S-CAR alumni who focused their studies on gender and conflict laid the foundation for the establishment of Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict. Our alumni head NGOs, contribute to policy making in governmental organizations, and work on grassroots peacebuilding projects around the globe.
A few of our distinguished alumni include:
Dr. Yves-Renée Jennings holds a Ph.D. from the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) and is Chief Executive Officer of Partners for Sustainable Peace (PSP), a non-profit organization that she co-founded in Virginia. She is a conflict resolution professional and scholar-practitioner with deep understanding of societal and structural issues that often contribute to social conflicts. She is interested in human development and empowerment within the context of transformation of social and structural barriers that hinder groups from fully realizing their potential. Yves-Renée has the ability to conceptualize, design, implement, and evaluate collaborative process and social transformation projects and programs focusing on conflict resolution and peace-building, as well as leadership, group and community empowerment and development within a multi-cultural context. Currently, Yves-Renée teaches at the School of International Service in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program at American University in Washington DC. She also taught at S-CAR at the George Mason University. In the past, she held a wide range of conflict resolution and peacebuilding positions, and conducted mediation training and facilitation sessions for Northern Virginia Mediation Services, the U.S. Institute of Peace Haiti program, the Fairfax Country Public Schools system, the George Mason University International Student Office, and the Arlington City. Yves-Renée has also traveled to Liberia, Dominican Republic, and Haiti for various professional activities and research related to conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and social transformation. She worked for the World Bank for over twenty years and held positions in personnel management, administration, budget and resource management, risk management, internal controls, and internal auditing collaborating with World Bank offices in Washington DC and around the world. For instance, she worked with the World Bank offices in Argentina, Peru, Honduras, Venezuela and many African countries, such as Chad, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Rwanda, Senegal, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Togo. She worked in the private sector in Haiti, for over ten years, where she served as office manager overseeing a number of staff.
Dr. Martha Mutisi is the Manager of the Interventions Department at ACCORD. In this position, Martha coordinates strategic and operational plans of the department, apart from providing substantive and technical inputs. Dr. Martha Mutisi provides oversight towards activities within Peacebuilding, Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and Training Units as well as within ACCORD’s Country Programmes.
Martha holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (Virginia, USA). In addition, Martha also obtained a Master of Peace and Governance from Africa University, a Master of Science (Sociology and Anthropology) and a Bachelor of Sociology Honours degree from the University of Zimbabwe. Before joining ACCORD, Mutisi served as lecturer and trainer at Africa University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) and the Institute for Peace, Leadership and Governance (IPLG) in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Mutisi also worked at George Mason University as an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Furthermore, Mutisi has worked in various capacities, and with many organizations on critical issues at the intersections of peace, conflict and development. Her assignments included working with the University for Peace (UPEACE, Africa Program), the University of Zimbabwe-Center for Defense Studies, the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD), among others. Martha’s areas of research interests include Peace Agreements, Gender and Peace Processes, Security Sector Reform, Endogenous Methods for Conflict Resolution, Institutions of Peacemaking, Democratization and Transitional justice. Mutisi has authored book chapters and journal articles covering these themes.