Our Board of Trustees has 12 members, each with a specific interest and expertise in conflict-related issues and peacebuilding:
Chris Mullin (Chair of the Board)
Chris Mullin a British author, journalist and former Member of Parliament. As a journalist, he reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for a range of publications, including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He was an MP for 23 years and a minister in three departments - Environment, International Development and the Foreign Office. At the Foreign Office, he served as Africa minister and was engaged in diplomacy at head of state level. His books include the novel 'A Very British Coup' which was made into an award-winning television series, and three volumes of widely acclaimed diaries. Chris joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.
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.
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.
Helena Puig Larrauri
Helena is a peacebuilding practitioner, focusing on innovation design and technology-enabled programmes to promote peace, support civic engagement and prevent conflict. She has worked on projects with non-governmental and United Nations agencies in conflict and post-conflict environments. She currently works both as an independent consultant and as part of the Build Up team. For more information, please visit her blog here. Helena joined our Board of Trustees in 2015.
Gordana Duspara Moriarty
Gordana Duspara Moriarty has been working in the media sector since 1994. She spent 16 years working for Turner Broadcasting Systems, a Time Warner Company. In her last post of Vice-President and General Manager for Turner, she was responsible for all commercial and channel activities across all departments. These included distribution sales, advertising sales, sponsorships and promotions, programming and acquisitions, marketing and PR, creative services, and new media. She also oversaw channel development and strategy, such as new channel launches, joint ventures and acquisitions. She was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and has been living in London since 1992. She holds an MA in Film and TV Studies from the University of Westminster. Gordana joined our Board of Trustees in 2012.
Alaa Murabit is a Libyan-Canadian doctor and leading international advocate for the rights of women and young people and their inclusion in peacebuilding. In 2011, at the age of 21, she founded The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW). With a strong focus on challenging societal and cultural norms and using traditional and historical role models, Alaa champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. Her programmes such as the ground breaking Noor Campaign are replicated internationally. Nicknamed “The Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart and applauded for her innovative approach to security, Murabit advises numerous international security boards and organizations, including the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 Global Advisory Board, the UN Women Global Advisory Board, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Global Advocate and a UN High-Level Commissioner. Alaa joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.
Dr ’Funmi Olonisakin is the founding Director of the African Leadership Centre and has also served as the Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King’s College London since 2003. Previously, she worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict as Adviser on Africa and has held research and visiting positions at the University of Lagos (Nigeria) and the Institute of Strategic Studies, University of Pretoria (South Africa). Trained in Political Science (BSc, Ife, Nigeria) and War Studies (PhD, King’s College London), she has positioned her work to serve as a bridge between academia and the world of policy and practice. Her academic research and writing has contributed to strategic thinking in post-conflict contexts and in the work of regional organisations such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union. She is the West African Regional Coordinator of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN), member of the Technical Committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Governance Index, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). ‘Funmi joined our Board of Trustees in 2011.
Soli Özel is professor at Kadir Has University, having previously held a position at Istanbul Bilgi University. He has also been a columnist for Habertürk Daily, an adviser to TüSÃ AD (the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association) and editor of TüSÃ AD’s magazine, Private View. He has acted as an adviser to, among others, Lazard, Tamesek (Singapore), SSB-Citibank, Akbank and Finansbank. He has guest lectured at Georgetown, Harvard, Tufts and other US universities, and held a visiting position at Oxford University. He is a regular contributor to the German Marshall Fund’s website On Turkey series and to the World Affairs Journal blog, and writes commentaries for a range of media outlets, including The Financial Times. He holds a BA in economics from Benningon College (1981) and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (1983). Soli joined our Board of Trustees in 2011.
Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah
Dr Danny Sriskandarajah is Secretary General of CIVICUS, the world alliance for citizen participation, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His previous posts have included Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research. He is an established researcher and commentator on international migration and economic development, is the author of several books and reports, and appears regularly in the international media. He serves on the board of several organisations, including the Baring Foundation and Ockenden International. He has degrees from the universities of Sydney and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Danny joined our Board of Trustees in 2012.
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.
Carol Allen-Storey is an award-winning photojournalist specialising in chronicling complex humanitarian and social issues, especially among women and children. In 2009 she was appointed a UNICEF ambassador for photography. She has an MA in photography from Central Saint Martins, as well as a BA from Syracuse University and an MA from Columbia University. Her solo exhibitions include: ‘Fractured Lives’ for International Alert; ‘Children of Hope’ for the charity Kasese Street Kids; ‘Anything is Possible’ for the international charity Spirituality for Kids; ‘The Vanishing Assets of Africa’ for Télécoms Sans Frontières; and ‘The Savagery and Poetry of Africa’ for WWF. She also created an essay about the dilemma of British children living in poverty, commissioned by Save the Children UK for their ‘Our Lives’ exhibition and book. For the past five years she has been developing a personal project, ‘Angels at the Edge of Darkness’, which illuminates the plight of women and children managing poverty and the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Carol joined our Board of Trustees in 2013.