Researcher & Consultant

Inclusive Peace Processes |
Youth, Peace & Security

About me

I am a leading expert, researcher, and practitioner on inclusive peace and mediation processes, with over 7 years’ experience, focused on youth and civil society participation. 

Originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina and based in Myanmar for five years from 2015, I have published over a dozen research papers and reports with international and multilateral organizations to shape understanding, international policy, and practice of inclusive peacebuilding. This includes on youth spaces of dialogue and mediation, challenges for inclusive peace processes, civilian protection and ceasefire monitoring, digital peacebuilding, and social cohesion – developing strategic recommendations for national and international stakeholders. I focus on conflict analysis, strategic policy and advocacy, and trainings to diverse stakeholders on conflict transformation and inclusive peacebuilding. 

 

Most recently, I lead the finalization of a global five-year strategic action plan to strengthen and operationalize youth-inclusive peace processes, launched at the High-Level Global Conference on Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes. This builds on the first global policy paper on youth participation in peace processes (‘We are Here: An Integrated Approach to Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes’), which I initiated in 2019, ahead of the first International Symposium on the subject, commissioned by United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and in collaboration with UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs & Search for Common Ground. 

Formerly Head of Programs at Search for Common Ground Myanmar, I led the oversight of a multi-pronged peacebuilding portfolio, including support to Myanmar’s peace process and social cohesion in Rakhine state. I continue to provide technical advice on youth, peace & security issues in the country, while working internationally.

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