Brian Ganson

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Brian Ganson
Research Associate

Email:  brian (at)
Phone : +1 617 934 1967


Brian Ganson holds a Juris Doctorate (with honors) from Harvard Law School, a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies (with high distinction) from the University of Michigan. He is Senior Researcher with the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, where he co-directs the University’s post-graduate diploma in dispute settlement. He is also Senior Fellow with the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises at the Fletcher School, where he has lectured on negotiation and law & development. He is currently a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Conflict Prevention of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Ganson has broad experience developing and delivering executive education programmes for diplomats, business executives, and civil society leaders through Harvard Law School and other leading institutions. In his consulting work he advises organizations operating in particularly challenging environments.

Fields of Interest:
  • Business engagement in fragile environments, with a particular focus on the common interests but distinctive roles of private sector, government, peacebuilding and development actors.
  • Organizational capabilities for effective engagement in post-conflict and other complex environments, including leader skills, organizational systems and processes, and inter-organizational mechanisms.
  • The impact of donor policy, priorities, and recipient relations on the effectiveness of local efforts at the intersection of peacebuilding and development.
  • Rights compatible, interest-based approaches to the settlement of company/community conflicts, with a particular focus on third party roles and institutions.
Selected Publications:
  • (with Achim Wennmann) "Confronting Risk, Mobilizing Action: A Framework for Conflict Prevention in the Context of Large-scale Business Investments" (Berlin: FES International Policy Analysis Series 2013)
  • "Business and Conflict Prevention: Towards a Framework for Action" (Geneva Peacebuilding Platform No. 2, 2011)
  • (with Mary B. Anderson) "Report of the Fifth CDA / CEP Visit to the Yadana Pipeline in Myanmar / Burma (2008)", a field study for CDA’s Corporate Engagement Project
  • (with Diana Chigas) "Grand Visions and Small Projects: Notes from the Field in South Eastern Europe", in Imagine Coexistence: Restoring Humanity After Violent Ethnic Conflict (A. Chayes & M. Minow, eds., Jossey Bass 2003)
  • (with Eileen Babbitt et al.) "Assessing Refugee Reintegration Efforts in Divided Communities", submitted to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2002)
  • (with Roger Fisher et al.) Coping With International Conflict: A Systematic Approach To Influence (Prentice Hall 1997)
  • Editor of Beyond Machiavelli: Tools For Coping With Conflict (Harvard University Press 1994)