Colum de Sales Murphy is the President of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
With more than 30 years of experience in diplomacy, Murphy specialized in the study of the roots of war and conflict and served the cause of peace with the United Nations and the European Union. He served in the field of peace negotiation in several wars, including those of Somalia, Liberia, the former Yugoslavia and many others. He spent over four years in Sarajevo during and after the war there and wrote extensively on that conflict. During the war, he was United Nations Deputy Head of Political Affairs inside Bosnia. After the conflict, he served in that country as Spokesman of the international community.
Murphy served the United Nations in many capacities over several decades: in the Security Council, as Special Assistant to the UN Secretaries-General, as a Political Officer and as a Human Rights Officer.