Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Political Affair’s (DPA) Policy and Mediation Division in the United Nations
Teresa Whitfield is currently Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Political Affair’s (DPA) Policy and Mediation Division in the United Nations. After an early career as a journalist, she spent five years with DPA in the 1990s, working on Central American peace processes and on other issues. Since leaving the Organization in 2000, she has written two books – one on Groups of Friends and UN peacemaking, the other on the slow process towards the end of the Basque separatist group ETA - as a fellow of New York University’s Center on International Cooperation; given analytical support to the UN while Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum; served as a Senior Adviser to Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue; and provided support to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Colombian peace process. She re-joined the UN from the International Crisis Group, where she was Senior Adviser to the President.