Miriam Coronel-Ferrer is the first woman in the world to sign a final peace accord with a non-state armed group as chief negotiator. In behalf of the Philippines government, she led the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and supervised the first two years of implementing the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Miriam served in the UN Standby Team of Senior Mediators for three years from 2018 and was deployed to support the UN’s work in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Maldives and the ASEAN region, advising on peace process design and modalities of inclusion. She is currently a member of the board of the International Crisis Group and the Geneva-based peacebuilding organization, Interpeace. She sits in the advisory bodies of the Barcelona-based Institute for Integrated Transitions’ Peace Treaty Initiative, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, and Harvard University’s Negotiations Strategies’ Institute. She was a professor at the University of the Philippines, where she taught and published on Southeast Asia politics, human rights, peace processes, and democratization.

Miriam was extensively involved in civil society campaigns. She co-led the initiative to draft the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security that was adopted by the Philippine government in 2010; organized various peace advocates’ platforms in the country; and co-chaired the Non-State Action Working Group of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines from 1999-2004. In 2015, she received the Hillary Clinton Award for Women, Peace and Security given by Georgetown University, and was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Award for Women Pioneer in Peacebuilding in 2023.




Jularat Damrongviteetham has more than ten years of conflict resolution and diplomacy work focused in the Deep South of Thailand. She is currently a consultant for Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s Southern Thailand program, focused on strengthening and deepening relationships with civil society organizations, supporting the peace process, and providing an ongoing analysis of the situation and stakeholders in the conflict. She also serves as a board member of the Peace Resource Collaborative Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand.

For nine years, Jularat was a consultant for the Berghof Foundation and was an executive assistant for the Peace Resource Collaborative Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand, providing peace process support, facilitating dialogue, negotiation, and mediation efforts with civil society groups in Deep South Thailand and in the region. She was responsible for partnering with key partners, government agencies, and academics for implementing project activities to promote multi-track engagement for sustaining peace processes. Jularat holds an MA in Sociology and Anthropology from Chiang Mai University and a Masters in Advanced Studies in Mediation in Peace Processes from ETH in Zurich.



Leonésia Tecla da Silva,
Co-founder and member of the Steering Committee
Southeast Asian Women Peace Mediators

Leonésia Tecla da Silva has over 20 years of peacebuilding and mediation experience focused on conflict resolution, women and youth empowerment, and building resilience and social cohesion. She has been serving as the National Consultant for Women, Peace, and Security with UN Women Timor-Leste, implementing the country’s WPS agenda to establish the first national network of mediators, connecting the public sector and community-based justice actors in providing gender sensitive conflict resolution, and eliminating gender discrimination towards women participating in peace processes and co-drafter of the UNSCR 1325 NAP (National Action Plan) Second Generation of Timor Leste.

Tecla was one of the lead mediators and facilitators for internally displaced persons who worked with Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Social Solidarity during the country’s 2006 Crisis Reintegration Process. Between 2009 to 2017, Tecla was engaged in several UNDP programs focusing on building Mechanisms for Social Cohesion in Timor Leste, utilizing both local and national peacebuilding networks to manage and prevent conflict from reemerging, and providing spaces for women’s participation in peacebuilding efforts. She is also a consultant to international organizations like Bridging Peoples, Integrated Risk Management Associates LLC (IRMA), Syspons Germany, DevTech System, UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) working towards development and sustainability.

Her work in promoting the inclusion and meaningful participation of women as mediators and negotiators, from access to justice, human rights to peace and security have been recognized and featured in Geneva on Women4Multilateralism by the Delegation of EU to the UN and Permanent Mission of Gabon on 8 March 2022 in the occasion of International Women’s Day together with first Timorese Woman Ms. Rosa Muki Bonaparte as a frontliner of human rights defenders for self-determination of Timor Leste.

Leonésia Tecla da Silva




Lilianne Fan is a cultural anthropologist and humanitarian professional with more than 20 years of experience working with refugees, internally displaced persons, and conflict-stricken communities. She is the International Director and Co-Founder of Geutanyoë Foundation, a regional humanitarian organization based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Aceh, Indonesia, working to protect and empower some of the most vulnerable communities in Asia. She is the Chair of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network’s Rohingya Working Group (APRRN), a membership-led network committed to advancing the rights of refugees in the region. She is also the Head of the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group Malaysia on Refugee Policy.

Lilianne supports work for the stateless Rohingya in the Rakhine State and the ASEAN. She provides regular expertise to a range of institutions and governments including the UN, the World Bank, ASEAN, the Government of Malaysia and the Government of Indonesia.

Between 2005 and 2012, Lilianne served in several large-scale post-crisis recovery missions. She supported the UN-led humanitarian response in post-earthquake Haiti, served as Advisor to the ASEAN Special Envoy on Post-Nargis Recovery in Myanmar, was a member of the advisory team of the Governor of Aceh on sustainable development following the Aceh peace agreement of 2005, and was the Senior Policy Coordinator for Oxfam International in Aceh and Nias from 2005-2008. She holds an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University, New York.



Emma Leslie, an Australian Cambodian, has worked on conflict transformation and peacebuilding throughout Asia since 1993. She is a co-founder and current president of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, a Cambodian NGO accompanying peace negotiations and conflict transformation processes in the Asia region.

As a member of the International Contact Group (ICG), Emma supported the Philippine Government–Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace talks for over a decade, culminating in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in 2014. She has been actively engaged in the Myanmar peace talks processes for 25 years, generating deep analysis, convening, briefing, and facilitating dialogues between key conflict actors. She has made numerous peace missions to North Korea and accompanies several non-state actors and liberation groups in negotiation strategy.

Emma is an active member of the Women Mediators Across the Commonwealth (WMC) and serves on the boards of the Centre for Peacebuilding – University of Melbourne and the Cambodia Peace Gallery, Battambang. She has taught mediation and dialogue for ten years at the Swedish government’s Folke Bernadotte Academy, is a long-standing consultant to Conciliation Resources, and recently founded the Australian company – Dialogue Australia.

Emma had previously led the inception of the regional peacebuilding network Action Asia, developed MA and Ph.D. programs in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, and launched a Peace Museum for Cambodia in 2019. Emma holds the title Order of Australia (AM), an MA in International Development and an Honorary Doctorate in Education.



Shadia Marhaban focuses her mediation efforts on consultations for peaceful dialogues in various conflict areas. She serves as a regional consultant for Southeast Asia with the Mediators Beyond Borders International, building local capacities for peace, advocating for mediation, and facilitating conflict transformation globally.

Shadia was the only woman to actively participate and support the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) peace negotiating team in Helsinki (2005) that ended the 30-year conflict in Aceh, Indonesia. In 2003, she came to the United States as a political refugee and returned to Aceh after the peace agreement was signed in 2007. Upon her return, she co-founded the Acheh Women’s League (LINA) to oversee the implementation of the reintegration programmes for women ex-combatants and to provide training for their political participation. Since then, she has been engaged in peaceful dialogues throughout the region including Colombia, Nepal, Afghanistan, and recently the Ambazonia conflict. Her mediation work focuses on the political transition of resistance liberation movements, ceasefire, disarmament, and reintegration of female former combatants.

Shadia also serves as consultant for the UNDP ExpRes (Expert Roster for Rapid Response), ASEAN, and Berghof Foundation. She is a founding board member for the School of Peace and Democracy in Aceh, and is a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.



Z Nang Raw has over 20 years of experience as a mediator/facilitator and active civil society leader in Myanmar. She is a Visiting Senior Expert for the Burma Program of the United States Institute of Peace, linking research, policy, training, analysis and direct action to support those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world. She is also a member of the National Unity Consultative Council, a body known as one of the most inclusive political dialogue platforms in Myanmar’s history, where she represents the Women Advocacy Coalition-Myanmar.

From 2012 to 2018, Nang Raw supported the Myanmar peace process as a technical advisor and lead documenter for the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team of 16 Ethnic Armed Organizations during negotiations for the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. She also served as a lead facilitator in security thematic sessions of the Union Peace Conference of Myanmar Peace Process. She was with Nyein (Shalom) Foundation for over 20 years and recently served as the Director, where she was in charge of the organization’s program strategy and high-level coordination with Union and State level governments, parliaments, ethnic resistance organizations, and religious institutions aiming to build sustainable peace in Myanmar.




Adelina Kamal has distinguished herself in the disaster management and humanitarian assistance fields, notably as the first female Executive Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre) during the period of 2017 to 2021, where she led ASEAN’s response to various catastrophic disasters in the region, earning the AHA Centre with the “Asian of the Year” award from the Straits Times Singapore, among others. 

Prior to leading the AHA Centre, Adelina worked for the ASEAN Headquarters in Jakarta for over two decades managing environment, transboundary haze pollution, disaster management and humanitarian assistance portfolios. She took on a primary role in developing the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response, and establishing the AHA Centre in its early stages. She played a key role in the ASEAN response to 2008 Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, negotiating humanitarian access, leading ASEAN’s first ever large-scale humanitarian response operations on the ground, and serving as the only female member of the high-level Tripartite Core Group that coordinated international humanitarian assistance.

After serving in the ASEAN’s system for more than a quarter century, Adelina has been consulting for various  organisations, advocating for innovative approaches to humanitarian crisis, and serving on multiple international advisory boards, including as a voting board member of the Melbourne-based Centre for Humanitarian Leadership Executive Committee and an Advisory Group member of the London-based Overseas Development Institute Humanitarian Policy Group. She was an Associate Senior Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore in 2022, and has been a regular guest lecturer at the University of Indonesia’s Master’s degree programme in Disaster Management since 2022.