Adrian is a leading specialist on small arms control, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and operational disarmament. He was director of the UN Disarmament Mission (SEESAC) before which he was the head of technology and standards at the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD). Adrian was a member of the UN Group of Government Experts (GGE) on Small Arms and Light Weapons Disposal and the advisor to the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs for the GGE on Conventional Ammunition; he is still a primary advisor to UN Office for Disarmament Affairs on weapons and explosive safety. He has translated his wide operational experience into policy development through the development of international standards. He has written widely on Small Arms Control and Disarmament. Adrian previously served for 20 years in the British Army, many as a Senior Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO), which included operational and counter-terrorist bomb disposal experience in Northern Ireland, Gulf 1991, Falkland Islands, Albania, Bosnia, West Bank / Gaza and North West Europe. He also established the UK Ammunition Demilitarisation Facility. Adrian holds master’s degree in international conflict analysis and Explosive Ordnance Engineering (EOE). He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Security Professional (CSyP). He is now the Director of Explosive Capabilities Limited, although is currently on leave of absence as the Arms Expert on the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee Monitoring Panel for Sudan.
Amanuel Mehreteab Gebremedhin
Amanuel is a Senior Expert in various post-conflict issues, especially DDR, SSR and livelihood. He has over 30 years of experience in developing and implementing national, donor and United Nations (UN) policies on various peacebuilding, reintegration and stabilisation issues, and has supported the development of donors’ and UN strategies through participatory approaches to ensure national ownership and alignment with government priorities. He has led and managed large peacebuilding and stabilisation programmes, particularly of community security and DDR, including supervision of various professional staff, and has proven expertise in results-based management. He has worked with DDR commissions as Senior Policy Advisor, Director General and Commissioner, and has a vast experience of post-conflict countries, including Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Cameroun, Uganda, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Ghana. Amanuel has developed strong expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods and analyses. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology, a Master’s degree in Development study, with a focus on rural development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration.
Anthony Gunter is an expert and researcher/practitioner in the areas of youth development and criminal justice. With more than 20 years experience, his work has largely focussed on post-16 transitions, community policing, young people in conflict with the law, youth violence, and the formulation/ evaluation of policies and preventative practice. Whilst his practical experience of devising community and youth-led consultation strategies and policy solutions has mainly been undertaken in the UK, he also has experience of working in the Caribbean. As a Principal Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of East London his teaching and research expertise extends to youth development and violence in the Global South pertaining to child soldiers, radicalisation, and urban street gangs. He has published his research findings in monographs, book chapters, journal articles, reports and other online media. He holds a PhD in Criminology and an MA in Applied Anthropology & Community & Youth Work.
Arif is an agricultural, rural development and natural resources specialist with over 35 years experience working in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As a strategist and policy analyst, he is conversant with project identification, design, planning, budgeting, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Arif has a long field experience, working for the FAO, the World Bank and Danida as well as consulting for UNOPS and IFAD among others. Throughout his various positions, he managed multi-disciplinary programmes and sectors, coordinating several hundred employees. Throughout his career, his philosophy has been to empower rural communities to support themselves, to sustain their resources and livelihoods based upon their own innovations and the nurturing of rural institutions, cooperatives, farmers’ union, water-users associations, community forestry and micro-finance.
Arno has a Master’s degree in mass communication, with a specialisation in development communication, with over 18 years of experience in information, communication and knowledge management support services to a wide variety of clients in over 32 countries in Africa and South East Asia. Arno has worked in sectors including livestock, forestry, fisheries, agriculture, human rights, customs, integrated water resources management, EU visibility and partnerships in South East Asia, local government reform, food safety and security, financial transparency and accountability, and institutional development and strengthening. Arno is familiar with the Project Cycle Management approach, having worked with financial institutions such as the European Union, World Bank, DFID and United Nations.
Benjamin is an independent consultant on conflict and development currently with the World Bank, and a PhD candidate at SOAS-University of London. He has an interdisciplinary background with nine years of experience in policy making, programs, capacity-building, and research to address development responses related to transition from war to peace and to enhance conflict sensitivity in development operations. Most of his experience has been with the World Bank, as a social development analyst (2007-2010) and a consultant (2011-2015), working on programs of post-conflict reconstruction, fragility analysis, and durable solutions for refugees and IDPs. Benjamin has also had experience with the European Investment Bank, DFID, and consulting firms and local NGOs. He has experience working both on macro- and national-level policy programs, and on local- and community-level projects, in the field and at HQ-level. Benjamin’s PhD research focuses on economic reintegration and employment of ex-combatants in Colombia. Benjamin currently lives in Washington, DC.
Chandra Lekha Sriram is Professor of International Law and International Relations and Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London. She is the author of and co-editor of numerous books and articles on transitional justice and power-sharing. She received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2000 and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994.
Mr. Graveson worked with the New Zealand Police for 36 years where he notably held the position of the National Co-ordinator Youth Aid. Youth Aid is a specialist group of Police Officers trained to deal with children in conflict with the law and/or have care and protection issues. While a member of Police, Chris worked as a consultant to UNICEF and other agencies in a number of countries advising and training police, social workers and judiciary on the issues involving child rights for children in contact or conflict with the law. Chris is a strong advocate of the multi-agency approach enabling the strengths of all involved to achieve better outcomes for children. Since retiring from the police in 2012, Chris has worked as an international advisor and trainer on international standards and best practice when children in contact or conflict with the law to ensure their rights are protected and all the decisions and actions made are in the best interests of the child.
Chrissie holds two Master’s degrees, from the London School of Economics and the Centre for Peace & Reconciliation at Coventry University. She has worked in the field of conflict prevention, peacebuilding and development since 1997 for a variety of different civil society organisations and the UN, with nine years of field-based experience, primarily in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Georgia. Chrissie’s experience includes arms and SALW control research, policy and advocacy, including civil society capacity development and network building. Chrissie has focussed on broader peacebuilding and development initiatives, leading field-based programmes in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Georgia. Her senior management skills are complemented by substantial policy-advocacy experience, and she has continued to develop her research expertise through a number of initiatives, including the challenges of M&E and participation for IO peacebuilding implementers, the cross-boundary opportunities for peacebuilding, and most recently on minority rights and participation in local governance. She currently consults for the OSCE, leading a team of advisors and analysts focussing on minority rights in the post-conflict context of the mission in Kosovo. She has Serbian and French language skills, and is the author of a number of publications on peacebuilding and SALW.
Claudia Seymour is an applied researcher with 15 years of experience, working primarily in conflict-affected environments in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research specialisations include youth, child protection, resilience to armed violence, humanitarian assistance, and security sector reform. She has served with a range of UN bodies, including the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UNICEF and the UN Group of Experts on the DRC and has led in-depth assessments, studies and evaluations for a variety of international and non-governmental organizations, in countries including Burundi, Central African Republic, DRC, Kenya and Liberia. She is currently a Research Associate with the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and the Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
She holds a PhD in Development Studies and an MA in International Relations and Economics.
Cornelis ”Kees” Steenken is an expert on DDR and has conducted numerous DDR assessments, evaluations, reviews, advisory missions as well as facilitated DDR workshops in Libya, Somalia, Myanmar, Philippines, Burundi, CAR, Mali and Colombia. Retiring from the Navy in 2002, he continued as Director of DDR Programmes at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, further developing and strengthening all aspects of DDR and co-authored the DDR Handbook – A Field and Classroom Guide and initiated the Integrated DDR Training Group (IDDRTG) which brought together like minded DDR training centers to help standardize an inclusive approach to global DDR Training. In 2008, Kees was selected to be the first Coordinator of the UN Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR where he helped coordinate 21 UN Agencies working with the IDDRS and DDR at both the Policy and Field levels. This led to closer liaison with SALW, SSR, Mine Action and other post conflict actors.
Kees was an integral part of the development of the UN Integrated DDR Standards, which was the first significant Multi-Agency UN DDR guidance document which helped standardize terminology and procedures for DDR throughout the UN and was accepted by the EU. Fluent in Dutch, English, Spanish and French, Kees strongly believes in cooperation and coordination between all post-conflict actors.
Dr. DB Subedi is an expert and researcher in conflict transformation, peacebuilding, community-based reintegration, and community security and violence prevention. His current and previous research specialisation focuses on an intersection between conflict, security and development nexus, and security challenges in post-conflict countries in South and South East Asia. He possesses more than 12 years of long-term as well as short-term experience in project management, training, teaching and research in the field of peacebuilding and development from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, Myanmar and Australia. He also specialises in the evaluation of peace and security programmes. DB has a PhD in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies from the University of New England Australia where he conducted a research on reintegration and rehabilitation of Maoists ex-combatants and its impacts on post-war recovery and peacebuilding in Nepal. Currently DB is an adjunct lecturer in Peace Studies at the University of New England, Australia and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Security Governance in Canada. He has provided consultancy services to a number of international agencies including United Nations Development Programme, UN Women, UNICEF Nepal, CARE Nepal, Government of Nepal, International Alert, and Peacebuilding and Development Institute in Sri Lanka. DB is an author of more than a dozen of journal articles, book chapters, policy briefing papers and is a co-editor of the volume Cultivating Peace published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK in 2014.
Deepak Prakash Bhatt
Deepak Prakash Bhatt is an expert on civil military relations, security and peacebuilding issues. He has served as a member of the Technical Committee and Secretariat of the Special Committee for Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist Army Combatants, under the leadership of the Prime Minister, from March 2009 to December 2012. Furthermore, he is a Visiting Faculty Member at the Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD), Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (DCPDS), Tribhuwan University, and Institute for Crisis Management Studies (ICMS), in Kathmandu. He has worked as a consultant with the United Nations Integrated Rehabilitation Programme, UNDP on ‘socio-economic impact of the return of the Voluntary Retirees to communities’. He has published a book, several articles in books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and authored policy briefs and papers. Deepak holds a PhD from the School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi.
Els Rijke is a gender & development expert with over fifteen years work experience, of which five years as freelance consultant, focusing on gender analysis, evaluation and capacity development. Els is very experienced in doing gender analysis of agricultural value chains and developing strategies that empower women and strengthen value chains and has successfully completed assignments for NGO's, private companies, and international organizations. She has in-depth knowledge of gender issues in the clean cooking sector and is frequently engaged as gender expert by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC). Until 2012, Els worked for the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme and developed its gender mainstreaming strategy, systems and capacities. She has designed and evaluated several development programmes with a focus on gender equality and the rights of women and girls. Before that, she worked for an international development NGO, for which she developed and managed the portfolio of women's rights organisations in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Els lived in Kenya and in Cambodia, for eight years total.
François Lenfant is based in Amsterdam and has extensive experience in the international development sector, mostly in Africa. He has held various positions, from funding officer to senior policy analyst in different international Non-Governmental Organisations, such as Catholic Relief Services, Cordaid, Oxfam Novib and Education Development Center, in the US, Africa and in the Netherlands. He is currently guest researcher at the University of Amsterdam and independent consultant. Recent assignments include conducting a research on socio-economic (re)integration of groups most affected by the conflict in Burundi, including ex-combatants, refugees and IDP’s, evaluating a program aimed at increasing citizenship and women political participation at all levels of society in Eastern DRC, conducting research on the impact of the mining industry on local communities in Mali, for International Alert, and evaluating a project aimed at strengthening the voice of African civil society and human rights defenders in the international human rights system, for Civicus. His area of expertise is Corporate Social Responsibility, looking specifically at the impact of multistakeholder partnerships and at the role of business in development. He has published a number of articles on the topic in various scientific journals, Journal of Business Ethics, Development in Practice, and Business in Society. François holds a masters in International Development from American University, and is finalizing his phd. He is fluent in French, Dutch and English, and conversant in Spanish and Portuguese.
Mr. Franke Toornstra is a global expert in Public Sector Reforms, in results-based Policy and Strategy development, in Programme and project Evaluations, and in Project management. He also has a vast experience in Environment and Rural Development. He holds a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Agricultural Sciences of the University of Wageningen in The Netherlands and taught Environmental sciences at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Mr. Toornstra has over 30 years’ experience in more than twenty countries. After his academic career, he worked with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Senior Policy Adviser and Deputy Head of Cooperation at the Royal Netherlands Embassies in Benin and in Senegal, for the World Bank in Washington as Operations and Aid Effectiveness Adviser, and as Vice President of the Canadian IDEA International Institute. In 2014 he founded his own management consultancy firm, ACT for Performance. He has led many assignments in the field of public sector reform(s), such as institutional reviews of Ministries of Planning, Finance, Budget, and Decentralisation; advised on procurement and public finance management and civil service reforms; and led and participated in numerous project and program reviews and evaluations in various sectors. Mr. Toornstra has an extensive experience in fragile states and is also an acclaimed trainer in his areas of specialisation.
Gregory is a political economist with 20 years of experience of fieldwork, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. He was the finance expert for the UN Group of Experts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and was among the first to propose that companies sourcing minerals from conflict areas perform due diligence to determine the source of their supplies and nature of their suppliers. He, together with the OECD, drafted precise guidelines for this due diligence, which have since been adopted by a UN Security Council Resolution, and incorporated into US and Congolese law. Gregory specialises in customised political economic research and due diligence, often, but not always concerning natural resources and conflict. Having written Country Reports for the respected Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company to The Economist, for twenty years, he has developed strong writing and analytical skills, and understands deadlines. He also writes regularly for The Africa Report, and more occasionally for South Africa’s Mail & Guardian and other publications. He has written and published widely, not only on political economy, but also agriculture, music and travel.
Hirut is a child protection expert with 32 years of experience working with different INGOs and UNICEF in eastern, central and west African countries. She has worked directly with children in difficult situations including children in orphanages, street children, children with disabilities and children in armed conflict and displacement. Hirut has experience with psycho-social and (Sexual) Gender Based Violence (GBV) programming. She has designed and coordinated several research projects and evaluations and worked extensively in post-conflict and emergency contexts. Hirut has a bachelor degree in psychology and a master degree in educational measurement and evaluation.
Hisae is a community development expert and a certified M&E specialist with 15 years of experience in the conflict to peace setting in Africa and Middle East. She has served as diplomat, policy advisor and program/project manager for Japanese Government, United Nations and NGOs. Since 2001, she has designed, implemented and evaluated policy, program and project in the areas of vocational training and livelihood improvement, water and sanitation, community recovery, reconciliation and reintegration, security sector reform, local governance, capacity building and basic service delivery. Hisae is currently supporting the Government of Sudan as Technical Advisor in its effort to build the human resources development system in water supply. With MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, she has written extensively on the political economy of private and public sector initiatives by new development actors in resource-rich African countries in crisis.
Jake Stevens is a passionate lawyer, criminal justice capacity builder, and legal educator. He has focused on legal aid development, professional skills and university legal education, and community rule of law awareness; he has also engaged with prosecutors and police on behalf of UNODC to promote more effective investigations and prosecutorial decision-making. First in Nepal and then in Myanmar, he has provided comprehensive assistance to legal aid development, including justice system assessments, monitoring and evaluation and case management systems, practice manuals, and targeted training and coaching. Working both directly with university law departments and through a UNDP-sponsored community based “rule of law centres” project, Jake has designed interactive training modules, conducted training of trainers, and implemented comprehensive skills trainings and community-based human rights roundtables for law teachers, lawyer, government staff and civil society beneficiaries. As a prosecution expert for UNODC in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda Jake encouraged greater cooperation between police and prosecutors in counter-terrorism investigations, and supported the roll-out of national charging standards. In the United States he represented indigent criminal defendants and worked for systemic change at client-centred legal aid offices for over 15 years; he was a clinical law professor for three years; and he managed legal programs for LGBT victims of crime. Jake has degrees from Harvard University and New York University.
James McGovern is a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in development, including law and justice sector development. James has worked in over 20 countries, including many Southeast Asian countries, where he has resided for extended periods (Thailand, Cambodia, Timor-Leste), working on development and rule of law/justice sector programs. James has also worked in Africa (the Democratic Republic of Congo and Botswana) and across the Pacific Region as a Monitoring and Technical Advisor to a regional Judicial Strengthening Program. James has also worked in civil (Roman) law jurisdictions. He has designed, managed, monitored and evaluated a range of law and justice and governance programs for United Nations, the European Union, and the governments of Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. James has good communication skills, and speaks a number of Asian languages fluently, and has overseen the preparation of comprehensive technical Design Documents.
Jan-Jilles van der Hoeven
Jan-Jilles ('JJ') has a MSc in Economy and is Transition International’s Conflict Transformation Desk Coordinator. With over 22 years of work experience in developing countries and 8 years of senior management experience in crisis countries, JJ is a specialist in matters relating to organisational development and programme design, management, review and troubleshooting. He has drafted various country programme strategies and development programmes, contributed to the design of various projects and organisations, led management and substantive reviews of programmes and organisations and drafted country programme strategies. He has managed very large portfolios of development programmes, with a focus on security sector reform, reintegration of former combatants, gender equality, peacebuilding, crisis governance and capacity development.
Jantine Konings Haley
Jantine is a program designer and grant writer. She started her writing career 21 years ago as an editor for African documentaries after which she moved to program monitoring, report writing and results based management for international NGOs. Jantine worked as an advisor on institutional funding for projects funded by the European Commission, UNHCR, UNICEF, OCHA, AUSAID and the Dutch government. She worked in Africa (Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan), the Middle East (Lebanon), Asia (Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan), Latin America and the Caribbean (Bolivia, Barbados) and the United States. Her track record includes grant writing of seventeen approved proposals representing a total budget of 23 million euro. Jantine has technical expertise in child rights, psychosocial support, education, community empowerment, gender/GBV and media. Trained by Management for Development Foundation (MDF) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Jantine holds an MA degree in Conflict Studies & Human Rights from the Centre for Conflict Studies (CCS) and BA degrees in Journalism and Humanities.
Jose-Maria has a law degree, and a Masters in development administration and planning with 32 years' experience in development operations and policy making, including systematic project and programme planning, management, monitoring and evaluation within multi/bilateral organisations, NSA, central and local governments and constituencies in transitional and developing countries. He has implemented activities on institutional strengthening, governance and security, reinsertion, infrastructure, production, microfinance, DDR, and post-conflict and reconstruction, including training of counterpart staff. José-Mariá has established financial management and contract administration and procurement practices, mostly in environments of grassroots, smallholder, migrant, refugee/displaced populations and demobilised combatants, all emphasising participatory, low-cost and labour-based methods, including strategies for the inclusion of marginalised groups in target communities. José María has lived for 18 years in different countries in Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East working for various UN agencies, the European Commission and several international and humanitarian NGOs.
Jose Romero is a capacity development, change manager, and learning advisor, who holds a Ph.D in sociology, and brings 25 years of experience in development work. He is a rigorous methodologist who applies the CD assessment methods as a cross/practice in the fields of public health, local sustainable development, justice and rule of law, and drug control. For the last 10 years he has advised UNDP, UNFPA, PAHO/WHO, and UNOCD. Previous to that, he worked 9 years for UNDP mainstreaming CD into the UNDP CO programming. He worked for 7 years for PAHO/WHO in HIV Aids prevention, education and behavioural change, specifically with NGOs. Jose is a creative systemic thinker, seasoned Theory U change management facilitator, and star curricular developer. He has published two books on the politics of HIV Aids in Mexico, and Logframe for NGOs, plus numerous articles on local sustainable development. He has covered UN missions in more than 25 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.
Kees is an expert in post-conflict development, peacebuilding and demilitarisation, with more than two and a half decade of broad international experience. He is currently an independent consultant providing analysis and advisory services to international organisations, governments and non-governmental organisations. He has worked in African countries, such as Burundi, Eritrea, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan and Uganda, and also in Asian countries, such as Afghanistan, Nepal and the Solomon Islands. He was senior social development specialist with the World Bank in Uganda. He also worked as project leader for demobilisation and peacebuilding at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) and with the UNDP. Kees is an economist and has published and lectured widely on various development, post-war recovery and demilitarisation issues, particularly the demobilisation and reintegration of former combatants.
Keith Peterson is an experienced lawyer and international development professional. He has many years’ experience as an effective prosecutor, defense attorney, general litigator and appellate attorney in the United States. He also has over 12 years’ experience working in developing countries either as a legal professional or an expert for legal system capacity building programs. He has worked in Liberia and Armenia on projects sponsored by the U.S. Government. He has also worked in Montenegro, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia. He has developed and conducted original training programs for judges, magistrates, prosecutors, defense attorneys and corrections officers. In both Liberia and Armenia, he worked to strengthen the rule of law and improve the protection of human rights. He has been active in legal system reform efforts, working in cooperation with host country and international partners. In both Liberia and Armenia, he helped develop the public defender systems through training, mentoring and institutional development. He also worked on the development of the bar associations in both countries. He designed and conducted public information and education campaigns, educating the public about the legal system, human rights, and government. He is also an experienced program designer and proposal writer, having written funding proposals directed to USAID, the U.S. State Department, the European Union, the World Bank, and the Government of the Netherlands.
Dr. Kelsey Shanks is an Education Expert. Her doctoral research was funded by the ESRC and examined the relationship between education and conflict in the ethnically diverse Iraqi disputed territories. Her subsequent research and publications have correspondingly focused on the relationship between education, youth and conflict: with specific interest in community level conflict analysis, the politics of education and educations potential role in building peace. She has experience across the Middle East, North Africa and Somalia. To compliment her academic interests Kelsey have also worked as an Education Advisor to the United Nations, leading research projects for UNAMI Political Affairs and served as Peace-building Education advisor to UNICEF Iraq. In 2013, Kelsey held the position of Research Fellow at the University of York's Postwar Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), and is a Research Associate at Ulster University's UNESCO Centre. She currently holds a full time position at the University of Exeter's Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies where she looks at community dynamics and the IDP crisis in Iraq.
Khaled Mansour has 30 years of experience in human rights, humanitarian aid, development, peacekeeping, journalism, and communication. He has worked extensively with civil society, academic, media and international organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America. He has led large, multicultural teams at global, regional and national levels including in complex emergency situations at the UN Headquarters in New York and in various countries and regions. His knowledge and experience of global issues and organizations includes work in post-conflict situations and countries in transition, including South Africa (1994-1995), Afghanistan (2000-2002), Iraq (2003), Lebanon (2006), Sudan (2008-2010), and currently in the MENA region. He left the UN after a 13-year service. His last position was the global Director of Communications for UNICEF. He was the executive director of Egypt's leading human rights organization, EIPR, between 2013 and early 2015. He is now an independent researcher and teaches ‘Humanitarian Aid Politics’ at the American University in Cairo. He is leading a research project on the future of human rights action in North Africa for the Arab Reform Initiative. He holds degrees in Engineering, Archaeology, Sociology and International Relations. He has published three books and many articles and papers in academic journals and mass media. He is fluent in English and Arabic.
Koen Toonen, Team Leader, brings 22 years of working experience in project/programme management in international development cooperation, mostly in (post-)conflict situations and more than 10 years of experience with post-conflict issues and transitional governments. In addition, he brings an extensive track-record of training staff, and has been using adult learning principles and participatory training methodologies in his trainings. He has provided technical assistance, capacity building and training to governments (national and sub-national), UN and NGO staff; promoting management and leadership skills, vision development, good governance, accountability and transparency. He has also provided of trainings in project/programme/policy management tools and skills such as results based management, outcome mapping, Theory of Change, etc.. Most importantly, Koen Toonen has been a Civil Affairs Officer (CAO) in the UNTAET peacekeeping mission in East Timor and brings vast working experience in UN agencies, which provides him with great knowledge on the needs of Civil Affairs Officers regarding coaching, mentoring, and communication skills in post-conflict contexts. He completed a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration and is fluent in both French and English.
Lara Griffith is a team leader, speechwriter, governance adviser and senior consultant who has worked for multilateral and bilateral development agencies and international NGOs, including DFID, UNDP, EU, OSCE and Amnesty International. Her work focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating democratic governance, human rights, civil society and election support programmes. She has worked in countries including Libya, Afghanistan, Somalila (Somaliland) Nigeria, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Uganda (Northern Uganda), Malawi and also in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Lara also has experience of working as speechwriter for an international NGO addressing human rights, conflict and global governance issues. She also works directly with civil society organisations on strategic planning and programme design.
Leigh Toomey specialises in the design, implementation and evaluation of justice reform and human rights projects, including the monitoring of places of detention and capacity building of police, prosecutors, judges, lawyers and correctional officers. Her experience includes extensive field-based work in developing, conflict and post-conflict settings around the world, including in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. In August 2015, Leigh was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as a member of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and since April 2016 she has served as Vice-Chair on Follow-Up of the recommendations made by the Working Group in its opinions and during its country visits. Leigh is qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and a Barrister in Australia. Leigh was also a Fulbright scholar at Yale Law School, where she obtained an LLM in International Human Rights Law.
Luc is a motivated, energetic, and results-oriented senior international programme manager with over 15 years of working experience in the formulation, management and coordination of post-conflict, reintegration, and development programmes in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the South Pacific. He has solid diplomatic and negotiation skills and strong client-oriented focus acquired through extensive field experience in formulating and coordinating complex multi-partner, post-conflict and development programmes. His position as a senior advisor and DDR team leader at UNDP/ BCPR in Geneva has provided him with a unique set of skills and organisational understanding in the field of DDR and broader recovery programming.
Luca Azzoni is a social scientist, with extensive experience in employability and skills development. Working for the ILO since 1988 has allowed him to accumulate professional experience in more than 50 countries, focusing on human development through skills and competencies for employment and self-employment. He has contributed to the skills component of UN, ILO, international, national, regional and sectoral development frameworks and he has led or been part of several programming, assessment and evaluation missions on employability and skills development. He provides expertise on human capital development (including employability and employment policy analysis and reform), skills system development, financing, integration, macroeconomics, HRD policies and programmes, public and private employment services, applied research and access to skills and inclusion of vulnerable groups. Luca has managed operations, projects and programmes including, capacity building and technical assistance to national, regional and local institutions and social stakeholders. He produced several publications. Luca started his career as an HR consultant for private companies and local governments in Italy.
Lucas van de Vondervoort
Lucas van de Vondervoort focuses on the nexus between politics and security, particularly in Africa. He has worked on security sector reform, civil-military relations, civil society, arms control, and arms export and has published several reports, in particular on South Sudan. Luuk managed projects in Mali and Sudan for the German Foreign Office and US Department of State and worked for local civil society organisations in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and in South Sudan. He was an advisor on arms control and community security to the Ministry of Interior in the years following independence of South Sudan. Luuk furthermore was the Arms Expert on the first United Nations Panel of Experts on South Sudan, reporting on arms flows, armed groups, command responsibility and natural resource use to the UN Security Council. Luuk holds a Master of Arts degree in political theory and a Master of Laws degree in international law.
Mariam Kintsurashvili is strategic communications expert in the area of security sector transformation, peacebuilding, DDR community reintegration, small arms control and local development with focus on such cross-cutting issues as gender, community security and access to justice. She brings in 14 years of experience as a journalist, UN DDR officer, knowledge management specialist and strategic communications adviser working in conflict affected regions in Georgia, Uganda, South Sudan and Ukraine. She provided consultative services to both national and international bodies, namely European Union, Governments of Canada, Georgia and Ukraine, United Nations and Mercy Corps. Throughout her career Mariam has played a key role in a number of initiatives such as Weapons marking for the Government of South Sudan, creation of the first Association of Women in Law Enforcement in Ukraine, digitalization of payment systems in Uganda and overall police reform in Ukraine.
Marije van Lidth de Jeude
Marije holds a Master in cultural anthropology and a bachelor in commercial economy. She has a professional record of more than fifteen years on social-economic development in rural and urban areas, in particular with multi- and bilateral donor-agencies, governmental institutions, producer cooperatives, small enterprises and other civil society stakeholders. She has worked for organisations like Oxfam-Novib, UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development. Her expertise was established as programme officer, during mixed qualitative/quantitative research and consultancy assignments related to all phases of the project-cycle, with a specific focus on formulations and evaluations. Thematic specialisations include gender, natural resources, socio-economic vulnerable groups (esp. migrants, indigenous people and youth), social and environmental performance of microfinance institutions, as well as financial, technical and business development services for small- and medium enterprises.
Mark van Dorp
Mark has a background in economics, with 22 years of experience on socio-economic opportunity mapping in post-conflict settings, value chain development for SMEs, peace building, conflict-sensitivity, the role of business in fragile and conflict-affected settings, corporate social responsibility, ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues, business & human rights, and natural resource management. Mark has extensive experience in capacity strengthening of local and international NGO staff and researchers. He has strong proposal writing and fundraising skills. The main thrust of his career is making the economy more resilient and sustainable in the most complex and challenging situations. He has deep sectoral knowledge of agriculture, forestry, extractives, oil and gas, renewable energy and natural resource management. Mark has worked in Africa (Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan and Tanzania), Latin America (Colombia) and Asia (Pakistan), in projects funded by the European Union, UNDP, IOM, UNHCR and the Dutch Government.
Micha Wiebusch is an international lawyer with over eight years of experience in international, constitutional, human rights law and politics in Africa. He is specialised in constitution building processes, post-conflict reconstruction and development, rule of law programmes and elections. He has a proven track record with the African Union (AU), including the AU Commission, particularly the Department of Legal Affairs and the Department of Political Affairs with inside knowledge of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) and the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). He has extensive experience in facilitating trainings, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development, team management, project development and design, research and publications. He has done consultancy work for the UN, AU, European Union and International IDEA. He has worked in over seventeen countries in Africa, Europe and Latin America. He holds advanced degrees in law and political science and is able to communicate clearly and effectively in several languages, including French and English.
Michael Shaun Collins
Michael Shaun Collins, an expert psychosocial (PSS) consultant has extensive experience, approaching 20 years, of developing and directly implementing PSS programmes in a variety of emergency, conflict and post conflict settings, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Sudan, and Jordan/Lebanon (for Syrian refugees). The scope of his programmatic expertise covers PSS for emergency responses, DDR processes and developing evidence based interventions, training programmes and national minimum standards for PSS. He has recently been one of the lead experts on the programme that successfully demobilised more than 1700 children from armed groups in Jonglei State, South Sudan. He has a wide and diverse range of skills, and has worked on the range of programmatic areas form direct implementation to strategic and policy development. Positions held include consultancies for DfID, United Nations (UNICEF and UNODC) and as a Deployable Civilian Expert with the UK Government Stabilisation Unit and Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. He holds a master’s, with Honours, in Socio-Legal studies with a specialist study in forensic mental health, as well as additional post graduate clinical training in forensic and child and adolescent mental health.
Mike is a senior international expert on development planning and development engineering in developing countries and in disaster preparedness, response and management and post-crisis reconstruction programmes having experience in more than 35 countries in Australasia, the South Pacific, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. A professional engineer and town-planner, he completed over 25 years’ service as a senior official and consultant for the UN largely with the ILO, where he worked as a senior specialist international engineering specialist involved in most major UN and Inter-agency response programmes in developing countries. Mike currently consults on programme development preparatory assistance, programme formulation as well as appraisal work with assignments in Afghanistan, Timor Leste, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tonga. As an engineer and planner Mike recognises both the economic as well as the social importance of giving priority to the rapid rehabilitation of infrastructure works through using local level planning, the use of appropriate and labour-based technology and he places great emphasis on the development of local public and private sector capacities.
Nasrin is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in justice and security sector reform, half of which has been in post conflict and fragile states. Her specialisms include evaluation, M&E, gender and non-discrimination, training, and research and analysis. Having managed and designed a number of UNDP programs in Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, Sierra-Leone and Ukraine, she has in-depth knowledge of UNDP’s M&E frameworks, and Results Based Reporting system. She has undertaken evaluation and assessments at country and regional level, and is fully familiar with the UN Rule of Law and Stabilisation architecture. At the same time, with 10 years' experience as a prosecutor and legal adviser in the UK government she has a deep understanding of criminal justice and security sector reform. Her approach is rooted in conflict-sensitive analysis and applies a human-rights based approach. She has delivered for donors and development partners in Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, Ukraine, UK, Palestine, Poland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
Nat is an international expert on conflict, peace building and development. He was founding manager of the World Bank’s Post Conflict Unit where he played a key role in pioneering and managing the Bank’s policy toward assistance in war to peace transitions. He has worked extensively on the security sector including ceasefire mediation, DDR and SSR in a number of countries. He was the director of the Content and Methods Advisory Group for the First International Congress on DDR as well as the Director of the Panel on Reintegration for the Swedish Initiative on DDR. He is currently advising several International Agencies and Governments (Indonesia and the Philippines, among others) on conflict prevention and post conflict reconstruction. He has an extensive publication list (see CV). He was a Visiting Professor of International Relations and is currently teaching in the International Studies Program.
Nga Utanga is a recently retired senior police officer with over 35 years’ experience specialised in working with local groups on community security and community policing in New Zealand, which is at the forefront of such initiatives. During this career he worked internationally as a Police reform advisor throughout the Pacific, Melanesian and Micronesian countries specialising in juvenile justice reform, customary judicial practices, restorative practicing, domestic violence reform, justice and policing partnership development between state and civil society organisations and community policing.
He is now an international development practitioner and has recently worked in Laos to develop a pilot community-based diversion project for children in contact with the law and Papua New Guinea where he wrote the juvenile justice policy and protocols for Police. Nga has good relationship building skills and uses his expertise and knowledge to inspire and assist the state and communities to work towards a given objective so that they may inspire and support others to do the same. He has a Bachelor Degree in Social Services.
Oscar currently works as a consultant for the World Bank’s Mining, Petroleum and Energy Unit, acts as Representative of The Vine Trust, and is CEO of AgroAndino SRL. He also teaches Crisis Management at ESAN University in Lima, as well as International Relations and Geopolitics of Natural Resources at the Center of National Studies (CAEN). He has previously served as a Senior Advisor to several Peruvian public institutions, including the Office of the formerly President-Elected Mr. Ollanta Humala, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and acted as Executive Director of the Peruvian Agency for Development Aid. Furthermore, he worked as a Program Manager with the UNDP in Papua New Guinea, and served as International Alert’s Latin America Representative. He was also a Legal Officer at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, Professor of International and Comparative Law at the Washington College of Law (American University), and labour union leader at the Peru’s Banking Employees’ Federation. He is listed as Arbiter in the rolls of the American-Peruvian Chamber of Commerce, the Lima Chamber of Commerce and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Oscar holds Master’s degrees in International and Comparative Law, and Public Administration, as well as a M.Sc. in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries and a LL.M. in International Economic Law.
Raed Rafei is a multimedia journalist, media trainer and filmmaker. He has over ten years of experience reporting on international topics for various media. He holds a Masters in Journalism from the City University of New York, which he completed as a Fulbright scholar. Born and raised in Tripoli, Lebanon, at the height of his country’s civil war, Rafei regularly works on independent video reports and web documentaries focused on human-interest stories from the region. As a reporter, Rafei has covered, since 2004, political, social and economic issues related to Lebanon and the Middle East for local and international newspapers and websites such as the Los Angeles Times, The Daily Star, Al-Ahram Weekly and Forbes Arabia. Currently, Rafei is working as a freelance producer for international television stations such as CNN and as a media and communication consultant. He is also making his second feature documentary on the layered relations between Lebanon and the West. His first documentary, 74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle), was screened in international festivals and received many awards.
Rob Watson has worked for over three decades in the fields of human rights/access to justice, democratic governance and conflict management as a trainer, director and freelance expert. Rob has been consulting for the EU, UN, Sida, Danida, Norad, Dutch MFA and various Scandinavian and Dutch institutions. In 1995, he established Frontier Consulting serving governments, donors, international agencies and civil society in Asia, Africa and Europe. For two years he worked as Regional Peacebuilding Advisor at CRS in Indonesia and other countries of South East Asia. In 2006 he worked for a year in Finland during the EU Presidency as Director of the Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management programme of the Crisis Management Initiative, of previous President Artisaari of Finland. Mr Watson regularly teaches courses on Conflict Analysis for Prevention and Peace building at the UN System Staff Collage in Torino, Italy and with the United Nations and other organisations both in New York and in the field.
Saleh Bala; CEO of White Ink Consult, a Abuja-Nigeria based defense and security, strategic communication and training consultancy, is a retired Brigadier General of the Nigerian Army. He holds two Masters degrees in International Peace Studies (University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica) and National Security Strategy (National Defense University, Washington DC). Bala served as a UN peacekeeper at operational and policy levels in Angola and Cote d’Ivoire. He has also been a trainer from tactical to strategic military educational levels at home and abroad. His major area of specialization is national security strategy concept formulation and development, emphasizing on sustainable security governance architecture design and management. Bala’s further areas of work include peace building, with focus on Preventing and Counter Violent Extremism (P/CVE) and other non-kinetic approach strategy delivery. His experience in complex military operations, following his service in UN peacekeeping abroad and counterinsurgency operations in Nigeria, provides him with a rich background in Security Sector Reform (SSR), Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), post-conflict law enforcement and transitional justice, management and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugees, among other strengths.
Sami has a broad and deep understanding of the challenges of building peace after war. These include dismantling the structures of war (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration), controlling the tools of violence, combating gendered forms of violence, dealing with the legacy of conflict and hatred (e.g. by Transitional Justice), and improving the delivery of security and justice services (Security Sector Reform). Working in several languages, he designs and delivers training courses for practitioners around the world. Beside this, he advises governments, international organisations and NGOs, and publishes articles and reports. Finally, he has a private life. For detailed information, see his LinkedIn page.
Shree Nadarajah, a child protection specialist, has more than a decade of experience working on the children and armed conflict and conflict-related sexual violence agendas of the United Nations. She has worked extensively on developing policies and guidance on child protection, including leading the production of the UN Secretary-General’s annual reports on children and armed conflict and sexual violence in conflict that is deliberated by the Security Council while working at the UN Offices of the Secretary-General’s Special Representatives on Children and Armed Conflict; and Sexual Violence in Conflict, respectively. She has worked closely with Member States to strengthen UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions that supports the advancement of these global agendas. She has undertaken missions to several conflict settings such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar and recently completed three years in Mindanao with UNICEF where she directly implemented programmes for the protection of children in armed conflict, successfully supporting the release of 1,829 children from an armed group and resulted in their removal from the UN name and shame list for child recruitment. Shree is currently conducting pre-deployment trainings on child protection for national armed forces from the Southeast Asia region that will be deployed as future UN Peacekeepers. Shree holds Masters degrees in international management and Asian Studies with a focus on children’s rights.
Tammy Michele Washington
Tammy Michele Washington is a lawyer with over 13 years of experience supporting institution building processes in fragile countries. She offers broad experience of South Sudan having worked there for the UNDP as a Referendum Advisor, Senior Anti-Corruption Consultant and Chief Technical Advisor on Institutional Support. Ms. Washington is familiar with the country as well as the key players and institutions relevant to this programme. Ms. Washington has also worked in senior capacity for the UNDP in Angola, Tanzania, Liberia, South Africa, Kenya and Somaliland where she engaged extensively with both governmental and non-state actors. Through her career, Ms. Washington has provided policy and technical advice, researched and drafted official papers, developed and implemented significant programmes on a wide range of institution building efforts, including the rule of law, security sector reform, gender and anti-corruption.
Teun studied cultural anthropology and philosophy in the Netherlands. He is an award winning journalist and photographer who covered the conflicts in Bosnia, Colombia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, Honduras, DR Congo, North Korea, Mexico, Libya and Syria. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The New Yorker and National Geographic. He also works for organisations as the ICRC, UNHCR, Doctors without Borders and Human Rights Watch. In 1996, he published 'Tunnel People', an account of an underground homeless community in New York. His first photo book 'A Ticket To' came out in 1999. 'How de Body? Hope and Horror in Sierra Leone', was published in 2000 and describes a journey which nearly ended in disaster when he was hunted down by childsoldiers intent on killing him. In addition, Teun makes documentaries and contributed to the award winning ‘Restrepo’. In 2011, he organised the exhibition "Generation 9/11: Ten Years War Photography” for GEMAK in The Hague. Between 2009 and 2012, Teun covered the drug war in Mexico, resulting in his photo book ‘Narco Estado: Drug Violence in Mexico.’ Currently, he is working on a PhD dissertation on extreme violence in warfare. Furthermore, Teun often lectures at cultural and educational institutions.
For usage of his images, assignments and other inquiries, please visit www.teunvoeten.com.
Thomas Winderl is a senior advisor for monitoring and evaluation. He has worked for sixteen years with multilateral and bilateral organizations in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Thomas was the M&E advisor of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Programme in Afghanistan. More recently, he has drafted DPKO’s Standard Operating Procedure for M&E in DDR, UNDP’s How To Guide on Monitoring and Evaluation in DDR Programmes, and the How to Guide: Gender-Responsive Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of the Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR (IAWG). Thomas has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of effective result-based monitoring systems for peace-building and development interventions and in training and capacity-building. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Vienna and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Liverpool.”
Vanessa is a senior expert on gendered impacts of conflict, women in peace-building and women in governance in conflict and post-conflict settings, specialising in Africa and the Middle East. She was lead editor and senior gender advisor on the creation of the Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS), first published in 2006. She was the first global Gender and Conflict Advisor at UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention (2007-08) and then Social Development and Gender Advisor at UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP; 2008-2012). Her period of service with the UN coincided with extensive efforts to implement UN Reform through better coordinated responses to crisis (both environmental and conflict-related). She has published widely on issues related to gender and armed conflict, including on Palestinian women and the peace process and Libyan women and the revolution. She is the co-editor of two books: Back to the Roots: Security Sector Reform and Development (Münster: LIT, 2012) and Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNU Press, 2009). Vanessa has been Lead Researcher on the WILPF MENA 1325 project since its inception in 2012 and holds a PhD from the School of Women’s Studies at York University, Toronto.
Vanessa Grée is an expert in transitional justice with ten years of experience in complex international criminal proceedings at the United Nations (UN-ICTY) and a solid knowledge of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. She was rostered by Justice Rapid Response as a war crimes investigations expert and was deployed at the International Criminal Court to provide assistance on a situation. Trained in civil law and common law and having worked in various legal systems, she is very adaptable and has experience providing legal advice to senior officials, drafting amendments to rules of procedure and evidence, and providing recommendations on amendments to legislation in conformity with international standards. Vanessa’s other areas of expertise include discrimination, refugee rights, children’s rights, and sexual and gender-based violence. Her interdisciplinary background in law, political science and cultural anthropology has been an asset when providing assistance to non-profit organizations in various countries. She was involved in strategic litigation activities and in a fact-finding mission (Eastern Europe). She has additional experience conducting investigative interviews and assisting clients and/or counsels bringing claims before national human rights institutions or regional human rights mechanisms. She also has experience providing capacity-building assistance in the context of a large-scale project to support countries with their advocacy efforts. She also delivered presentations and trainings to a wide range of audiences on procedural and substantial legal issues. Vanessa has field experience in Yemen, Lebanon, and Ukraine. She is fluent in French and English and has basic knowledge of Dutch.
Venetia has eleven years of accumulated expertise in peacebuilding, particularly the promotion of human rights, political analysis, protection of civilians and DDR, both with the UN and NGOs. Deeply committed to enhancing human rights and development through business, on behalf of the British Embassy in Bogota, she recently drafted a set of human rights commitments for British companies in Colombia, upon which Embassy support will become contingent. Currently she helps manage a public-private development fund for the British Government in Colombia, as well as a small social enterprise. Venetia has extensive field experience in DRC, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Haiti and Colombia, as well as policy experience at UN headquarters in New York. She is an excellent communicator and has provided numerous trainings, across the UN and to the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy. She holds an MSc from LSE in Human Rights and is currently pursuing an MBA, specialising in business and human rights. Apart from her native English, Venetia competently works in French and Spanish.
Waheed Ahmad, as a human rights lawyer, has experience working with multi-stakeholder on issues concerning women and minority rights. As a Training Officer in Sanjog, Waheed designed child/human rights programmes and projects related to capacity building and the promotion and protection of child rights, as well as projects/programmes focused on women, Person with disabilities and minorities in Pakistan. Waheed continues taking on cases related to discrimination, stigmatization, and social/professional injustices with vulnerable people and groups (minorities). Waheed worked substantially on awareness-raising and advocacy which is of utmost importance in his community. He also worked as a Project Lawyer for the British Pakistan Law Council, Project Advocate for the Foundation Sanjog and some other Child Related Organisation. In addition, he also provided free Legal Aid to children in detention, conducted jail visits, juveniles’ family Coordination, juvenile’s Counseling, and representing children in court. Furthermore, by representing clients in courts, Waheed obtained experience in legal and judicial processes, alternative dispute resolution and paralegal mechanisms, law enforcement including community policing, criminal justice including counter-terrorism, human rights and institutional accountability.
Yoko Fujimura has more than twelve years of field experience in the emergency, post-conflict recovery and migration management in Asia and Africa with extensive focus on socio-economic reintegration of conflict affected populations and displaced populations. Her passion lays on linking small to medium entrepreneurship with peacebuilding and promotion of environmentally friendly and sustainable business plans in conflict affected areas. Yoko also has proven experience in responding to large-scale displacement by cluster coordination, data collection and humanitarian responses from Chad, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She speaks 5 languages fluently.