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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: 

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.

  • Rainer Gude, Executive Coordinator - Rainer Gude brings a diverse mix of experiences and skills to the Platform. From facilitator, moderator, convenor, public speaker and manager, his many roles all start with a belief in the importance of being the change you want to see in the world. Most recently he was co-Director General of Initiatives of Change (IofC) Switzerland where he oversaw Strategic Partnerships, Programmes and External Relations and helped run the Caux Forum. Rainer started his work with Initiatives of Change International by coordinating the relations with the UN and other International Organizations and missions in Geneva. He holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of Development and International Studies in Geneva. Before joining IofC, he worked several years in the business and NGO sectors.

  • Danson Gichini, Project Lead, Geneva Peace Week - 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, Head of Community Management - Annika Erickson-Pearson is a facilitator, event manager and researcher, currently heading community management at GPP. She works to build connections, community, and collaboration between various peacebuilding actors in and out Geneva on a variety of topics, including environmental peacebuilding. Annika is an experienced community organizer, political advocate and event manager, working with nearly a dozen NGOs over the past nine years, including the Conference on World Affairs, Represent.Us, Run for Something, StartingBloc, and the Global Campaign for Education. She holds a Master's degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva where her research focused on urban violence and gang desistance policies in the U.S.

  • Irina Sorokina, Project Coordinator, Geneva Peace Week - Irina Sorokina is an International Development graduate (Graduate Institute, Geneva) with more than three years of experience in nongovernmental and international relations spheres. Her areas of interest include peacebuilding, state-building, and child protection.

  • Raissa Kanku, Communications and Digital Series Coordinator, Geneva Peace Week - Raissa is completing her Masters in International Development with a concentration on migration and gender development at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. She is open-minded and adaptable to several environments due to cross-cultural skills enhanced through her diverse team work collaboration.  Raissa has worked within the administrative, communications and research sectors in the international platforms or NGOs advocating or promoting human rights, social justice and community development.

  • Zachary Alvarado, External Communications Coordinator, Geneva Peace Week - Zachary is a current Masters student in International Affairs with a concentration in International Security at the Graduate Institute Geneva. He has worked in a variety of NGO and diplomatic fields covering a range of topics regarding the transatlantic relationship, multilateral economic and political affairs, and migrant and refugee policy. Zachary is excited to marry his previous experiences and passion to form a more inclusive and dynamic peacebuilding agenda.

 

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