Yeshim Harris, Director   

Yeshim is the Co-founder Director of Engi and a Senior Research Fellow of University of Kent, Conflict Analysis and Research Centre.

Her areas of interest are Policymaker-Civil Society Cooperation; Stakeholder Engagement; Sustainable Dialogue and Diplomacy, Advocacy Training in Conflict Contexts and Diaspora Relations.

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. She is the co-author of The White Book, which is produced as policy guidance for gender sensitive peace process in Cyprus (UNSCR 1325). Her current project is a dialogue platform for women from Colombia, Philippines, Cyprus, Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland. More information can be found here.

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.