CEIA is directed and managed by Matt Waldman, who has diverse international experience in a range of fields. He currently serves as an Adviser to the UN Special Representative for Somalia, and was previously an Adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria (2014-15), and the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan (2011-12). He has undertaken mediation work in the Middle East and Africa with the European Institute of Peace and Inter Mediate. He was a Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School (2009-10 and 2012-14).

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Claire Yorke provides research and analytical support to CEIA. Claire is a doctoral researcher at King’s College London and non resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. Her research focuses on the role of empathy in diplomacy.

Claire Yorke

Claire Akkaoui provides research assistance to CEIA. She is presently reading for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford.

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Rob Pinney manages CEIA’s website and provides research support. Rob is a documentary photographer and researcher, focussing on how visual media shapes public apprehension of wars and conflicts.

Rob Pinney

Expert Advisers

CEIA has a panel of highly respected advisers from diverse fields and disciplines, who give advice and CEIA’s policy work and activities. The panel includes: Pamela Aall, Mariano Aguirre, Scott Atran, Simon Baron-Cohen, Robert Bordone, Marina Cantacuzino, Martin Griffiths, Rolf Holmboe, Robert Jervis, Michael Keating, Roman Krznaric, Gabrielle Rifkind, Rebecca Saxe, Steven Pinker and Steven Walt. A full list of CEIA’s Advisers can be found here.


CEIA collaborates with several world class research and conflict resolution organisations, including Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs, The European Institute of Peace (EIP), the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre. CEIA is in the process of identifying distinguished organisations with which it can collaborate in the US, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America.


CEIA Associates are actively involved in our network of experts and practitioners, share their views on our website and are invited to participate in CEIA workshops on international challenges. Our Associates are accomplished professionals in relevant fields ranging from diplomacy and conflict resolution to psychology and neuroscience, as well as those with backgrounds in human rights, humanitarianism, journalism, anthropology, religion and environmentalism. Our Associates are listed here.


Presently, everyone in the CEIA team works part time on a voluntary basis.

We are open to applications from graduates who are interested in supporting our research efforts, as well as interns with relevant masters degrees.

Interested applicants should write to info [at] centerforempathy.org with a covering letter, CV and two samples of written work.