth and Minority Rights Group, as well as smaller freelance projects, and volunteered for the Campaign Against Arms Trade. 

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US Board

Stacey Haefele, Chair

Stacey is a Global Agency Lead at Facebook, where her work focuses on building out alliances with management consultancies. Privately, she is active in promoting non-dualism, civil discourse, sustainable development and the advancement of women’s, human and non-human rights. Show more

Stacey is a Global Agency Lead at Facebook, where her work focuses on building out alliances with management consultancies. Privately, she is active in promoting non-dualism, civil discourse, sustainable development and the advancement of women’s, human and non-human rights. From 2008-2016 Stacey served as CEO of HNW, Inc., a marketing services and software firm focused on the high net worth segment. Previously, she was VP, Director of Digital Strategy at Digitas and a Consultant with CSC Index where her focus was corporate strategy and strategic marketing. She began her career in 1991 with Treuhandanstalt, the German privatization agency, where she aided East German companies in their efforts to be acquired by American businesses. Stacey holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she was a Fellow at the Institute for War and Peace Studies and a BA in International Relations from Wellesley College. Stacey lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut. 

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Colleen Smith CPA, Treasurer

Colleen is a Director at O’Connor Consulting Services. O’Connor Consulting Services is a women-owned Washington DC based firm that provides accounting and finance support to not-for-profit entities throughout the DC area. Through Colleen’s work at O’Connor Consulting Services, she oversees the financial operations for clients, has served as Acting CFO for several clients, acted as a project manager on an accounting system implementation, and has conducted many reviews of clients’ financial operations and activities. Show more

Colleen is a Director at O’Connor Consulting Services.  O’Connor Consulting Services is a women-owned Washington DC based firm that provides accounting and finance support to not-for-profit entities throughout the DC area.  Through Colleen’s work at O’Connor Consulting Services, she oversees the financial operations for clients, has served as Acting CFO for several clients, acted as a project manager on an accounting system implementation, and has conducted many reviews of clients’ financial operations and activities. Prior to joining OCS, Colleen served as Vice-President of Financial Planning and Analysis for National Geographic Ventures, a subsidiary of the National Geographic Society (NGS).  She was also Director of Financial Planning and Analysis in the NGS CFO’s Office and worked for several years in the Controller’s Office at the Society.  Prior to joining National Geographic, Colleen performed audits of not-for-profit organizations at KPMG.  In recent years, Colleen has presented to key industry conferences, including the Greater Washington Society of CPAs’ Not-For-Profit Symposium and has attained the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Certificates I and II.  She is Vice President of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at St. Agnes Catholic School in Arlington and is on the Board of Directors for Arlington Babe Ruth Baseball.   Colleen earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Quscondy-Mohamed Abdulshafi

Quscondy-Mohamed is a Regional Adviser at Freedom House, where he focuses on building and supporting grassroots human rights initiatives to amplify local voices and improve evidence-based self-advocacy. Show more

Quscondy-Mohamed is a Regional Adviser at Freedom House, where he focuses on building and supporting grassroots human rights initiatives to amplify local voices and improve evidence-based self-advocacy.  He was a Research and Advocacy intern in Washington with Peace Direct in the summer of 2017, where he implemented Sudan advocacy and research activities. Quscondy-Mohamed spent more than 10 years in the East and Horn of Africa Sudan, Ethiopia, and Uganda, working on peacebuilding, youth leadership, and human rights advocacy. He was the founding staff of Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a Sudanese advocacy and think tank organization, where he supported youth and women-led initiatives with leadership programs. Before joining SDFG, he was a Sudan Human Rights Monitoring Associate at the African Center for Peace and Justice Studies (ACJPS). Quscondy-Mohamed began his human rights and peace activism at Khartoum university in 2003, where he co-founded the Darfur Students Movement against the genocide in Darfur. He is the winner of the Civil Society Leadership Award from the Open Society Foundation in 2016 for his role in youth and civil society leadership for peace and democracy in Sudan. He holds dual masters in Sustainable International Development and Coexistence and Conflict Resolution at Heller School for social policy and management, Brandeis University. He did his BA in development studies at Kampala International University, Uganda.

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Anthony Smith

Anthony is the Chief Executive at Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Anthony joined WFD in August 2014. He is a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Board on Human Rights and of the Board of the European Partnership for Democracy. Show more

Anthony is the Chief Executive at Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Anthony joined WFD in August 2014. He is a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Board on Human Rights and of the Board of the European Partnership for Democracy. Anthony’s role in WFD builds on his international experience. He was previously a member of the Diplomatic Service and a Civil Servant. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1986, served in the Embassy in Madrid and worked on a range of European policy issues including the Balkans, trade policy and Common Foreign and Security Policy. In 1996 he moved to the Department for International Development (DFID) where he worked on Environment Policy, Europe and Southern Africa, as well as being Private Secretary to Clare Short when she was Secretary of State for International Development. Anthony returned to the FCO as Director for European Political Affairs from 2006-2008 before becoming International Relations Director at DFID from 2008-2014, responsible for DFID’s policy on EU development issues, DFID’s funding to the UN system and the Commonwealth, engagement with the G20 and G8, and relations with development partners.

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Evelyn Thornton

Evelyn is a management and strategy coach to a diverse array of mission-driven leaders. Previously, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Inclusive Security, a Washington-based non-profit organization that increases women’s influence in preventing and ending violent conflict. Show more

Evelyn is a management and strategy coach to a diverse array of mission-driven leaders. Previously, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Inclusive Security, a Washington-based non-profit organization that increases women’s influence in preventing and ending violent conflict. During her tenure, she established an innovative shared leadership structure and dramatically expanded Inclusive Security’s impact through programs in seven conflict zones, a network of partners in 45 countries, and strategic communications and advocacy campaigns that influenced thousands. Evelyn also spent several formative years working in India for His Holiness, The Dalai Lama’s Foundation for Universal Responsibility. She holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Virginia Tech. Evelyn lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their two vivacious young daughters, and frequently returns to the Blue Ridge farm where she was raised.

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UK Trustees

Anthony Smith, Chair

Anthony is the Chief Executive at Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Anthony joined WFD in August 2014. He is a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Board on Human Rights and of the Board of the European Partnership for Democracy. Show more

Anthony is the Chief Executive at Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Anthony joined WFD in August 2014. He is a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Board on Human Rights and of the Board of the European Partnership for Democracy. Anthony’s role in WFD builds on his international experience. He was previously a member of the Diplomatic Service and a Civil Servant. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1986, served in the Embassy in Madrid and worked on a range of European policy issues including the Balkans, trade policy and Common Foreign and Security Policy. In 1996 he moved to the Department for International Development (DFID) where he worked on Environment Policy, Europe and Southern Africa, as well as being Private Secretary to Clare Short when she was Secretary of State for International Development. Anthony returned to the FCO as Director for European Political Affairs from 2006-2008 before becoming International Relations Director at DFID from 2008-2014, responsible for DFID’s policy on EU development issues, DFID’s funding to the UN system and the Commonwealth, engagement with the G20 and G8, and relations with development partners.

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Belinda Bell, Trustee

Belinda is a social entrepreneur who is currently based at the Centre for Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge. Show more

Belinda is a social entrepreneur who is currently based at the Centre for Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge. She runs programmes which provide training and support for social entrepreneurs, and also teaches social innovation on a number of academic programmes. Previously, she has established and grown a number of social enterprises and she sits on the board of several social organisations. Belinda holds a doctorate from Middlesex University, a master’s degree in community enterprise from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in social anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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David Cutler, Trustee

David has been the Director of the Baring Foundation since 2003. The Foundation is one of the UK’s best known independent funders, giving grants on social justice issues in the UK and in Africa. Show more

David has been the Director of the Baring Foundation since 2003. The Foundation is one of the UK’s best known independent funders, giving grants on social justice issues in the UK and in Africa. Before that David has worked for a number voluntary sector organisations both at the local and national level. He is a trustee of the Equally Ours, a civil society collation on equalities and human rights and has been a board member of a number of charities including Amnesty International UK and THET (the Tropical Health Education Trust which links NHS organisations to health centres in the developing world).

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David Loyn, Trustee

David Loyn has been a foreign correspondent since the late 1970s, mostly with the BBC. Show more

David Loyn has been a foreign correspondent since the late 1970s, mostly with the BBC. He is an authority on Afghan history. He holds an MA degree in Modern History from Oxford University, and is a qualified barrister. He has won awards in both Radio and Television reporting, including Journalist of the Year from the Royal Television Society for his reporting of the Kosovo conflict. He is a member of an advisory panel to the Foreign Office on South Asia policy, and a lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy. He joined the War Studies Department at King’s in September 2016.

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Jennifer Larbie, Trustee

Jennifer Larbie leads the UK Advocacy and Policy team at Christian Aid, with a focus on policy development and advocacy towards the UK government. Show more

Jennifer Larbie leads the UK Advocacy and Policy team at Christian Aid, with a focus on policy development and advocacy towards the UK government. She represents the organisation in the media and political arena. Jennifer joined Christian Aid in October 2020. Previously, Jennifer was Head of Foreign, Defence and International Development policy at the Labour Party, where she also directed the Party’s international democracy building programmes. Jennifer holds a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics, specialising in economic development policy in Africa. She has previously held roles in Parliament and the National Education Union.

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Niamh Neville, Trustee

" image=""][hidden_text teaser="Niamh has 15 years marketing and fundraising experience and has worked with over 100 charities."]Niamh has 15 years marketing and fundraising experience and has worked with over 100 charities. She is experienced in a diverse range of fundraising disciplines and channels gained at creative agencies, directly for charities, consultancy and in the field as a volunteer fundraiser in Zambia. Most recently she’s acted as a senior level fundraising consultant but has previously held roles at The Scout Association and WaterAid.

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Nick Whitaker, Trustee

Nick Whitaker is a Chartered Accountant with substantial experience in auditing, corporate finance and forensic services across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Show more

Nick Whitaker is a Chartered Accountant with substantial experience in auditing, corporate finance and forensic services across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. A former partner of PKF(UK)LLP/BDO LLP, Nick is a Non-Executive Director/Trustee of: The Intellectual Property Law Regulation Board, Business Continuity Institute and the Refugee Council. He is also the of Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee for Housing Solutions, The Science Council and Leeds Beckett University.

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Stacey Haefele, Trustee

Stacey is a Global Agency Lead at Facebook, where her work focuses on building out alliances with management consultancies. Privately, she is active in promoting non-dualism, civil discourse, sustainable development and the advancement of women’s, human and non-human rights. Show more

Stacey is a Global Agency Lead at Facebook, where her work focuses on building out alliances with management consultancies. Privately, she is active in promoting non-dualism, civil discourse, sustainable development and the advancement of women’s, human and non-human rights. From 2008-2016 Stacey served as CEO of HNW, Inc., a marketing services and software firm focused on the high net worth segment. Previously, she was VP, Director of Digital Strategy at Digitas and a Consultant with CSC Index where her focus was corporate strategy and strategic marketing. She began her career in 1991 with Treuhandanstalt, the German privatization agency, where she aided East German companies in their efforts to be acquired by American businesses. Stacey holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she was a Fellow at the Institute for War and Peace Studies and a BA in International Relations from Wellesley College. Stacey lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut. 

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Scilla Elworthy

scilla-300x300Dr Scilla Elworthy is a distinguished activist for peace and has worked on peace related issues for over 30 years. In 1982 Dr Elworthy founded the Oxford Research Group, dedicated to researching defence-decision making and developing effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers and their critics. For this work she was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize and awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003. From 2005 to 2007 Dr Elworthy helped to set up The Elders Initiative and acted as an advisor to Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson. In 2002 she co-founded Peace Direct alongside Carolyn Hayman OBE.

 

Sir Mark Rylance

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Sir Mark Rylance, Oscar winner, actor and former Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre, is a supporter of Conscience, Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), The Peace Pledge Union and World Development Movement (WDM). He was born in England in 1960 and raised in America until 1978. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), he was given his first job by the Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow in 1981. Mark is also an Associate Artist of the RSC, a Friend of the Francis Bacon Research Trust and Chairman of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust. He is also a trustee of the Murray Cox Foundation, and an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

 

 

 

 

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