Founder & Executive Director
Vijaya P. Thakur is the Founder and Executive Director of Resolve Network. Vijaya has worked on risk assessment and early warning mechanisms for genocide, post-conflict transitional justice, post-conflict reconstruction, and mainstreaming women's empowerment as part of peacebuilding. In her previous capacities as Policy Director for Friends of the Congo, Policy Associate for Genocide Watch, and Policy Associate for the Genocide Intervention Network, Vijaya focused on US Foreign Policy on genocide prevention and intervention. Upon concluding program evaluations of UNDP and other projects in Eastern Congo, Vijaya decided to adopt a grassroots approach to peacebuilding in her own work, leading her to found Resolve Network in 2009.
Emmanuel joined Resolve Network as a Program Manager in 2014 after previously working with Resolve as a conflict analysis consultant. Emmanuel has previous work experience managing demobilization camps for ex-combatants, as well as experience working in the health sector. Emmanuel holds a Masters in Conflict Management, and has received training in disarmament, health management, and trauma healing.
Reporting and Outreach Coordinator
Lily Kruglak began her work at Resolve as a Research and Development Intern in 2011 after graduating from Juniata College with a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies. Over the course of her tenure at Resolve, Lily was promoted to a Program Associate, working both in the US and DRC offices. Lily has additional work experience as a Monitoring and Evaluation consultant for the American Friends’ Service Committee office in Bujumbura, Burundi, and with the Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health, assisting in a research project on programs geared towards addressing sexual based violence in post-conflict societies. After completing her Masters in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University, Lily rejoined the Resolve as the Reporting and Outreach Coordinator.
Katherine was a pivotal member of Resolve’s founding team from 2010-2011. She has a background in public policy and community development finance, and holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley and a BA from Bryn Mawr College. Katherine joined the Resolve Board of Directors as President in March 2016