Robert Ricigliano, a Mobius Senior Consultant, is the Director of the Institute of World Affairs and the Peace Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he teaches International Mediation and Negotiation through the Department of Communication. He was a founding Board member of the Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution (AICPR), a consortium of leading U.S-based conflict resolution NGOs and academic centers. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Theory and Practice Committee of AICPR.
Mr. Ricigliano has worked most recently on the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been involved in peacebuilding interventions in Russia, Georgia, Colombia, South Africa, and elsewhere. He served on the first U.S. team ever to teach negotiation at the Soviet Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy in Moscow, and has trained diplomats and other government officials from Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. He was also
selected by the Secretary of the Interior to lead a first of its kind mediation of a land dispute. Mr. Ricigliano was Executive Director of the Conflict Management Group and Associate Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project. He has developed core programs in diplomatic and governmental negotiation, preventive diplomacy, and inter-group conflict management.
In a wide variety of corporate settings, Mr. Ricigliano has done consulting, mediation, and training in negotiation, creating a value-based client relationship, and managing difficult conversations. A partial list of clients includes KPMG, Deloitte, PwC, BMC Software, IBM, Axiom, Pillsbury, Credit Suisse, Bank of Montreal, and several major law firms. He has worked with managers, executives, and sales and marketing teams. He has also mediated disputes with Canada’s largest private television network and a major healthcare system.
Recently, Mr. Ricigliano edited a volume of Accord entitled Choosing to Engage: Armed groups and peace processes and co-authored a piece for the volume entitled “Understanding Armed Groups.” His writings on negotiation and peace processes include Networks of Effective Action: Implementing a Holistic Approach to Peacebuilding; Cold War, Redux: A Critique of and Alternative to the War on Terrorism; The Choardic Peace Process; and Supporting the Peace Process in the DRC: A Track 1.5 Facilitation Effort. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Hamilton College.