International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
Founder and CEO
Sanam Naraghi Anderlini has been has been a leading global peace strategist for over 24 years. In 2000, she was a civil society leader and drafter of the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security and in 2011 she was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team, working on Somalia, Libya and Syria.
At ICAN she spearheads the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) comprising local women-led organizations in 36 countries, involved in preventing violent extremism, promoting peace, rights and pluralism. She established ICAN’s multi-donor Innovative Peace Fund (IPF) that between 2015-18 disbursed over $2,000,000 in small grants to WASL members.
Ms. Anderlini was among the first to document women’s experiences in formal peacemaking with Women at the Peacetable: Making a difference (UNIFEM 2000). Her 2007 book Women Building Peace: What they do, why it matters (Rienner) is a key text for many university courses. Her current appointments include serving on the Steering Board of the UK’s National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security, the Commonwealth’s Panel of Experts on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and as a member of the Women’s Mediation Network. She teaches at Columbia and Georgetown Universities. She was the 2014 recipient of the UN Association Perdita Huston Award for human rights and the 2016 Greeley Peace Scholar at the University of Massachusetts. She publishes extensively including in Foreign Affairs and The Guardian, and her media appearances include the BBC World Service TV and radio.