Vice President, Busara Center
Mareike Schomerus is the Vice President, Busara Center and the Research Director, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. She is a widely published researcher with a body of work on the resolution of violent conflict, conflict and behaviour and political contestation. Prior to her career in research, Ms. Schomerus was a broadcast journalist. Her most recent publications are The mental landscape of post-conflict recovery in northern Uganda (co-authored), Secessionism in African Politics: Aspiration, Grievance, Performance, Disenchantment with Pierre Englebert and Lotje de Vries and the forthcoming The Lord’s Resistance Army: Violence and Peacemaking in Africa.
Executive Advisor on Fragile States, World Vision
Jonathan Papoulidis (@JPapoulidis) is the Executive Advisor on Fragile Contexts at World Vision where he provides leadership on the Agency’s U.S. policy, programming and partnerships for fragile states. He has held appointments as Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and York University's Centre for Refugee Studies. He previously served with the United Nations, including in Indonesia as UN Coordinator for Aceh and UN Security Coordinator for Sumatra; in Liberia with the UN peacekeeping mission where he was an advisor on relief, recovery and governance to the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General; in Turkey as UN OCHA senior representative preparing for the 2003 Iraq humanitarian response and at UN Headquarters focusing on the protection of civilians, conflict prevention, private sector partnerships and post-crisis transitional planning. Mr. Papoulidis has written for the Brookings Institution, OECD, Harvard International Review, Yale Journal of International Affairs, DevEx, New Humanitarian and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. He has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.
Lecturer, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
Dr. Rebecca J. Wolfe (@rebeccajwolfe) is a leading expert on political violence, conflict and violent extremism. She is a lecturer at the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she also is an associate at the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. Prior to joining the faculty at Chicago, she led research and program development related to conflict and fragility at Mercy Corps, an international development and humanitarian agency. Dr. Wolfe is able to draw on her extensive practitioner and academic backgrounds to effectively research important development issues, design interventions that are theoretically grounded and evidence based, and communicate both to multiple audiences.
Stephanie Buell, Moderator
Policy & Practice Advisor, Overseas Development Institute / Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium
Stephanie Buell is a development practitioner with significant field experience, having worked on governance programming in francophone West Africa and then in emergency response in some of the largest emergencies in 2015-2017 including Nepal, Lebanon/Syria, Mali, Ethiopia, and Yemen. At ODI, Ms. Buell focuses on operationalisation of research, and better integration of evidence into programme design and policymaking – becoming the first Research Fellow at the Institute specialised in Development Policy & Practice. Stephanie also manages the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, a ten-year global research consortium which looking at the ways in which people recover from conflict. Ms. Buell holds a BA in politics from New York University (NYU) and a MSc in humanitarian emergencies and international development from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Visiting Fellow, Tufts University / Researcher, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Teddy Atim, PhD (@atimapunyo) is a visiting fellow at the Feinstein International Center (FIC), Tufts University’s research projects in Uganda. Her work focuses on the impact of the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels conflict in northern Uganda. She is particularly interested in the experience of conflict on people’s ability to rebuild in the aftermath, particularly, the impacts of suffering war crimes and injuries on people’s recovery, including, their access to basic services in the post-conflict society.