The Steering Committee has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, for planning its activities, and for supervising the operational work of the Coordinator. The Committee includes the current Directors of the Platform's partner institutions. The 4 Committee members operate in complementary fields, and by merging together their expertise in research, training, advocacy and the operational field work, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform represents more than just the sum of its components.
Steering Committee members from left to right: Keith Krause (CCDP), Scott M. Weber (Interpeace), Achim Wennmann (Geneva Peacebuilding Platform), Jonathan Woolley (QUNO), and Fred Tanner (GCSP).
Keith Krause, Director of CCDP
Professor Krause obtained his D.Phil. in International Relations in 1987 from Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Between 1987 and 1994 he was an Assistant and then an Associate Professor at York University (Toronto), where he was also Deputy Director, and (in 1993-94) the Acting Director of the York Centre for International and Strategic Studies. Since 1994, Keith Krause has been a Professor of International Politics at the Graduate Institute. He served as the Director of the Programme for Strategic and International Security Studies (PSIS) since 1999, which is now the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). His research has concentrated on international security and arms control, and on multilateralism and global governance.
Fred Tanner, Director of the GCSP
Ambassador Fred Tanner is the Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). On 16 May 2007, the Swiss Federal Council awarded Fred Tanner the title of Ambassador. Prior to this appointment, Fred Tanner was Deputy Director of the GCSP, in charge of Academic Affairs and Training, and Visiting Professor for Swiss Security and Foreign Policy at the Graduate Institute for International Studies (GIIS/HEI) of the University of Geneva. From 1994 until 1997 he was Director of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. Fred Tanner held teaching and research positions at universities such as Harvard (CFIA), Johns Hopkins (SAIS) and Princeton (CIS). He holds a Ph.D. and a Master's Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Geneva.
Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace
Scott Weber was appointed as Director-General of Interpeace in 2005. Prior to this, he acted as the Special Assistant to the Director General of Interpeace and Program Officer for Rwanda. He began his career in the United Nations, first with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and then as a Political Officer in the Office of the Director-General of the UN in Geneva. Scott is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO). In 2009, he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations, Economics and Russian from Georgetown University and has completed an Executive Education programme in Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard University's JFK School of Government.
Jonathan Woolley, Director of QUNO
Jonathan Woolley holds an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Applied Biology from the University of Cambridge, UK. Jonathan Woolley joined QUNO Geneva in June 2011. He brings to QUNO more than thirty years’ professional experience of agricultural research, development and capacity building in some fifty countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Starting as a volunteer teacher in Kenya, he then worked directly with poor farmers in Nigeria, Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico. From 1999 to 2009, he led two research networks directed at institutional reform, building cohesive small teams and strengthening innovative partnerships: a ground-breaking agricultural research fund in Ecuador, and the first phase of the "CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food" based in Sri Lanka and active in nine river basins around the world.