Sandra Melone

Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Search for Common Ground ASBL/VZW, and CEO, Zancora Consulting

Sandra Djuvara Melone is the CEO of Zancora Consulting, which she founded in 2021. Zancora’s team of experts in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, crisis management, human rights, gender, and the Women, Peace & Security Agenda provide top-notch advisory, facilitation, evaluation, mediation, training, research, project management, event organizing, interpretation & translation consulting services to institutions, organisations & individuals - always with a "Passion for People, Peace, and Process”.

She is a Co-Founder of Elles du Sahel, conducting advocacy at the local, national, regional and international levels towards increased and more coherent funding envelopes for girls’ education and sexual and reproductive health and rights. 

Sandra is the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Search for Common Ground, Europe, one of the world’s leading international non-governmental organisations working in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. She served as Search’s Executive Vice President for 10 years and helped to lead the growth of the organisation to over 700 staff in 45 offices working in 36 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East; develop partnerships with hundreds of organisations; and secure funding from a large, international platform of donors. Sandra’s first job at Search was to found the Women’s Centre for Peace in Burundi in the throes of its civil war. She then established Search’s European headquarters.

She is a founding member of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), the European Platform for Conflict Prevention and Transformation (EPCPT), and the Child Soldiers Initiative (CSI). She served on the Board of the International Federation of Associations in Belgium (FAIB), and as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP). 

She is the President of the Neagu Djuvara Cultural Association, which she founded in 2018 to honour the cultural legacy of her grandfather, Neagu Djuvara, an acclaimed Romanian historian, diplomat, and scholar.