Elise Ford

As a Senior Director within Humanity United’s Peacebuilding team, Elise brings more than 15 years of experience working in philanthropy, international development and politics. She leads Humanity United’s work seeking to challenge existing approaches to peacebuilding and support sector-wide efforts to shift power to local actors.

In this position, she played a leading role in re-positioning HU’s strategy on conflict to focus on locally led peacebuilding, and developed a new approach to our in-country work, through a participation focused approach to peacebuilding in Mali and a social lab on polarization in Zimbabwe. Increasingly focused on how to leverage this commitment to citizen-led change to kickstart a global conversation, Elise leads HU’s partnership with Peace Direct and Conducive Space for Peace, pushing for peacebuilding reform. She’s also responsible for building strategic relationships with like-minded actors across the aid system to help build the case for systemic change.

Prior to joining Humanity United, Elise held a number of senior policy and campaign positions for Oxfam in Europe, East Africa and the Sahel, and worked as an international development advisor in the European Parliament. She has an undergraduate degree from Kings’ College, Cambridge, and a master’s in public administration from the College of Europe, Bruges. She speaks fluent English, French and Italian.