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Committees & Staff

The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform functions thanks to a joint effort of the five partner institutions, dedicated Platform staff, and an Advisory Board. The five partners of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform provide a critical role both at a strategic and operational level.

The Steering Committee oversees the Management Committee, the Executive Coordinator and the Platform’s management and is responsible for strategic orientation. The Committee also contributes to the high-level networking of the Platform. The Steering Committee members are: 

  • Amb. Thomas Guerber, Director of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

  • Prof. Keith Krause, Director of Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute

  • Dr. Carl Ungerer, Head of the Leadership, Crisis and Conflict Management Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

  • Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace

  • Dr. Jonathan Woolley, Director, Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) Geneva

The Management Committee advises the Platform's Executive Coordinator in the management of the Platform. It is a working-level committee that provides input into Platform activities, planning, and strategy. It acts on behalf of the Steering Committee, and includes:

The Platform Staff carries out the mandated activities in accordance to the recommendations given by the Steering and Management Committee.

  • Dr. Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator - achim (at) gpplatform.ch - Dr. Achim Wennmann is an expert in economic perspectives on violent conflict, dispute resolution, and peacebuilding and has held various advisory roles for international organizations, government, business, and private foundations, including mediation support. Previously, he was responsible for coordinating research and training projects at the Small Arms Survey and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Achim publishes widely for policy and academic audiences. His most recent books are (with Brian Ganson) Business and Conflict in Fragile States: The Case for Pragmatic Solutions (London: IISS, 2016); (edited with Alexander Ramsbotham) Legitimacy in Peace Processes: From Coercion to Consent (London: Conciliation Resources, 2014); The Political Economy of Peacemaking (London: Routledge, 2011), and (edited with Mats Berdal) Ending Wars, Consolidating Peace: Economic Perspectives (London: IISS, 2010). Achim Wennmann is also Senior Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) of the Graduate Institute. He holds a Doctorate in International Relations from the Graduate Institute.

  • Madeleine Evans, Communication & Events Manager - mevans (at) gpplatform.ch - Madeleine Evans holds a joint honours degree in English and German from Oxford Brookes University, together with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Westminster College, Oxford. Madeleine has worked for over 10 years in the fields of event management, communication and international relations for large international organizations.

  • Dr. Claudia Seymour, Focal Point, Geneva Peace Week - gpw (at) gpplatform.ch - Dr. Claudia Seymour is an applied social researcher with 17 years of experience, working primarily in conflict-affected environments. Her research specializations include youth, child protection, resilience to armed violence, children’s DDR, and young people’s engagement with violence. She has extensive experience working with the United Nations and as a research consultant for a range of international NGOs and think tanks. Her relevant country experience includes DRC, Burundi, Central African Republic, Liberia, and Nigeria. She is a trainer in protection and human rights and a lecturer and convenor in MA courses on the political economy of violence and conflict management.

  • Naleni Eigensatz-Sears, Communication & Events Coordinator - naleni.eigensatz (at) graduateinstitute.ch - Naleni Eigensatz-Sears studied Small Business Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. Having worked in Switzerland, Canada and Kazakhstan, she has over 10 years’ experience in administration and finance with international organizations.

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