The UN Business and Human Security Initiative team brings multi disciplinary expertise and broad geographical knowledge on business contributions to peace building and sustainable development.

Mary Martin 2022

Mary Martin is Director of the UN Business and Human Security Initiative. Her research focuses on the role of the private sector in conflict and peacebuilding and private security in the international system. She was co-ordinator of the Human Security Study Group 2006-1010, reporting to the High Representative of the European Union. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.


Dr Vesna Bojicic- Dzelilovic is co-director of UN Business and Human Security Initiative at LSE. Her research interests lie in the political economy of development, focusing on war economy, post-war economic reconstruction, and the role of international aid in transitioning from armed conflict. She holds PhD in Economics and MA in Development Economics.

Mark Van Dorp

Mark van Dorp is Research Associate for the the UN Business and Human Security Initiative. He is a senior consultant specializing in sustainable economic development in fragile and conflict-affected settings. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of Private Sector Development, Value Chain Analysis, responsible business, ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues, human security, conflict and peace building. His main focus is to understand and improve policies and practices of businesses and investors to contribute to responsible and peaceful development in fragile settings. Mark has worked with research centres, NGOs, businesses, governments and multilateral institutions, including the World Bank/IFC, UNDP and IOM. 

Alice Bryant

Alice Bryant is Research Officer for the UN Business and Human Security Initiative.

Carla Russo

Carla Russo is Research Assistant for the UN Business and Human Security Initiative