José Pascal da Rocha
José Pascal da Rocha is a lecturer with the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program at the School of Professional Studies, Columbia University. He is also a visiting lecturer at IESEG School of Management, Paris and Lille Campus, France, and a fellow with the BRICS Policy Center, Global South Unit for Mediation in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. He sits on the Academic Scientific Council at the Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany.
Da Rocha has over 20 years of experience in crisis negotiations in volatile environments (e.g. UNOSOM I, II, UNPROFOR, IFOR, KFOR, SFOR, UNTAET, UNAMA, ISAF, UNAMIR, Operation Artemis), and he serves as a Peace and Development Adviser (PDA) to the UN and as a mediation expert with the UN Department of Political Affairs. He is also a rostered mediation expert with the OSCE. He currently serves as a senior conflict prevention adviser to the African Union, a senior mediation adviser to ECOWAS, a special adviser to the Mediterranean Women Mediator's Network under the chairmanship of Italy and the Commonwealth Network of Women Mediators under the chairmanship of the U.K. Foreign Office.
Da Rocha also provides advisory services for U.S. Fortune 250 companies in change management strategies and intercultural communication, including leadership, virtual teams, organizational development, and intercultural communication. He covers biopharmaceutical, insurance, automotive, defense, and bio-science companies.
In addition from peer-reviewed articles, he has published a handbook on international mediation (Lambert Publishing), a peer-reviewed book on political mediation and conflict resolution, a peer-reviewed chapter on diversity management, edited by Judy Prescott, and a chapter on social inclusion. He designed, developed, wrote, and implemented the ECOWAS Dialogue and Mediation Curriculum, including a handbook (available in English and French at www.ecowas.int) and the African Union Mediation Support Handbook.
He is the recipient of the 2017-2018 School of Professional Studies Dean's Award for Applied Research.