João Bernardo Honwana

João Bernardo Honwana is a Senior Associate for the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team. João has over twenty years of experience in conflict analysis, preventive diplomacy and political mediation. He is skilled in providing advice to senior national officials and political leaders, facilitating high- level political consultations and multi-stakeholder national dialogue and reconciliation initiatives.

João has served in the UN in senior roles, including as Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office for Guinea- Bissau, and as Director of the Africa I and Africa II Divisions of the Department of Political Affairs. He has also been involved in UN institutional collaborations on peacemaking and peacebuilding initiatives with the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and IGAD, among others.

João was the Fall 2017 Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-Conflict Diplomacy at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations from September 2017 to March 2018.

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Alexandros Lordos

Dr. Alexandros Lordos is a Senior Associate for the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team. His work with Interpeace began in 2008, where he managed the strategic direction and implementation of the ‘Cyprus 2015 Initiative’, later institutionalized as the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD). He subsequently led the transformation of SeeD from a Cypriot bi-communal think tank to a global innovation hub with engagements in several other countries, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, Moldova, Rwanda, Liberia, Iraq and Nepal. Between 2014 and 2016, Alexandros advised Interpeace on the development of concepts and metrics within the ‘Frameworks for Assessing Resilience’ initiative, and supported field implementation in Guatemala and Timor-Leste.

Alexandros has over fifteen years of experience in the interplay between social cohesion, reconciliation and conflict transformation. He has used his background in Clinical Psychology to develop a profound understanding of developmental, inter-group and socio-political processes which contribute to conflict, violence and aggression. In his positions as Research Director and Head of Learning and Innovation at SeeD, and as Senior Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Alexandros designs evidence-based, process-integrated assessment and intervention systems, to address peacebuilding challenges in conflict-affected societies.

Tore Rose

Tore Rose is a Senior Peacebuilding Associate for the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team.  He began with Interpeace in 2003 as a Team Leader of the Peacebuilding Forum process, which led to recommendations submitted to the UN Secretary-General.  With Interpeace, Tore has also led exploratory missions in Sudan/Darfur and Mali, and assessed how to integrate conflict prevention and peacebuilding into the UN’s Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

His expertise is in the design and facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes to develop peacebuilding strategies and programming with awareness of the complexity of relationships between international and national/local actors. With over ten years of field experience as a UN Resident Coordinator, Tore possesses a nuanced understanding of the international, national and local dynamics of conflict-affected states.  Now an independent consultant with experience on four continents on post-conflict, post-disaster, and socio-economic development, he has worked both with on-the-ground networks and traditional structures, as well as with political elites.  Among his former clients are the United Nations, the World Bank, and the governments of Mali, Myanmar and the United States.