Habib El Mrabt

Habib brings more than 20 years of multidisciplinary experience in various fields from peacebuilding to private sector businesses, with expertise in strategic and programmatic design. He is a front-liner in addressing extremism and radicalism, dialogue with extremist organizations’ leaders and armed groups’ commanders. He designed and co-implemented different strategies and programmes for international organizations (UNICEF, IOM, USAID, Mercy Corps) in countries such Iraq, Nigeria, Jordan, Libya and Syria. He specializes in deradicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of extremists, both in detention and in communities. On the hand, Habib is also a private sector consultant, helping international firms to make their businesses profitable, by designing and implementing creative strategies and operational systems.

Ibrahim Bangura

Ibrahim has over ten years of experience in the fields of DDR, child protection monitoring and rehabilitation and research. He currently heads the Sierra Leone office of TI, leading the organisation’s projects in Sierra Leone and other African countries. Ibrahim has worked extensively on gender issues with a special focus on Gender Based Violence in every district of Sierra Leone, forming networks and organising sensitisation programmes for the eradication of harmful, traditional practices such as female genital mutilation. He has worked with female victims of war and those marginalised by the DDR process for reasons of gender and age, and has organised seminars on gender discrimination and differentiation. He also has thorough knowledge in project evaluation and management. He has taken part in many training programmes organised by the UN and the EU both as a trainer and trainee, holds a BA in political science and history, a Master degree in gender studies (conflict and human rights bias), a Master degree in international development studies and is currently finalising his PhD in economics.

Irma Specht

Irma is an anthropologist with 25 years of experience in the transition processes from conflict to peace. She has an international reputation in the field of socio-economic reintegration, youth employment, gender and conflict transformation. Seven years of field and headquarter experience in the ILO programme on Crisis Response and Reconstruction has provided her with expertise on employment issues. She brings solid expertise in capacity development, conflict analyses, strategy and programme design, and applied research. Her record as a researcher and writer is illustrated in her long publications list. Additionally, Irma brings extensive experience in facilitation and design of tailor-made training courses and materials

Keith Peterson

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.

Kim Jial Liah

Kim brings 15 years of experience in areas of child protection and adolescents. He is an expert in child protection in emergencies, including  interim care centres, family tracing, psychosocial support services, case management and referrals, advocacy and awareness etc. He worked extensively on children affected by armed conflict, including children associated with armed groups and their reintegration and rehabilitation. He has been working in IDPs and refugee camps and  served in UNICEF, UNHCR, NRC and other international organizations focusing on children affected by armed conflict in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Lebanon and Iraq. He worked in support of government counterparts by building their capacity on social work and social services, such as of Ministries of Labour and Social Affairs and Ministry of Youth. In addition, he provided support by capacitating NGOs and international organizations on Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) to ensure data are kept safe.  He has a double master on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and on International Education and Development.

Pieter Dorst

Pieter Dorst is an economist who brings over 30 years of experience in development programming. He holds a Masters in Development Economics and Agricultural Economics and a Master’s in Public Administration. He held an expert position at the ILO in Thailand and was for many years Head of Development Cooperation in Yemen, Tanzania and Rwanda at the Dutch Embassy. He brings in expertise in local economic development and development programming in a fragile and conflict context. He was instrumental in designing a regional program in the Great Lakes region focussing on enhancing peace and stability. Eastern Congo was the main focus area of that program with investments in food security and water with the objective of economic recovery and stability. In Rwanda has was instrumental in developing together with the local government, universities and vocational institutes a national vocational training program financed by the Netherlands to the tune of 12 mln. Euro. He also has a wide knowledge of result-based management as well as monitoring and evaluation. Additionally, he has a wide experience in facilitation and designing training courses.