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Professor Ann M. Fitz-Gerald
Ann Fitz-Gerald is a Professor in Cranfield University’s Department of Management and Security where she holds a Chair in Security Sector Management. Prior to commencing her PhD, she completed degrees in Commerce, Political Science, and War Studies. Her PhD examined the impact of multinational approaches of multinational peacekeeping interventions in Haiti, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. She has worked in the financial sector, with the Government of Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and held posts at the International Lester B Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, the UN, NATO Headquarters and the North Atlantic Parliamentary Assembly. During her time at both NATO and the Parliamentary Assembly, she focused on the accession strategies of Central and East European countries. She moved to the UK and completed her PhD in 2001. Between 1999 and 2001, Ann worked at King's College, London University's Centre for Defence Studies. In 2001, she moved to Cranfield University's Department for Management and Security, where she led the UK-Government funded Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (2002-2006) and led Cranfield's Centre for Security Sector Management for 5 years. In 2006, she designed and developed the Masters programme in Security Sector Management, which is delivered today both in the UK and East Africa.
In 2011, Ann was invited to become the McNaughton-Vanier Visiting Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada. In 2013, she was appointed as the Visiting Professor of Global Security Management at Queen’s University. Ann publishes on issues concerning national security and defence reform, as well as strategic planning for both national institutional development and international security interventions. She holds Visiting Professor at other universities including Nkumba University (Uganda), Njala University (Sierra Leone) Queen's University (Canada), and the Royal Military College of Canada.
In addition to her publishing record, Ann has advised, and has been seconded to work with, Governments of a number of transitional countries on issues relating to national security policy/strategy issues (including Nigeria, Ukraine, Poland, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Botswana, Sierra Leone, and Trinidad and Tobago). In 2011, Ann supported the AU High Implementation Panel during the post-referendum peace talks between North and South Sudan (security issues). She was re-engaged to provide further advisory support to the Panel between 2014-2016.
In November 2012, the Government of Canada awarded Ann with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to post-conflict resolution and dialogue. In 2013, she was appointed Senior Security and Justice Adviser to the UK Government and was renewed for a second term in 2017.