Practice Area Lead
Allison Poyac-Clarkin co-leads MSI’s Peace and Stability Practice Area, serves at technical director on the Programming Effectively Against Conflict and Extremism IQC (PEACE IQC), and provides support to a range of analytical and business development efforts as a senior conflict specialist. With more than 15 years of experience, she brings substantial knowledge of conflict theory and assessment methodologies and robust technical expertise related to countering violent extremism and promoting peace in divided conflict and post-conflict contexts. She has provided technical direction on several large-scale USAID-funded conflict mitigation and peacebuilding programs such as USAID’s largest CVE program in the Sahel, Peace through Development (PDEV I and PDEV II), and served as chief of party for the USAID-funded Support to Peace and Stability project (SPSK) in Kosovo. She is trained in advanced conflict assessment methodologies and is currently working with the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation to publish a series of technical briefs and guidance outlining USAID’s approach to mainstreaming conflict sensitive approaches and practices. She holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the New School for Social Science Research, and is fluent in French.