Senior Advisor, DDR and Security Sector Reform
GETTING TO KNOW DEAN
Beyond your job title, please explain your role at Creative.
I support the organization to determine modalities for engagement in settings where armed groups and actors are impacting crisis and post-crises conflict settings, including active and latent insurgency settings. I integrates DDR and SSR across the organization as a member of the Communities in Transition division. As an expert in the field, I direct cutting-edge research and knowledge management, producing and disseminating publications for thought leadership and policy development. In addition, I design and implement training enhancing organization capabilities in these areas. Spearheading partnership development on armed groups and actors’ issues, Iengages major bilaterals, USG government entities, the UN and major think tanks and policy institutes advancing Creative’s goals in these areas. Translating research, advocacy and policy into implementation, I provide technical support to field missions. This includes supportive advice on the legal dispositions, constraints and opportunities to engage in the DDR in current conflict settings.
What drew you to the company?
My first professional encounters with Creative occurred as a consultant in 2015. I supported efforts in Nigeria where the organization commissioned me to examine the prohibitions, prospects and opportunities in DDR – specifically what can be done to support persons ‘off-ramping’ from violent extremist organizations in settings often beset with active insurgent conflict with groups and/or persons associated with ‘terrorism’. I quickly found that my colleagues at Creative shared my passion for intellectual rigor and propensity to tackle increasingly complex problem sets. Organizationally, Creative was willing to ‘roll up its sleeves’ and keep digging into these issue areas. As my work with the company expanded to include additional research on far-ranging issues from humanitarian waivers and DDR to regional approaches for DDR and countering violent extremism and beyond, I learned to Creative’s rich history in this space. The decision and invite to come on board are premised on the notion that the ‘DDR’ problem-set, and solutions is re-emerging, with Creative optimally positioned.
Program and policy expert in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, recovery livelihoods, and reintegration, specializing in DDR including economic, political, psychosocial, social reintegration, child protection, youth and gender.
MA, International Administration, Denver University. Korbel School of International Studies
20+ years of experience with government, NGOs, the United Nations, universities and development implementers globally, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leona and South Sudan