Reference Group

This project is informed by a global reference group of civil society practitioners and experts as well as SSR experts and military and police training centers. Additional consultations involve a variety of NATO and military personnel, Europe-based NGOs and US-based NGOs that are involved in Security Sector Reform activities using a peacebuilding perspective. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact

Project Staff

Lisa Schirch, Director of Human Security, Alliance for Peacebuilding (US/Canada)
Col (ret) Chris Holshek, Senior Civil-Military Advisor, Alliance for Peacebuilding (US)

Special Advisors

Adedeji Ebo and Thorodd Ommundsen, UN Security Sector Reform Unit, (New York) 
Nicole Ball, Center for International Policy (Washington DC and Clingandael, The Netherlands)
Claudia Croci, UN Institute for Training and Research - UNITAR (Based in Geneva)
Dean Piedmont, Peacebuilding, Reintegration & Stabilization Group

Global Civil Society Reference Group

Mallika Joseph, Regional Center for Security Studies (Sri Lanka)
Deng (Maria Ida) Giguiento, Catholic Relief Services Mindanao, (Philippines)
Ana Glenda Tager, InterPeace, (Guatemala)
Thiago Rodrigues, Universite Fulminense, (Brazil)
Gavin Cawthra, African Security Sector Network (based in South Africa)
Shaffik Siddiq, Afghanistan Justice Organization (Afghanistan)
Francis Acquah, Vincent Azumah, WANEP, (Ghana/West Africa)
Bernardo Arevalo de Leon – InterPeace (Guatemala)
Lesley Connolly / Abu Sherif, ACCORD, (South Africa)

Military Reference Group

Brigadier-General Jean-Philippe Ganascia, Advisor for Civil Military Relations at Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (Ret) France
Col Rachel Agelou, (Ret) UK
Col John Hagen, (Ret) West Point Military Academy
Col Jim Ruf, (Ret) US
Col Mike Hess (Ret), US
Mark Hamilton, InterAmerican Defence College

Made possible by


Civil Society Consortium

This 3-year project is delivered by a consortium of civil society organizations supported by a 3-year grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The project partners are:


Contact: Lisa Schirch, Chris Holshek or Jenny Aulin