Latin America Regional Advisory Council /

Teresa Whitfield

A recognised authority in the field of peace mediation, Teresa Whitfield is an independent consultant for Conciliation Resources, editor of an Accord volume on adaptation and innovation in peace mediation (forthcoming), and advisor to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. From 2016 to 2022, she served as the director of the Policy and Mediation Division of the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. 

Earlier in her career, Teresa spent five years in the 1990s working with the UN on peace processes in Central America. From 2005 to 2008, she served as the Director of the Social Science Research Council’s Peace and Conflict Prevention Forum. From 2015 to 2016, she was Senior Advisor to the President of the International Crisis Group.

Teresa has published extensively on conflict resolution and mediation. Her books include Paying the Price: Ignacio Ellacuría and the Murdered Jesuits of El Salvador (Temple University Press/UCA Editores, 1995/1998); Friends Indeed? The United Nations, Groups of Friends, and the Resolution of Conflict (United States Institute of Peace, 2007); and Endgame for ETA: Elusive Peace in the Basque Country (Hurst and Oxford University Press/ICIP, 2014/2015).

Teresa holds a degree from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree from the University of London.