Donata Garrasi

Donata is a political scientist who specialises in policy and program design and implementation in crisis affected situations.  Over 20 years Donata has led high profile and multi-million US$ development and peacebuilding initiatives for governments and major international organisations in Africa and Asia. She has held senior management and advisory positions with the OECD, the UK Government, and the United Nations and consults regularly with multi-lateral partners, including the World Bank and the European Union, and with the private sector. Donata has contributed to designing and implementing global policies for effective development cooperation in conflict affected and fragile situations, and national recovery and peacebuilding strategies in a range of countries in West and Central Africa and Asia. She is currently working on a series of initiatives to attract and retain responsible business and investment in new emerging markets.  Donata is a Managing Partner of Europe Conflict and Security Consulting (ECAS Ltd).


Patrick Diamond

Patrick is Executive Chair of the Policy Network think-tank. He is lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London, Gwilym Gibbon fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a visiting fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Oxford. He is the former head of policy planning in 10 Downing Street and senior policy adviser to the prime minister. Patrick has spent ten years as a special adviser in various roles at the heart of British government, including 10 Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Northern Ireland Office. His recent publications include: His recent publications include: Can Labour Win? The Hard Road to Power (with Giles Radice, 2015); The Predistribution Agenda: Tackling Inequality and Supporting Sustainable Growth (with Claudia Chwalisz, 2015); Governing Britain: Power, Politics and the Prime Minister (2013); After the Third Way (with Olaf Cramme, 2012); Beyond New Labour (with Roger Liddle, 2009); Social Justice in the Global Age (with Olaf Cramme, 2009); and Global Europe, Social Europe (with Anthony Giddens, 2006). 


Robert Yates

Robert Yates is an internationally recognised expert on universal health coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing. He is a Director of UHC Consulting Limited and a senior fellow of Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs where he is Project Director of the UHC Policy Forum.

His principal area of expertise is in the political economy of UHC, with a focus on advising political leaders and governments on how to plan, finance and implement national UHC reforms. He has previously worked as a Senior Health Economist with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Health Organisation, advising numerous governments in Asia and Africa on health financing policy and health systems reforms.

He holds a BA degree in Natural Sciences and Economics from the University of Cambridge and a MBA, from the University of Leeds.

Teohna Williams


With her attention on international peace and security, Teohna spends the majority of her time working in an advisory capacity to senior officials focused on security, stability, and governance in conflict-affected and fragile states. Her recent work as Advisor to the UK Special Envoy for the Sudans involved advising on policy and programming for the UK’s support to South Sudan’s peace process.  

Over the last ten years Teohna has worked in South Sudan, the Middle East, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Moldova, and Timor Leste. She has also worked as a Programme Manager for UNDP on conflict transformation and peacebuilding and as a security & justice sector reform advisor with the Geneva Centre for Security, Rule of Law and Development (DCAF), where she led and supported many donor teams in their policy development.

Teohna holds a Master degree in International Affairs from Columbia University (New York), a Joint BA in Anthropology & English from Oxford Brookes University, and a Drama degree from the Arts Educational School (London). She is a qualified trainer & facilitator and having initially worked as a professional actor, Teohna uses theatre as a peacebuilding tool, working with communities to find non-violent solutions to conflict.