As Deputy Director at Inclusive Security, Olivia Holt-Ivry focuses on research, advocacy, and civilian-military cooperation, providing guidance for women’s and civil society’s effective integration into peace and security processes. In this capacity, she oversees research into women’s roles in ceasefire negotiations and the impact on ceasefire agreements and implementation, including in Myanmar, the Philippines, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka. She also supports security sectors’ inclusion of women and civil society into strategy, planning, and operations. She managed Inclusive Security’s policy advocacy during the 2016-2017 US presidential transition and supported Inclusive Security’s research and conflict-focal work in Tunisia.
Previously, Ms. Holt-Ivry worked at The Institute for National Security Studies, focusing on inclusive governance and security mechanisms for countering conventional arms smuggling among Bedouin tribes in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, and bridging domestic Israeli divisions over the territorial aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Prior to that, she worked in the Middle East Peace Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where she provided policy research and organized backchannel dialogues between Israelis, Palestinians, and other regional officials. She has spent time in Tunisia conducting field research and has worked as a contractor for The Washington Post. Ms. Holt-Ivry holds a Masters in international security studies and development from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in political science and classics from McGill University.