Dr. Ann Fitz-Gerald is a Professor in Cranfield University’s Department of Management and Security at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. As well, she is Director of the Cranfield Centre for Security Sector Management. She holds degrees in Commerce, International Relations, War Studies and Security & Defence Management. She currently serves on the Boards of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Saferworld, the Canadian International Council (CIC), and the Security Sector Advisory Group for UK Trade and Investment. She also chairs the International Working Group on National Security.
Since joining Cranfield’s faculty in 2001, Ann has served as Associate Dean (Research) and has led Cranfield's Centre for Security Sector Management for the past eight years. She is also Course Director for the Master’s program in Security Sector Management that is delivered in both the UK and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ann is widely published on issues concerning international security interventions, strategic planning for national security and the role of non-state actors in promoting national stability and growth. She has advised the governments of a number of post-conflict and developing countries (Lebanon, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Nepal, Botswana and Sierra Leone) on issues relating to national security policy and strategy issues and, in 2011, was appointed by the United Nations and the African Union's High Implementation Panel as Facilitator for the post-referendum peace talks between North and South Sudan.
In recognition of her considerable achievements in the field of global security, Ann was awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in December.