Dr. Dianna Wuagneux holds an earned doctorate in international business with a master's in cultural studies. She has been a college professor (cultural anthropology, international relations, conflict resolution), and has more than 15 years experience in policy, economic, and environmental consulting internationally for governments, corporations and international humanitarian agencies in 19 countries.
Currently, Dr. Wuagneux conducts research and provides on-call advisement to the US Department of Defense with a focus on Nations in Transition/Fragile States. Central Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Former Soviet Union. Advisement, Assessment/Evaluation, and Training, Ministry of Defense Advisors Training (MODA), Conflict Resolution/Mitigation, Border Stabilization, Reconciliation Advisement & Post-Conflict Recovery: Reconstruction and Development, Social/Economic Development, Crisis Recovery, Policy Analysis & Advisement. Evaluation of Relevant Programs, Program Design, Related Training. Counterinsurgency (COIN), and Military/Civilian Relations.
In 2009 - 2010, she served as a Peace & Development Advisor for the UNDP, focused on issues of border stabilization, reconciliation, both internal and regional (Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, China.) This included previewing current and past UNDP program interventions related to conflict analysis, mitigation, management and prevention, and conducting assessments of these interventions, related research, report findings, and providing expert recommendations.
In 2008, Dr. Wuagneux served as the Executive Advisor Reconciliation & Reconstruction for the US Department of Defense. JIEDDO, XVIII Airborne Corps in Iraq. In this position, she provided expertise as executive advisor relevant to Conflict Resolution, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration, improving quality of life via conflict mitigation, COIN, nation-building, cross-border negotiations, governance, civil-society, capacity building, reconstruction and development to the General Officers, and senor members of the staff under their command. As part of this role, she designated and prioritized projects, programs and activities, including but not limited to: education, healthcare (immunization programs, building/equipping of community health clinics & hospitals, participation in physician/nurse/midwife recruiting and training efforts, etc.) markets, roads, utilities, government services, and small business assistance.
Throughout 2006 and early 2007, Dr. Wuagneux served as the Senior Policy Advisor for reconstruction and development in Afghanistan for both the Department of State and Department of Defense, overseeing decisions translating to over $98 million per quarter, in addition to coordinating international cooperation necessary to further the Afghan mission. Prior to accepting that post, she administered a 23 million dollar post-conflict social/economic development project in the Balkans, designed to improve regional relations and mitigate conflict.
Dr. Wuagneux has a seat on the United Nations "Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues;” has been awarded the NATO Medal for her service to the International Security Assistance Force, and has been called upon to provide written opinions to Congress and the DOD regarding the surge in Iraq, as well as interagency (DOS/DOD) relations in North Africa and the Middle East. She is published in journals such as Leverage, the Systems’ Thinker, and Cultural Survival Quarterly. She is regularly interviewed as an "expert" in behavioral economics in newspapers/periodicals, and is frequently asked to address field practitioners, academics, and assorted policymakers at international conferences and symposia.
In 2007, Dr. Wuagneux was added to the Harvard University Central Eurasia Experts Directory