CEIA’s network encompasses a large number of experts – advisers and associates – who are highly respected in their respective fields, including international relations, military affairs, diplomacy, mediation, peace-building, psychology, neuroscience, law, human rights, international development, humanitarianism, journalism and anthropology.

This is because empathy spans such a wide range of spheres and disciplines, and because CEIA seeks to ensure that it draws on the highest levels of expertise and experience in any given area.

All CEIA expert advisers and associates are invited to share their views and insights in our workshops on contemporary conflicts and challenges, and through publishing articles on CEIA’s website. Our advisers additionally provide advice on CEIA’s policy and advocacy work.


Pamela Aall, Senior Advisor for Conflict Prevention and Management at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.


Mariano Aguirre, Director, Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre.

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Lord Alderdice, Senior Advisor to CEIA; Member of the House of Lords; Senior Research Fellow at Manchester Harris College, Oxford University.


Scott Atran, Director of Research in Anthropology at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University.

Scott Atran

Michael Bailey, former Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam GB.

Michael Bailey

Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, Director of the University’s Autism Research Centre and Fellow of Trinity College.

Simon Baron-Cohen

Robert Bordone, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Founding Director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program.

Bob Bordone

Emile Bruneau, Visiting Scholar in Communication and Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania.

Emile Bruneau

Marina Cantacuzino, Founder and Director of the Forgiveness Project.

Marina Cantacuzino

Rosa Curling, senior human rights lawyer at Leigh Day, London.

Rosa Curling

Sir Lawrence Freedman, Senior Advisor to CEIA, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King’s College London.


Laurent Goetschel, Director of Swisspeace and Professor of Political Science at the University of Basel.

Laurent Goetschel

Martin Griffiths, Executive Director of the European Institute of Peace, formerly Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva.

Martin Griffiths

Jamie Hawkey, Dean and Director of Studies in Theology, Clare College, Cambridge University, and Chaplain to HM The Queen.

Sarah Holewinski, Executive Director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict (2006-2014) and former Deputy Chief of Staff at the US mission to the UN.


Rolf Holmboe, Middle East expert, former Danish Ambassador in Damascus, Beirut and Amman.

Rolf Holmboe

Robert Jervis, Professor of International Affairs, Columbia University.

Bob Jervis

Michael Keating, Senior Advisor to CEIA; UN Special Representative for Somalia, former deputy UN Envoy in Afghanistan and Associate Director at Chatham House – the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Michael Keating

Roman Krznaric, cultural thinker and author of ‘Empathy’.

Roman Krznaric

Steve Miller, Director of the International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School and Editor-in-Chief of the journal International Security.

Steve Miller

Robin Niblett, Senior Adviser to CEIA, Director of Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London.

Robin Niblett

Antti Pentikainen, Executive Director of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers.

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Steven Pinker, cognitive scientist and psychologist, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

Steven Pinker

Antonia Potter Prentice, Senior Manager on Mediation Support, Gender and Inclusion for the Crisis Management Initiative and Senior Adviser to the European Institute of Peace.

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Gabrielle Rifkind, Director of the Middle East programme at Oxford Research Group; practising psychotherapist and group analyst.

Gabrielle Rifkind

Rebecca Saxe, Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.

Rebecca Saxe

Steve Walt, Professor of International Affairs, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard’s Kennedy School

Stephen Walt. Photo: Martha Stewart


Naysan Adlparvar, researcher on ethnicity and identity, consultant for the United Nations Development Programme.

Naysan Adlparvar

Sara Adhikari, Founder and Trustee of Small Change.

Sara Adhikari

Ash Alexander-Cooper, Principal, McChrystal Group and former Specialist Military Unit Colonel.


Susan Allen, Associate Professor, Director, Center for Peacemaking Practice, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.

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Jonathan Cohen, Executive Director of Conciliation Resources.

Jonathan Cohen

Roxana Cristescu, Head, Eurasia programmes, CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Centre, Helsinki.


Monqiue van Es, Programme Director, European Institute of Peace.

Monique van Es

Alex Gabbay, film-maker and director, including of ‘Love, Hate and Everything in Between’.

Alex Gabbay

Sidonia Gabriel, Project Director, Swisspeace Center for Peacebuilding.


Ellie Geranmayeh, Policy Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations.


Danielle Goldstone, Senior Advisor to Ashoka and Founding Director of Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative.

Danielle Goldstone

Marc Gopin, Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, James H. Laue Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.

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Jennifer Gottesfeld, Manager, Partners In Health.


Melanie Greenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Melanie Greenberg

Naomi Head, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Glasgow and Honorary Research Fellow in Communication and Conflict at the University of Birmingham.

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Alex Henley, Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.

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Donna Hicks, academic and facilitator specialising in dignity; Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

Tom Hill, Director of the Track II Mediation Unit at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

Tom Hill

Alexandra Ivanovitch, academic and social entrepreneur using cutting edge technology to reduce biases and prejudices that fragment communities.

Alexandra Ivanovitch

Harry Johnstone, Regional Representative for the North Africa Programme at the Peaceful Change Initiative.

Harry Johnstone

Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Professor of War Studies and Head of the School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies at Hull University, UK.


Olga Klimecki, psychologist and neuroscientist, specialist in emotions in conflict resolution, University of Geneva, Switzerland.


Chris Kolenda, Senior Military Fellow at King’s College London and adjunct fellow at the Center for New American Security.

Chris Kolenda

Andrew Ladley, Senior Adviser, Middle East and North Africa Region, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva.

Andrew Ladley

Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Patricia Lewis, left, the research director for international security relations and defense policy at Chatham House, moderates a question-and-answer forum with U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno June 6, 2012, in London. Chatham House is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization whose mission is to analyze and promote the understanding of major international issues and current affairs. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade/Released)

Nawal Musleh-Motut, Doctoral Candidate and Sessional Instructor, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada.

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Richard Norton-Taylor, editor, journalist and playwright; formerly the Guardian’s Security Editor.

Richard Norton-Taylor

Stewart Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington DC.

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Meredith Preston McGhie, Regional Director for Africa, the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva.


Rachel Reid, Advocacy Manager for Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia for Open Society Foundations.

Rachel Reid

Haifa Staiti, Co-convener, British Academy Conference on Empathy Neuroscience.

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Jonathan Steele, journalist and author on international affairs, former chief foreign correspondent for The Guardian.

Jonathan Steele

Lydia Wilson, Research Fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.

Lydia Wilson

Claire Yorke, non resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council; Doctoral Researcher, Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

Claire Yorke

Nussaibah Younis, Senior Resident Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC.

Nussaibah Younis