President of the Centre

Susan Brown

Susan Brown Susan Brown has over 30 years experience in international development assistance. She was recently honoured as one of Canada’s Eminent Women of Peace in 2008. She is President of the Peacebuilding Centre in Ottawa, Canada. She has held senior positions in conflict emergency response and peacebuilding, as well as in strategic planning and management in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. In addition to postings with CIDA in Guyana, South America, and Bangladesh as Counsellor (Development), she has been Project Team Leader on a host of development projects. Susan served as Director of Peacebuilding Programs at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre from 2003-2005; is on the faculty of Royal Roads University Masters Program in Human Security and Peacebuilding as well as at Wilfrid Laurier University; facilitates workshops for the European Union REACT Program (Rapid Expert Assistance and Cooperation Teams) to prepare civilians for deployment to peace operations; and has worked in Africa on conflict-sensitive business practices in extractive industries.


She is the past Chief of the Peacebuilding Unit at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 1997-2003 where she started a new program for peacebuilding and development. She was a Canadian representative on the OECD/DAC Network on Conflict, Peace and Development (1997 – 2003) that developed international consensus on policy and guidelines for development assistance in conflict-affected countries. She has been Chair of the Advisory Council of the War Torn Societies Project (now InterPeace) in Geneva, and a member of the Advisory Council of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm. She served as the Canadian representative on the Multi-Donor Task Force for the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of Former Combatants for Sierra Leone, and was a member of the G8 team assembled to plan initial, multi-donor responses in Afghanistan. Her recent publications include:



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