Hannes Siebert (February 17, 1961) is an international peace process and negotiations adviser and facilitator, who is known for his work on national peace structures, the role of media in conflict resolution, authentic negotiations processes and local/regional conflict interventions in several countries.
He was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1961. He grew-up in the house of an Afrikaner Dutch Reform Minister who ministered to both white and black communities. His political turning point happened during a sequence of events from 1980 to 1984 when he worked as a railway worker to support his studies—witnessing the brutal impact of Apartheid on the lives of black migrant workers. He became a victim of a hit-and-run accident after exposing a double insurance scandal (that had fatal consequences for insured workers) and spent many months in hospital; then as reporter for the daily newspaper, Die Volksblad writing about corruption in the Dutch Reformed Church and the force removals under the Apartheid Regime; and finally as co-founder and editor of the black newspaper, City Beat.
As an international peace process and negotiations adviser and facilitator, Hannes Siebert has worked in many of the world’s most conflict-ridden societies. In South Africa he served as director in the National Peace Secretariat (1992-4), the multi-party body mandated to implement its 1992 Peace Accord. Post-1994 he assisted the Special Presidential Task Force in key in-tractable conflicts, focusing on de-militarization of youth militia.
In 1998, he became known as the executive producer for a Search for Common Ground TV mini-series documentary on Africa.
In Sri Lanka Hannes advised the country’s peace secretariats and facilitated the creation of the multi-party negotiations forum (SL One-Text Initiative); in Nepal he co-facilitated and contributed to the drafting of key agreements – including the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, co-facilitated talks between the Nepal Army and the Maoist Army, facilitated the setting-up of the confidential dialogue process (Nepal Transitions To Peace), and advised the Peace Ministry; in the USA he facilitated talks between members from prominent Arab and Israeli think tanks; in the Balkans he worked on healing and reconciliation initiatives as part of the “Stability Pact Agreements”; in Lebanon he acted as senior advisor for the Common Space Initiative, Berghof Foundation and UN, working on issues related to sustainable peace and constitutional reform. Internationally Hannes assisted several governments with the development of strategy and policy papers for peace and negotiations support initiatives, peacebuilding, conflict interventions, and looking at best practices worldwide.
With 5 Nobel Peace Laureates, he initiated the establishment of the Peace Appeal Foundation in 2000 in support of their “Appeal for Peace and Non-Violence”; in 2001, as an associate and fellow at the Center for War, Peace and the News Media at NYU, he coordinated the West-Dar al Islam Media Dialogues program – facilitating dialogue between major media institutions in the West and Middle East; and in 2003 he developed Peace Tools, a comprehensive set of innovative tools for conflict transformation and negotiations processes.
Articles and public lectures
- Baumann, Melissa; Siebert, Hannes (Winter 1993). "The Media as Mediator". NIDR Forum. pp. 28–32.
- Siebert, Hannes (December 1998). "Debunking the 'Big O'". Track Two. 7 (4). Archived from the original on 2012-04-25.
- Siebert, Hannes (November 5, 2007). "Sri Lanka One-Text Initiative: A Multi-Stakeholder Negotiations and Dialogue". Peace and Collaborative Development Network. Check date values in:
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- "Supporting Peace Processes: A Toolkit for Development Intervention" (PDF). United States Agency for International Development. June 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-22.
- Siebert, Hannes; Charles, Chanya (Jan 18, 2009). "Sri Lanka: When Negotiations Fail... Talks for the sake of Talks, War for the sake of Peace". Peace Appeal Foundation.[dead link]
- Siebert, Hannes (Sep 19, 2010). "Imperfect Bridges To Peace: National Peace Structures Study Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Israel/Palestine". Berghof Foundation/ Peace Appeal.
- "Beyond Mediation: Promoting Change and Resolving Conflicts Through Authentic National Dialogue". The Bill and Sally Hambrecht Distinguished Peacemakers Lecture. American University Beirut (AUB), Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs. May 23, 2011.
- Siebert, Hannes (March 2013). National Peace and Dialogue Structures. Strengthening the Immune System from Within instead of Prescribing Antibiotics, Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 10 (PDF). Berlin: Berghof Foundation.
- "Fellows: Hannes Siebert". Ashoka. 1990-02-02. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "Beeld JOHANNESBURG FINAAL Dinsdag 15 Februarie 1994 Bl. 3: Vredesradio eerste stasie wat in elf tale gaan uitsaai". 126.96.36.199. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "Beeld JOHANNESBURG FINAAL Woensdag 16 Februarie 1994 Bl. 6: Radiokansel klop Vredesradio". 188.8.131.52. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "Press Briefings". ANC Daily News Briefing. 1993-09-08. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Girardet, Edward (September–October 1999). "Media intervention in conflict: so many missed opportunities". CROSSLINES Global Report (34).
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- Bandy, Pat; Marsh, Pamela; Madhav, Nitin (1997). "Weapons of War, Tools of Peace Symposium, Series II, Lifeline Media: Protecting Civilians In Conflict" (PDF).
- Fröhlich, Gabriele (Fall 2006). "Emotional Intelligence in Peace Journalism: Modern Media Options / Journalism Training". Global Media Journal. 5 (9). ISSN 1550-7521. Retrieved 2014-01-20.
- Sidiropoulos, Elizabeth; Mashabela, Harry; et al. (1995). "South Africa Survey" (PDF). South African Institute of Race Relations. ISBN 0-86982-446-5.
- Hannes Siebert on IMDb
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- Singh Khadka, Navin (12–18 November 2004). "The peace industry: Is there a conflict of interest in the peace efforts?" (PDF). Nepali Times (221). p. 1.
- Baechler, Günther (2010-08-31). "Women in Nepal". Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12.
- Farasat, Warisha; Hayner, Priscilla (June 2009). "Negotiating Peace in Nepal: Implications for Justice" (PDF). International Center for Transitional Justice.
- Whitfield, Teresa (October 2008). "Masala Peacemaking: Nepal's Peace Process and the Contribution of Outsiders" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-26.
- "Nepal: Lawmakers Drag Feet On Truth And Reconciliation Bill". Tmcnet.com. IPS News. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "Peace Process: The Devil is in the Details - Cable reference id: #06KATHMANDU3199". Cablegatesearch.net. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- "The Peace Industry in Nepal". The South Asian. 2004-11-15. Archived from the original on 2012-07-06.
- Aryal, Mallika (18–24 July 2008). "Pardoning the perpetrators" (PDF). Nepali Times (409). p. 11.
- Aryal, Mallika (2008-09-05). "Truth, Reconciliation in Limbo". Inter Press Service. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13.
- "Hannes Siebert, Senior Technical Advisor". Retrieved 2014-01-20.
- Giessmann, Hans J.; Wils, Oliver (September 2009). "Conflict Parties' Interests in Mediation". p. 3.
- Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. "Annual Report 2005-2006" (PDF). p. 25.
- "Our History". Peace Appeal Foundation. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- Liyanaarachchi, Champika (2003-11-18). "Sri Lanka: As Peace Falters, Activists Turn to ICT to Build Bridges". OneWorld South Asia. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21.