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Sanam Naraghi Anderlini

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini MBE

Founder and CEO: International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

Director: Centre for Women, Peace and Security, LSE

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini has 25 years experience as a peace strategist working globally on conflicts and violent extremism. In 2000 she was a civil society leader and drafter of UNSC Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. She spearheads the global Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) with members in over 40 countries. In 2011 she was the first Gender and Inclusion Senior Expert on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team. Her experience ranges from gender responsiveness in security sector reform in Fiji (2004) and power/responsibility sharing in Somali negotiations (2012) and Sudan’s transitional government (2019), to assessing Nepal’s Maoists cantonments for disarmament (2008-09) and advocacy for the design of inclusive talks and processes for Iran, Colombia, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Cameroon and elsewhere. She has pioneered gender responsive approaches to governance, security and electoral reform, transitional justice and natural resource management through ICAN’s Better Peace Initiative. She advises the UN, governmental officials and women’s peace coalitions globally and is a Co-Chair of the Commission on Principles for Inclusive Peace. Sanam speaks four languages and has published extensively. In 2020 she was awarded an MBE for services to international peacebuilding and women’s rights.