Our Board of Trustees has nine members, each with a specific interest and expertise in conflict-related issues and peacebuilding:
Carey Cavanaugh (Chair)
Carey Cavanaugh is an academic, an accomplished American diplomat and peace mediator, and has been active for decades in international peacebuilding. He is currently professor of diplomacy and conflict resolution at the University of Kentucky. He had a 22-year diplomatic career focused on arms control, humanitarian issues and peace. This included postings to Berlin, Moscow, Tbilisi, Rome and Bern, as well as assignments in the State Department, Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. Under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Carey helped advance peace efforts involving Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Tajikistan and Turkey. He was confirmed by the US Senate as Ambassador and Special Negotiator for Nagorno-Karabakh and Eurasian Conflicts in May 2000. Since leaving government service, Carey has remained engaged in conflict resolution and peacebuilding activities, working with leading European NGOs on civil society initiatives and track-two diplomatic efforts. From 2014 to 2018, he was a trustee of Conciliation Resources. Visit Carey’s website at www.careycavanaugh.com.
Hans Bolscher is a senior adviser in the field of climate, energy and development. He started his career with Médecins Sans Frontières in Sudan and Uganda and was later director for the first fair trade labelling initiative, Max Havelaar in the Netherlands, working in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. As former director at the Dutch government (first for immigration and later for climate and industry), he was deeply involved in the international discussions on climate and international raw materials trade. Hans has a clear focus on the role of business in development as well as economic and financial aspects of aid and trade. Next to his advisory work, he is also (non-executive) Chair of the Board in several green companies and head of a renewable energy investment fund.
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. Chris joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.
Abir Haj Ibrahim
Abir is one of the two co-founders of Mobaderoon, an Arab civil society network of some 4,000 social activists that advises and trains community development projects and organisations in Syria. Prior to this, she worked in the oil sector in Syria, for Total, but her experience during the conflict led her to dedicate her life to supporting and sustaining peaceful coexistence. She is now a peacebuilding facilitator and helped establish Mobaderoon’s Peace Ambassador programme, which trains and supports peace advocates in Syria. In 2014, Mobaderoon was awarded the Livia prize for its support of non-violence. Abir is also the co-founder of Globally Connected, a network supporting and building trust and understanding between the Syrian diaspora, host communities and Syrians in Syria, and she recently helped found the Arab World Facilitators Network.
Padma Jyoti is a Nepalese industrialist and politician. Trained in management and technology (MSc from MIT, 1973), he is the Chairman of the Jyoti Group of Companies. He is also Vice President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) and President of the National Business Initiative (NBI), which brings representatives of the corporate world together to work on improving the prospects of peace in Nepal. From 2009 to 2013, Padma was a Nominated Member of the first Constituent Assembly and Legislative Parliament of Nepal after the Peace Accord (nominated by the Maoist party). He has been the President of the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and in 2002 was elected President of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). Padma joined our Board of Trustees in 2015.
Oliver is co-founder of Wiki Development – a new organisation which aims to make the charitable sector more efficient and effective by encouraging it to collaborate and share learning online. He was previously CEO of Build Africa, a charity that provides learning and earning opportunities for children and families in Africa, particularly Kenya and Uganda, giving them the chance to live more fulfilled lives. Build Africa was awarded the “Best International Charity in the UK” in 2012. Oliver held the post of Director of Fundraising and Communications prior to becoming CEO. He has also managed fundraising teams at Education Action International and the Haemophilia Society. Oliver joined the Board of Trustees in 2015.
Lisa L. Rose
Lisa Rose is originally from the United States and now lives in Northern Ireland. She works internationally with marginalised communities in conflict and post-conflict societies. Lisa works in Council of Europe countries, Kenya and Rwanda engaging with national and local governments, politicians, security forces and communities to assist them to be more peace-able and to navigate conflicts in non-violent ways. Her other specialist interests are supporting young people from tougher social realities by encouraging civic action and human rights-based advocacy, and using the arts as a dialogue for peacebuilding. She also serves as a trustee on the boards of YouthBank International and Beyond Skin; is a Mediators Beyond Borders International Kenya and Rwanda team member; and is also an advisory board member for the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Social Enterprise for Peace Working Group.
Erin Segilia Chase
Erin Segilia Chase has over 25 years' international experience in peacebuilding, social justice and human rights, with a focus on strategic and annual planning, board development, and fundraising. She has served as Director at Swarovski Foundation and Impetus Private Equity Foundation, and as a Board member at Seeds for Peace, among other roles. She is currently the Global Director – Philanthropy for the Catalyst Consulting Group.
Gregor Stewart (Honorary Treasurer)
Gregor is a Professional Adviser to international investment groups. Previously, he was Finance Director of the Insurance Division of Lloyds Banking Group plc and was a Partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s financial services practice for 10 years. He has extensive experience of working with and advising complex customer-facing organisations in the UK and overseas. Gregor joined our Board of Trustees in 2014 and is our Honorary Treasurer.