Liam Maskey

Liam Maskey

Senior Advisor

Liam Maskey has played a central role in the Northern Ireland peace process over the last 20 years. He has a demonstrated track record of engaging state and non-state protagonists to manage the transition from conflict to peace.

Throughout this period he has worked to offer practical and longer term solutions on issues of developing cross-sectoral engagement process, developing civic society, promoting policing reform, ceasefires, political vetting and economic regeneration.

Liam has pioneered a model of collaborative facilitation that has engaged a range of key stakeholders and facilitated the engagement of marginalised voices in the political process. He is the co-founder and Managing Director of INTERCOMM, a nationally and internationally recognised peace building agency.

He has extensive experience and expertise and worked across the world, disseminating and sharing lessons from the Northern Irish Peace.

Process in a variety of fragile and conflict-affected states on issues, including safety and security, confronting extremism, managing donor aid and strengthening democratic institutions.

Liam has been recognised, both locally and internationally for his contribution to the Irish Peace Process, receiving the US Presidents Peace Prize as well as the President of Ireland’s Peace Prize.

Liam is an Equality Commissioner for Northern Ireland, an independent public body that was established under the Northern Ireland Act (1998) and a current member of the NI European Regional Forum.


Centre for Democracy and Peace Building Annual Report 2024

We find ourselves in a cultural moment of uncertainty as domestic and global challenges persist. Whether it is the cost of living crisis, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, or the war and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, leadership is required more than ever and the importance of peace building critical. This year has been dubbed the year of voting, with more than two billion people heading to the polls in 2024. Quite simply, it is the biggest election year in history. And yet, democracy has never felt so fragile; it seems to be on the ballot itself.