Dr. Maneshka Eliatamby is a scholar-practitioner focusing on nonviolence and peace education, peacebuilding and development among marginalized communities, including youth and women. She has over fifteen years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating peace and development initiatives working in diverse regions throughout the world, including Africa, Europe, and South Asia.
Dr. Eliatamby is co-editor and author of the book Women Waging War & Peace (Continuum Press, 2011). Her other book publications include “Peacemaking and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.” co-authored with Johnny J. Mack in Peacemaking: A Comprehensive Theory and Practice Reference (ABC-Clio, 2011). Her publishing has also appeared in the Africa Peace & Conflict Journal and USAID publications. She is currently working on several books, including When the Tiger Was a Woman: Unraveling the Myth and Comprehending the Complexity of the Female Combatant (forthcoming) and an edited volume titled Raising the Bar: Ethics in Peacebuilding and Development (forthcoming). Maneshka Eliatamby teaches conflict resolution and peace at the graduate and undergraduate degree programs at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University in Virginia and at the University of Malta, Valletta, Malta. She has also carried out extensive nonviolence and peace education and programming activities in the Balkans, Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the United States.
Dr. Eliatamby is the Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer of Communities Without Boundaries International, Inc. She was previously Director of Research, Education, and Training at Realizing the Dream, Inc. and The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has taken her to several active conflict and post-conflict zones, including the Africa (Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa) the Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Europe (Malta) and South Asia (India, The Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka), which gained her expertise through extensive research and hands-on practice and work in the field. Maneshka Eliatamby co-managed the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in 2013 that drew a crowd of more than 150,000 people to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Dr. Eliatamby began her career at KPMG, where she conducted consultancies with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Fund for Population Activity (UNFPA), and the banking sector.
Maneshka Eliatamby holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at S-CAR, and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and scholarships, including, George Mason Provost Fellowship, The Hunt Inclusive Security Fellowship, Mahbub al Haq Fellowship, Drucie French Cumbie Fellowship, and Brenda Rubenstein Memorial Scholarship. She serves on the Advisory Council of Y-LEAD Africa (Youth for Leadership, Education and Development).