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Founder’s Story

Executive Director and President of the Board, Claudia Abate-Debat, created the Foundation for Post Conflict Development(FPCD) after working at the United Nations (UN) for more than a decade, and realizing that her most fulfilling moments were when she was sent on official business to post conflict countries. In an effort to make a personal impact in assisting the world’s most vulnerable citizens, it was a natural progression for her to create this foundation, inspired primarily by observing the elections in Fiji (2001), and her work in Timor-Leste at the time of the Restoration of independence (2002). With these combined experiences, Ms. Abate-Debat saw first- hand democracy in action, and the effects of poverty on citizens as a consequence of post conflict situations. This inspired her “to want to do more.”

Ms. Abate-Debat recognized that there already exist other organizations that focus on the trauma of a post-disaster (man-made or natural) situations. The Foundation for Post Conflict Development was therefore founded at a time where there seemed to be a vacuum of targeted NGOs, particularly in the United States, focusing on post conflict situations.

After vast consultation with a variety of actors in the diplomatic community, non-governmental sector and governmental sector, Ms. Abate officially incorporated the FPCD in 2005. The FPCD is a 501 (c) (3) public charity and a non-governmental organization associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations.

Ms. Abate-Debat successfully inspired the Monaco Red Cross to engage in a pilot project in Timor-Leste. She was given the responsibility of coordination from proposal phase to execution, inauguration and operation of what became known as the Prince Rainer III of Monaco Maternity Clinic, the first of its kind in Timor-Leste. This landmark project became the model for Maternity Clinics country-wide and in 2012 the Princess Grace Maternity Clinic was opened.

As Founder and Executive Director of the FPCD, Ms. Abate-Debat continues with her passion of helping others and undertakes a variety of complimentary roles in civil society, including Chair of the Board of PEACEJAM, an international education institution uniting Nobel Peace Laureates with youth.

Related Articles

~ Read Claudia Abate-Debat CV (PDF format)

~ Interviews on Talk Business 360 (Video/audio)

~ Goodwilled Ambassador Article (PDF format)

Claudia Abate-Debat has represented Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta to Peacejam since 2008. IN 2012, she was elected Chair of the Board and re-elected in 2014 for another 2 year term. In this capacity Ms. Abate-Debat has introduced Peacejam’s Award winning programming to the Principality of Monaco. Furthering the dream of Peacejam Founders Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff, the Nobel Legacy Film Series has become unique part of the Monte Carlo Television Festival (http://www.tvfestival.com/).

Learn more here: www.peacejam.org and www.1billionactsofpeace.org


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