|Krista Hendry became Executive Director of The Fund for Peace (FFP) in January of 2009 after nearly a decade at the organization. Ms. Hendry has played a critical role in the organization''s restructuring from a traditional think tank to an organization focused on building local capacity, utilizing partnerships across sectors, and creating a working environment that enables FFP to have a major impact globally through constant innovation, multi-stakeholder collaboration and the use of information technology.From 2004-2011, Ms. Hendry directed FFP’s Human Rights and Business Roundtable, a collaborative multi-stakeholder forum that focuses on issues related to businesses operating in conflict-sensitive areas. Under Ms. Hendry’s leadership, FFP’s Sustainable Development and Sustainable Security program has become one of the most innovative of its kind, working with the private sector to support the development and implementation of human rights policies, procedures, trainings, and assessment frameworks primarily in the oil, gas and mining industries.
Ms. Hendry currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, an international multi-stakeholder framework designed to provide practical guidance to strengthen human rights safeguards in company security arrangements in the extractive sector. Ms. Hendry is also a member of the Advisory Board to the Conflict Risk Network, a network of institutional investors, financial service providers and other stakeholders calling on corporate actors to fulfill their responsibility to respect human rights and take steps that support peace and stability in areas affected by genocide and mass atrocities.Ms. Hendry led many of FFP’s civil society engagement programs, including the development of the Health & Business Roundtable Indonesia (HBRI), which is a project of Public Health Institute. HBRI is a replication of the Human Rights and Business Roundtable model to build the trust and skills needed to promote public private partnerships to increase the availability of resources related to health in Indonesia. She currently serves as technical advisor to Company-Community Partnerships for Health Worldwide (CCPHW), which was created as a result of replicating the Roundtable concept in Indonesia.
Further, Ms. Hendry was instrumental in the initial development of the UNLocK Program which increases local conflict early warning and assessment capacity within civil society in various African nations. Ms. Hendry also led FFP’s conflict assessment programs, having previously directed the Failed States Index (a ranking of countries based on risk of state failure published annually in Foreign Policy magazine) and played a key role in the creation of the CAST conflict assessment methodology framework. Ms. Hendry has been published and frequently lectures on the topics of business and human rights, conflict assessment, state failure and rebuilding, and security sector reform.
Ms. Hendry currently serves as a Practitioner Affiliate at American University’s School of International Service, a group of practicing social entrepreneurs who help guide the university’s program on Social Enterprise and serve as a resource for its students. Prior to joining FFP, Ms. Hendry worked in international trade and development, serving as Director (Asia) for the Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany.She received her MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she concentrated on Foreign Affairs and German Literature.Ms. Hendry currently chairs the Board of Directors of Liberty’s Promise, a non-profit that develops programs to increase civic participation of and career opportunities for low-income immigrant youth in the United States.