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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: 

  • Simon Gimson, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Interpeace

  • 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

  • Christina Orisich, Deputy Director, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

  • 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 - Achim Wennmann works across research, policy, and practitioner communities to enable critical thinking, facilitate partnerships and find solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in strategic management of complex policy and research projects and served in a variety of advisory roles for companies, foundations, international organizations, NGOs, and governments. He is co-founder of Geneva Peace Week and the Peace Talks Initiative and has facilitated numerous multi-stakeholder processes. Having worked with many peace mediators and community workers over the last decade, Achim believes in the merits of dialogue and negotiation for preventing and resolving conflicts, even in the most difficult contexts and with the most difficult actors. His academic work has been published in journals such as Third World QuarterlyGlobal GovernanceSecurity Dialogue; the International Review of the Red CrossConflict, Security and Development; and the Journal of International Business Policy, and in edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press or Routledge. Achim Wennmann is also Senior Researcher at the CCDP of the Graduate Institute and an Associate Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He holds a Doctorate in International Relations from the Graduate Institute.

  • Kathryn Gichini, Assistant Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform - Kathryn Gichini holds a Master's degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). Prior to her studies in Geneva, Kathryn was living and working in the UK where she completed a Bachelor's in International Relations achieving First Class Honours. Professionally, Kathryn has worked in Sales & Marketing in conference settings in the UK and has additionally been working for the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding for the past year.

  • Dr. Andreas Hirblinger, Focal Point for Community Management, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform - Dr. Andreas Hirblinger works as focal point for community management at the GPP. He is particularly concerned with GPP´s activities on urban peace, business and peacebuilding, as well as with the development of new projects and initiatives. In addition, Andreas is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute, where he currently conducts a research project on the use of digital technologies in inclusive peacemaking. Andreas is particularly interested in how knowledge making practices shape the work of international organizations. He has conducted research on a wide variety of peace processes and has a regional specialization on Sub-Sahara Africa and the Horn of Africa. Andreas also has comprehensive work experience as a consultant and advisor to governmental and non-governmental organizations working in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and development.

  • 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.

  • Danson Gichini, Coordinator, Geneva Peace Week, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform - Dan Gichini currently works as a Coordinator for the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, primarily coordinating Geneva Peace Week, the Platform's flagship event. He is currently working to facilitate, organize, and manage the development of Geneva Peace Week by coordinating the work of over 100 participating organizations. He has gained work experience in NGOs and international organisations, focusing on migration and refugee casework, youth empowerment, humanitarian advocacy and donor relations. Dan has recently worked for the Refugee and Migrant Centre, Save the Children International, the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He has conducted research projects on peace and security issues within his degree programmes, and as a consultant for international organizations. Dan acquired his BA in International Relations from Coventry University and later completed a Master’s degree in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute.

  • Annika Erickson-Pearson, Communications Coordinator, Geneva Peace Week - Annika Erickson-Pearson is a facilitator, event manager and researcher. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva where her research focuses on gang desistance policies in the U.S. and Latin America. Annika is also an experienced community organizer, political advocate and event manager, working with nearly a dozen NGOs over the past eight years, including the Conference on World Affairs, Represent.Us, Run for Something, and the Global Campaign for Education.

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