Ms. Shweta Dhiman ('12SPS, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution) has seventeen years of project management experience across the public and private sectors and academia in areas such as conflict assessment and resolution; process design and engineering; research and analysis; training and capacity building; fundraising and report writing.
Most recently, she worked as an expert at the International Criminal Court at its permanent seat in The Hague, the Netherlands where she conducted a conflict assessment and dispute system evaluation as part of a broader review of the Court’s governance. In her role as a Court-commissioned expert, Ms. Dhiman engaged with broad-based stakeholders including the Assembly of States Parties (the Court’s intergovernmental legislative body); the Court’s management, union, and various categories of personnel in its sphere of operations; and civil society, and made institutional level recommendations for the establishment and design of an effective and transparent conflict management system.
Prior to that, Ms. Dhiman worked as an expert consultant with the United Nations Secretariat Ombudsman and Mediation Services over several years in New York, and subsequently as a Conflict Resolution Officer deployed to the UN’s logistics base in Uganda, from where she conducted ombudsman missions to UN peace operations in the region in Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and helped implement the office’s mandate in Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia. She prepared ombudsman reports to the UN General Assembly for deliberations on the internal administration of justice and various reports for high-level audiences; developed a mediation capacity building program for field operations in Africa; facilitated the establishment of an ombudsman office in the Middle-East and was involved in several other strategic initiatives. Ms. Dhiman handled cases as an ombudsman and mediator, designed and delivered thematic trainings and reported on systemic issues.
She holds a Master of Science degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University; she is trained in Negotiation, Mediation, Ombudsman Practice, Conflictology, International Law and International Human Rights Law. Her capstone thesis on the cost of organizational conflict was done in close collaboration with the Office of the Joint Ombudsman for United Nations Funds and Programmes. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and an M.B.A.
Ms. Dhiman has previously worked as an associate at Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (a joint center of Columbia Law School and Earth Institute) which provides advisory services in the areas of human rights and political economy, as a teaching assistant in the Master’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and in the financial services industry. She is currently engaged as an Associate Faculty at Columbia University’s Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program. As a private citizen, she is actively involved in advancing Buddhist teachings in society.
- M.B.A., University of North Alabama
- M.S., Columbia University
- B.S., University of Calcutta