Mediation & Dialogue Support
Luxshi Vimalarajah is the Director of the Mediation and Dialogue Support Programme at the Berghof Foundation. She is both conceptually and practically involved in designing and facilitating dialogue and mediation processes and providing training and on-demand support for negotiators, advisors, special envoys and mediators involved in peace negotiations.
Since 2006, Luxshi has been heading the annual negotiation meetings, where opposition movements are trained in negotiation skills and negotiation topics. Providing mediation support to third-party mediators is a strong pillar of Luxshi's work, ranging from policy advice to knowledge provision, capacity-building, technical and thematic support. At the moment she accompanies various dialogue and peace processes in Turkey, Armenia, Macedonia. Luxshi represents the Berghof Foundation in the Initiative Mediation Support in Germany, a consortium consisting of 5 German organisations advising the German Foreign Office on issues related to mediation and mediation support. She is in charge of the National Dialogue Handbook project, within which a Handbook on National Dialogues for practitioners providing options for the design and the implementation of National Dialogue processes was produced. Most recently, she has also co-authored a study for the OSCE: “OSCE Support to Insider Mediation: Exploring Potential, Challenges and Opportunities”. At the moment, she is engaged in the joint UN-DPA/Berghof Foundation project “Mediation and Constitution-building” with the aim to produce a UN Guiding Note on the subject.
Previously, she spent several years accompanying peace negotiations in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Yemen, the Basque country and Colombia. From 2003- 2008 she was responsible for the management of a variety of stakeholder dialogue programmes in Sri Lanka. From 2008 until 2011, she managed a project on Diaspora and Conflict Transformation, which mainly focused on the Tamil and Kurdish diaspora in the UK. In 2012, she helped set-up the National Dialogue Support Programme in Yemen. She was a co-trainer in projects related to gender and peacebuilding in Nepal and has undertaken a number of consultancy assignments for bilateral and multilateral donors on mediation support.
Luxshi Vimalarajah holds an MA in Political Science from the Free University in Berlin.