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.