Yeshim Harris, Director
Yeshim is the Co-founder Director of Engi Conflict Management and a Senior Research Fellow of University of Kent, Conflict Analysis and Research Centre.
Her areas of specialism are Multi-Track Diplomacy, Policymaker-Civil Society Cooperation; Stakeholder Engagement; Sustainable Dialogue Building, Advocacy Training in Conflict Contexts and Diaspora Relations.
She has initiated and worked on various peace-building projects and has provided advice and training to public and civic organisations in the UK and overseas. She is well versed in the Mediterranean Basin. She brought chief negotiators, senior political figures, leading civic leaders and Parliamentarians from Northern Ireland, South Africa and the Balkans to Cyprus for experience sharing.
Working with the United Nations, the UK Foreign Office and the policymakers on the ground, she initiated high level platforms for dialogue and negotiation. These brought together politicians, civil society and business leaders from many communities in conflict. Her work has received much praise as she brought together some institutions and individuals who have resisted to participate such dialogues before, due to their highly conservative nature of their views. One of these, in association with the UNDP, culminated in setting up of the first Civic Dialogue Forum in Cyprus.
Yeshim has a track record of executive leadership with her 15 years’ experience of holding senior positions in a variety of non-profit organisations. She is a trained Conflict Resolution Facilitator; has a Master’s degree in Development Aid Programmes; and a Certificate of Mediation and Peacemaking in Complex Conflicts.
Yeshim has been a senior member of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues (2008-2016). Currently she is actively involved UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
For Yeshim's Huffington Post Column please see this link.