Prof. Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor, Clark University

Cynthia Enloe

Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, with affiliations with both Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Cynthia Enloe’s career has included Fulbrights in Malaysia and Guyana, guest professorships in Japan, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as lectures in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Germany, Portugal, Chile, Vietnam, Korea, Colombia, Bosnia, Turkey, and at universities around the U.S. Her writings have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Icelandic and German. She has published in Ms. Magazine, and appeared on National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, C-Span and the BBC. Professor Enloe’s fourteen books include Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives (2000), The Curious Feminist (2004) and Globalization and Militarism (2007; updated edition, March, 2016 ) as well as Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War, ( 2011), The Real State of America: Mapping the Myths and Truths about the United States (co-authored with Joni Seager) (2011),and Seriously! Investigating Crashes and Crises as if Women Mattered (2013). Her new, thoroughly updated and revised 2nd edition of Bananas, Beaches and Bases was published by University of California Press, 2014. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Union College (2005), the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (2009), Connecticut College (2010), the University of Lund, Sweden (2012) and Clark University (2014). She currently serves on the editorial advisory boards of International Feminist Journal of Politics, Security Dialogue, Women, Politics and Policy, International Political Sociology, Critical Military Studies, and Politics and Gender. Professor Enloe’s feminist teaching and research have explored the interplay of gendered politics in the national and international arenas, with special attention to how women’s labor is made cheap in globalized factories (especially sneaker factories) and how women’s emotional and physical labor has been used to support many governments’ war-waging policies—and how diverse women have tried to resist both of those efforts. Racial, class, ethnic and national identity dynamics, as well as pressures shaping ideas about femininities and masculinities, are common threads throughout her studies.


Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security

Marriët Schuurman

Ambassador Marriët Schuurman was appointed the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security in October 2014.She is the high-level focal point on all aspects of NATO’s contributions to the Women, Peace and Security agenda, with the aim to facilitate coordination and consistency in NATO’s policies and activities and to take forward the implementation of the NATO/EAPC Policy and Action Plan on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and related Resolutions. Ambassador Schuurman is a career diplomat who has served in many different countries and regions and in a variety of priority policy areas of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to her nomination as Special Representative, Ambassador Schuurman was the representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Mrs. Schuurman also served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Head of Cooperation to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sudan and she held the position of Head of the Great Lakes Unit in the Sub-Sahara Africa Department. Previous duties include country economist and Deputy Head of Cooperation in the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lusaka, humanitarian assistance officer in the Ministry’s Western Balkans Taskforce and political officer in the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Moscow.

Kristian Berg HarpvikenDr. Kristian Berg Harpviken, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Kristian Berg Harpviken is the Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and holds a PhD in Sociology. Harpviken is a long time student of Afghanistan and the surrounding region. His main research interests are wartime migration, transnational movements and mobilization, regional security and the dynamics of civil war. He is a frequently used media commentator, and lectures regularly to both scholarly and popular audiences. He is author of Social Networks and Migration in Wartime Afghanistan (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009), and (with Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh), A Rock Between Hard Places: Afghanistan as an Arena of Regional Insecurity (Hurst, 2016).



Professor Marilou McPhedranProf.  Marilou McPhedran, Director, Institute for International Women's Rights at The University of Winnipeg

Professor McPhedran is a human rights lawyer, recruited to launch Canada's first undergraduate degree in human rights. She is a Member of the Order of Canada, working with youth and women in diaspora communities to develop outreach and engagement strategies in local communities at the nexus of women’s human rights and security in Canada and in conflict and post-conflict zones (e.g. South Sudan, Afghanistan, the DRC). She works to increase legal literacy in the '1325 cluster' of thematic Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, as well as the recently adopted Youth, Peace & Security resolution 2250, as influenced by human rights treaties, such as CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.  She will discuss the value of localization strategies for implementing the 1325 cluster, with examples from the field of social mobilization of youth and women in diasporas, as essential to realising women's human security and lived rights. For full profile.


Marsha HenryProf. Marsha Henry, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Dr Marsha Henry is Deputy Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and Associate Professor in the Gender Institute. Dr Henry's research interests focus on gender and development, gender and militarisation, and qualitative methodologies. Over the past 12 years, her research interests have been concentrated on documenting the social experiences of living and working in peacekeeping missions. Her recent research focusses on gender and peacekeepers from the Global South.




Henri MyrttinenDr. Henri Myrttinen, International Alert

Henri is Alert’s Head of Gender and Peacebuilding. Before joining Alert, he worked for numerous NGOs and research institutions, focusing mostly on Southeast Asia but also on Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Central and Eastern Europe. He holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, having written his thesis on masculinities and urban violence in Timor-Leste. Henri has published extensively on issues of gender, peace and security, including co-editing the book “Sexed Pistols – The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons”.


Laura Khoury pictureProf. Laura Khoury, Birzeit University, Palestine

Professor Laura Khoury is currently a faculty member at the department of Behavioral and Social Studies at Birzeit University. She finished her two years directorship of the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit. She authored many articles on women including: Palestine as a Woman: Feminizing Resistance.” The Arab World Geographer. 2013, Vol. 16 (2): 147-176. Back in 2005, she published: “Women in the United States of America: The Struggle for Economic Citizenship.” in Female Well-Being: Social Change around the World in the 20th Century. Janet Mancini Billson and Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (editors). Zed Press. P: 324-354. Her two areas of concentration are: Development and minorities (including women and Blacks).


Georgina HolmesDr. Georgina Holmes, University of Reading

Dr Georgina Holmes is an Early Career Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading, and an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London. Previously, she was a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Portsmouth, and Visiting Lecturer in the Centre for Gender at the National University of Rwanda. Her research concerns the development of gender mainstreaming as a policy frame in global governance and issues around implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (women, peace and security) in Africa. Her current project, which is funded by The Leverhulme Trust, focuses on the integration of Rwandan and Ghanaian female uniformed personnel in peace support operations. Georgina has published in several journals including the Journal of Intervention and State BuildingGenocide Studies and Prevention and The RUSI Journal, and is the author of Women and War in Rwanda: Gender, Media and the Representation of Genocide (2014, I.B Tauris).


Ortrun MerkleOrtrun Merkle, UNU-MERIT 

Ortrun Merkle holds a MA in Economics, a MA in International Relations and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Security Studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, NY. Prior to that, she received a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Passau, Germany and spent a year at the Helsinki School of Economics. Her PhD thesis focuses on the role of corruption in state-building and specifically the role of civil society and women in the process. She is especially interested in the mechanisms, which lead to state-building failures and subsequently increase the risk of conflict recurrence. Ortrun has worked for the Corporate Compliance Department of Daimler and at Transparency International USA, has extensive training in mediation and is a certified intercultural trainer.


Rebekka FriedmanDr. Rebekka Friedman, Lecturer of International Peace and Security, Department of War Studies, King's College London

I joined the War Studies Department as Assistant Professor of International Peace and Security in September 2013. My research and teaching are broadly at the intersection of reconciliation, transitional justice, collective memory, gender and peace-building, especially in protracted social conflicts and divided societies. I have strong cross-regional expertise, having conducted extensive field research in rural and urban areas in Peru, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. I hold an MA and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA Joint Honours in Political Science and International Development from McGill University. I have previously served as an editor of 'Millennium: Journal of International Studies'.


Jessica Bombasero-BradyJessica Bombasero-Brady, Independent Researcher

Jessica is a practitioner in public security based in London. She's earned two masters degrees, one in Gender, Media, and Culture from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2012, and one in Conflict, Security, and Development in the War Studies Department at King's College London in 2014. She's worked as an independent researcher for several years, earning contracts with King's College, City University London, and other research posts focusing on war-crimes committed by police officers, particularly sexual violence, and subsequent police reform in post-conflict countries. Prior to Jessica's international security work, she worked as a Coordinator at the Alternatives to Violence Project in London delivering conflict resolution and violence prevention programmes to vulnerable adults at risk of offending. She's also worked at York Women's Prison in Connecticut (USA) as a facilitator in a decisions-making programme for inmates.


Gréta GunnarsdóttirAmbassador Gréta Gunnarsdóttir, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland

Gréta Gunnarsdóttir is Ambassador for Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iceland. Previously she was the Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations in New York. She served as Director-General for International and Security Affairs in Iceland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2011. She was Head of the Advisory Commission Secretariat of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Jerusalem from 2006 to 2007, having served as Chief of its Policy Analysis Unit between 2005 and 2006. From 2004 to 2005, Ms. Gunnarsdóttir was Deputy Head of her country’s Mission to the European Union in Brussels.  Before that, she served in the same capacity at Iceland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York between 2000 and 2004. She held the position of Counsellor in the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 2000, having served in the Political Department of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels from 1994 to 1997 and First Secretary in the Icelandic Mission to the European Union in Brussels between 1991 and 1994. From 1989 to 1991, Ms. Gunnarsdóttir was First Secretary in the Foreign Ministry’s Trade Department in Reykjavik, and held a similar position in the Ministry’s Political Department from 1988 to 1989. She studied law at New York University and the University of Iceland.

Katharine A. M. Wright


Katharine A. M. Wright, Research Fellow, University of Surrey

Katharine A. M. Wright is a research and teaching fellow in the Department of Politics, University of Surrey (UK). Her research expertise is in gender and European security and her PhD thesis examines NATO’s adoption and implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. She has published in International Affairs, the Australian Journal of Political Science and has an article forthcoming in International Political Science Review. She is Chair of the British International Studies Association Postgraduate Network and Graduate Member representative for the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association.



Fatima HossainiFatima Hossaini, GEST fellow (2010)
Fatima Hossaini is a student at the language department of University of Iceland. In her native Afghanistan she actively worked on women's rights and gender issues. She was a member of Women's Political Participation Committee and has also worked as gender adviser with two Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and Ministry of Rural and Rehabilitation and Development. She worked with UNDP Gender Equality project for Kabul University to establish the Gender and Women Studies Master Program. Currently she is researching on women's rights issues within the religion and social context of Afghanistan. Fatima was a fellow at the GEST programme in 2010. 


Lilja AlfreðsdóttirMrs. Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iceland

Ms. Alfredsdottir has been Assistant Director of the Office of International Relations and General Secretariat  of the Icelandic Central Bank since 2013. She was appointed as a temporary Project manager at Prime Minister‘s Office 2014 to 2015 and before that as an Advisor at the International Monetary Fund, 2010-2013. She holds an Master's degree in International Economics from Columbia University and a Political Sciences Bachelor's degree from the University of Iceland.