Cynthia Irmer, JD, Ph.D.

Managing Consultant, Religion, Gender and Conflict


Dr. Irmer is a conflict resolution specialist and attorney with more than 30 years experience in consensus building, negotiation and mediation and other forms of conflict resolution. She has led peacebuilding and conflict resolution teams for the UN, the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Department of State and private sector organizations.

Previously she served as special assignment to the State Department’s Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (J), leading strategic planning efforts, efforts related to gender equality, religion and foreign policy and public sector involvement. She served with the department’s bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations where she led the US government in development and application of a systematic and collaborative tool for analyzing deep causes of conflict and social and institutional strengths and resilience. She was a trial lawyer for 15 years for the US Department of Justice, private law firms and multinational corporations.

She has trained government ministers, armed rebel groups and ordinary citizens in peace negotiations and to be mediators and non-violent conflict resolvers in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, North and Central America and Europe. She studied at Oxford University and has degrees from George Mason, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Creighton University Law School and the University of Nebraska.