The ICIP Board of Governors has appointed Kristian Herbolzheimer as the new Director of the institution. The appointment was announced after an open public tender in which over 200 candidates applied for the position.
Herbolzheimer holds a degree in Agriculture Engineering (Universitat de Lleida, 1994) and a Diploma in Peace Culture (Escola de Cultura de Pau, Un¡versitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2001), and he earned a Master’s degree in International Peacebuilding from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame, 2009). He was a program director of Escola Cultura de Pau during seven years and, since 2009, he has been the Director of the Transitions to Peace Programme of Conciliation Resources, an NGO based in London which supports peace initiatives.
He is also an analyst of peace processes, with a special interest in the topics of postconflict and the role of civil society, especially the role of women. He has worked as ad advisor of peace processess in Philippines, Basque Country and Colombia. In Colombia he has been the promoter of the group Women, Peace and Security and of the Commission of Truth, Memory and Reconciliation of Colombian Women on Diaspora. He has long been active in Catalan grassroots environmental and development organisations, and he has a good knowledge of several languages other than English: Catalan, Spanish, Swedish, German, French.
Herbolzheimer has been elected as the Director of ICIP for the next five years. He will replace Tica Font, who left the ICIP direction last April.