Sahana Dharmapuri is the Senior Advisor to the Women, Peace and Security Initiative at the One Earth Future Foundation.
From 2006-2016 she was an independent gender advisor providing policy advice and training on gender, peace, and security issues to USAID, NATO, The Swedish Armed Forces, the United States Institute for Peace, International Peace Institute, Chemonics, DevTech, and other international development organizations. She has lectured and led trainings on gender and security issues at a variety of institutions including, The Swedish Armed Forces International Training Center for work in Peace Support Operations in Stockholm, USAID Missions, Harvard University, Tufts University, the United States Institute for Peace, the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, and at three of the major U.S. combat and command centers.
Ms. Dharmapuri was appointed a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2011-2013) and at the United States Agency for International Development (2003-2005). Ms. Dharmapuri conceived of and facilitated the First India-Pakistan Dialogue Conference sponsored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Foundation for Universal Responsibility and the Women in Conflict Management and Peace in New Delhi, India in 2001.
Her field experience includes Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, India, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. She has published widely on women, peace and security issues including in CNN, Christian Science Monitor, The Fletcher Security Review, Hedaya and The Center for Global Counter-Terrorism, Women’s E-News, Human Rights Quarterly, The Global Responsibility to Protect Journal, The Global Observatory, The Alliance for Peacebuilding Online Journal, the Louisiana Literature Review, and Parameters: The Senior Professional Journal of the US Army.