Alain Lempereur: Empowering Local Leadership for Peace

April 11, 2013
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Tobin Hall

Room: 423

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Debbie Weyl

The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program is proud to present the Spring 2013 Interdisciplinary Seminar Series:


*Sponsored by The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP):

Speaker: Alain Lempereur

Title: Empowering Local Leadership for Peace: Evidence from Post-Conflict Interventions in Burundi and the DR Congo.

All stages in a post-conflict intervention allow a facilitation team to get the buy-in and direct involvement of local leaders. Evidence will be provided by the work of the Burundi Leadership Training Program and the Initiative for a Cohesive Leadership in the DR Congo, where local leaders were permanently mobilized to drive the process and determine the content from beginning to end: in conflict assessment, convening, orientation, planning and location of activities, as well as in delivery, readjustment of content, communicating of results, monitoring and follow-up.

Speaker presents for 30-35 minutes plus a full half-hour for discussion.

Refreshments will be served

This event is free and open to all

About Alain Lempereur:

Mr. Lempereur is the Alan B. Slifka Professor and Director, Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict at The Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University and member of the Executive Committee, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

As a mediator in conflicts and negotiation expert, he advises international organizations, such as the European Commission and Parliament, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and World Health Organization (WHO). Through the Wilson International Center for Scholars, he facilitated reconciliation and leadership programs in Africa, notably, in Burundi (2003-2007) and in the D.R. Congo (2006-2009). He belongs to the UN mediators' network, and also moderated local and global meetings for the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (2009-2011) for the OECD. As a negotiation pioneer in Europe and Professor of Negotiation and Mediation at Essec in Paris and Singapore (1995-2011), he established, and developed, an academic institute called Irene – peace in Greek –, which he led as its first director (1995-2008).