May 2016

Conciliation Resources welcomes new Executive Director

Fid Thompson

We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Cohen has been appointed as Conciliation Resources’ new Executive Director.

Joining Conciliation Resources in 1997, Jonathan has been instrumental in developing the organisation into one of the UK's leading peacebuilding NGOs. This appointment follows the departure of Andy Carl after twenty-one years at the helm. Welcoming Jonathan's appointment, the Chair of the Board, Bishop Peter Price said: 

"In Jonathan we have an experienced peacebuilder and conciliator. He is a man of compassion and wisdom. Well respected in the task of conflict resolution, Jonathan will bring to this new role passion, as well as discernment. I am delighted that Jonathan has become Conciliation Resources’ new Executive Director."
Jonathan comes with a wealth of skills and experience, as well as intimate knowledge of the organisation – having previously served as Caucasus Programme Director, Director of Programmes and most recently Acting Executive Director.
Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the peaceful resolution of conflicts, he has been a long-term advocate of putting conflict-affected communities at the heart of practical peacebuilding initiatives and government policies. In 2006 Jonathan was awarded an OBE by the British Government for services to conflict prevention and conflict resolution in the Caucasus. 
"With the global context as fragile as at any time in the organisation’s history, there are challenges and opportunities for Conciliation Resources and our wider community to make a convincing case for peace. It is a privilege to take on my new role and to work with our committed and talented staff, and courageous and creative partners, in striving to contribute to the prevention and resolution of violent conflicts."


Previously Jonathan was Deputy Director of the Foundation on Inter-Ethnic Relations in The Hague, working with the OCSE High Commissioner on National Minorities. Before that he worked for International Alert and the Peace Research Institute Oslo. He has also been a board member of the DFID / CAF Partnerships in the Non-Profit Sector Programme for Russia; acted as a consultant to United Nations Volunteers, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the Berghof Foundation and taught at the London School of Economics.