Expert Profile

Ms Miriam Fugfugosh
Position(s) GCSP Associate Fellow and Associate Geneva Leadership Alliance

Ms Miriam Fugfugosh is an Associate Fellow within the Global Fellowship Initiative of the GCSP. Ms Miriam Fugfugosh is a freelance workshop designer and facilitator with nearly 20 years’ experience. She engages with professionals of diverse affiliations on topics of leadership, dialogue facilitation, political analysis and advising, as well as on diversity and inclusion. She is an Associate of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva Leadership Alliance (GLA), and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).

Miriam regularly contributes to the projects and course offerings of the Geneva Leadership Alliance and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). In addition, she designs and direct the GCSP’s coursework for Political Advisors delivered several times each year, including a bespoke module for the European Union Security and Defence College. 

Miriam worked as a full-time staff member at the GCSP for over eleven years in various capacities including as a Course Director and as Deputy Head of the Regional Development Programme. She also led the GCSP cluster of activities around gender for over two years and established the first course specifically for women in leadership at the Centre. During her time at the GCSP, Miriam contributed to a culture of experiential learning tailored to adult-learning needs; to the expansion of course offerings and dialogue events; and, to the increase of diversity among course participants and speakers.

Earlier in her career, Miriam worked at the grassroots level in community outreach and development projects in Bolivian townships, in inner-city California, and in rural South Africa – the latter in her capacity as a United States Peace Corps volunteer. These project beneficiaries included youth populations, educators, migrants, low-income families, homeless individuals, recovering addicts and former convicts.

Miriam holds a Master's degree in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California; and Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, San Diego. She has completed certificates in ‘Conflict Transformation and Dialogue Facilitation’ with the Institute for Conflict Transformation in Bern, Switzerland; in ‘Leadership Development’ with the Centre for Creative Leadership in the United States. She is also certified in the ‘Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behaviour (FIRO-B)’ instrument that explores interpersonal needs and related behaviours and serves as a catalyst for positive behavioural change in individuals, teams and organisations.

Miriam is Somali-American and Swiss, a proud mother of two boys, and speaks English, French and Spanish