Our Board Members

Brinton Lykes

Chairperson

Professor Brinton Lykes is Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, as well as Associate Dean of the College. She has been professor of Psychology in the College’s Department of Counselling, Development and Educational Psychology since 1997. Her professional memberships include the American and the Interamerican Psychological Association and Latin American Studies Association. She has researched, spoken and published widely on issues relating to political violence, torture, gender, and the psychological effects of both impunity and reparations. She has extensive experience on participatory research and has produced manuals and training materials for participatory research purposes. In 2012, she received the Ignacio Martín-Baró Lifetime Peace Practitioner Award from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence, of the American Psychological Association, In 2013 she was awarded the American Psychological Association's International Humanitarian Award.

Brandon Hamber

Secretary

Professor Brandon Hamber is John Hume & Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) and member of the Transitional Justice Institute, both at Ulster University. He is also an honorary professor of the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.  He has consulted to a range of community groups, policy initiatives and government bodies in Northern Ireland and South Africa.  He has undertaken consulting and research work, and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Liberia, Mozambique, Bosnia, the Basque Country and Sierra Leone, among others. He has written extensively on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the psychological implications of political violence, and the process of transition and reconciliation in South Africa, Northern Ireland and abroad.  He has published some 25 book chapters and scientific journal articles, and 4 books.  He is Board member of the Belfast-based Healing Through Remembering.  He is part of the International Advisory Group of Fambul Tok, Sierra Leone and also on the Advisory Group of the Education & Society stream of the British Council. He has been awarded The Paul Harris medal for contributions to peace by Rotary (2013) and was listed as one of the Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction by the Action on Armed Violence Network (2013/2014).

Andy Carl

Member

Andy Carl is an independent and internationally recognised expert on conflict resolution and public participation in peace processes. He is the co-founder of Conciliation Resources, where he was the Executive Director for 21 years. Prior to this, he helped to establish International Altert where he was the first staff member and Programme Director. He studied English Literature at the University of California at Berkeley and Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College Dublin. He was recently made an Honorary Fellow of Practice at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh and a Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute. He now serves as an adviser to a number of peace-building initiatives and organisations including the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the Legal Tools for Peace-Making Project at the University of Cambridge, and the Political Settlements Research Programme at the Global Justice Academy, University of Edinburgh.