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.
Richard Langstaff (Honorary Treasurer)
Richard is an experienced international entrepreneur. He holds degrees from Rice University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Denver and SOAS University of London.
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.
Emine has held several senior leadership roles. She was recently appointed Chair of the EU High Level Expert Group on Gender Equality in Sport, which will make proposals on gender equality in sport to the European Commission, member states and the sporting movement. As Chair of the Board of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Sweden, she was part of the leadership of an intergovernmental organisation on global democracy working worldwide. As a former Member of the European Parliament (2004–2014) representing the Netherlands, Emine worked on human rights, democracy and international relations. She was Chair of the European Parliament’s delegation for the relations with the countries in Central America. A passionate advocate of human rights, she was appointed Chairwoman of the cross-party Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup of the European Parliament. In 2014 she was appointed by His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau.
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.
Nina Fallentin Caspersen
Nina is Professor of Politics and Head of Department at the University of York in the UK. Her research focuses on the dynamics of intra-state conflicts, peace processes and peace agreements, governance and state recognition. Her research is comparative in nature, but much of it has been focused on the Caucasus and the Balkans. Nina's most recent books are Peace agreements: Finding solutions to intra-state conflicts (Polity, 2017) and Unrecognized states: The struggle for sovereignty in the modern international system (Polity, 2012). She holds a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is originally from Copenhagen, Denmark.
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.
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.