Yeshim Harris, Director   

Yeshim's areas of specialism are Policy development and delivery, inclusive dialogue building, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, mediation and change management in political, societal and organisational spheres.

She brought high-level and grass-roots groups together, especially those with a hardliner and reluctant approach to dialogue. Her initiatives have engaged chief negotiators, senior political figures, civic leaders, businessmen, Parliamentarians, public sector and grass-root organisations. She provided training to many public, academic and civil society organisations.

She has chaired and participated as a speaker in many public meetings in the UK and overseas, including UK Parliament, UK and overseas academic institutions and NGOs, UK Ministry of Defence, UK Department for International Development; and their international equivalent establishments around the world, plus many UN institutions.

Yeshim has worked on gender issues, with particular focus on developing successful advocacy policies for women. In partnership with three other international experts, she co-authored a White Book which aims to provide guidelines on best practice for increasing women’s participation in the making and keeping of peace in Cyprus.

She was a member of Lord Neuberger’s ‘Entry to the Bar’ Working Party – Developing policies for promoting diversity in the legal profession and co-author of its final report (2007)

Regional expertise in UK: Parliament, private sector, public sector, civil society organisations.
Overseas expertise: Cyprus, Turkey, Armenia, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and, recently, Lebanon and Colombia.

Yeshim is a trained Conflict Resolution Facilitator; has a Master’s degree in MSc, The European Union Policy on Expansion; and a Certificate of Mediation and Peacemaking in Complex Conflicts.

For Yeshim's Huffington Post Column please see this link.