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Diana Chigas, Senior International Officer and Associate Provost

As Senior International Officer and Associate Provost, Diana Chigas provides leadership in the development and realization of a university-wide global strategy to enhance Tufts’ position in global education, research, and impact. Reporting to the University Provost, Diana is responsible for providing information, facilitation and support for globally-focused student engagement and faculty teaching, research and policy activities.  She works with Tufts’ schools to identify university-wide geographic and thematic priorities, partnerships and global initiatives. Diana also works closely with the Director of Global Operations to ensure that appropriate administrative infrastructure and services are in place to support Tufts’ global initiatives.

Academic credentials
J.D., Harvard Law School (1989); M.A.L.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (1999); B.A., Yale University (1983).

Tufts Affiliations
Professor of the Practice of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Fletcher School
Institute for Human Security, The Fletcher School.

Former positions
From 2003 – 2016, Diana co-directed the Reflecting on Peace Practice Program and subsequently was co-director of Collaborative Learning at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects (Cambridge, MA), an NGO dedicated to working with development, humanitarian and peacebuilding practitioners and policy makers globally to improve the effectiveness of peacebuilding strategies, programming, and monitoring and evaluation.  Prior to joining CDA (1989-2002), Diana worked as a facilitator, trainer and consultant in negotiation, dialogue and conflict resolution, at Conflict Management Group, an NGO founded by the late Harvard Law School Professor Roger Fisher (and now part of Mercy Corps). Her work included development of strategies, training and advice on preventive diplomacy in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, “track two” discussions in El Salvador, South Africa, Georgia/South Ossetia, and facilitation of inter-ethnic dialogue in Cyprus. Diana has been teaching negotiation and development and conflict resolution at Fletcher since 2000.

Research interests
Negotiation and mediation in identity-based conflicts, evaluation of peacebuilding effectiveness, corruption and effective anti-corruption strategies in fragile and conflict-affected states; roles and impacts of development, humanitarian assistance and business on conflict and peace dynamics.

Related web sites
The Fletcher School
Institute for Human Security



The Global Advisory Council (GAC) is an advisory body to the Provost and is chaired by the Senior International Officer. Its charge is to provide guidance and support on university-wide priorities and initiatives for expanding and deepening Tufts’ global engagement, as well as enhancing coherence in the university’s global presence.

Joseph Auner
Austin Fletcher Professor of Music; Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Science; Dean of University College
University College

Meg Carne
Program Manager, International Relations
School of Arts & Sciences

Jessye Crowe-Rothstein
Global Programs Manager
Tisch College of Civic Life

Mala Ghosh
Senior Director of Study Abroad & Global Education
School of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Paul Howe
Director, Feinstein International Center and Professor of the Practice
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Lorlene Hoyt
Research Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
School of Arts and Sciences
Executive Director
Talloires Network at Tufts University

Sara Judge
Vice President for Development
University Advancement

Elisabeth Keegan
Director, Global Operations

Taina McField
Associate Dean for Strategy
Tisch College of Civic Life

John Morgan
Professor, Public Health and Community Service
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Felicia Nutter
Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health; Director of the International Veterinary Medicine Program
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Fio Omenetto
Frank C. Doble Professor; Associate Dean of Research
School of Engineering

Jose Ordovas
Senior Scientist and Director, Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory
Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Keleigh Sanford
Director of Research Administration
School of Engineering

Seedang Simonin
Associate Director of Sponsored Research Administration
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Alice Tang
Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine; Director, Nutrition and Infection Unit; Director, Center for Global Public Health
Tufts University School of Medicine

Sam Thomas
Professor of Chemistry; Dean of Academic Affairs 
School of Arts & Sciences

Monica Toft
Professor of International Politics; Director, Center for Strategic Studies
The Fletcher School

Suzanne Ukpong
International Coordinator
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Mieke van der Wansem
Associate Director, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy
The Fletcher School

Cynthia Yered McLaughlin
Associate Professor
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Eleni Papalexopoulou, A21P, Chair
Vice President & Founding Member
DESMOS Foundation
Athens, Greece

Fabian C. Bachrach, A84, AG84
Commercial Advisor
Air Finance Corporation
London, UK

JoAnn Gantz Bendetson, J80, AG91, A13P, A17P, A18P
Andover, MA

Bobby Bendetson, A73, A13P, A17P, A18P
Tufts Trustee
Cabot House, Inc.
Amesbury, MA

Gaurav Burman, A95
Managing Partner
Burman Family Holdings
London, UK

Juan F. Carrizosa, A80, F14
International Financial Advisor
London, UK

M. Christina Chandris, J78, A16P
Curator & Fine Arts Advisor
London, UK

Michael N. Dakin, Esq., A95
Clifford Chance LLP
London, UK

Jose Pablo Elverdin, Jr., A88
Argenmar SA
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kristy K. Endo, A05
Tufts Trustee
Co-Founder and Co-Owner
Box Holdings LLC
Pasadena, CA 

Mario Fernandez, A83, A15P
Cofe Properties LLC
Miami, FL

Nathalie E. Giauque, J92, A23P
Ross, CA

Chantal Prunier Grindon, A10P
Executive Vice President
Panda Mountain Organization-USCEF
Pacific Palisades, CA

Hans Horn, A90
Managing Director
Norus Management SA 
Geneva, Switzerland

Monica Jain, A24P
Founder and Executive Director
Fish 2.0  and Manta Consulting Inc.
Key Biscayne, FL

Youssef Khlat, A84, F84
Managing Director
Credit Agricole CIB
London, UK

Hongyu (Daisy) Liu, F99, A25P
Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

M. Alexander Marin, A92
Media Advisors, LLC
Coral Gables, FL

John McCarthy, A68, AG73, A01P
ING Bank A.S.
Istanbul, Turkey

Elizabeth Powell, FG62
Chair & Treasurer (Retired)
Diamond Machining Technology, Inc.
Marlborough, MA

Ali Sabanci, A91
Pegasus Airlines
Istanbul, Turkey

Emeritus Members of the Board

Jaafar Al-Hillawi, E74, E11P, E18P
Senior Vice President
URS Corporation
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Fotis Antonatos, A06P
Chief Counsel
Latsis Group of Companies
Geneva, Switzerland

John Ball, A86, A18P
Tufts Trustee
Managing Director
Steamboat Ventures, LLC
London, UK

The Honorable Marie Claude Bunford 

John Crawford, F59
Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue
Paris, France

Michael Dobbs, F72, F73, F75, F77
London, UK

Jose Pablo Elverdin, A89P, J90P
Argenmar S.A.
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Annetta Grisard-Schrafl, J94P

Maha Kaddoura, A96P
Beirut, Lebanon

Javier Macaya, A91, A22P
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Athelera, LLC
New York, NY

Douglas Marston, F78
Marston Capital Partners Limited

Ankur Sahu, E91
Tufts Trustee
Ashiya Hyogo

Adom Tenjoukian, A01P
Senior Middle East Advisor
Pictet & Lie
London, UK

Robert Wise, A93P
Chairman & Managing Director
Music Sales Limited
London, UK

Marija Wright 
Geneva, Switzerland