- Ph.D., International Relations, American University; M.S., Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University; B.A. magna cum laude, Brown University
Suzanne Ghais principal at Ghais Mediation and Facilitation (sghais.com), offering mediation, facilitation, training, and other conflict resolution services in several arenas including peacemaking, environmental controversies, and workplace issues. Her doctoral research at SIS focused on inclusivity in peace processes. She teaches two courses in SIS' online master's program, Conflict Assessment & Prevention and International Negotiation. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Ghais practiced mediation and facilitation as a solo consultant (2006-2010) and at CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado (1996-2006), addressing workplace and public policy issues and conducting research and evaluation on peacebuilding projects. Her clients included government agencies at all levels, universities, non-profit organizations, and professional service firms. Dr. Ghais has conducted dozens of training courses on mediation, facilitation, arbitration, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. She is the author of Extreme Facilitation: Guiding Groups through Controversy and Complexity (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2005) as well as numerous articles.