Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer Professor, Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines
Former Chair of the Philippine Government Panel for Peace Talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer headed the government panel that negotiated and signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in March 2014. She is a professor of politics at the University of the Philippines where she also served as director of the Third Word Studies Center and convener of the Program on Peace, Democratization and Human Rights. She had also been visiting professor in several Asian universities.
Prof. Ferrer has published several books and journal articles on Philippine democratization, civil society and peace processes. She was founding co-chair of the Non-State Actors Working Group of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and was one of 27 Filipinas among the "1, 000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize" nominated in 2005. An active peace advocate in her country, she co-led the civil society-initiated drafting of the National Action Plan on the UN Security Resolution 1325. The Philippine NAP was formally adopted by the government in March 2010. Prof. Ferrer is the first woman in the world to have signed a major peace agreement as chief negotiator. In 2015, she received the Hillary Clinton Award for Women, Peace and Security given by Georgetown University in Washington D.C.