Alert appoints new Chair and board members

International Alert is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chair and two new members to its Board of Trustees.

Chris Mullin, a journalist, author and former Member of Parliament replaces Pierre Schori as Chair of the Board.

As a journalist, Chris reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He was an MP for 23 years and a minister in three departments, including the Foreign Office, where he served as Africa minister. He said: “I am very honoured to be chosen for this role. People cannot live fulfilling lives without peace. Marking its 30th anniversary this year, International Alert has an impressive track record of helping people resolve conflict around the world and I am proud to be associated with it.”

Also joining the Board are Alaa Murabit and Chris Deri.

Alaa Murabit is a Libyan-Canadian doctor who advocates for the rights of young people and women and their inclusion in conflict resolution and peace. She is applauded for her innovative approaches to security, and is on the advisory boards of several international organisations, including UN Women.

Chris Deri is an American business person and advisor who currently serves as President of Teneo Digital. Chris has considerable experience of advising NGOs on communications and engagement strategies.

Alaa Murabit said: “Through realistic and practical change driven by inclusive and community-centered approaches, International Alert has long prioritised the promotion of peacebuilding through local leadership, sustainable development and the safeguarding of human rights. Personally, I'm incredibly enthusiastic about joining International Alert so that we can address the root causes of instability and the most pressing issues of our day, ensuring that we create the long lasting and sustainable impact we're looking for.”

Chris Deri said: “I have been an admirer of International Alert’s mission and work for many years. At this inflection point in Alert’s history and its future, I look forward to joining a highly esteemed group of trustees to work closely with the senior management team; and I hope to contribute new perspectives that will advance the organization’s strategy and its impact.”

Pierre Schori, a former Swedish ambassador to the UN, and Edward Clay, a former British diplomat, will be stepping down after serving a full term of six years on the Board. International Alert is extremely grateful for all their guidance, support and time over the years.

The new Board of Trustees now consists of 11 members: Chris Mullin (Chair), Carol Allen-Storey, Chris Deri, Alaa Murabit, Padma Jyoti, Helena Puig Larrauri, Gordana Duspara Moriarty, ‘Funmi Olonisakin, Soli Ӧzel, Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah and Gregor Stewart (Honorary Treasurer).

Announcing the news, International Alert’s CEO Harriet Lamb said:

“Today, after years of the zone of peace expanding, war is back on the rise. Now more than ever, we need to be challenging how the world responds to conflict and how we can support local people building local peace – even in the midst of war.

“That is why we are so thrilled to have three such talented people joining our board. Their diverse backgrounds, expertise and perspectives will be invaluable to us as we seek out new ways to build peace globally.”


Chris Mullin (Chair of the Board) Chris Mullin is a British author, journalist and former Member of Parliament. As a journalist, he reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for a range of publications, including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He was an MP for 23 years and a minister in three departments - Environment, International Development and the Foreign Office. At the Foreign Office, he served as Africa minister and was engaged in diplomacy at head of state level. His books include the novel 'A Very British Coup' which was made into an award-winning television series, and three volumes of widely acclaimed diaries. Visit Chris's website here.

Alaa Murabit (Trustee) Alaa Murabit is a Libyan-Canadian doctor and leading international advocate for the rights of women and young people and their inclusion in peacebuilding. In 2011, at the age of 21, she founded The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW). With a strong focus on challenging societal and cultural norms and using traditional and historical role models, Alaa champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. Her programmes such as the ground breaking Noor Campaign are replicated internationally. Nicknamed “The Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart and applauded for her innovative approach to security, Murabit advises numerous international security boards and organizations, including the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 Global Advisory Board, the UN Women Global Advisory Board, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Global Advocate and a UN High-Level Commissioner. Visit Alaa's website here and watch her Ted Talk 'What my religion really says about women'.

Chris Deri (Trustee) Chris Deri is an American business person and advisor who currently serves as President of Teneo Digital. Chris has led businesses across multiple markets; and he has advised Fortune 500 companies in the US, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia on some of their most complex issues, including: crises, public-private partnerships and corporate and social responsibility and sustainability strategies. Chris has also advised several international NGOs, including Save the Children (US) and Amnesty International, on their engagement with business, governments and institutional investors; and he has been a member of communities such as the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders.