Lesley Connolly (de Sylva) is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations within IPI. Lesley joined IPI in 2016. Her work focuses on issues peacebuilding and sustaining peace, partnerships with the African Union and scenario based training for senior leadership.
Prior to joining IPI, Lesley was a Research Assistant on the Global Peace Operations Review Program at the New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (2015). Before moving to New York, Lesley was based at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) as the Senior Program Officer in the Peacebuilding Unit, in Durban, South Africa (2012-2015). Here she focused on peacebuilding policy development and capacity building to address the root causes of violence and encourage reconciliation, specifically in Madagascar, Liberia and South Sudan. She also worked closely with the African Union’s Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development Program and the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, aiming to provide more coherence and coordination within peacebuilding initiatives of the two institutions.