Miriam Coronel Ferrer

Founding Member, Southeast Asian Women Peace Mediators; former Chairperson for the Philippine Government’s Peace Panel



Miriam Coronel Ferrer is a founding member of the Southeast Asian Women Peace Mediators. She was a member of the UN Standby Team of Mediators for three years where she did mediation support work for UN missions in countries like Afghanistan, Maldives, Iraq, and Georgia. Previously, she headed the government panel that negotiated and signed the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

A retired professor of politics at the University of the Philippines (UP), she once served as director of the Third World Studies Center and convener of UP’s Program on Peace, Democratization and Human Rights. She had also served as visiting professor in several Asian universities.

Currently, she sits as a member of the board of trustees of the International Crisis Group, and Geneva-based Interpeace. She sits in the advisory boards of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders in New York, the Peace Treaty Initiative of the Institute for Integrated Transitions in Barcelona, and the Negotiations Strategies Institute at Harvard University.

Recent awards received by Prof. Ferrer include the 2024 Rotary Peace Award given in the Philippines, the 2023 Ramon Magsaysay Award given in Asia by the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, and the 2015 Hilary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security given by Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She was listed among five Filipino women in the Forbes Asia 2024 List of 50 over 50.

Prof. Ferrer has published several books and academic journal articles on democratization, civil society, human rights, and peace processes in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. She was founding co-chair of the Non-State Actors Working Group of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines from 1999-2004, 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 (NAP) on UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The Philippine NAP was formally adopted by the government in March 2010.

As the chair of the government panel, Prof. Ferrer became the first woman in the world to sign as chief negotiator a major peace agreement with a non-state armed group. She continued in this capacity to oversee the CAB’s implementation until the end of the term of President Simeon Benigno Aquino III in June 2016.