Staff

Executive Office

, President and Chief Executive Officer

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is IPI’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Zeid served as the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2014 to 2018 after a long career as a Jordanian…

, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Adam Lupel has been Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the International Peace Institute since 2016. He served as IPI Acting President and CEO from October 2020 to March 2021. He is…

, Senior Officer for the Executive Team

Nadia Al-Said joined IPI in 2016 and currently serves as Senior Officer for the Executive Team. Her responsibilities involve working with the President, Vice President, program directors, and other…

Chair

, Chair of the IPI Board of Directors

Mr. Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, then as Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2012, before returning to the Prime Ministership in 2013. As Prime Minister, Mr. Rudd…

New York Staff

, Events Administrator

Beatrice T. Agyarkoh, a native of Ghana, joined IPI in April of 1998 and has held a number of positions within the organization. She is currently an Events Administrator. Beatrice’s…

, Research Fellow

Gretchen Baldwin is a Research Fellow in IPI’s Women, Peace, and Security program, where she leads the Women in Peace Operations research track. Prior to joining the WPS team, she was the…

, External Relations Officer

Jon Benitez joined the International Peace Institute in 2018 and is currently the External Relations Officer. He is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of over 100 events a year…

, Senior Fellow and Head of Women, Peace, and Security

Phoebe Donnelly is a Senior Fellow and Head of Women, Peace, and Security. Phoebe is also a Women and Public Policy Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Fellow at Feinstein…

, Senior Director of External Relations

Mary Anne Feeney is the Senior Director of External Relations at International Peace Institute (IPI) and serves as part of the Management Team of the organization. In this capacity she works to…

, Research Fellow

Daniel Forti is a Research Fellow at IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations. His current work focuses on issues related to UN peace operations, and on peace and security partnerships…

, Senior Director of Finance and Administration

Zelia G. Herrera joined IPI in 1994. As Senior Director of Finance and Administration, she is charged with the daily operations of the office as well as managing Human Resources. In IPI's…

, Emeritus Senior Adviser

John L. Hirsch is currently a Senior Adviser after having held various positions at IPI, including Vice President and Acting Head of the Africa Program. He is also Adjunct Professor at Columbia…

, Emeritus Senior Adviser

Warren Hoge joined IPI as Vice President and Director of External Relations in June 2008. In more than three decades as an editor and foreign correspondent at the New York Times, he served as…

, Director of Global Initiatives and Head of Peace, Climate, and Sustainable Development

Jimena Leiva Roesch joined IPI in April 2015. From 2009 to March 2015, Jimena was at the Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the UN in New York, where she last served as Counselor. Guatemala and…

, Senior Adviser

Dr. Youssef Mahmoud is Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute supporting the sustainable development and peace operations programs and serving as a focal point on mediation and…

, Events Administrator

Amanda Mignone joined IPI in October of 2013. Before coming to IPI, Amanda attended Siena College where she graduated with a double B.A. in Psychology and Economics. She has four years’…

, Facilities and Technology Administrator

Andres Pena joined IPI in the fall of 2008, and works in the Finance and Administration department, supporting the events team and carrying out various facilities tasks. Before joining IPI, Andres…

, Policy Analyst

Masooma Rahmaty is a Policy Analyst at IPI's SDGs for Peace, and Women Peace and Security programs. Within SDGs, her work focuses on the localization of the 2030 Agenda, and women's…

, Information Technology Administrator

Apolinar Reynoso joined IPI in 1998. He is responsible for the administration of IPI’s local area network (LAN). He provides technical support and help desk assistance, and he addresses technical…

, Director of Research and Head of the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations

Jenna Russo is the Director of Research and Head of the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations. Dr. Russo completed her PhD in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center, with a focus on the…

, Senior Policy Analyst

Agathe Sarfati is a Senior Policy Analyst at IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations, where she focuses on peace operations, humanitarian action and protection. Agathe joined IPI in…

, Communications Administrator

Annie Schmidt joined IPI in 2009. She is responsible for designing IPI visual presentations, webcasting events, managing the website, and developing the Salesforce CRM. Prior to her arrival at IPI,…

, Editor-in-Chief – Head of the Global Observatory and Senior Adviser

Jill Stoddard is the Editor-in-Chief – Head of the Global Observatory (GO) and Senior Adviser. She was one of the founding editors of the GO. She joined IPI in April 2009.

, Senior Program Planning and Budget Officer

Taimi Strehlow develops and monitors budgets and coordinates various activities for IPI’s thematic, regional, and training programs. Before joining IPI, Taimi managed a modern dance company,…

, Editor and Research Fellow

Albert Trithart joined IPI in November 2015 as the Assistant Editor. As current Editor and Research Fellow, he is involved with editing and producing IPI books, policy reports, issues briefs, and…

Patrick Tsai works in the Finance and Administration department as IPI’s Accountant. Patrick moved from Hong Kong to New York City in 2009. He has interned at the NY Aquarium and Museum of Natural…

, Development Officer

Allison White joined IPI in October 2012. As part of the Development Team, she supports the Institute’s grant-making efforts and is responsible for expanding IPI’s Membership Program and…

Manama Staff

, Senior Director of IPI MENA

Nejib Friji joined IPI in 2015 as Director of its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Office in Manama, Bahrain. In a career with the United Nations spanning 25 years, Mr. Friji began at…

, Policy Analyst

Dalya Al Alawi joined IPI in January 2018, where she is responsible for managing programs, concept notes and internships, monitoring budgets, providing support in research, and drafting the…

Non-Resident Advisers

, Non-resident Senior Adviser

Arthur Boutellis is a Non-resident Senior Adviser at IPI, where he was Director of the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations, responsible for developing and managing IPI’s programs and…

, Non-resident Senior Adviser

Katherine DeLand is a senior-level professional with a cross-cutting background in law, public health, diplomacy, governance, and biochemistry and over 20 years of experience in international…

, Non-resident Fellow

Dirk Druet is a researcher, policy adviser and strategist with over a decade of experience in the international peace and security pillar of the United Nations. He is a research affiliate at McGill…

, Non-resident Senior Adviser

The Honorable Sue E. Eckert is a non-resident senior adviser at IPI researching sanctions and humanitarian action. She is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Washington, DC think tank, the Center for…

, Non-resident Senior Adviser

Naureen Chowdhury Fink is a Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute. She is currently the Executive Director of The Soufan Center, and was previously Senior Policy Adviser on…

, Non-resident Adviser

Ralph Mamiya is currently an independent consultant and is the former team leader of the Protection of Civilians Team in the United Nations Department Peacekeeping Operations and…

, Non-resident Senior Adviser

Francesco Mancini is a Non-resident Senior Adviser at IPI, where he was Senior Director of Research before relocating to Singapore in June 2014. His work focuses on geostrategic analysis, global…

, Non-resident Fellow

Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé is a non-resident fellow at IPI. A Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at McGill University, Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé is Associate Professor in the…

, Non-resident Fellow

Angela Muvumba Sellström is a Senior Researcher, Conflict and Security, at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), Uppsala, Sweden and affiliated to Uppsala University’s Department of Peace and…

, Non-resident Adviser

Julia Almeida Nobre is a Non-resident Adviser at IPI. She provides expertise, advice, research, and program support for IPI's project on Universal Connectivity conducted in partnership with…

, Non-resident Senior Fellow

Alexandra joined IPI as a Senior Visiting Fellow in July 2017. She works on UN peacekeeping and Security Council related issues with IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations. Dr….

, Non-resident Adviser

Lotte Vermeij is a Senior Expert on Sexual Violence in Conflict and UN Peace Operations at NORCAP – Norwegian Refugee Council. From 2017-2020 she worked as a Senior Advisor on UN peace operations…

, Non-resident Senior Adviser

Michael Weisberg is the Bess W. Heyman President’s Distinguished Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also Director of Postgraduate Programs at Perry…

, Non-resident Senior Fellow

Marie-Joëlle Zahar is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at IPI. She is also Director of the Research Network on Peace Operations and Professor of Political Science at the Université de Montréal.

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