Ploughshares new staff announcements

Tasneem Jamal News

September 2015

Project Ploughshares is pleased to announce the appointment of two new program officers and the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Peace and Human Security Intern for 2015-2016.

SonalHeadSonal Marwah has worked with multiple humanitarian organizations focused on issues including armed conflict, violence prevention, forced migration and global health, and has published several articles and reports on these thematic topics.

Most recently, she worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Delhi. Prior to this, Sonal worked with Small Arms Survey in Geneva. Her role with them involved leading an evidence-based study to map and assess the impacts of armed conflict across India. “My biggest achievement is that the study continues to be a key tool for policy-makers working on security and armed violence prevention in India and globally,” she says.

Sonal holds a Master of Science in Global Health from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.


brankaphotoBranka Marijan is a researcher specializing in peacebuilding and fragile states.

She is a doctoral candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her dissertation, entitled “Neither War, Nor Peace: Everyday Politics, Peacebuilding and the Liminal Condition of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland” is concerned with the uncertain peace that persists in post-conflict societies long after peace agreements have been signed. Her broader research interests include state-building, police reform, and civil-military relations.

Branka has received research support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2010-2011, she received the John Peters Humphrey Fellowship in International Human Rights or International Law. From 2012-2014, Branka was a project member of the CIGI-funded project on the European Union and State Building in Fragile States (the Western Balkans).

Branka holds an MA in Globalization Studies, and an honours BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and German from McMaster University. Branka has also completed the Geneva International Students Program at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

She was born in Livno, Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Philip 1Philip MacFie is the Project Ploughshares Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Peace and Human Security Intern for 2015-2016.

Philip holds an MA in history from the University of Toronto and a BA, with a major in history and a minor in global studies, from the University of Ottawa. During his undergraduate degree, Philip researched efforts at peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of Congo and later evaluated peacebuilding efforts in Rwanda.

Philip has also completed Humber College’s post-graduate public administration program.

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