President, The Hague Institute for Global Justice


Dr Abiodun Williams is the first President of the international think-tank the Hague Institute for Global Justice. He was previously Senior Vice President of the Center for Conflict Management at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington DC (2011–12), leading work in conflict zones such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. He served as Vice President of USIP’s Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention from 2008 to 2011, working on conflict prevention in Iran. He was Director of Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the US Secretary-General (2001–07), and served in peacekeeping operations in Macedonia, Haiti, and Bosnia-Herzegovina (1994–2000). He is the author or editor of three books on conflict prevention. He graduated in English from Edinburgh University, and has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Massachusetts.