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Meet the Team

The objective of Social Cohesion & Violence Prevention Team is to support the World Bank's efforts to make societies more resilient to violence. This year's team is shown below.

Contact: Social Cohesion & Violence Prevention

The World Bank Group
1818 H Street NW
Washington DC, 20433
Fax. (202) 614-4208


Bernard Harborne
Bernard joined the World Bank in 2004, and from 2007 to 2008 was the Country Manager in Côte d'Ivoire. Prior to 2004, he worked and lived for a decade in various countries: Gaza, then Cambodia as a human rights lawyer, and for seven years in Africa with the United Nations (UN), with his last posting as head of the UN Coordination Office for Somalia. He then worked for two years with the British Government in London as the senior conflict adviser for Africa, managing the Africa Conflict Prevention Fund. He has conducted a number of political, conflict, and social analyses of conflict countries, including as part of joint needs assessments. He also has task managed several large International Development Association (IDA) and trust-funded Bank operations focused on demobilization of ex-combatants to community-based recovery and youth employment. He is a member of the Fragile and Conflict States Global Expert Team.
Yonatan Yehdego Araya
Yonatan Yehdego Araya works on the Forced Displacement program. He is currently involved in analytical work on the impact of forced displacement and livelihoods issues and the creation of an information platform on forced displacement. His pre-World Bank experience includes working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Africa, conducting research on post-conflict peace-building activities, and working for a management consulting firm in Washington DC. He has degrees in law and international studies (with a focus on political economy, post-conflict peace-building and international peace operations). His research interests include conflict-induced forced displacement, conflict and fragility, peace-building, law and development, international peace operations, and human rights.
Paul Maximilian Bisca
Paul is an Operations Analyst currently focusing on the intersection of Bank projects and security sector actors (military, police, criminal justice). He has previously worked as a consultant on conflict analysis and security sector expenditures across various Bank units, and on field assignments in the Africa Region (Rwanda and Liberia). He has also worked in the private sector as a political risk analyst for firms specialized in business intelligence and corporate due diligence. Paul has an MA in Strategic Studies and Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA in International Studies from Macalester College.
Cordelia Chesnutt
Cordelia Chesnutt works with the Global Program on Forced Displacement. She is currently involved in research on urban displacement, political economy analyses of forced displacement, and coordinating partnerships with donors and foundations. Before joining SDV, Cordelia worked at the Bank's Global Facility on Disaster Reduction & Recovery. Her pre-World Bank experience includes working with the United Nations Office for Disarmament in New York and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen and Rome. Cordelia is a Fulbright Scholar with two M.A. degrees in international economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS and political science from Columbia University. Cordelia has conducted field research in Mindanao, Philippines and edited a Johns Hopkins publication on the US-Japan alliance.
Margarita Puerto Gomez
Margarita Puerto Gomez works on the Forced Displacement program. She has extensive experience working on law and gender at the national and the international level. In 2008, she conducted a study on the legal, social, and economic conditions of International Displaced Persons in Gulu, Northern Uganda (2008). In addition, this study explored the donors and government responses to vulnerable groups such as children, youth and widows affected by protracted conflicts. Her current work includes the assessment of lessons learned on livelihoods restoration in forced displacement situations as well as the impacts and mitigation of displacement. She also collaborates with her team in providing operational support to country and sector teams working in countries affected by conflict-induced displacement. She holds a law degree, and two master degrees, one in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, and another on international development from George Washington University.
Niels Harild
Niels Harild leads the Forced Displacement program. He is an economist with 30 years of experience in conflict, fragility, transition, peace and state-building work. During many of these years he has had specific focus on displacement issues and has experience and interest in conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction, displacement/reintegration, governance capacity building and community development, interagency collaboration, and partnership development. He has worked in different continents, mainly in conflict zones, with the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, and the World Bank.
Nodoka Hasegawa
Nodoka is a Jr. Professional Officer working with the Social Cohesion and Violence Prevention team. She has extensive operational experience working on issues affecting displaced populations in fragile and conflict-affected settings. Her pre-World Bank experience includes working with the World Food Programme in Malawi, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Syria, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Armenia, as well as for the Japanese Embassy in Myanmar and a number of non-governmental organizations in Japan and Myanmar on their forced displacement programs. She has a Master's degree in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex. Her research focus during her studies was migration dynamics and identity politics, specifically in the context of Myanmar.
Julia Lendorfer
Julia is a social scientist specialized in conflict management with a regional focus on francophone Africa. Her current work includes conflict and fragility analyses, support to Country Assistance Strategies in fragile and conflict affected states (FCS) and developing a methodology for qualitative research in FCS. She is currently also working on a study on local governance and service delivery in Mali. Prior to joining SDV she was working at the Africa Region on disaster risk management projects as well as the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. She taught at the University of Vienna and published a paper on the test ban treaty with Dr I William Zartman. She holds two masters degrees, one in International Economics & International Relations from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and one in International Development from the University of Vienna.
Alys Willman
Alys Willman is a social development specialist, leading analytical and project work on urban violence, youth violence and gender-based violence for the team. She is the co-author of Violence in the City (2011), and Societal Dynamics and Fragility (2012), and has authored various other books and articles on urban violence, youth violence, and illicit economies. Current work includes projects in Central America and East Asia, and supporting knowledge exchange within and outside the World Bank. She serves on the on the Steering Committee of the Violence Prevention Alliance, and on the Board of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. Prior to joining the Bank, she taught at the New School University and worked with international NGOs and bilateral agencies in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. She holds a doctorate in Urban and Public Policy from The New School University in New York.

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