Staff

Meredith Preston McGhie

Secretary General

Meredith Preston McGhie -

Secretary General

Meredith Preston McGhie has devoted more than 20 years to addressing conflict and instability in Africa and Asia in some of the most troubled situations. From working with the Naga in Northeast India and indigenous communities on the Thai-Myanmar border, to supporting UN efforts in Kosovo, Northern Iraq and several African countries, her work has straddled frontline negotiation, policy and diplomacy.

She became the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Secretary General on October 1, 2019. Most recently, as Africa Regional Director with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, she oversaw the HD Centre’s complex mediation and dialogue efforts in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sudan, Somalia and South Sudan, among other places. In the Kenyan National Dialogue and Reconciliation Process in 2007-08, she advised the Panel of Eminent African Personalities led by the late Kofi Annan. She has contributed annually to the Oslo Forum, a gathering of the world’s leading experts and policymakers in conflict resolution, and teaches mediation practice internationally.

Ms. Preston McGhie studied military and international history at the University of British Columbia before pursuing graduate studies in global security at Keele University in the United Kingdom.

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Manager, Finance

Jayne Barlow

Director, Programs

Farhan Bhayani

Senior Manager, Business and Operations

Nathan Bowers-Krishnan

Program Officer

Matt Burkard

Program Officer

Daniel Cervan-Gil

Manager, Programs

Poorvi Chitalkar

Manager, Analysis

Maria Desjardins

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Calina Ellwand

Manager, Communications and Public Affairs

Nicole Fournier-Sylvester, Ph.D.

Manager, Education

Paige McDonald

Program Assistant

Elena Morrison

Events Coordinator

Olena Mykytenko

Administrative Assistant

Katie O’Brian

Program Officer

Joy Robert

Finance and Administration Coordinator

Mark Tschirgi

Program Officer

Past Secretary General

John McNee (2011-2019)