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The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a global membership association of more than 100 peacebuilding organizations, 1,000 professionals, and a network of more than 15,000 people working for change in the most complex, chaotic conflict environments in the United States and around the world.  AfP is a leader in the peacebuilding field, amplifying the voices of peacebuilders worldwide, and giving our field the surge capacity to make a real difference and create sustainable change in today’s tumultuous conflict landscape.

AfP expands, advances, and influences peacebuilding policy and practice by developing programs at the cutting edge of our field—including collaborations with neuroscientists and media professionals–and working closely with a spectrum of partners, including government policymakers, diplomats, and military personnel to advance the cause of peace.  AfP, through its staff and members, has a vast reserve of experience and expertise that we can draw upon to discuss and analyze today’s most complex conflicts, and peace and security.

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Melanie Cohen Greenberg, President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding

Melanie GreenbergMelanie Greenberg is a leader in the peacebuilding and conflict resolution field.  She is a subject matter expert in Countering Violent Extremism, Atrocities and Conflict Prevention, Conflict Affected Countries and Fragile States, and International Transitional Justice and International Law.

Melanie holds an AB from Harvard and a JD from Stanford Law School.  She was the President and Founder of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, a foundation making grants in the areas of peacebuilding and nuclear nonproliferation. From 2003 to 2004, she was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, focusing on issues of justice in post-conflict peacebuilding. From 2000 to 2002, Melanie was director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She previously served as associate director of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and deputy director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation. Melanie has helped design and facilitate public peace processes in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the Caucasus. She has taught advanced courses in international conflict resolution, multi-party conflict resolution, and negotiation at Stanford Law School and Georgetown University Law Center and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Elliott School of George Washington University.

She was lead editor and chapter author of the volume Words over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), and is the co-editor, with David Cortright, of the upcoming volume, Strengthening the Civil Society Role in Peacebuilding (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).  She has also written a wide variety of articles, including:

  • “Toward a New Strategy of Peace,” Socio-Cultural Analysis with the RSI Paradigm (Summer 2014), Christopher Holshek (co-author)
  • “Dignity, Justice, Voice: A Reflection on ‘Nordic Mediation,’” Development Dialogue (November 2009)
  • “Consent in International Mediation,” Dispute Resolution Magazine, (Winter 2007)
  • “Coordinating Philanthropy for Peace,” International Negotiation Journal (Fall 2006)
  • “Mediation and Massacres: When Neutral-Low Power Models of Mediation Cannot and Should Not Work,” Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution, (Fall 2003).

Charles F. “Chic” Dambach, Alliance for Peacebuilding Board Member and Former President 

Chic DambachChic Dambach is known worldwide as a peacebuilding advocate and expert on NGO leadership and citizen engagement in conflict resolution.  His wide-ranging career includes six years as President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding where he led an initiative to incorporate the peacebuilding concept into the public policy lexicon, and he helped incorporate a violence prevention and conflict resolution framework into the U.S. foreign affairs structure. With Harriet Fulbright, he created and produced the Global Symposium of Peaceful Nations. Previously, he served as President of the National Peace Corps Association where he developed innovative programs to engage returned Volunteers and staff in vital projects at home and worldwide. Prior to retirement, he served as Chief of Staff for Congressman John Garamendi. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins and American Universities; he is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, and he serves on several governing boards. His career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia.

His memoir Exhaust the Limits, the Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder, published by Apprentice House of Loyola University, has received rave reviews. He also co-wrote Structures and Practices of Nonprofit Boards and The Business Professional’s Guide to Nonprofit Board Service, both published by BoardSource where he was a senior governance consultant. His essays have appeared in Foreign Service Journal, Social Education, Board Member, WorldView, Olympian, and the US Olympic Committee’s book Seoul Calgary 1998.  He was inducted into the Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, and received the International Platform Association’s Global Coalition Peace Award. The CityLit Project in Baltimore has established the Dambach Award for Service to the Literary Arts in his honor. Chic has been a top rated speaker at conferences, and he was featured in the Bethesda Great Names Lecture Series and the Silver Spring Film and Lecture Series. He gave the graduation address at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, and he has spoken at US Department of State sponsored National and Regional Town Meetings, and has lectured at Harvard University Law School, the College of William and Mary, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, the Student Peace Alliance, the Congress of Student Government Associations, and the Rotary International Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Chic has a BA degree in speech/communications from Oklahoma State University where he played varsity football, was on the varsity debate team, and was named the outstanding student of the year by the Daily O’Collegean student newspaper.  He received an MBA degree from Wake Forest University. He was a national champion kayak racer, and he served as an official in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.

Elizabeth Hume, Senior Director for Programs and Strategy of the Alliance for Peacebuilding

Elizabeth Hume is a leader in the peacebuilding and conflict resolution field. She is a subject matter expert in Countering Violent Extremism, Atrocities and Conflict Prevention, Conflict Affected Countries and Fragile States, and Support to Peace Processes and International Law.

Elizabeth holds an BA from Boston College, a JD from Vermont Law School and an MA from California State University Dominguez Hills in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding.  She has over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership positions overseeing sizeable and complex peacebuilding programs in conflict affected countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. Liz was the Chief Legal Counsel for the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo where she was responsible for developing the legal framework and policies in support of the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords and UN Resolution 1244.  After 9/11, Liz worked for the International Rescue Committee in Pakistan and Afghanistan where she established and managed the Protection Department for Afghan refugees and returning IDPs.   Liz was a senior member and helped establish the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation at USAID.  In this position she developed programmatic interventions and policies for the USG in order to expand and improve USAID’s ability to address the sources and consequences of violent deadly conflict.  Liz also worked and managed USAID funded conflict resolution and governance programs in Ethiopia and other programs in Africa. She has also written a few articles, including:

  • 60 Minutes “Broken Promises” examines how money promises for reconstruction in Afghanistan is yet to arrive.
  • NPR Plight of the Afghan Refugees
  • BBC News “Kosovo leads Europe in Woman Power”


Robert Ricigliano, Systems & Complexity Coach

Rob Ricigliano  Robert Ricigliano is a systems and complexity coach at The Omidyar Group where he supports and guides teams within organizations and initiatives in efforts to better understand and effectively engage with dynamic systems. The systems practice at The Omidyar Group is built on Robert’s pioneering work using systems and complexity tools in peacebuilding and social change. This foundational work is captured in his recently published book, Making Peace Last: a systemic approach to sustainable peacebuilding (2012).

Prior to joining The Omidyar Group, Robert served as an adjunct professor and co-director of the master of sustainable peacebuilding degree program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), a non-resident fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and consulted on peacebuilding in complex environments. He has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State, as well as with non-governmental organizations, foundations, leaders of armed groups, and political parties in the U.S. and in conflict zones around the world. Robert currently serves on the Emeritus Board for the Alliance for Peacebuilding.





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