School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Academics / PhD in International Conflict Mgmt: Current Students

Current Ph.D. Students

Cyrel San Gabriel


Cyrel San Gabriel is a doctoral student in the PhD Program in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. Her areas of interest include fragility and conflict, public policy, and governance in Asia and the Pacific. She is also doing consulting work for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as a research and communications specialist for fragile and conflict-affected situations. She conducts fragility assessments of ADB member countries, produces regular reports on an ADB technical assistance project, provides peer reviews, and manages the ADB website on fragile situations (http://fragilesituations.adb.org).

San Gabriel did fragility assessments for Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and Afghanistan, and developed a practical guide for conducting fragility assessments. She developed the ADB website on fragile situations, produced videos on fragility and conflict, wrote blogs that have been published on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and ADB websites, prepared briefing notes and speeches for ADB management and regular project reports, edited several ADB publications, and supported the implementation of a high-level forum and expert workshop. San Gabriel also worked as editorial consultant for ADB’s Department of External Relations from 2006 to 2010.

Prior to joining ADB as a full-time consultant in 2011, she did consulting work for seven years for international organizations, government, nongovernment organizations, and the private sector on research, training, and knowledge management covering agriculture, corporate, education, governance, health, and information and communication technology sectors. She did short-term consulting projects with Asian Productivity Organization, European Union, United Nations Development Programme, World Health Organization, Department of Health, Department of Education, Center for Conscious Living Foundation, Integrated Recycling Industries, and Jollibee Foods Corporation. San Gabriel was also project manager in the Development Academy of the Philippines for eight years for communication and capacity building programs on governance and productivity.

She received her Master's Degree in Development Communication from the University of the Philippines. San Gabriel has been selected as a 2016 Rotary Peace Fellow by the Rotary Foundation “to more effectively promote tolerance and cooperation among peoples and advance the goals of world understanding and peace.” She also volunteered as facilitator for the Glorious Hope program for five years, providing psychological aid for people with hurts, habits, and hang-ups and/or those that have been victims of domestic and substance abuse.

Areas of Interest
Fragility and conflict in Asia and the Pacific, climate change, public policy, and governance.