Director of the Global Governance
Stimson Center
Dr. Richard Ponzio

Dr. Richard Ponzio is Director of the Global Governance, Justice & Security Program and Senior Fellow at the Stimson Center, where he also co-directs the Global Governance Innovation Network and earlier directed the Albright-Gambari Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. Having co-authored many reports on international environmental issues (including Building Back Together & Greener: Twenty Initiatives for a Just, Healthy & Sustainable Global Recovery with the Stimson Center and Doha Forum), he co-organized a recent Global Policy Dialogue on Climate Governance with Ban Ki-moon’s Global Green Growth Institute and represents the Stimson Center on the Climate Governance Commission Steering Committee. Widely published, Dr. Ponzio has served in senior peacebuilding roles with the UN and U.S. State Department in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, New York, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, and Washington, D.C. He is the author of Democratic Peacebuilding: Aiding Afghanistan and other Fragile States and (with Dr. Arunabha Ghosh) co-author of Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, Impact, Reform. He completed his doctorate in politics and international relations at the University of Oxford on a Clarendon Scholarship and undertook earlier studies at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (M.A.), The Graduate Institute Geneva (M.A.) as a MacJannet Fellow, and Columbia University (B.A).