October 6, 2022


WASHINGTON, DC–HFX today announced the 2022 class of its landmark Peace With Women Fellowship. The program, now in its fifth year, experienced the most competitive selection process to date with a record number of countries submitting applications.

Among the career highlights of the Class of ‘22:

The first woman of the Austrian Armed Forces to achieve the rank of a flag officer

First woman to command a Royal New Zealand Navy frigate

A lead planner for Operation Burnt Frost, and space operations in six Air Operations Centers around the world

“The 2022 Class of 14 women from 12 NATO member and partner countries is the most diverse to date,” said Peter Van Praagh, President of HFX.

“This year, the Peace With Women Fellowship welcomes a participants from one new country and again includes all of the Five Eyes – the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand – a testament to the critical need for this program,” he said.

The Fellowship is a three-week executive program for senior active-duty female military officers from NATO and partner countries. It begins October 24 and concludes at the 2022 Halifax International Security Forum November 18-20. Participants will visit Washington DC, San Francisco, Toronto, and Ottawa.

Fellows will meet with government officials, military leaders, and experts in the political and technological capitals of the United States and Canada. They will join the Fellowship’s alumnae at the Halifax Forum.

HFX is grateful for the ongoing commitment and generosity of such sponsors as Deloitte and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation.

Watch this video about the impact of the Fellowship.

Learn more about the 2022 Peace With Women Fellows here.


About HFX

HFX is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC.  Its annual Halifax International Security Forum in the Nova Scotia capital is recognized as the leading foreign affairs and defense conference for democracies.  It attracts senior leaders, including a significant delegation from the United States Congress, military commanders, strategists, thinkers, influential journalists, and business leaders from across the democratic world.  The 2022 Forum will be held November 18-20.  The John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service is bestowed annually at the Halifax International Security Forum to individuals and organizations from any country who have demonstrated uncommon leadership in the pursuit of human justice.  HFX is also known for its Peace With Women Fellowship that brings together senior, active-duty, female military officers from NATO member and partner countries for a 3-week executive tour of the political and technological capitals of the United States and Canada.

For more information, please contact: fellowship@halifaxtheforum.org