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Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini is a Senior Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies and Co-founder of the International Civil society Action Network (ICAN), a US-based NGO supporting civil society involvement in peace and security in conflict, transitional states, with current programming in the broader MENA/Asia region.  In 2011-12 she served as the first Senior Gender and Inclusion Expert on the UN’s Standby Team of Mediation Experts. She has been a leading international advocate, researcher, practitioner, writer and trainer on gender dimensions of peace and security for nearly 20 years.

Between 2002-2005 as Director of the Women Waging Peace Policy Commission, Ms. Anderlini led ground breaking field research on women’s contributions to conflict prevention and resolution, disarmament, security, justice and governance in 12 countries. Since 2005 she has also provided strategic guidance and training to the UN, the UK government and NGOs worldwide.  Between 2009-2010 Ms. Anderlini was Lead Consultant for UNDP’s global initiative on the “Men and the Gendered Dimensions of Violence in Crisis Contexts” conducted in 8 countries. She has also supported a number of research projects addressing domestic political and civil rights issues in Iran.

Ms. Anderlini has served on the Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), the PBS documentary series on Women, War and Peace and was appointed to the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) on Resolution 1325, chaired by Mary Robinson in 2010.  She has written extensively on women and conflict issues including Women Building Peace: What they do, why it matters (Rienner, 2007) and What the Women Say; Participation and SCR 1325 (MIT/ICAN 2010).  Iranian by birth, Ms. Anderlini is a British citizen and mother of twin 12-year-old girls.