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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Danson Gichini, Project 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.

  • Kathryn Gichini, Events & Administration 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. Kathryn also has voluntary experience in the NGO sector where she worked with an international charity in the UK, supporting their communications director. 

 

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