Dr. Richard Ponzio joined The Hague Institute for Global Justice in March 2014 as Head of the Global Governance Program. He is formerly a Senior Adviser in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he conceptualized and coordinated Secretary Hillary Clinton’s and later John Kerry’s New Silk Road initiative. Earlier, as a Senior Strategy and Policy Officer in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, he researched and advised fragile states on post-conflict governance and economic reform, authored a UN engagement strategy, and co-initiated a global network of peacebuilding organizations and practitioners.
From 1999-2009, Dr. Ponzio served in a variety of senior policy and strategic planning positions for the United Nations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, and New York. Dr. Ponzio led or co-organized UN Charter Review Conference Simulations at Columbia University (1992 and 1993), international student conferences at the World Bank and IMF (1994) and on the UN in San Francisco (1995), and numerous others.
Dr. Ponzio has published widely in academic journals (including Global Governance), edited volumes, newspapers, UN policy reports, and monographs, including Democratic Peacebuilding: Aiding Afghanistan and other Fragile States (OUP, 2011). He completed his doctorate in politics and international relations at the University of Oxford on a Clarendon Scholarship and undertook earlier studies at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, The Graduate Institute for International Studies-Geneva, and Columbia University.