Alain Lempereur is the Alan B. Slifka Professor and Director of the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. He is an affiliated faculty and Executive Committee member of the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School. He is currently a visiting researcher at the University of Geneva.
He has written a dozen books, including The First Move: A Negotiator’s Companion, that appeared in 10 languages, and he has contributed over 100 articles and book chapters. His recent research and field expertise address issues relating to responsible negotiation and leadership, as well as humanitarian negotiation and mediation.
In the past 25, years in over 60 countries, Lempereur has conducted consulting missions and executive trainings for international organizations (EU, FAO, ICRC, MSF, OCHA, OECD, MSF, NRC, UNDP, UNEP, UNITAR, WHO, WWF, etc.), national governments, global consulting firms (The Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey, etc.) and corporations (Airbus, Faurecia, Generact, Orange, Sanofi-Pasteur, Scientific-Atlanta, Vivendi, etc.). He has also launched three capacity-building organizations, including CO-DEV.
In partnership with the Wilson International Center in Washington, DC, he created the Negotiators of the World project to support the Burundi Leadership Training Program (2003-2007) and the DR Congo Cohesive Leadership Initiative (2006-2011). He facilitated stakeholders’ meetings for the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (2009-2011). He contributed to the PON-affiliated Shades Negotiation program (2013-present) and the Heller Our Generation Speaks program for Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He also headed the scientific committee of the Humanitarian Negotiation Exchange (HNx), a project of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Future of Diplomacy and ATHA programs, supporting the International Committee of the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders (MSF). He belongs to the UN mediators’ network.
He established ESSEC IRENE – a European negotiation institute that he led for 15 years. He created the negotiation teaching at ENA (1997-2010) and at the European Commission (2004-2010). He also became the ESSEC Negotiation and Mediation Chair Professor, receiving recognition by The Financial Times.
He was a visiting faculty member at Harvard University, the Afghan Institute of Diplomacy, the Algerian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, the Cameroon Institute of International Relations, the College of Europe, the Cyprus International Institute for Management, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Lebanese University, the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, ParisTech, the UN University for Peace, the Universities of Brussels, Corsica, Mannheim, Mons, Paris II and V.
He graduated from Brussels University (M Law ’88, M Phil ’89) and from Harvard University (Fulbright Fellow & Frank Boas ’91, LL.M. ’93, SJD ’95, PON ’96 and ’97).