PRESIDENTS OF THE IPRA FOUNDATION:
Kevin Clements, pres. 1996-2001
Professor Kevin P Clements is the Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. He comes to this position from International Alert where he was Secretary General from January 1999 to September 2003. International Alert is one of the world’s largest NGOs working on conflict transformation.
Prior to becoming Secretary General of International Alert Kevin was the Vernon and Minnie Lynch Chair of Conflict Resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University Fairfax Virginia USA 1994-2000 and Director of the Institute from 1994-1999.He was formerly Director of the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva and Head of the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra. Prior to this he was Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Co-ordinator of Peace Studies at Canterbury University, Christchurch New Zealand and earlier a Lecturer in Sociology at Hong Kong University. He took up this position from a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Oxford University where he worked on development issues.
He was President of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) from 1994-1998, President of the IPRA Foundation from 1995-2000 and Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Peace Research Association. Professor Clements has been a regular consultant to a variety of non governmental and intergovernmental organizations on disarmament, arms control, conflict resolution, development and regional security issues. He has written or edited 6 books and over 140 chapters /articles on conflict transformation, peacebuilding, preventive diplomacy and development.