Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of ICAN. For over two decades she has been a leading international advocate, researcher, trainer and writer on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. In 2011, she was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team. In 2000, she was among the civil society drafters of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. 

Since 2005, she has provided strategic guidance and training to key UN agencies, the UK government and NGOs worldwide. Between 2008-2010, Ms. Anderlini was Lead Consultant for a UNDP global initiative on “Gender, Community Security and Social Cohesion” with a focus on men’s experiences in crisis settings.  

In 2018, she was invited to join the Commonwealths Panel of Experts on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).  

Ms. Anderlini has published extensively on gender, peace and security issues, including Women building peace: What they do, why it matters (Lynne Rienner, 2007). She holds an M.Phil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University.