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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.

  • Annyssa Bellal, Executive Coordinator - Dr. Annyssa Bellal is an international lawyer with more than 18 years of experience in the area of conflict studies, both at the academic and policy levels, with a particular expertise on the issue of armed non-state actors. She also worked as a legal adviser for the Swiss NGO Geneva Call, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs. In 2011, she acted as the Head of the International Humanitarian Customary Law Project at the International Committee of the Red Cross. She has engaged directly with armed non-state actors in the field, notably in Syria, Iraq and the DRC. In 2019, she was invited to brief the UN Security Council on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, along with the President of the ICRC and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.

  • Danson Gichini, Geneva Peace Week Lead - 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, Community Management Lead - 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 ten years, including the Organizing for America, 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.

  • Maëlys Glück, Administration and Events Manager - Maëlys Glück is a dynamic, flexible, and driven young professional with a Master's degree in International History and Politics from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Political Science from Haverford College (US). Her focus areas are peacebuilding, conflict resolutions, human rights and sustainability, with a particular focus on violence prevention. She is the Outreach Coordinator for the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding (CCDP), works as a researcher for the Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT) at the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), and also serves as Administration and Event Manager for the GPP.

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