Director of USA
Marna is a nonprofit leader with expertise in organizational effectiveness and major donor fundraising. She has served organizations focused on human rights, conservation and violence against women and children. She traveled extensively in Central America during times of conflict in the late 1980s and lived in El Salvador for four years after the Peace Accords were signed. While in El Salvador she worked in a repatriated community on economic development projects for women and helped establish a program educating women and girls on domestic violence.
Marna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. You can email her at [email protected]
Mel Duncan is a Founding Director for Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), a world leader in unarmed civilian protection. NP provides direct protection to civilians caught in violent conflict and works with local groups on violence deterrence in a variety of conflict areas around the world. Mel represented NP at the United Nations where the group has been granted consultative status. Two recent UN global reviews cited and recommended unarmed civilian protection. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship honored Mel with their 2010 Peace Seeker award. The Fellowship of Reconciliation USA awarded him their 2007 Pfeffer International Peace Prize on behalf of Nonviolent Peaceforce’s “courageous efforts in conflict regions around the world.” The Utne Reader named him as one of “50 Visionaries Who are Changing Our World.” The American Friends Service Committee nominated Nonviolent Peaceforce for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
Mel is a graduate of Macalester College, St. Paul Minnesota. In 2006 he was honored with their Distinguished Citizen award. He also holds a Masters degree from the University of Creation Spirituality. He splits his time between St. Paul and, New York City. He and his wife, Georgia, have eight children and twelve grandchildren.
You can email him at [email protected]
Prior to being the Executive Director, Tiffany Easthom was Program Director for Nonviolent Peaceforce 's Middle East program, Country Director in South Sudan and prior to that for Sri Lanka. Tiffany holds a BA in Justice Studies and a MA Degree in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She also studied peacebuilding in the field in Uganda and served as Country Director for Peace Brigades International in Indonesia. You can email her at [email protected].
Head of Operations, Iraq
Geoff Faraday is the current Deputy Head of Mission - Operations for Nonviolent Peaceforce in Iraq. After 16 years working within the British and New Zealand militaries, he switched careers across to the humanitarian sector in 2015. Geoff has a Masters in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics. Within the humanitarian sector he has worked with different NGOs in South Sudan, Iraq and across the East Africa and Great Lakes region.
Mahteme Mikre Fekadu
Head of Mission, Sudan
Mahteme Mikre Fekadu
Mahteme Mikre is the Head of Mission in NP Sudan. He is an Ethiopian with 17 years of humanitarian and development program development and management experiences of working in conflict, post conflict and natural disasters affected communities in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, and Somaliland. Previously he served us Chief of Party, Deputy Country Director, Head of Programs, Deputy Humanitarian Programs Director and Managers.
Mahteme has hand on experiences in complex emergency response management, resilience, conflict transformation, peace dividend and conflict sensitive programming. He had provided high level leadership of international organizations (INGOs) as a country senior leadership and senior management team in different context including development of country strategic plan, resources mobilization and donor engagement strategies and implementation of strategies. Mahteme demonstrated an ability to work well in high pressure and high-risk situations with strategic engagements with local communities, government bodies, donors and private sectors for networking, negotiation and influencing for a systemic change for the benefit of vulnerable people. Mahteme studied master’s in economics, Masters in Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Development.
Mahteme believes that nonviolent means of addressing differences and conflict is instrumental to reduce catastrophic humanitarian disastrous caused by armed conflict and displacement. He is committed to contribute in unarmed civilian protection and sustainable peace in conflict prone counties.
Felicity Gray is the current Advocacy Lead for Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP). She comes to DC from NP in South Sudan, where she served as a Team Leader in Bentiu, the largest displacement camp in the country. In 2022, Felicity served as Start-up Director for NP Ukraine. In addition to her experience as a practitioner, Felicity is an academic and expert in unarmed civilian protection. Her PhD research on the topic includes field research in Myanmar, Lebanon, South Sudan, Europe, and the United States. She holds a Masters in Humanitarian Action from the Australian National University.
Group Finance & Operations Director
Line holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has 20+ years strategic and leadership experience and with in-depth Operations background including financial management, HR management as well as organizational development. She has extensive experience guiding growth and performance of international organisations and NGOs as well as extensive experience in managing and mentoring multifunctional and multicultural teams. Prior to joining NP, she was the Director of Operations for ACT Alliance and Humanitarian NGO and prior to that the Head of Budget and Financial Planning for IUCN, an NGO specializing in Nature Conservation.
Head of Programming, Iraq
Martha Hernandez is currently the Head of Programming at Nonviolent Peaceforce in Iraq. She has extensive experience in protection of civilians and peacebuilding in different parts of the world. She has been working with Nonviolent Peaceforce since 2008 in different countries such as South Sudan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, United States and Syria. Martha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Studies and a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation.
Head of Programming, Philippines
Rexall Kaalim is currently working as Head of Programming of NPP. He served as Program Manager of NPP for 3.5 years. He had also served for 4 years in NPP as Assistant Program Manager and Safety and Security Coordinator from July 2014 – April 2018. Before joining NP, Rexall had worked with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue as consultant for the MNLF-MILF dialogues (2013-2014) He had also served as Humanitarian Protection Specialist of the Balay Rehabilitation Centre (2012 – 2013). He served as Coordinator of a community-based ceasefire monitoring group- Mindanao Peoples Caucus - Bantay Ceasefire (Ceasefire Watch) (2007-2010) that supports the Government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front monitor the GPH-MILF ceasefire agreement; and the Initiatives for the Initiative (IID) as Senior Program Staff which initiated, conceptualized the mobilization of third party community-based ceasefire monitoring mechanism- Bantay Ceasefire (2003-2006).
Head of Mission, South Sudan
Rosemary Kabaki serves as the Head of Mission at Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Sudan and previously worked with Nonviolent Peaceforce in Myanmar as Head of Mission, in the South Caucasus as a Human Rights and Civilian Protection Expert, and in the Philippines as an International Civilian Peacekeeper. Rosemary has experience working in her native country of Kenya in both the NGO and civil servant sectors. With Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Rosemary supported local groups to address inclusion gaps on governance, social and developmental needs of marginalized communities. As a Psychology lecturer at Kenya Medical Training College, she contributed to a curriculum that focused on embedding 'soft skills' and strengthening 'people first' values to the next generation of health workers.
Rosemary's NP experiences has made her passionate about exploring ways that civilians, living in conflict affected areas, can increase participation in their own protection and subsequently strengthen human rights in remote areas.
Head of Programming, South Sudan
Brandon McNally is the Head of Programme for NP South Sudan. He is passionate and motivated advocate for human rights, social justice and grassroots programming. His work in this field started in his homeland of Canada and then migrated to Nepal and East Africa – first in Kenya and now in South Sudan. Brandon holds an advanced Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University.
Director of Mutual Protection, USA
Kalaya'an Mendoza [He/They/Siya] is a Queer, Hard of Hearing, Filipino American human rights activist, street medic, and community safety and mutual protection trainer. He is an award-winning facilitator of holistic safety and security, as well as a recognized expert in disaster preparedness. He currently resides on occupied Lenape land. Kalaya'an serves as the Director of Mutual Protection at Nonviolent Peaceforce, USA and is the co-founder of Across Frontlines, an organization that works with frontline human rights defenders.
Head of Operations, Sudan
Roger Musafiri is currently the Deputy Head of Mission for Nonviolent Peaceforce Sudan. He comes from International NGO Safety Organization where he served as Head of Operations for the Lake Chad Basin region for 4 years with a long history in Cameroon, CAR, South Sudan, Nigeria and Niger and has worked with Mercy Corps and MSF - bringing a great wealth of experience to support Nnonviolent Peaceforce in Sudan.
Roger has varied background having served both for development programs and in the Banking sector in Finance, HR and Logistics.
Roger holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master of Science in Economics. You can contact him on: [email protected]
Global Head of Programming
Huibert Oldenhuis currently serves as the Global Head of Programming at NP`s Head Office in Geneva. He has worked in the field of peace and security since 2004, with Peace Brigades International in Indonesia, the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific in Nepal, and Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Sudan and Myanmar. He is a former Head of Mission for NP in Myanmar and the (co-) author of various publications on Unarmed Civilian Protection. You can contact him at [email protected]
Head of Operations, South Sudan
Faiza Riaz working as Deputy Country Director / Head of Operations - Nonviolent Peaceforce South Sudan. She is a Humanitarian and Development practitioner with more than 18 years of practical experience in Logistic, Human Resource, Finance and Compliance. Specialize in development and implementation of resource mobilization and management strategies; donor relations; oversight and management of multi donor grants; strong professional in the development of donor budgets, analysis, reporting and audits, development of policies and procedures to support Country Operations and proportionately mitigate risks.
Since 2017 with NP South Sudan she has been working on different roles and successfully managing NP South Sudan Country Office finance, budgets, treasury, human resources, procurement, capacity development of national staff and other administrative activities of the Mission and Sub-Offices including Grants and Compliance of all NPSS grants. She has also worked as Compliance and Risk Manager for Action Against Hunger Pakistan and with CARE International Pakistan during emergencies.
She is qualified as a Masters in Professional Accounting – CPA Australia from the University of New South Wales Sydney Australia and Masters in Commerce from University of the Punjab Pakistan. She is currently pursuing CPA Australia Program. You can contact her [email protected].
Head of Mission, Philippines and Regional Representative for Asia
Delsy Ronnie has 18 years of experience in programming on conflict resolution, research, emergency response and community development, including nine years at senior management level at the country program. He was the director of the social department at Aceh-Nias Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (BBR), the national body of rehabilitation and reconstruction of Aceh and Nias, two provinces of Indonesia, where he oversaw the rehabilitation and reconstruction process on social sector post-2004- Indian earthquake and tsunami. He also has served as National Team Leader for Conflict Early Warning and Early Response in Indonesia. Before joining with Nonviolent Peacefore, he led Muslim Aid Myanmar from 2013 - 2015. Ronnie has worked extensively on the peace process in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Myanmar. He has a doctorate from the University of Helsinki with the research focus on the peace process in Aceh.
Ronnie has served as Head of Mission in the Philippines since November 2015.
Head of Mission, Ukraine
Tanya Walmsley (She/Her) is the Head of Mission for NP Ukraine. She joined Nonviolent Peaceforce in 2017 as the Head of Mission for Iraq. In 2021, Tanya worked with the NP USA Country Office as Technical Advisor during the uprisings for Black lives against white supremacist violence. In 2022, she worked as the Start-up Director for NP Sudan.
Director of Community Peace Building, USA
Will Wallace is a 25+ year veteran of youth and community work in North Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He was part of the creation of the 2008 City of Minneapolis Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence. He has been a voice for engagement between police and community during times of crisis, such as the police shooting of Mr. Jamar Clark. Will has also consulted with the Minneapolis Public Schools for many years working with K-8 students promoting healing from the traumas of poverty, racism, and community violence. His unique expertise in working with youth who have been raised in situations of violence and trauma and have then become involved with gangs and/or the justice system. This experience was foundational to the development and launch of the North 4 Program in 2010 and to its successful operation over several years. Will Wallace holds a Global Career Development Facilitator certification, and has both participated in and led multiple trainings on youth violence prevention, mediation, healing from racial trauma, community engagement, trauma informed care, and related topics.
Head of Mission, Iraq
Thiago Wolfer is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has extensive experience in managing, designing, directing and implementing programmes of protection of civilians affected by armed conflict in different parts around the world. Thiago has a major in International Relations, a post bachelorship in International Politics and a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation at the University of Basel in Switzerland. He joined NP in 2007 and has worked in ever since with the organization in a number of country programes including Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Syria, United States and South Sudan. He previously served as Head of Mission for Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Sudan. Thiago is committed to his work and believes in Unarmed Civilian Protection as an alternative to transforming conflict together with communities.
Gloria Jarrett Yatassaye
Global Head of People, Culture & HR
Gloria Jarrett Yatassaye
Gloria Jarrett Yatassaye currently serves as the Global Head of People, Culture and HR at Nonviolent Peaceforce. She previously held the post of Global HR Manager at NP Head Office since Oct 2019.
Gloria has a varied background having served both non-profit organisations and for-profit corporations in the areas of education, finance, and now conflict response and resolution. She is thrilled to use her skills in talent acquisition, relationship building, and creating a ‘people first’ culture to continue building a world-class team at NP.
Her focus will be partnering closely with all teams across our growing global organisation to build bridges and form connections that will enable our staff to accomplish the best work of their lives.
She is looking forward to having genuine conversations with employees on how she can help in their NP journey and continue improving communications to further enhance awareness of company initiatives and culture progress.
Gloria holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Director of Organizational Advancement
Anna Zaros (She/Her) previously held a number of leadership and development positions and has worked as the Director of Development at Mary's Pence, Director of Development and Communications at the Domestic Abuse Project, and her latest position was as Head of Donor Engagement at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), where she worked for the past four years. During her time at CVT, Anna was a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group, where she provided leadership, planning and implementation to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization.
Anna holds a Masters in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a mini-MBA for Nonprofits Certificate and a Fundraising Certificate from Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. Anna has worked with peacebuilding organizations in Mindanao, the Philippines, and as a case worker for victims and survivors of sex trafficking in Minnesota and has had her journal articles on this work published in scholarly journals.
Board of Directors
Board Chair, Palestine
Lucy Nusseibeh is the founding director of Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND), a nongovernmental organization that educates grassroots political leaders, Palestinian youth, their teachers and their families about nonviolence and democracy. Previously, Nusseibeh taught in the Philosophy and Cultural Studies Department in Bir Zeit University, headed the Palestinian Centre for the Study of Nonviolence, and held a fellowship in the Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. She is married to Sari Nusseibeh.
Board Vice Chair, Kenya
Currently working with Transition International as a Network Partners having retired from UNICEF in 2015. Background is in education, social work and psychology. Specialist in child protection in emergencies and has extensive experience in working with children in conflict and post conflict situations. More than 25 years of experience in the field of child protection in emergencies mainly in Eastern and Western Africa, Middle East and Asia. Has had the privilege to lead DDR programmes for children in Liberia, South Sudan and Uganda while working for Save the Children Sweden and UNICEF. For several years was responsible for training of peacekeepers on child rights and child protection in Eastern and Central Africa. Has interest in Transitional Justice and has been involved in design and implementation of the children’s programme within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Liberia and more recently has picked up interest in countering and preventing radicalization of children by extremist groups.
Board Secretary, UK
Dr Rachel Julian has been working in peace and nonviolence for over 25 years, and is Senior Lecturer in Peace Studies at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. She worked for Nonviolent Peaceforce from 2002-2007, as European Coordinator and International Fundraising Director. She has a PhD from Leeds Beckett University in Peace Studies and has given presentations, talks and written extensively on unarmed civilian protection. Rachel is running the first research council funded UCP research in Myanmar and teaching Civilian Protection on the MA International Human Rights Practice. Rachel a facilitator for the Unarmed Civilian Protection course with UNITAR and is also a board member of Peace News Trust.
Brian McLeod is an American citizen who worked his way up the ranks at Merck, and eventually became Senior Vice President in Marketing. Since retirement, he has been involved in the nonprofit sector, and active on several Boards. Board work and managing large companies have taught him to manage, listen, engage, compromise where necessary for relationship building, and team work. Strategy planning is one of his key strengths.
Board Member, Switzerland
Jerome Elie has developed expertise on humanitarian affairs and forced displacement through 15 years of experience within academia, the United Nations system and the NGO community, at headquarters and field level. He holds a PhD in International Relations and History from the University of Geneva. He has published in various journals, including the Refugee Survey Quarterly, Global Governance, Forced Migration Review and the Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Most recently, working with a global civil society network, he has closely followed and contributed (from an NGO perspective) to global policy processes on forced displacement, including the Global Compact on Refugees, the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, and debates on displacement related to climate change and disasters.
Board Member, India
Meenakshi Gopinath is currently Founder and Director of WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace), an initiative that seeks to promote the leadership of South Asian women in the areas of peace, security and regional cooperation. She is also Principal Emerita of Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi where she served as Principal for 26 years till 2014. She was Mentor of the college from September 2014 to October 2015. She was the first woman to serve as member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) of India.
Dr. Gopinath is a member of multi-track peace initiatives in Kashmir and between India and Pakistan including the Neemrana Peace Initiative, the Pakistan India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy and the Chaophraya Dialogue. She has authored among others Pakistan in Transition, and co-authored Conflict Resolution – Trends and Prospects, Transcending Conflict: A Resource book on Conflict Transformation and Dialogic Engagement and has contributed chapters and articles in several books and journals on Gandhi, the politics of Pakistan, the arts of Conflict Resolution, Gender and Peace Building et al. Her interests include issues of human rights and gender, conflict transformation and Buddhist and Gandhian philosophy. In recognition of her contribution to the field of women’s education and empowerment, she has received several awards including the Padma Shri Award, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi Award, the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Education and the Mahila Shiromani Award and the Delhi Citizen Forum Award and Qimpro Platinum Standard Award for Education and Celebrating Womanhood South Asian Recognition Award for Social Harmony and International Lifetime Achievement Award – 2009 for outstanding work in the field of justice, Equity, Peace and Progress and the L.M. Singhvi fellowship Award at the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies (DDMI), University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree for significant contribution to the education of women and the commitment to fostering global peace through Conflict Resolution, La Trobe University, Australia and Honorary Adjunct Professor, La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University, Australia, Distinguished Alumna Award, by Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi for meritorious contribution in the field of Education and Visiting Distinguished Scholar 2015, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Gopinath serves on the Governing Boards of research institutes, NGOs, educational institutions and corporate bodies. She also is a member of The Club of Rome, Asian University for Women, Centre for Policy Research, Shri Ram Foundation, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, Welham Girls School, Shri Ram School, Track Two initiatives in the South Asian region and many more. She has been a Fulbright scholar and has received several fellowships including the Australian International Education Foundation Fellowship (1996-97) and the University Grants Commission Indo-Israel Exchange Fellowship (1994-1996) among others.
Board Member, Japan
Akihiko Kimijima is Professor of Constitutional Law and Peace Studies at the College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. He served as SecretaryGeneral of the Asia Pacific Peace Research Association (2010-2013) and President of the Peace Studies Association of Japan (2016-2017). His major research interests are reconceptualizing and reactivating peace principles of the 1946 Japanese Constitution with reference to peace studies, transnational civil society, and East Asian politics. Recent publications include “Six Faces of Article 9: The Effect of Japan’s 70 Years of Constitutional Pacificism upon the World Order,” Constitutional Law Review No. 29, 2018
Board Member, USA
Thomas Kurmann is a Strategic Philanthropy professional with more than 20 years of experience. He joined Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2004, first as Communications and Fundraising Director of the operational center in Switzerland and then as Fundraising Director in Germany. Prior to joining MSF, Thomas was the Communications Director at Terre des hommes, a children's aid foundation.
Thomas is teaching Fundraising, Strategy and donor journey mapping and other strategic management and fundraising tools at international conferences and academic institutions in Switzerland. Before his Fundraising career, Thomas worked as a freelance journalist and PR professional, and as a dramaturg for a small theatre.
Board Member, France
Francois Marchand has worked as a freelance engineer, creator and manager of a consultancy company, project manager, and revenue risk director. Marchand has been retired as of March 2016.
Since 1970, Marchand has been an active participant in nonviolent movements, such as the Larzac nonviolent struggle and the French nonviolent movement (MAN = Mouvement pour une alternative non-violente). He is the creater and co-president of Non-violence XXI, a French NGO that gathers the main French nonviolent organizations (MAN, MIR, Arche, PBI-France, research, educational and training centers, magazines) in order to collect funds from donators and foundations. Marchand is also a member of the redaction commitee of the magazine "Alternatives nonviolentes (ANV)."
Board Member, UK
Board Member, USA
Deepa Sureka is originally from India and recently launched Kora, a platform that brings skilled cooks into people's homes to prepare a home cooked meal. Sureka has led many businesses with the vision and passion to build, restructure and grow. Her educational and career footprint spans the world of marketing, advertising and ecommerce, building, growing teams and businesses for global organizations like Rakuten, Balsara (acquired by Dabur India).
Board Member, USA
Tiffany Tool works for IPEN, an international environmental organization that focuses on chemicals since 2016. Prior, she worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Iraq and Yemen operations. She is a humanitarian worker specializing in communications, development, conflict resolution, intercultural dialogue, and community protection. She has worked with Peace Brigades International in Indonesia (West Papua), Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Sudan, and Peacewokers in Gaza and South Korea. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is also a board member for the Metta Center for Nonviolence and Peaceworkers USA.
Isaiah Kipyegon Toroitich
Board Member, Switzerland
Isaiah Kipyegon Toroitich
Passionate about human rights, peace, justice, environment, sustainable development and international humanitarian and development policy, and the intersection between them and contemporary societal issues, Isaiah Kipyegon Toroitich currently works at the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Geneva, Switzerland as Head of Global Advocacy, where he serves also as the Head of the Actions for Justice Unit. He leads the organization’s policy and advocacy work on climate change and environment, human rights, gender justice and peace and interfaith action. He coordinated the organizations work and engagement with the United Nations in Geneva and in New York. He is the co-chair of the UN Global Protection Cluster’s Task Team on Human Rights Engagement and a member of the UN Inter-agency Standing Committee’s Result Group 3 on Advocacy.
Before joining the LWF, Isaiah worked with the ACT Alliance as the Head of Advocacy and Development Policy, and before that, with Norwegian Church Aid in Eastern Africa, as the policy officer for economic and climate justice. Earlier on in his career, Isaiah worked as an activist, community organizer, high school teacher, a journalist and an education and communications specialist. He has co-authored, edited or otherwise contributed to several publications including: Action for Justice, from Local to Globe (LWF Advocacy framework), The Paris Climate Agreement, towards a climate-friendly future; Climate change and labour: impacts of heat in the workplace; The Youth Climate Change Handbook; Women’s Rights as Human Rights in Kenya: A contradiction between Policy and Practice; Communicating Development; and Moving Forward Together for a Just World, among others. Isaiah is from Kenya and holds an Executive Masters in Advocacy in International Affairs from the Geneva Graduate Institute, a Master of Arts degree in Development Communications from Daystar University and a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University.
Board member, Netherlands
Gabriëlla Vogelaar is an Academy Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ since 2019. She coordinates training programmes for foreign diplomats and other professionals skilled in international relations. Her focus areas include negotiation, mediation, diplomacy, pre-deployment training and international security. She worked in the field of peacebuilding and conflict prevention since 2010. Prior to joining the Clingendael Institute, she worked at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), an international NGO, as a Project Manager and Training & Capacity Building Coordinator. Gabriëlla led projects to improve policies and practices in the field, through which she built up her expertise on the EU, human security, civil-military cooperation, security sector development and Mali. She is also the author, editor-in-chief and co-editor of two books on peacebuilding and human security. Her achievements include the publication of a scientific article in the Journal for Regional Security, on EU support to security sector reform in Mali. In addition, she is currently a Board Member of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY).
She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Utrecht University and an honours Bachelors degree in Social Sciences from University College Utrecht. Gabriëlla is a creative thinker with attention to detail, and her background and six languages are valuable in communicating effectively across different cultures.