Alliance for Peacebuilding Names Uzra Zeya New CEO and President

December 6, 2018
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The Alliance for Peacebuilding, the leading advocate for non-governmental organizations working for peace around the world, is very pleased to announce that our next President and CEO will be Uzra Zeya, a distinguished diplomat and leader.

As President and CEO, Uzra Zeya will lead the Alliance, on behalf of its 100+ member organizations that work in over 153 countries, to transform international efforts to reduce violence and build peace, through greater innovation, advocacy, and impact. She will also spearhead Alliance efforts to expand peacebuilding — a wide-ranging field that includes conflict resolution and prevention, development, humanitarian relief, accountability, and human rights — beyond a committed community of practitioners to a broader movement. She begins her new duties January 14 and succeeds Melanie Greenberg, who will join the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Presidential Advisory Council.

“We are thrilled to have recruited Uzra as our next Chief Executive and President, and the Board’s unanimous vote reflects the supreme confidence we have in her.” said Board Chair Bob Berg. “At a time when global levels of violence are at a 25-year high, Uzra has the strategic vision, policy acumen, and global coalition-building skills to turn the tide. Her appointment is a giant step forward for moving the field of peacebuilding from an association of interests to a real movement, with sustained support at the grassroots and governmental levels.”

Former Secretary of State John Kerry commended the Alliance for Peacebuilding on its selection and noted, “Uzra spent more than two decades on the front lines of diplomacy with rare skill, insight, and passion. She brings enormous talent and a moral compass to the challenges of a complicated world. After doing so much for so long to advance the cause of peace and human dignity on a global basis, Uzra is ideally suited to lead and help transform modern peacebuilding efforts in a new era.”

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace President and former Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns commented, “I have known and respected Uzra for years, as she skillfully advanced a more just and secure world under five Presidents and won new allies and partners for America. She embodies the best of American values of fairness, inclusion, bipartisanship and decency. She is uniquely positioned to take the Alliance for Peacebuilding and its members to new levels of influence and global impact.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to France and Sesame Workshop Board Chairman Jane Hartley echoed Secretary Kerry and Carnegie President Burns. “Uzra is a gifted leader and coalition-builder who elevated U.S.-French cooperation to unprecedented levels, from combating climate change to Ebola. She will bring new dynamism and partners to the field of peacebuilding, at a time when it is needed more than ever.”

“Leading the Alliance for Peacebuilding is the honor of a lifetime,” said Zeya. “Over the last decade, Melanie Greenberg and the Alliance for Peacebuilding team transformed a small circle of experts into a vibrant and diverse global network united in the cause of peace. As CEO and President, I intend to build upon their remarkable accomplishments to forge a new global consensus that chooses peaceful action over violence to end conflict.”

Over the course of her 27-year diplomatic career, Ms. Zeya served as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Charge d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Paris; Political-Minister Counselor at U.S. Embassy New Delhi; Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State; and Deputy Executive Secretary to the Secretary of State. Her postings include Muscat, Damascus, Cairo, and Kingston. Since leaving government, she joined the Albright Stonebridge Group and has been a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.”


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The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a membership network of over 100 organizations. Our members include some of the world’s largest development organizations, most innovative academic institutions, and the most powerful peacebuilding groups. We bring together coalitions in key areas of strategy and policy to elevate the entire peacebuilding field, tackling issues too large for any one organization to address alone. For more information on AfP, see