Technical Director and Senior Advisor for Peacebuilding, Countering Violent Extremism Practice Area
GETTING TO KNOW PAUL
Beyond your job title, please explain your role at Creative.
I am providing technical direction to our efforts in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism by supporting existing projects with technical assistance, leading proposal development efforts and providing thought leadership. In addition to my support in the field of CVE, I also lead our peacebuilding work and am often involved in developing trainings on conflict-related issues for Creative and implementing partners and working to ensure Creative’s efforts are considering conflict dynamics and incorporating prevention and mitigation strategies whenever appropriate.
Please tell us about your area(s) of expertise.
For more than 20 years, I have worked with different aspects of conflict prevention, management and mitigation. This has ranged from initial efforts in peer mediation and participatory development to more recent efforts in CVE, resource-based conflict transformation, community reconciliation and support to peace processes. I’m more of an expert in Africa, but I have spent considerable time working in other regions of the world.
Do you have an accomplishment or programmatic result or activity that you are particularly proud of?
With a friend, I designed and led a youth leadership program that served the 25 diverse communities across Cape Town in an effort to help communities grapple with the reality of a post-apartheid world. This organization worked across multiple ethnic groups and socio-economic levels and we launched multiple “franchises” in South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
What is it that drew you to the company?
I knew some stellar people who have worked and are working at Creative. All have positive things to say about their experience. In addition, Creative has built a strong reputation among the conflict and stabilization communities. The desire of the leadership to continue to grow and evolve indicated a dynamic environment that I wanted to join.
MA in Peace and Conflict Studies, awarded by a collaboration of Universitat Jaume I, Castellon, Spain and the European University Centre for Peace Studies, Stadtschlaining, Austria |MSc. Graduate Certificate, Environmental Science and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary |Graduate Diploma, Mediation and Negotiation in International Conflict resolution, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands | BA in Humanities, University of Tennessee Honors Program, Chattanooga, Tennessee | BS in Political Science, University of Tennessee Honors Program, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Conflict prevention, management and mitigation
Creative Associates International, 2014-Present | Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State, 2005-2014 | Chemonics, 2004-2005 | A wide range of international and local NGOs in the U.S., Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa, 1996-2003
RECENT HONORS AND AWARDS:
Academic Leader, Technologico de Monterrey, for contributions to the field of International Cooperation | Order of the Golden Peacock, Embassy Rangoon, for outstanding service to the Embassy conducted while on Temporary Duty | Meritorious Honor Award by Embassy Rangoon for leading U.S. government response to the political and humanitarian challenges facing the people of Rakhine State | Climate Leader selected by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project | Meritorious Honor Award by the Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations for outstanding service to the Central America Team in implementing a multifaceted violence prevention strategy in Honduras
Spanish, French (reading) and Italian (reading)
Knows some Afrikaans, Chewa, and German from living and studying in The Netherlands and South Africa, Malawi, and Austria
“I knew some stellar people who have worked and are working at Creative. All have positive things to say about their experience. In addition, Creative has built a strong reputation among the conflict and stabilization communities…”