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David Harland

David Harland
David Harland
Born (1962-09-28) 28 September 1962 (age 55)
Wellington, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Occupation Executive Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

David Harland (born 28 September 1962 in Wellington) is a New Zealand diplomat. He is Executive Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), a Geneva-based foundation that specializes in the mediation of armed conflict. Harland served as a witness for the prosecution in a number of cases at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Harland was appointed HD's Executive Director in 2011. He has also served on the United Nations Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Board on Mediation, and as Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and as Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Conflict Prevention.

Prior to his appointment at HD, Harland served as Director of the Europe and Latin America Division of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (2006–2011). He served in United Nations peacekeeping missions in Haiti (2010), Kosovo (2008), Timor Leste (1999-2000) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1993–1998). During 1999, he was released from his regular duties to research and draft the United Nations report on the Srebrenica massacre, "The Fall of Srebrenica". He served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University from 1989-1991.

Harland served as a witness for the prosecution at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the cases of "The Prosecutor versus Ratko Mladic" (2012), "The Prosecutor versus Radovan Karadžic" (2010), "The Prosecutor versus Dragomir Miloševic" (2007), and the Prosecutor versus "Slobodan Miloševic" (2004).

Harland holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1994); a master's degree from Harvard University (East Asian studies, 1991); Jin Xiu Zheng from Beijing University (1988); and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (1983).

He is the son of late New Zealand ambassador, Bryce Harland.


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