This session will explore and confirm essential adaptive leadership principles that are required to steer peacebuilding and peace operations through a major disruptive event like the COVID-19 experience.
Ms Annika Hilding Norberg, Head of Peace Operations and Peacebuilding, GCSP
Dr Cedric de Coning, Research Professor, NUPI & Senior Advisor, ACCORD
Dr Lise Howard, Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Government, Georgetown University
Mr Ralph Mamiya, Executive-in-Residence, GCSP, and Non-resident Advisor, International Peace Institute
Prof Dr Mike Hardy, CMG OBE FRSA, Chair, International Leadership Association; Professor of Intercultural Relations and founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations, Coventry University
This panel conversation is part of a two-step process with two consecutive sessions, the present one at the Geneva Peace Week on 5 November, and a second session at the International Leadership Associations Annual Conference on 8 November. The Geneva Peace Week session will draw on evidence-based research generated by the EPON Network to identify emerging lessons and useful practices for leading peace operations and peacebuilding through a major disruption like COVID-19. A number of aspects will be considered, including but not limited to, the role of strategic communications and digital technology, of consultations and other means to shape both the global and local stakeholder environment, of strengthening the resilience of the mission organization and staff. By using case studies and evidence based research from relevant missions, as well as having a practical output (identifying principles of adaptive leadership that will be validated and later codified), it is envisioned that the two sessions will be general enough to be able to draw broader conclusions and generate larger interest, while also being specific enough to provide evidence-based and concrete findings.