Class 14 (2015-2017)
Ignacio Asis, Argentina
Duke University – Master in International Development Policy
Ignacio has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Católica Argentina, a Postgraduate degree in Negotiation and has taken several courses in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building, with a focus in Latin America. He started his career in the public sector at Unilever Argentina. He then volunteered at a social enterprise based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he spent five months doing fieldwork with projects that sought to create solutions to the disputes arising from the improper use of natural resources in East Africa. Before receiving the Rotary Peace Fellowship, he worked as a program coordinator at Fundación Cambio Democrático, where he developed and implemented projects oriented to the transformation of social conflicts (in topics such as climate change, waste management, extractive industries and organized crime), designed and facilitated multisectorial dialogues and developed collaborative processes and trainings for public policy advocacy. He also worked as an Assistant Professor for the Development of Negotiation Drills in International Economy for the Political Sciences and International Relations degrees at Universidad Católica Argentina.
He co-founded and volunteered with friends at “A Pulmón”, a Civil Society Organization that works with indigenous people and schools in small communities in Formosa Province, Argentina. He coordinated the Argentinian Consensus for a Palestinian-Israeli Peace, an initiative aimed at bringing together members of respective diasporas in LATAM and promoting peace through multitrack diplomacy.
Upon completing the program he would like to pursue a peace-building career and work either for an international agency in regional or global conflicts, or return to Argentina to implement development policies through a conflict transformation/human security approach, either for the government, an NGO, or as an independent consultant.