INTERNATIONAL Alert has announced the appointment of a new Chair and three new members to its Board of Trustees.
Retired US Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, now Professor of Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at the University of Kentucky, has been named Chair of the Board of Trustees of International Alert. He succeeds British author, journalist and former minister Chris Mullin.
As an accomplished American diplomat, academic and peace mediator, Carey Cavanaugh has been active for decades in international peacebuilding.
Commenting on his appointment, Carey said: “We are witnessing today a calamity, with almost 70 million people having been forcibly displaced from their homes – a number greater than the population of the United Kingdom.”
“Conflict in Syria, Afghanistan, Colombia, Congo, Myanmar, Ukraine and many other states has fostered this wave of human misery. Not surprisingly, these are the very places where the dedicated staff of International Alert are working with local partners to make a difference. I am delighted to take up this new role as Chair of the Board of International Alert,” he added.
Also joining Alert’s Board of Trustees are Hans Bolscher, Abir Haj Ibrahim, and Erin Segilia Chase. Hans Bolscher has also been appointed as Chair of International Alert Europe – the charity’s European Headquarters based in The Hague.
Hans Bolscher is a senior adviser on climate, energy and development, with extensive experience in the Dutch government, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Max Havelaar Foundation. He has a clear focus on the role of business in development.
“I’m very enthusiastic about joining International Alert at this pivotal time. Having lived and worked in Africa for many years I have witnessed how conflict can damage people’s lives for generations. Each conflict is driven by different reasons, so it is essential that the root causes are understood and tackled,” said Hans.
“International Alert has shown some excellent examples of how, together with local partners, we can understand those root causes, reduce tensions and build peace,” he added.
Abir Haj Ibrahiam is co-founder of Mobaderoon, a network of some 4,000 social activists that advise and train community development projects and civil society organisations in Syria.
Erin Segilia Chase has over 25 years’ international experience in philanthropy across multiple charitable sectors including peacebuilding, social justice and human rights, with a focus on strategic and annual planning, board development and fundraising.
International Alert’s CEO Harriet Lamb said: “We are thrilled to have such an accomplished and diverse group of people joining our board. They bring with them unique expertise and perspectives, and a shared passion for peacebuilding which will definitely enrich our work at Alert. Such passion, enthusiasm and expertise are crucial for peacebuilding at a time when it’s most needed, with record numbers of people killed and displaced by war.”