Board of Directors

General Robert Gordon

Chair of the Board of Directors

General Robert Gordon served a full career in the Army of the United Kingdom until his retirement in 2005. During his military career, he was actively involved in UN peacekeeping operations, first serving with the UN in Cyprus. In 1994, he commanded UN Sector South West Bosnia (UNPROFOR) and the British Forces in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. He also served as the Force Commander of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) from 2002 to 2004. Upon forming his own consulting company in 2005, he has worked on numerous contracts for UN DPKO, the World Bank, the British Government, and others as a consultant on peacekeeping operations. He is a Senior Adviser to the Folke Bernadotte Academy of Sweden in support of the Challenges Forum Secretariat and was Special Adviser to the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre of Canada in support of their African peacekeeping training programmes. In 2005, he helped develop UN DPKO's senior mission leadership (SML) training programme and since then has served as senior mentor on UN SML courses and facilitator of DPKO's Senior Leadership Induction Programme. He has also been the Director of Studies for AU SML and Regional SML courses. He has been the senior mentor for the training and development of the African Standby Force's capability in East Africa (EASBRICOM). He was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire and Cambridge University.

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Dr. Alexandra Novosseloff

Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors

Dr. Alexandra Novosseloff is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the International Peace Institute in New York. She works on UN peacekeeping and Security Council related issues with IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations. Dr. Alexandra Novosseloff is also a non-resident fellow at the New York University Center on International Cooperation, a research associate at the Centre Thucydide in Paris, and a senior expert at the Peace and Security Section of the Global Governance Institute in Brussels.

Dr. Novosseloff has earned a number of degrees, including a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations, University Paris II- Panthéon-Assas., an M.A. in Diplomacy, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom, an M.Phil. ('D.E.A'), History of International Relations, University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne, and an M.A. ('Maîtrise'), Political Science, minor International Relations, University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne.

She has written approximately 50 articles and policy papers on the UN Security Council, on peacekeeping and on the cooperation with regional organisations (in French and in English). The following is a list of her books:

  • Alexandra Novosseloff (ed.), Le Conseil de sécurité, entre impuissance et toute puissance, 2016, Paris, éditions CNRS Biblis, 425 pages.
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  • Frank Neisse / Alexandra Novosseloff, Des murs entre les hommes, pictures and texts, 2015 (2nd edition), Paris, éditions La Documentation française, 272 pages.
  • Jocelyn Coulon / Alexandra Novosseloff (eds), La paix par la force ? Pour une approche réaliste du maintien de la paix « robuste », 2011, Montréal, éditions Athéna, 224 pages.
  • Alexandra Novosseloff, Le Comité d’état-major : histoire d’un organe en sommeil, 2008, Centre Thucydide / Sociological association of the UAE, 114p.
  • Paul Quilès / Alexandra Novosseloff, Face aux désordres du monde, 2005, Paris, Les portes du monde, 386p.
  • Alexandra Novosseloff, Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies et la maîtrise de la force armée – Dialectique du politique et du militaire en matière de paix et de sécurité internationales, 2003, Brussels: Bruylant, collection "Organisation internationale et relations internationales", 660 p.

For additional information about Dr. Novosseloff's publications, conferences, photography and exhibitions please visit

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Ms. Ameerah Haq

Ms. Ameerah Haq is the former UN Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support (2012 to 2014). She most recently served as the Vice Chair of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations for the United Nations (UN). She has over 39 years of UN experience including 19 years of field experience.

She was the last Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. She has also held the positions of Deputy SRSG and UN Resident Coordinator in Sudan, as well as Deputy SRSG and UN Resident Coordinator in Afghanistan.

In addition, Ms. Haq has held senior positions within the UN Development Programme and has served as UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia and Laos. She currently serves on the Board for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, on the Secretary-General’s Senior Expert Group on Human Rights Up Front, and the Center for International Peace Operations ZIF, Berlin.

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Kevin Kennedy

Kevin S. Kennedy began his service in the United Nations Secretariat in 1977 and completed a variety of assignments on Missions and at UNHQ. In 2007, he joined the Africa Division of DPKO, where he led the Great Lakes Integrated Operational Team. In 2011 he became Chief of the Integrated Training Service and in 2013-2014 served as Officer-in-Charge of the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training. In December 2013 he was asked to lead the Mali Integrated Operational Team, responsible at UNHQ for strategic oversight and coordination of support for the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). From 2000 to 2007 he served in the Executive Office of Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Mr. Kennedy has served in UN field missions in the DRC (MONUC), South Africa (UNOMSA), and as a member of the start-up team in Kosovo (UNMIK). He has also contributed to a number of peacekeeping and political missions, including in Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, Former Yugoslavia, Haiti, Mali and Western Sahara.

Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and has done graduate work in international relations at New York University. He is a national of the United States.

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Lt Gen (Retired) Jasbir Lidder

Lt Gen (retired) Jasbir Lidder has extensive experience in the entire spectrum of conflict management in both political and military spheres, with a military career spanning over 40 years with Indian Army. He served as Military Chief of Staff of the UN Mission in ONUMOZ in1994-95 and UNMIS Force Commander in Sudan from 2006-08 where he successfully implemented the security protocol of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between Sudan and South Sudan.

Jasbir was DSRSG (P) UNMIS from 2011-12, where he progressed the political process, managed the internal conflict and led early Peacebuilding initiatives in South Sudan. He coordinated the UN system for the South Sudan Referendum in Jan 11.

Jasbir is involved with the UN and multifarious global institutes/academies and think tanks in promoting a wide range of issues related to peace and security. He holds a Master’s degree in Defense and Management Studies and another in Defense and Strategic studies.

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Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Ambassador Thomas Pickering is widely known for his service as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1989 to 1992. This was only one assignment out of a diplomatic career that spanned four decades, during which he also served as the US Ambassador to Jordan (1974–78), Nigeria (1981–83), El Salvador (1983–85), Israel (1985–88), India (1992–93), and Russia (1993–96). Additionally, he served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 1997 to 2000. He holds the distinction of being promoted to the Senior Foreign Service rank of Career Ambassador, a rank awarded only to career diplomats with extensive and distinguished service. Prior to his State Department Service he served in the US Navy (1956–59) where he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Following his career with the State Department he served as Senior Vice President for International Relations at Boeing (2001–06).

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Ms. Julie Gwangmwa Sanda

Ms. Julie Gwangmwa Sanda is a Principal Research Fellow for the National Defence College of Nigeria. Among her many current responsibilities, Ms. Sanda manages the Strategic Level Peace Support Operations (PSO) Training and Activities of the College (CSRS and NDC) for the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC)/African Peace Support Trainers’ Association (APSTA) and serves as an Editor of the Africa Peace Review Journal. She was formerly the Head of the Department of Conflict, Peacekeeping, and Humanitarian Studies (DCPHS) at the African Centre for Strategic Research and Studies (ACSRS) where she managed its Peace Support Operations training programmes and activities. A researcher, trainer and facilitator, she served at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) and also at the defunct National Council for Inter-governmental Relations before joining the services of National Defence College (NDC) in November 1987.

Ms. Sanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Jos (1983) and a Masters in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (1987). From 1990-1991, she was a Fulbright scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs, at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Ms. Sanda is also a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science and Defence Studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. She has attended several courses and programmes relevant to peace and security, foreign policy, gender and conflict management. Ms Sanda has various academic publications to her credit.

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Dr. Harvey Langholtz

Harvey Langholtz is the founding director of the Peace Operations Training Institute. He served a full career in the US Coast Guard and retired in 1993 with the rank of Commander. He was on loan from the Coast Guard to the US State Department, where he served on the US Delegation to the United Nations 1991-93 and represented the US in the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations. In 1993 he joined the Faculty at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where he teaches Decision Theory and holds the academic rank of Professor. He has authored several books and articles, among them The Psychology of Peacekeeping and The Psychology of Diplomacy and he is also a Co-Editor of the Journal of International Peacekeeping. He holds an MA from the New School for Social Research in NY, an MS from the US Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

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Board Officers

Secretary: Vanessa Anderson

Treasurer: Susan Terrien