Swanee Hunt is the founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University, chair of the Initiative for Inclusive Security, president of the Hunt Alternatives Fund, and a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and the boards of the International Crisis Group and Amnesty International. The U.S. Ambassador to Austria from 1993 to 1997, she is the author of the award-winning book This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace. Hunt discusses her memoir Half-Life of a Zealot- Tattered Cover
Swanee Hunt is Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Universityâ€™s Kennedy School of Government. An internationally recognized expert on foreign affairs and diplomacy, Hunt is heralded for her trailblazing work to increase the participation and inclusion of women in peace processes around the world. She is also President of Hunt Alternatives Fund, a private foundation committed to advancing social change at local, national and global levels.
From 1993 to 1997, Hunt served as Ambassador to Austria. During her tenure she hosted negotiations and several international symposia to focus efforts on securing the peace in the neighboring Balkan states. Hunt became a specialist in the role of women in post-communist Europe; and in July 1997, she launched â€œVital Voices: Women in Democracy,â€ a conference convening 320 women leaders in business, law, and politics from 39 countries. The conference spawned the film documentary â€œVoicesâ€ as well as an ensuing State Department initiative led by Madeleine Albright and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Ambassador Huntâ€™s work in Europe inspired the creation of Women Waging Peace, an initiative she incubated at the Kennedy School, which advocates for the full participation of women in formal and informal peace processes. Hunt teaches â€œInclusive Securityâ€ at the Kennedy School, a course exploring why women are systematically excluded from peace processes and the policy steps needed to rectify the problem. She also teaches â€œThe Choreography of Social Movementsâ€ at Harvard College.