Dr. Dianna Wuagneux's expertise and extensive practical experience includes the creation/ implementation of innovative projects, programs, and policies that promote peace, cross sectoral social partnership, resilient economies, healthy environments, and improved quality of life.

Security Clearance: Secret

Citizenship:US, EU citizenship eligible

Languages: Native English speaker. Language training: Russian, French

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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


  • Professor of Cultural Anthropology
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Business Ethics
  • Social Issues
  • International relations
  • International business
  • International conflict resolution
  • Corporate citizenship
  • Global partnerships
  • Peace-building

Periodic administrative duties: curriculum development, program and facilitator assessment. City College, FAPSC, Kaiser College, Florida USA; Green Mountain College, NSHU, College of St. Joseph; Johnson State University, Norwich University, Vermont USA (has periodically served as visiting lecturer in 8 states & abroad).

Conducted/developed training with US military, the Maritime Resources Group, Premier Innovation Institute, Bank of Beijing, Canarie, Inc., US Department of State, US Department of Labor, etc.

Recent Publications Include*

  • UNDP CP, DRMP, TMAC Conflict Prevention & Management Training Manual
    (2009, 2010)
  • Conflict Analysis & Mitigation (2009)
  • Peace and Development, excerpt (2009)
  • Civil Society and Post-Conflict Reconciliation: a Modified-Identity, Reciprocal Obligations Approach (2009)
  • District Development Programs: Methodology for Elaboration and Implementation. Recommended items, ideas, and objectives, for inclusion (2008)
  • Progress Impeded: The Middle East Maelstrom, (2006)
  • Dubious Intentions: Democracy and Governance Based International Aid, (2006)
  • Central Asia 2007, Potential for Progress, (2007)
  • Undermining Social Evolution: The International Aid Impact, (2007)
  • Uneasy Alliances: The US Military and Interagency Relationships, (2007)

*Unless otherwise noted, these articles and papers were written between 1997 and the present; they appeared in as diverse publications as the Leadership education sourcebook: Courses and programs (1997), the Systems Thinker Journal: Leverage (1999), Cultural Survival Quarterly (2001), the TQM business journal quality progress (2002), and published conference proceedings, such as the International Society for the Improvement of Quality of Life, Washington D.C. (2003).

  • Board of Directors Chairman for the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation in NYC (2012-present)
  • Co-Author of the 2012-2013 World Conflict Report with Geoplicity (2012)
  • Senior Policy Advisor with US Department of State with the US Embassy in Moscow, Russian Federation (2011-2012)
  • Research/ On-call Advisement US Department of Defense (2010, 2011)
  • Course Developer - Graduate Department of Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis. Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. (2010)
  • Peace & Development Advisor, UNDP, Tajikistan, Central Asia, (2009, 2010).
  • Executive Advisor Reconciliation & Reconstruction. US Department of Defense. JIEDDO, XVIII Airborne Corps, Iraq. (2008)
  • Speaker Black Watch Global COIN Conference: A Systemic Understanding of the Taliban. (2010)
  • Author UN Peace and Development Training Manuals. (2009-2010)
  • Maxwell Stamp – Peer Reviewer: Understanding Afghanistan, Social Conflict Assessment. (2008)
  • Guest Speaker, Norwich University Armory: Averting Disaster: Leadership through Partnering in a Combat Zone (US military/DOS/USAID relations)
  • Harvard University Registered Expert: Central Eurasia Experts Directory. (2007)
  • Senior Policy Advisor Development & Reconstruction , US Agency for International Development & DOD, Afghanistan. (2006, 2007).
  • Chief of Party, Louis Berger Group, Macedonia. (2003-2005).
  • Executive Director, Adaptive Solutions - worked on projects in USA, Russia, Eastern/Western Europe, Central America, India, New Zealand, Australia, Africa, Indonesia, China. (1994-2003).
  • Director of Operations, Enviro Quest. (1982-1994).
  • Awarded the NATO Medal for Service in an International Security Assistance Force Operation. (2007)
  • DOD, Subject Matter Expert, MRX Training, 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg. (2006)
  • The Hague, Panelist Royal Society – Future of Netherlands. (May 2005).
  • United Nations Panel Member Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. (2003-present)
  • UNESCO sponsored speaker globalization conference Council of tribal Elders and Ancient Traditions India. (2003)
  • Made Honorary Director-University of Lampung, Indonesia. (2002)
  • Speaker International Society for the Improvement of Quality of Life. (2002)
  • Strategic Director-Girls Whispers International. AIDS' orphans support society, Cameron, Africa. (2001 -- present)
  • Speaker-11th Annual International Social Conflict Resolution Conference, St. Petersburg, Russia. (2000)
  • Primary Speaker-14th International Systems Dynamics Conference, Wellington, New Zealand. (1999)
  • Cultural Liaison-Business Development and Australian aboriginals Australia. (1999)


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