Advisory Board

Advisory Board

  • Susan Allen: is a co-founder of the Better Evidence Project and Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. She also directs the Center for Peacemaking Practice at the Carter School
  • Betty Bigombe: is the current Ambassador of Uganda to Malaysia. Ambassador Bigombe has also served as Uganda’s Special Envoy to South Sudan from 2019 -2021. She is a also a member of the FemWise–Africa and Commonwealth women mediation networks. She led the peace and humanitarian efforts in northern Uganda, first in the 1990s as Minister of State for Northern Uganda and later in her private capacity as a chief mediator to the conflict in the mid-2000s.
  • Emmanual Hubaka Bombande: is Senior Mediation Advisor, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations. He recently served as UN Senior Mediation Advisor in the Central African Republic.
  • Milt Lauenstein: is co-founder of the Better Evidence Project, and a long-time philanthropist supporting work to end wars and prevent violent conflict. He is a former CEO and President of several successful corporations, co-founded the Purdue Peace Project and co-author of the book Peace and Conflict since 1991
  • Alpaslan Özerdem: is Dean of George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies.
  • Adeline Sibanda: is the Director of the Pacific Institute in Zimbabwe and the managing consultant for Troparg Consultancy Services. She is the past President of the African Evaluation Association and serves on the Peace Building Evaluation Consortium advisory board and on the boards of Sedgeperk and Surge Africa.
  • Arne Strand: is a Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway. He previously served as Director of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre at CMI and Coordinator at the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. 
  • Beza Tesfaye: is Director of Research and Learning for Migration and Climate Change at Mercy Corps. She is also Senior Associate for the Project on Fragility and Mobility at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
  • Leslie Wingender: is Director of Peacebuilding at Humanity United. She previously worked as a Senior Advisor for Program Performance and Quality at Mercy Corps.
  • Ex Officio: Jeffrey Helsing

Evidence to Action for Peace

This panel session will spotlight the Carter School’s new Evidence to Action for Peace Initiative. It is designed to: Strengthen efforts, both local and international, to prevent armed conflicts, end wars, and build sustainable peace. Bridge theory and practice. Promote and draw upon local and international knowledge and local and international practice. Embody a cycle of continuous learning and sharing.

Community Solutions and Peacebuilding

This session will be a platform for the 5 IREX Community Solutions fellows being hosted at the Carter School to discuss their projects–their goals, program design and plans for implementation upon return to their communities at the end of the fall semester. They are from Bangladesh, Guatemala, Palestine (Gaza), and Slovakia.

Get Involved

Presenting Useful Evidence to Inform Peacemaking Practice

BEP invites partners to join us in harnessing useful research to prevent and end war. Submit your research or suggest other materials for peer review for our Resource Library. Join our pool of reviewers who help discern sound evidence to add to the Resource Library. Help us help peacemakers to be more effective.