Antonia Potter Prentice has wide ranging experience on a range of humanitarian, development, peacemaking and peacebuilding issues. She has lived and worked extensively in, and on, conflict and post-war environments; increasingly specialised in women’s empowerment she has worked directly with women and peace process actors in countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Philippines, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Yemen, and at the global policy level.
Antonia is currently the Director of Alliance2015, a strategic alliance of globally active European based humanitarian and development organisations. Previously she was the Senior Manager on Mediation Support, Gender and Inclusion for the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI). Undertaking this role in her Athena capacity, Antonia provided strategic and programmatic direction and advice across CMI’s operational and policy projects. She also acted as Senior Adviser to the European Institute for Peace, interim Senior Gender Adviser to the Joint Peace Fund for Myanmar, and provided technical advice to UN Women and the Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General to the Yemen peace process.
Antonia has been Senior Advisor to the Dialogue Advisory Group; Senior Associate to the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Project Manager and Senior Adviser for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) project, ‘Women at the Peace Table – Asia Pacific’ (2010-2013), having initiated HD’s work on these issues in 2005 when on staff. She has provided expert support to the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and Terre des Hommes. She was Country Director for Oxfam GB in Indonesia, its largest programme in South-East Asia, from 2008 to 2010 and has worked for a number of NGOs, mostly in Asia, having been based in Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Switzerland (Geneva), Timor-Leste, the USA (New York) and currently, Belgium (Brussels). She also sits on the board of the Democratic Progress Institute and is a mentor in the Women in International Security Mentoring Programme. Antonia has a degree in Classics from Oxford University and a Masters of Science in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the London School of Economics and Political Science. For details see here.