Fatuma Ibrahim is the former Chief of Child Protection for UNICEF South Sudan. She is a specialist in child protection in emergencies and has extensive experience in working with children in conflict and post conflict situations. Altogether Fatuma brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of child protection in emergencies mainly in Eastern and Western Africa and Iraq. She has led DDR programmes for children Liberia, South Sudan and Uganda while working for Save the Children Sweden and UNICEF. For several years Fatuma was responsible for training of peacekeepers on child rights and child protection in Eastern and Central Africa. Fatuma is also interested in Transitional Justice and has been involved in design and implementation of the children’s programme within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Liberia.
Habib El Mrabt
Habib El Mrabt has ten years of experience as Human and Civic Development expert and a proven track record as trainer in Human Resources Management and Communication. For example he conducted numerous trainings for the Libyan Programme for Reintegration and Development (LPRD); designed and implemented eight trainings on Advanced Dialogue & Leadership for former Thuwar, he provided Human Development and training to over 100 Senior Officers for the Libyan Army Joint Command and Staff; designed and implemented trainings on Communication for Libyan NGOs and Youth Organisations and served as Human Development Expert with the Libyan Centre for Strategic and Future Studies. In addition, he is extensively consulting for major private sector actors who implement public sector contracts in the MENA region. This provides him with unique insights in regional dynamics. Habib El Mrabt has a Master’s degree in International Relations and Public Law and a Ph.D. in Systems & Organisations Management. He is a native Arabic-speaker, Islamic scholar and is also fluent in English and French.
Irma is an anthropologist with 24 years 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 and the inclusion of vulnerable or special groups in transition processes. She brings solid expertise in capacity building and training, conflict analyses, strategy and programme design, and applied research. Her record as a researcher and writer might is illustrated in her long publications list. Additionally, Irma has extensive experience in training, facilitation and design of tailor-made training courses and materials.
Khaled has been leading UN teams in several United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in the field of DDR, Community Violence Reduction ( CVR) and Security Sector Reform . Khaled has accumulated an expertise in supporting national governments to design and implement DDR Programs in a very challenging political, security and socio-economic environments. As a senior Staff of UN Peacekeeping-led operations, and given his background as a professional diplomat, Khaled was a pioneer in negotiating sensitive Security Council Mandates on DDR, CVR and Security Sector Reform with national authorities both at the civilian and the military levels to ensure a transparent, inclusive, gender based and efficient DDR processes and programs. Khaled, provided policy advice and technical support to different National DDR Commissions and other national Civil Society Organizations to develop their internal capacity as part of UN commitment to improve national ownership in the area of DDR-CVR and SSR. As part of his role as a coordinator of complex DDR processes, Khaled designed and led large DDR-CVR multi-stakeholders and multi-year programs in extremely challenging environments many of them have been considered an innovation and have been recognized as international Best Practice. He played a strategic role in providing political and security advice to UN senior leadership including UNCT and UN Humanitarian country teams on DDR, CVR and SSR issues and their impact on the overall mandated objectives of the UN particularly in Protection of Civilians, Restoration of State Authority and supporting the political process. Khaled has also played a crucial role in advocacy and resource mobilization given his long experiences in coordinating multiple DDR stakeholders both at national and international levels. Khaled worked in several countries in the African continent, such as Addis Ababa ( African Union), Sudan, South Sudan, Côte d’ivoire, Mali, DRC and Central African Republic.
Luisa Dietrich holds a doctorate degree in Political Science, a MA in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, and a MSc in Comparative Politics in Latin America. Her strengths include gender-mainstreaming and targeted actions for gender justice in conflict to post-conflict transitions and humanitarian emergencies. She worked as Reparations and Reconciliation Specialist (IOM Colombia) where she provided high level technical advise to the National Commission for Reparations and Reconciliation, working with victim’s and women’s rights organisations to ensure their access to truth, justice and reparation. Another area of expertise relates to applied research and programmatic experience in gender-responsive disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of ex-combatant’s (IOM, ICTJ and academic research). She has extensive experience in the development of knowledge products, such as the How To Guide to Gender Responsive DDR (IAWG/UNDP) and the Guidance Note to enhance Gender Responsive Mediation (OSCE). As humanitarian gender specialist (Oxfam, UNICEF, other INGOs) she deployed to more than eight humanitarian emergencies to provide technical advise to sectoral technical experts, developed gender components of humanitarian strategies, led comprehensive gender analysis for the South Sudan refugee response in Northern Uganda, the Ethiopia Drought response and for the humanitarian emergencies in Iraq. Furthermore, Luisa is a seasoned gender capacity builder and trainer in humanitarian and conflict contexts.
Addis Ababa ( African Union), Sudan, South Sudan, Côte d’ivoire, Mali, DRC and Central African Republic.
Mario has 45 years of professional experience of which the first 20 on rural development and infrastructural engineering in developing countries and the last 25 on migrations crisis programming in conflict and post conflict environments, first as Senior Staff and Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migrations (IOM) and more recently as consultant. In this capacity, he had the opportunity to coordinate and manage programs in the field of : a) demobilization, reinsertion and reintegration of ex combatants (DDR), community violence reduction (CVR) and security sector reform (SSR); b) community stabilization, community based recovery, livelihood, and income generating initiative (IGAs); c) migrations management, return and reintegration/integration of IDPs, refugees and other populations of concern; c) assisted voluntary returns and reintegration of migrants (AVRR); d) technical cooperation on migrations management. Since his participation to the peacekeeping operation in Mozambique as IOM Project Manager of the combined projects of reintegration of ex-combatants, the Information and Referral Services (IRS) and Provincial Fund (PF), he established and supervised IOM activities in the context of the peacebuilding processes in Angola, Mali, Congo Republic, Guinee Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Centrafrican Republic (1993 -2017). He also contributed and coordinated training and technical workshops on DDR matters at the IOM HQs in Geneva and Mission in Colombia.
Pall A. Davidsson
Pall is an expert in peacebulding and conflict resolution through security and justice reform, with over a decade of international experience in the field. Recently he led the effort of eleven UN agencies, including the peacekeeping mission, in developing a Joint United Nations Programme to move Darfur from protracted crisis to development through a comprehensive support to the rule of law. Pall has also managed major capacity building programmes for justice and security institutions in Africa and Eastern Europe where he has lived and worked. Pall has provided consultancy services to UNDP, UN Global Focal Point for Police, Justice and Corrections and the World Bank. Pall is a seasoned communicator frequently called upon to manage workshops and deliver training in various fora on human rights, the rule of law and peacebuilding. He is a regular lecturer at the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre and Fordham School of Law in New York. Pall has a Masters Degree in Law from Columbia University in New York.