Bernardo Arévalo de León
Bernardo Arévalo de León is a Senior Peacebuilding Adviser for the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team. He joined Interpeace in 1996, serving initially as a Special Adviser to the then War-Torn Society Project. Between 2011 and 2013 he was Deputy Director General for Research and Development. He specializes in the design, management, and facilitation of inclusive, participatory, multi-stakeholder processes in policy, and research in conflict-affected contexts and long-standing expertise in democratic security and participatory research.
Bernardo’s skills include networking and partnership development at both the national and international level, founded on the virtues of local ownership, cooperation and partnership. He possesses an understanding of the reality of peacebuilding from a national experience, conceptual knowledge of the problem as an academic, and awareness of the practical challenges of delivering international assistance to complex local realities acquired through his international experiences. Prior to his involvement with Interpeace, Bernardo served in Guatemala’s Foreign Service for over 12 years, including as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Ambassador to Spain.