DAG is led by Ram Manikkalingam, an experienced Sri Lankan mediator, working with a dynamic international team and supported by a wide network of influential organisations and individuals. DAG staff combine NGO, INGO, government and academic experience, and our teams have a wide-ranging combination of gender, age and nationality. DAG prioritises increasing diversity in the field of mediation, and especially promotes representation of women and people from different social identities (sexual orientation, gender, ability, race, religion etc).



Paula de Castro has worked as an analyst and programme manager for organisations like the Spanish Ministry of Defence (Directorate of Strategic and Security Affairs), the European Institute of Peace and the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs think tank. She has worked on research and policy-oriented projects related to conflict resolution and EU foreign policy. Paula holds a Masters in International Relations and is a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Michelle Gehrig completed a Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne and holds a BA in International Studies. She previously worked in Australia and Ghana as a paralegal in the area of police accountability and human rights. She was also involved in human rights research and advocacy at UNICEF Pacific and the Fiji Human Rights Commission.

Lorenzo completed a BA in Arabic at Middlebury College and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies focusing particularly on the law and politics of the Middle East at SOAS University of London. Before joining DAG, Lorenzo worked in human rights proofreading and translating legal documents in Morocco. He also worked in marketing in social media in Egypt and the Middle East more broadly and as a freelancer for an Egyptian newspaper.

Shaun holds a master’s degree (with distinction) in International Relations and Democratic Politics from the University of Westminster in London. His research paid particular focus to Russian political history. Shaun joins us from the private sector with experience in coordinating teams in finance, administration and project support. Shaun is in charge of DAG’s financial administration and office management, and assists in the management of DAG’s budgets and grants.

Charlie completed a BA in Philosophy and French (First Class) and an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (with Distinction) at the University of Oxford. His Master’s research focused on gender and politics in contemporary Algeria. Prior to joining DAG, Charlie worked in development and peacebuilding in the Levant.

Rocío began her career as a journalist in Spain and moved to Cairo in 2012 where she reported on Egypt and the Middle East for the following five years. She completed a Master in International Politics at Leiden University, focusing particularly on security and human rights. She also holds a bachelor´s degree (with honours) in Audiovisual communication from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Rianty began her administrative career at Bloomberg Businessweek Indonesia, where she was involved in the office budgets, and decision making, and she reported directly to the Executives. Before joining DAG, she was an Executive Assistant at one of the Dutch European banks in Amsterdam, she also handled more administrative tasks when she worked at McKinsey & Company. Rianty completed her degree in Secretarial and Business Communication.

Luvy joined DAG as a programme manager after eight years of working in a variety of peace support programs through analysis and programmatic work. She has worked with local and international organisations in Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua and South Sudan. She holds a B.A. in International Relations, and an MSc. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Isabella holds a M.A. in Human Rights and Democratisation and an LL.M. in International Law and Security. Since her studies, she focused on human rights and armed conflict. She conducted field research looking at the reintegration process of female FARC combatants in Colombia. Before joining DAG, Isabella worked at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Colombia, focusing on issues of peace and security and organised crime, and at Protection International for the protection of human rights defenders.


Board of Directors

Angela Kane


Former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Management

Brian Burgoon

Professor of International Political Economy and Academic Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam (Secretary and Treasurer)

Leoni Cuelenaere

Former Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh, Rwanda, Yemen and Sri Lanka

Board of Advisors

Álvaro de Soto

Former UN Envoy to El Salvador, Cyprus, Israel/Palestine

Former Advisors

Jeffrey Feltman

Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

Lakhdar Brahimi

Former UN Special Envoy to Syria

Wegger Strømmen

Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Peter Maurer

President of the International Committee of the Red Cross

Nicholas Stewart QC

Ely Place Chambers

David Petrasek

Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa