Phil Vernon is an independent peacebuilding and development consultant, and has been engaged in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding work for more than thirty years.

He lived for several years each in Sudan, Lesotho, Rwanda, Mali, Ghana and Uganda, before returning to his native UK in 2004. And until 2017 was Director of Programmes at peacebuilding NGO International Alert.

In 2010 he was the lead writer of Working with the Grain to Change the Grain: Looking Beyond the Millennium Development Goals, a critique of overseas development aid in fragile contexts, and which in many respects anticipated the Sustainable Development Goals agreed five years later.

In 2015 he wrote Peace through Prosperity: Integrating Peacebuilding into Economic Development, which outlines a framework in which businesses and others can contribute to peace as an integral component of their plans.

In 2017, International Alert published his account of why peacebuilding matters and needs more engagement and support today, Redressing the Balance.

Phil has an MSc in Environmental Forestry, is a member of mining company BHP Billiton’s Forum for Corporate Responsibility and blogs at