Adapt is driven by people that are convinced that we need smarter solutions to the peace and development challenges of our time. We draw upon on a leading international network of peace and development thinkers and practitioners, but ground ourselves in the belief that genuine experts and opportunities for sustainable positive change come from the affected communities themselves.
In 2018 we changed our name from Adapt Research and Consulting to Adapt Peacebuilding to reflect our specific emphasis and growing work in peacebuilding.
Co-founder and Director
Stephen’s work focuses on international conflict resolution and is grounded in respect for social and economic justice, non-violence, transparent and accountable governance, and the value of learning. His professional career began in policy roles for the New Zealand government and has lead to work for private, academic and multilateral institutions on four continents. He works with others that seek sustainable, less violent solutions to the conflicts that confront us. In practice, this often involves representing organisations, managing research, providing analysis and advise, and conduct training for stakeholders focused on peace and development in conflict-affected environments. His research focuses on systems approaches to conflict analysis, transformation and peacebuilding. Stephen holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, where he occasionally lectures. He is a Fulbright and Freyburg Scholar, certified mediator, very amateur rugby player, committed dad, and keen surfer. Stephen is from New Zealand.
Josefine Roos has been working on peace and conflict issues in Myanmar since 2012. Before founding Adapt Research & Consulting she worked as a conflict advisor to the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative, as well as a consultant to a range of clients including Save the Children, Danish Refugee Council and Plan International. Her work has been focused on conflict affected communities across Myanmar (in Kachin, Rakhine and Kayah state) where she has provided training and facilitated analysis. Before moving to Myanmar Josefine worked on peace and conflict issues as well as the nexus between corporate sector engagement and conflict in South Sudan, Guinea, Liberia and Colombia. Josefine has a Masters of International Affairs from SIPA, Columbia University, and is a certified mediator from the New York Peace Institute. Josefine is from Sweden.
Marthe Hiev Hamidi
Marthe Hiev is currently finishing her graduate thesis on group identity and conflict-supporting narratives for the research master in Peace and Conflict Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden. Before joining Adapt, she contributed to an international arms trade campaign with Amnesty International in Tel Aviv, Israel. Drawing from an original interest in political conflict, Marthe Hiev has recently directed her focus to include community-led peacebuilding in post-conflict contexts, which has largely been shaped by her experience with the Colombian peace process. During her studies, Marthe Hiev has been conducting field research on inclusive peacebuilding practices in the conflict-affected area of Cauca (Colombia), and combining her research with an internship with the KROC institute for International Peace Studies in Bogotá - which is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Colombian Peace Agreement. In the near future, Marthe Hiev is looking to spend more time on her passion for photography, and to contribute to the development of inclusive peacebuilding initiatives in an international context. Marthe Hiev is from Sweden.
Alex works as the director’s assistant and supports Adapt’s operations. Alex holds a degree in hotels and tourism administration from Corporación Universitaria Remington in Colombia. She has worked in administrative, operational, financial and logistical support for over 8 years, structuring and running internal processes for clients from all over the world. She enjoys outdoor sports especially triathlon and loves modern dance. Alex is from Colombia and is looking forward to starting a new degree in Psychology in the next few months and contribute from a more professional perspective towards local community development through Adapt’s programmes and work.
Ángela María Báez-Silva Arias
Programe Development Manager
Ángela has been a consultant in public, private and international cooperation organizations in a wide range of topics around the transformation of human relationships with different communities in the Colombian territory. She has participated in the design, research, evaluation, systematization and implementation of projects on peacebuilding and community, teacher training, women's literature, cultural transformation, psychosocial care, education, conflict resolution, negotiation, culture and organizational well-being, collaborative work, human rights, gender equality and dialogue, always from narrative and systemic approaches. She has teaching experience in Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees education. She is a philosopher, psychologist and Master of Literature from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. She also holds a Master's degree in Cultural Biology from the Matriztica School of Santiago de Chile. She loves playing with her daughter, dancing with her partnet and trying new restaurants. She believe in participative, dialogical and systemic approaches, focused on ethical relationships that facilitate recognition, autonomy and trust among people who live in different and equally valid multiverses.
Clients and Partners
Adapt has provided research and advisory services to a range of international and clients, including UNDP, UNICEF, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, Plan International, the Danish Refugee Council and various local organisations in Kachin and Kayah states. Our implementation partners include the Institute of Development Studies and Columbia University’s International Centre for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution and Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4).