Direct line: 020 7288 8362
Andy co-founded Conciliation Resources in 1994 with David Lord and heads the organisation. He led the development of programme work in Fiji, Bougainville/Papua New Guinea, northern Uganda, Somaliland and Sri Lanka, and established the Accord publication series.
Before this he worked for International Alert (1989–94) on peace initiatives in southern Africa, Europe, Liberia, the Philippines, Colombia, Iraqi-Kurdistan and elsewhere. Before that, he was national coordinator of the Central America Human Rights Committee, UK (1986–89).
He has degrees in literature from the University of California, Berkeley (BA) and Trinity College, Dublin (MPhil). Andy represents Conciliation Resources in various national and international policy forums on conflict transformation practice.
He is also a member of Conciliation Resources' board. This arrangement, agreed with the UK Charity Commission, is reviewed annually by the board. Unusual for a British charity, it is intended to recognise the principle of staff ownership of Conciliation Resources and the valuable contribution Andy can make to its governance.
Direct line: 020 7288 8379
Prior to joining CR in late August 2012, Aden worked with DFID in Nairobi for four years as a Senior Programme Officer, Somali Programme. Prior to that he worked with the International Rescue Committee as the Team Leader in a Horn of Africa Civil Society Development Programme. He has also worked with CARE International in Northern Kenya and a joint World Bank-Government of Kenya Programme.
Aden holds an MA in International Studies from the University of Nairobi. He has also written political and security analysis on Somalia and Kenya for Oxford Analytica and the Control Risks Group.
Languages other than English: Kiswahili (fluent), Somali (fluent) and Arabic (good).
Direct line: 020 7288 8369
Jonathan joined Conciliation Resources in December 1997 and developed the Caucasus programme. In September 2008 he became Director of Programmes overseeing all Conciliation Resources’ regional programmes.
Previously he was deputy director of the Foundation on Inter-Ethnic Relations in The Hague, working with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. Before that he worked for International Alert and the Peace Research Institute Oslo.
He has been a board member of the DFID / CAF Partnerships in the Non-Profit Sector Programme for Russia; acted as a consultant to United Nations Volunteers, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the Berghof Foundation and taught at the London School of Economics. Jonathan has degrees from the universities of Bristol, London and Oxford. Languages other than English: Russian.
Direct line: 020 7288 8396
Charlotte joined Conciliation Resources in March 2013, initially working on the India, Pakistan (Kashmir) Programme, the Colombia Programme and the East and Central Africa Programme. Since September 2013 she has been working closely with Saferworld to implement the Capacities for Peace project, supporting local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in conflict-affected contexts.
Charlotte previously worked as a human rights accompanier in Colombia with the Fellowship of Reconciliation, protecting human rights defenders and communities whose lives and work are threatened by political violence. Prior to this, she worked as a Junior Professional Fellow at the United Nations University Office in New York and in a local human rights centre in the south of Mexico. Charlotte holds an MPhil in International Relations and a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge. As well as English, she speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.
Direct line: 020 7288 8378
Lucy joined the Conciliation Resources team in September 2012 after completing an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS: the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has worked at the foreign affairs think tank, Chatham House, and as an International Client Coordinator for a private training company specialising in public administration. She holds a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. In her role as Programme Officer at Conciliation Resources, Lucy provides administrative, web and research support for four Programmes Teams. Languages other than English: French.
Direct line: 020 7288 8392
Ned joined Conciliation Resources in January 2014. Previously as Central Africa analyst at International Crisis Group he investigated the drivers of conflict in the region, wrote in-depth analysis and advocated practical recommendations to African and international policymakers. He focused in particular on the Lord’s Resistance Army and instability in the Central African Republic. Ned holds master’s degrees in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and International Cultural Policy from Warwick University and a bachelor’s in Classics from the University of Oxford. He speaks English and French.
Direct line: 020 7288 8371
Caesar previously worked as project officer for the northern Ugandan diaspora peace initiative Kacoke Madit between 1999 and August 2005. Before this he was programme coordinator for Hand in Hand Refugee and Homeless Support Group in the London Borough of Newham, and published a book, The Quest for Peaceful Coexistence in Uganda.
Caesar has a BA in Accounting and Finance and trained with the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountant (ACCA) in Advanced Project Management. He also has a postgraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Skills from Lancaster University. Languages other than English: Swahili and Lwo.
Direct line: 020 7288 8383
Kennedy joined Conciliation Resources in October 2007 after working as a conflict specialist with USAID where he worked in the LRA-affected regions of Uganda, as well as on pastoral conflicts and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
Before this he worked as programme coordinator with DANIDA where he was a focal person for interventions in Karamoja, and in 2001–02 helped facilitate peace talks between the Ugandan government and the Uganda National Rescue Front II.
He also has experience of helping strengthen organisational capacities of NGOs and networks in conflict-affected regions and has worked as a policy and research officer for the Uganda Debt Network.
He holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Makerere University, Kampala.
Louisa joined Conciliation Resources in March 2014. Louisa has had a varied career. She has worked as a freelance BBC World Service correspondent in Mongolia, a human rights officer in Gaza, a gender consultant in the Palestinian West Bank, and as an independent advisor to the UK Human Trafficking Centre. She also spent six months in CAR last year, travelling the length and breadth of the country, much of it on a motorbike. She has many years’ work experience supporting traumatized youth, has written three non-fiction books, and had articles published in newspapers and magazines. These include human rights reportage from Palestine and Burma.
Languages other than English: French and Arabic.
Direct line: 020 7288 8398
Ciaran joined Conciliation Resources as a staff member in March 2011, after nine months working on a contract basis as our Fiji Programme Associate.
Previously, Ciaran was the Programme Manager for one of our local Fiji partners, the Citizens' Constitutional Forum. Up to this point he worked in the private sector, in senior people and programme management positions in the Middle East and Australia.
Ciaran holds a Masters in International Development from RMIT university, Melbourne, Australia.
Direct line: 020 7288 8394
Clare joined our Fiji team as Programme Officer in November 2013. She holds a MA in Conflict, Development and Security from Leeds University, and a BA in Politics and International Relations from Lancaster University.
Prior to joining our Programmes department she had spent two and a half years working as part of the Policy, Practice and Communications team at Conciliation Resources, and nearly six years at UNICEF UK.
Earlier in her career Clare gained campaigns and research experience with the Green Party in New Zealand, was Projects and Office Manager at a community media company in Yorkshire, and has also worked in the Information and Publicity team at Amnesty International UK.
Nicolas Tillon joined Conciliation Resources in December 2010. He holds a Masters degree in Violence, Conflict and Development from the University of London (SOAS).
In the six years prior to joining us, Nicolas worked in several conflict-affected countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including with International Alert in eastern DRC coordinating research and working with community organisations to enhance community dialogue in conflict areas. Languages other than English: French.
Direct line: 020 7288 8382
Tahir Aziz worked for five years as a Senior Associate with the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, an NGO based in Washington DC where he was closely involved in conflict transformation activities in Kashmir.
Previously he was Director of the Human Rights Commission of the Government of Pakistan–administered Kashmir and a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, under its South Asia Programme.
Tahir holds two Masters degrees – one in Anthropology awarded by the Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan (with a thesis based on field research with the Kashmiri community in England) and the second in International Peace and Conflict Studies at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA.
Languages other than English: Urdu, Punjabi, Pahari
Direct line: 020 7288 8381
Ameya is a lawyer with dual qualifications to practise in India and England and has had a long-standing passion for politics and conflict transformation. Prior to joining Conciliation Resources in July 2013, she was a voluntary researcher with Inter-Mediate, a London-based conflict transformation organisation, where her research focused on armed insurgencies in India. She has practiced Law at Linklaters, a ‘magic circle’ global law firm in London, and was an active participant in various pro bono mediation initiatives. She has also been Legal Adviser to the Prince’s Trust, a youth charity in the UK, and has worked with various civil society organisations in India. Her first experience of peacebuilding was at the age of sixteen when she founded, ‘Nirbhay’, a youth movement for peace in Kashmir - the Kashmir conflict continues to be one of her primary subjects of interest. Other than English, she can speak Hindi, Telugu and Kannada.
Kristian joined Conciliation Resources full-time in June 2009. He is the Director of the Philippines and Colombia Programmes. Previously he worked for seven years as Program Director of the School for a Culture of Peace, Autonomous University of Barcelona, supporting peace processes and conducting track-two diplomacy in Colombia, Philippines, Western Sahara, Basque Country and elsewhere.
Kristian earned a Masters degree in International Peacebuilding from the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, in May 2009. He also holds a degree in Agriculture Engineering and a Diploma in Peace Culture. He has long been active in Catalan grassroots environmental and development organisations. Languages other than English: Catalan, Spanish, Swedish, German, French.
Emma Leslie, originally from Australia, has extensive advisory experience and has worked as a consultant, practitioner and trainer on peacebuilding in Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific region.
In 1997 she moved to Cambodia and in the same year helped to found the regional network of Action Asia. Since then she has held the post of Secretariat to the Action Asia network and founded an MA Programme – Applied Conflict Transformation Studies. Today she oversees both programmes as the Executive Director of the Asian NGO Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.
Emma holds a Masters degree in International Development and was one of the ‘1000 women’ nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
Emma joined Conciliation Resources as a programme associate in February 2011, to contribute to our work supporting the peace process in Mindanao.
Irene leads the management of a three-year project to promote public participation in the implementation of the Mindanao peace agreements.
She has a long background of working with grassroots communities, with the Bangsamoro and the indigenous peoples in Mindanao among them, on programs focusing on building management capacities of development facilitators in conflict affected communities, and rehabilitation of former combatants and their families.
Before joining Conciliation Resources, she worked for a conflict transformation program of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Mindanao as a Senior Advisor for Conflict Sensitivity and Risk Management, with a lead role in assessing and reflecting on the interaction between program interventions and the multi-dimensional conflicts in the region.
Direct line: 020 7288 8364
Rachel joined Conciliation Resources full-time in July 2001, after previously working as Caucasus Programme Associate. Prior to this she held the Max Hayward Research Fellowship at St.Antony's College, Oxford and worked as a lecturer in Russian at the University of North Wales, Bangor.
For several years Rachel worked as a volunteer/consultant for local and international organisations in the Caucasus. She has served on Quaker Peace and Social Witness committees concerning work in the former Soviet Union.
She has a degree in Russian and Spanish from the University of Cambridge, and a doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Oxford on the politics of literature and identity in Abkhazia. Languages other than English: Russian, German, Spanish.
Direct line: 020 7288 8366
Emily joined Conciliation Resources as Caucasus Programme Officer in January 2014, having previously worked as Assistant with the Caucasus team in 2013. Prior to this, she held a market research role in the commercial sector and also interned with the Europe Programme at ARTICLE 19, supporting the organisation's work on freedom of expression and information.
Emily holds a BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge. She spent her BA Year Abroad in Western Siberia, to write a dissertation on Khanty reindeer herders and the Iugra oil industry. Languages other than English: Russian and German.
Direct line: 020 7288 8367
Rhona joined Conciliation Resources in 2004 after gaining a Masters in International Studies from the University of Reading. She has a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Durham and from 2000–2002 worked in Moscow as a school director for an English Language school chain.
Before this she worked at the Royal Society, administering grants to support collaboration between scientists from the former Soviet Union and the UK, and at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where she arranged visits for official guests to the UK. Languages other than English: Russian, French and German.
Direct line: 020 7288 8367
Jenny is a journalist with the BBC World Service and has spent much of her career following developments in the former Soviet Union, especially in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
She studied Russian at Leeds University and spent nearly three years in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in the late 1990s running the BBC's Central Asia bureau. She has returned to the region many times since, most notably in 2005 as one of the few western journalists to report on the violent crackdown on demonstrators in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan.
Jenny has worked with Conciliation Resources since 2001 when she produced the first ever joint Abkhaz-Georgian radio series about the legacy of the conflict. Current projects include Dialogue Through Film for young Azeri and Karabakhi filmmakers, and People and Times – a local newspaper for Abkhazia's Georgian community.
Direct line: 020 7288 8363
Mira joined Conciliation Resources in October 2008 after more than five years working in the South Caucasus. Most recently she was a consultant for the humanitarian organisation Geneva Call and engaged with policymakers in Abkhazia, Nagorny Karabakh and South Ossetia in drawing up policies on anti-personnel mines.
Before this she worked in the Tbilisi-based South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, where she ran the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Democracy programme, and managed projects on conflict transformation, civic participation and minority rights.
Mira holds a Master’s degree in English language and literature, Slavic studies and Philosophy from the University of Cologne, Germany. Languages other than English: German, Russian, Georgian (conversational).
Siegfried has a long-standing professional interest in the Caucasus. In the early 2000s, he worked as an advisor on a capacity-building program involving human rights organisations in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and coordinated confidence-building projects between them. He then spent seven years at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE): in the Operations Service (focusing on Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus) and on the Caucasus Desk as Policy Support Officer at the Conflict Prevention Centre. Before joining Conciliation Resources in May 2014, he worked as a Project Coordinator at the International Organisation for Migration, focusing on the North Caucasus. In a voluntary capacity, as chairperson of the Austrian-Caucasian Society, he has led initiatives to empower migrant women from Chechnya and was curator of the Transkaukazja art festival.
He holds postgraduate degrees in International Economic Relations and Interdisciplinary Balkan Studies (obtained in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria). Languages other than English: German, Russian.
Direct line: 020 7288 8380
Janet Adama joined Conciliation Resources in September 2010 after working for IBIS in Ghana as Director for West Africa Human Rights and Democratisation Project since July 2006.
Prior to this Janet was director of the Christian Council of Ghana and worked as a high school tutor in the Social Sciences in Tamale, Northern Ghana. Janet Adama has over 15 years work experience on governance, peace and security issues in West Africa.
She holds a MSc in Agricultural Education and Training from Reading University, a BA in Geography and a Diploma in Education from Cape Coast University Ghana. She also holds a postgraduate Qualifying Diploma in Management and Administration from IPMA, UK.
In 2010 she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice.
Direct line: 020 7288 8377
Felix joined Conciliation Resources in August 2010, initially as a volunteer with the Policy and Comparative Learning team (now Policy and Practice). Having worked on short-term development projects in Senegal and Mongolia during his undergraduate degree, Felix completed his Masters in Human Rights Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in September 2009.
Since then, he has gained experience at Index on Censorship in London, and returned in June 2010 from a four-month consultancy in Central African Republic, where he worked on a human rights protection programme with Mercy Corps UK. Other than English, he speaks fluent French.
Direct line: 020 7288 8395
Teresa joined Conciliation Resources in November 2010 as manager of the People's Peacemaking Perspectives project, an EC-funded initiative carried out in partnership with Saferworld. She now helps shape our work as Head of Policy and Learning. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant to NGOs working in the field of peacebuilding, advising on monitoring and evaluation and conducting project reviews.
Teresa worked for a number of years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, including four years as adviser to the UK Government's Russia-CIS Conflict Prevention Pool.
Teresa has a PhD in History and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and a BA in European Studies (French and Russian) from Bath University. Languages: English and French (fluent), Russian (good), German (basic).
Direct line: 020 7288 8375
Alexander joined Conciliation Resources in August 2009 as Head of Accord and Series Editor. Before this he was a research fellow in the international programme at the Institute for Public Policy Research.
He worked as specialist adviser to the House of Lords European Union (EU) Select Committee in its inquiry into the EU Strategy for Africa, before which he was head of the Peace and Security Programme at the United Nations Association-UK. He has also been an associate fellow in the International Security Programme at Chatham House. Alexander completed a PhD in July 2011.
Read the most recent Accord issues:
Direct line: 020 7288 8386
Sanne Tielemans joined Conciliation Resources’ policy and practice team in September 2012. She leads our policy engagement with EU-based actors, including as a Steering Committee member of EPLO, the European network of peacebuilding organisations. Sanne also leads our thematic work on gender and inclusion issues more broadly. Prior to joining Conciliation Resources, Sanne worked for peacebuilding and conflict prevention organisations in Brussels. She holds an MA in International Conflict Studies from King’s College London and a BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts & Sciences from University College Utrecht. Languages other than English: Dutch (native), French (good), German (basic).
Direct line: 020 7288 8374
Zahbia joined Conciliation Resources as Peacebuilding Editor and Analyst in May 2012. Before this she was a Teaching Fellow in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS University, and Kings College London. She has also been a Research Associate at INCORE at the University of Ulster, and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin.
She completed a PhD in Comparative Peace Processes in 2010, looking at Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and Kashmir, and holds a Masters in International Peace and Security from the Dept of War Studies, Kings College London.
Languages other than English: Urdu (fluent), French (good), Spanish (basic)
Direct line: 020 7288 8389
Farha joined Conciliation Resources as a Fundraising Assistant in January 2014, having previously worked with the Core & Operations team as a volunteer in 2013. Alongside her interest in peacebuilding, she has a strong background in theatre and is involved with running drama workshops and Theatre in Education projects in London schools. She holds an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Direct line: 020 7288 8376
Sarah joined Conciliation Resources in June 2010 as Communications Manager, with responsibility for all Conciliation Resources’ communications including the website, publications and media relations. Prior to this she worked for nearly three years as Communications Manager for international humanitarian charity, RedR. Sarah’s first marketing and communications role was with Projects Abroad where she worked for four years. This followed two overseas placements as Project Abroad’s Assistant Country Manager in China, where she also worked as a freelance journalist, and a teaching volunteer in India. Sarah holds a CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing from Cambridge Marketing College and a BA (Hons) in Design. Other than English, she speaks German and basic French and Spanish.
Direct line: 020 7288 8397
Tamanna joined Conciliation Resources in January 2013 having worked in communications roles in the not-for-profit sector since 2005. Prior to her work at Conciliation Resources, she worked in media and communications roles for a number of NGOs including Hand in Hand for Syria and ActionAid UK and most recently as Senior Media and PR Officer at Help the Hospices.
Before this she worked as Deputy Editor at Red Pepper, an independent magazine of the green and radical left. Tamanna also volunteers for Life Squared, a not-for-profit-organisation helping people to live happier, wiser and more meaningful lives.
She has a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature from the University of Leicester and performs spoken word.
Direct line: 020 7288 8393
Asha joined Conciliation Resources in May 2013, after spending eight months in Kenya working with local NGOs to build their capacity in fundraising and grants management. Previously, she worked in philanthropic fundraising and in program quality and development at Australian Red Cross.
Asha has also worked in policy, project and grant management roles with Australian federal and state government departments. She holds a BA in Sustainable Development and Public Policy from Murdoch University, Perth, and a postgraduate diploma in International Development from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Direct line: +44 (0)20 7288 8388
Zuleika joined Conciliation Resources in March 2014. Prior to this, she was the Communications Manager at the Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank.
She has worked in communications for large-scale public infrastructure projects, and as a journalist. Zuleika has written for a variety of publications, including the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, the New Straits Times in Malaysia, Monocle magazine and the Royal United Service Institute’s Newsbrief. She was the first Editor of Race Card, a race equality news website.
Zuleika holds an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy and a BA (Hons) in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Direct line: 020 7288 8368
Chris joined Conciliation Resources as an Admin and IT Assistant in November 2013. He previously worked in administration/project support with both NGOs and private sector companies in Australia. Chris graduated from Sussex University in 2010, having studied International Relations & Anthropology. Immediately after, he joined the Political Office at the British Embassy in Mexico City as an intern. For the past two years he has done a variety voluntary work in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand and as crew sailing through the South Pacific. Languages: Spanish, French and Italian.
Direct line: 02072888372
Kat joined Conciliation Resources in March 2014, after working as Assistant to the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation. Previously she worked as Programmes and Policy Assistant at Womankind Worldwide and as a legal clerk at Alan Edwards & Co Solicitors.
She holds a LLB in Law with European Study from the University of Exeter and studied at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain for a year, with a focus on human rights and public international law.
Languages other than English: Spanish (advanced) and French (basic)
Direct line: 020 7288 8384
Gemma first joined Conciliation Resources in January 2011, as Executive Assistant. She has a background in the humanitarian sector, working at The British Red Cross supporting health and social care programmes in Central Asia and carrying out deployment administration for ICRC delegates. Prior to joining Conciliation Resources, Gemma worked at Conscience: Taxes for Peace not War. Previous voluntary experience includes roles with the student support service Nightline and at a landmine museum in Cambodia. Gemma has a Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict and Development from the Open University.
Direct line: 020 7288 8390
Sarah joined Conciliation Resources in February 2009 after working as an assistant accountant for The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment. Previously she travelled extensively after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies and Italian from the University of Western Australia.
As part of Conciliation Resources' operations team, Sarah oversees partner financial reporting and contracts, leads on internal budget-holder management reporting and donor reporting. She has completed the CAT qualification in accounting. Languages other than English: Italian.
Direct line: 020 7288 8399
Sharon joined Conciliation Resources as IT Officer in 2011. She began her IT career as a database developer at Blue Kite Software. Before this, she worked in hostels supporting vulnerable people for the Kaleidoscope Project and Places for People, and in administrative roles for Places for People. She serves in a variety of voluntary roles for her Quaker meeting and for bisexual community organisations. Sharon is a certified FileMaker Developer and holds a BA in English and Philosophy.
Direct line: 020 7288 8365
Debbie joined Conciliation Resources in October 2012 after working for four years in the Finance Department at Newfrontiers International. Previously she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Primary Education.
As part of Conciliation Resources' operations team, Debbie is the first point of contact for payments and invoice queries. She is currently working towards her AAT qualification.
Direct line: 020 7288 8385
Mike joined Conciliation Resources in July 2013, and is also currently a voluntary treasurer for Development in Action, a development education charity. He spent the previous year and a half working in the finance department of Parkinson's UK, and is studying towards the CIMA professional accounting qualification.
Direct line: 020 7288 8361
Michael joined Conciliation Resources in November 2011. He was previously Director of Finance and Support Services at the charity Reach Volunteering for more than three years. Prior to that he had been the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society's Director of Finance and Administration and US Treasurer for four years. This followed working at Barclays for 20 years in a number of roles across the bank. He has an MBA from the Open University and a keen interest in gardening.
Direct line: 020 7288 8360
Before joining Conciliation Resources in December 1999, Juliet worked for 10 years as a finance administrator at a doctors' group practice. She is trained in business accounting and office management, and also serves on the board of Positively UK, a national charity championing the rights of people living with HIV.