Alain Lempereur, SJD

Alain Lempereur, SJD

Affiliated Expert, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Executive Negotiation Program and Global Executive Leadership Initiative Program
Alain Lempereur

Alain LEMPEREUR promotes responsible negotiation and mediation worldwide through research, leadership training and consulting. His books in many languages include "The First Move. A Negotiator’s Companion" and "Mediation: Negotiation by Other Moves." His last book demonstrates how mediation might fight civil war. His responsible negotiation research and executive seminars support leaders and humanitarians in the field.

He is the Alan B. Slifka professor and director of the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. He is an affiliate faculty of both the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and of the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School. He is an executive committee member of PON, the academic editor of the PON Negotiation Briefings and delivers PON Global executive seminars on line and on site.

In the past 25 years in over 70 countries, he has conducted consulting missions and executive training for international organizations (EU, FAO, ICRC, MSF, OCHA, OECD, NRC, UNDP, UNEP, UNITAR, WHO, WWF, etc.), national governments, global consulting firms (The Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey, etc.) or corporations (Airbus, Faurecia, Generact, Orange, Sanofi-Pasteur, Scientific-Atlanta, Vivendi, etc.). He also launched three capacity-building organizations, including CO-DEV.

In partnership with the Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, he created the Negotiators of the World project to support the Burundi Leadership Training Program and the DR Congo Cohesive Leadership Initiative. He facilitated stakeholders’ meetings for the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, and belonged to the UN Mediators' Network. He has contributed to the PON-supported Negotiation Strategies Institute, the Heller "Our Generation Speaks" and Forward Thinking for Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He belongs to the UN mediators' network.

He is one of the leads of the HHI Executive Negotiation Program for humanitarians and of the Global Executive Leadership Initiative. He headed the scientific committee of the Humanitarian Negotiation Exchange, and was a consultant for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Conflict Dynamics International and the Center of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation.

He founded the European "Irene" negotiation institute and led it during fifteen years, establishing the negotiation curriculum at the European Commission (2004) and Ena (1997), both programs still running today. He also became the Essec Negotiation and Mediation Chair Professor. Through the European University Institute (EUI) and the School of Transnational Governance, he continues to develop the responsible negotiation framework in Europe.

He was a visiting professor at Harvard University, and taught at the Afghan Institute of Diplomacy, the African Development University, the Algerian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, the Cameroon Institute of International Relations, the College of Europe, the Cyprus International Institute for Management, the European University Institute, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Lebanese University, the Paris School of International Affairs - Sciences Po, ParisTech, the UN University for Peace, the Universities of Brussels, Corsica, Geneva, Mannheim, Mons, Paris II and V.

He graduated from Brussels University (M Law ’88, M Phil ’89) and from Harvard University (Fulbright Fellow & Frank Boas ’91, LL.M. ’93, SJD ’95, PON ’96 and ’97).