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Ms Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini


Co-founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN). For over two decades she has been a leading international peace strategist, currently spearheading the global Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) active in preventing violence and extremism by promoting, peace, rights and pluralism, and the Innovative Peace Fund (IPF) providing grants for women’s community based PVE and peace building efforts, and the Global Solutions Exchange (GSX) a platform for systematic interactions between international and national policy maker and local civil society to analyze the causes and consequences of extremism and share practical, tested solutions. In 2000, she was among civil society leaders mobilizing support for and drafting Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. In 2011, Naraghi Anderlini was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN's Mediation Standby Team. She provides guidance and training to senior personnel in UN agencies, governments and NGOs worldwide, and has worked in over 20 conflict-affected countries globally. She currently serves on UNDP’s Civil Society Advisory Committee (CSAC), the Working Group on Gender and Inclusion of the Sustainable Development Network, and the Advisory Council of Global Learning. She has previously served on the Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) on Resolution 1325, chaired by Mary Robinson in 2010, and between 2004 and 2014 she was a Research Associate and Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies. Naraghi Anderlini is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She was the 2014 recipient of the UN Association of the National Capital Area Perdita Huston Award for Human Rights and the 2016 Greeley Peace Scholar at the University of Massachusetts. Her book Women Building Peace, What they do, why it matters (Rienner, 2007) is widely taught in colleges across the U.S. She has published extensively including in Foreign Affairs, The Observer (UK), Islamic Monthly, Open Democracy and Ms. Magazine. Her media appearances include the BBC, Al Jazeera, France24 and CPAC. Naraghi Anderlini holds an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. Iranian by birth, she is a UK citizen, and has twin daughters.