Gillian Sheehan

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Gillian Sheehan is a Non-Resident Fellow at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation. A British national, she is currently on special leave from the United Nations, where she has served since 2006 as a political analyst and strategic planner for post-conflict operations. Most recently, she led the New York-based team responsible for redesigning the UN’s presence in Somalia. Previously, Ms Sheehan served as a strategic planner assisting UN missions in managing crisis and transition, and held field assignments in Sudan, South Sudan and Haiti. Her early career included six years with the UK Diplomatic Service in London and China.

Ms Sheehan holds a B.A. from Oxford University and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School. She is a certified community mediator with the New York Peace Institute. Her current research interests include the management of complex transitions, including the role of international mediation, and issues related to the engagement of armed groups.

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