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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 - 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  (edited with Oliver Jütersonke) Urban Safety and Peacebuilding: New Perspectives on Sustaining Peace in the City (London: Routledge, 2019);  (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 CCDP of the Graduate Institute. He holds a Doctorate in International Relations from the Graduate Institute.

  • Kathryn Gichini, Assistant Coordiantor, 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

  • 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 an experienced community organizer, political advocate and event manager, working with nearly a dozen NGOs over the past eight years.

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