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Jamie Messner

After leaving PAC in 1998, Jamie was awarded a Bachelor in Politics from the University of Adelaide and then a Masters of Science (Peace Operations) from George Mason University in Washington DC. His graduate thesis focused on the participation of refugees in post-conflict elections in Afghanistan and East Timor. His studies included field research in India and Mexico. During this time, he continued his passion for debating, representing both Australian and American teams at World Debating Championships in Sydney, Glasgow and Toronto.

From 2006-2010, Jamie was the Director of the International Peace Operations Association, an umbrella group of organizations supporting international peacekeeping operations in conflict and post-conflict environments around the world. During his tenure he has testified before the United Nations in New York, African Union in Addis Ababa and the European Union Parliament in Brussels. He has also been involved in multilateral negotiations with the American, British and Swiss governments on creating an international regulatory framework for private security contractors. 

In 2014 Jamie was appointed the Executive Director of the Fund for Peace (FFP), having worked as the Director of FFP’s Sustainability Development and Security program for the previous four years.