Dr Kathleen Cravero-Kristoffersson was the President of Oak Foundation until 2018. In this capacity she supported the Trustees of Oak Foundation to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Before presiding the Oak Foundation, Ms Cravero worked for over two decades on a range of international development issues, from newly emerging democracies to conflict and emergency situations. Dr Cravero-Kristoffersson worked in various posts such as, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP and WHO. While with the United Nations she was Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery with UNDP, and Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
She served as UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Burundi; UNICEF Representative in Uganda; External Relations Officer of the World Health Organization Global Programme on AIDS; UNICEF Senior Health Advisor; and UNICEF Programme Coordinator in Chad.
Dr Cravero holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (Fordham University), and a Masters in Public Health (Columbia University).
Victor Angelo is currently the chief executive of DuniaMundo, an international affairs consultancy firm, and a Senior International Advisor on governance, crisis management and security, working with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, the Community of the Portuguese Speaking Countries CPLP and other institutions. He is also a newspaper columnist on international affairs for the Portuguese weekly magazine Visão.
Mr Angelo is a former Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General, and worked for the U.N. in various conflict-related capacities over 32 years. Mr Angelo served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad, heading the UN peacekeeping mission, MINURCAT, from February 2008 to March 2010. Prior to that, Mr Angelo served as the Secretary-General’s Executive Representative for Sierra Leone from January 2006 to December 2007, heading the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL).
Mr Angelo had earlier served as UN Humanitarian and Resident Co-ordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Zimbabwe from September 2000 to September 2004.
Dr Louisa Chan Boegli is from Hong Kong and lives in Switzerland. She received her doctorate of medicine from the University of California Los Angeles USA. Currently, as founding member of the Rugiagli Initiative (tRI), she leads their activities in capacity building of health professionals for peace work.
She has 20 years of experience in international development and conflict management, working with communities, governments, multinational companies, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and NGOs in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Over the last 15 years, Louisa Chan Boegli has been instrumental in conceiving and starting three organisations: Centre of Humanitarian Dialogue; a consultancy company providing Corporate Social Responsibility services to multinational companies; and the Rugiagli Initiative (tRI). She helped to write the HD Centre’s charter and pioneered exploratory work in Aceh, Indonesia and in Myanmar. From 2002 through 2007, Louisa Chan Boegli was the leading member of the corporate social responsibility team offering services to multinational companies. As a founding member of tRI, she successfully initiated activities in Southern Thailand. With the Thai partner (Prince of Songkla University), and support from the PeaceNexus Foundation, tRI completed a pilot project to enhance the capacity for peace amongst health professionals working in conflict areas.
Louisa Chan Boegli also holds a Master of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School.
Denis Kadima has been serving as the Johannesburg-based Executive Director of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) since December 2002. He was until 2013 the founding Chairperson of the Board of the Southern Africa Trust, an independent funding agency that supports deeper and wider engagement in regional policy dialogue to overcome poverty. Mr Kadima also founded the Journal of African Elections.
A former banker in his native DR Congo, Mr Kadima has worked for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and various U.N. departments, including as Director of the UN Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division in South Sudan, and as Elections Chief Technical Advisor for the UNDP Tunisia.
Ivo has contributed his entire professional life to integrating the concept of sustainability into the worlds of business and finance. He was the Head of Corporate Sustainability at Swiss Reinsurance Company and part of the founding team of RobecoSAM, a leading sustainable asset manager, and of responsAbility, the world’s largest micro- and development finance investment manager. In his role at RobecoSAM he led the team in charge of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2002 he founded the independent consultancy onValues (of which he is the managing partner), which serves family offices and foundations in their efforts to improve investment results by integrating sustainability and impact considerations.
Over the years he has led several collaborative initiatives aimed at strengthening the business and financial sector’s commitment to sustainability. He was responsible for coordinating the financial sector’s contribution to the U.N. Global Compact and an advisor to the U.N. Principles for Responsible Investment, for which he contributed to developing guidelines for investments in particularly sensitive areas (microfinance, commodities, farmland etc).
His personal interest in the topic of conflict prevention and peacebuilding led him to found the Terra21 Foundation, a Swiss foundation supporting local peacebuilding initiatives in countries including Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Kenya.
Ivo studied process engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, followed by post-graduate studies in environmental law and economics and a doctoral thesis on the life-cycle assessment of energy systems.
Molly McUsic is the President of the Wyss Foundation, a private, charitable foundation founded and financed by Hansjörg Wyss, dedicated to supporting practical and innovative solutions in areas from economic opportunity, women’s equality, conflict resolution, and land conservation.
Prior to joining the Wyss Foundation, she was Counsellor to Secretary Babbitt at the Department of the Interior, a Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law; a visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; Law Clerk for the Honourable Harry A. Blackmun, U. S. Supreme Court, and Law Clerk for the Honourable Dorothy W. Nelson, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin is Vice-President and Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at King’s College London. She has been founding Director of the African Leadership centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars generating cutting edge knowledge for security and development in Africa; and Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG) at King’s College London from 2003 to 2013. Prior to this, she worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict.
Professor Olonisakin has positioned her work to serve as a bridge between academia and the worlds of policy and practice. Her most recent research has focused on “Reframing narratives of Peace and State Building in Africa” and on “Future Peace, Society and the State in Africa”. In January 2015, Professor Olonisakin was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, as one of seven members of the Advisory Group of Experts (AGE) on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. She was also appointed in 2016 as a member of the Advisory Group of Experts for the UN Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security.
The University of Pretoria appointed ‘Funmi Olonisakin as an Extra-Ordinary Professor in the Department of Political Sciences in 2016. In 2018, the Director-General of UNESCO invited Professor Olonisakin to join the Council of the United Nations University.
Mbarka Bouaida is a Moroccan politician whom, His Majesty King Mohamed VI, appointed Secretary of State for Maritime Fisheries in 2007. Before, she served as Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in the Benkirane government. She chaired the Committee of Foreign Affairs and the National Defence and Religious Affairs and was in charge of relations between the Moroccan and European Parliaments. In June 2009, she was also elected to the city council of Greater Casablanca. Ms Bouaida has been Vice-President of the International Parliamentarian Forum for Democracy since September 2011 and is a Member of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe. She is also the General Secretary of the Moustaqbal Association for Education and represents Morocco in the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly. In 2015, she led Morocco’s delegation to the White House Summit on Countering Extreme Violence led by Joe Biden. She has a degree from the Graduate School of Management in Casablanca, an MBA from the University of Hull and a Master’s in Communication from the University of Toulouse.
Anne Gloor conceived and founded PeaceNexus with the help of Hansjörg Wyss in 2009. Anne was PeaceNexus’ Executive Director from 2011 to 2014 to ensure the proper set up of the Foundation.
From 1999 to 2011 Anne worked for the Swiss Foreign Ministry. In this time she designed peacebuilding programmes in Southern Africa, assisted in these programmes’ implementation while based in Mozambique, coordinated the Swiss mine action programme for two years, trained diplomats and experts in peacebuilding, and expanded the Swiss election support programme. Between 2006 and 2008 Anne was seconded to the General Directorate for External Relations of the European Commission to coordinate the EU election observation policy and operations in several countries.
Anne has studied in Switzerland, the USA, Colombia, France and the UK. She holds Master degrees from the University of Bern and EHESS in Paris. Her academic focus was democracy building in Latin America, Africa, the USA, France and Switzerland. Later in her career she started a PhD at the University of Bradford on election-related conflict resolution, which she abandoned to set up PeaceNexus.
An exceptional and prolific philanthropist, Hansjörg Wyss has funded many initiatives promoting innovative methods to tackle important medical, conservational and humanitarian challenges on a global scale.
In addition to the PeaceNexus Foundation, Mr Wyss has established the Wyss Foundation, a charitable foundation through which he engages in strategic philanthropy to conserve nearly 14 million acres in the American West and Latin America; The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering; and the recently founded Wyss Center for Bio- and Neuro-Engineering, to name but a few.
Mr Wyss also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Synthes, Inc., a global manufacturer of medical devices, and is a founder and honorary member of the AO Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries and their sequelae.
Mr Wyss is presently an active member of the Board of Directors of several organizations including the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, The Grand Canyon Trust, The Wilderness Society, and the Center for American Progress, and the Board of Dean’s Advisors of Harvard Business School.
As PeaceNexus’ Executive Director, Catriona guides the foundation’s overall strategic direction in collaboration with the board, oversees the foundation’s project management, and supports the development of each sector.
Before joining PeaceNexus, Catriona worked as an independent consultant, providing research, analysis and training to help organisations working in conflict-affected contexts. From 2005 to 2009 she was the Marie Curie Research Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), where she conducted projects on EU and UN crisis management and peacebuilding.
Previously, from 1995 to 2005, she was the (founding) Executive Director of the International Security Information Service, Europe, an independent research organization based in Brussels working on European conflict prevention, peacebuilding and security policy. She has written extensively on the development of civilian crisis management and peacebuilding capacities and policies, and has provided research support, training facilitation, and policy advice for the European Commission, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UN Development Programme, a number of EU Member States, and a range of Non-Governmental Organisations active in peacebuilding.
She holds a PhD in International Relations from Lancaster University (UK), a Masters in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania (US) and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford (UK).
Lisa Ibscher is leading PeaceNexus’ team working with international partners, supervising the development of PeaceNexus’ competency areas Organisational Development, Conflict Sensitivity and Inclusive Dialogue with Business and the monitoring, evaluation, organisational learning related to them.
Lisa has been working on conflict resolution and peacebuilding for the past 20 years during which she has worked in diverse conflict settings on all aspects of peace building:
She has served in multinational peacekeeping and ceasefire monitoring operations, held government positions supporting the emergence of post-conflict political institutions and worked on local peace building initiatives with NGOs, amongst others in the Balkans, Sudan/South Sudan and in Nepal.
Lisa holds a postgraduate degree in Development and Cooperation from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, and she is a certified mediator and coach (New York University).
Peter Cross is the Regional Programmes Manager at PeaceNexus, leading the teams, programming and partnerships in the four geographic focus regions of Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Western Balkans and West Africa.
Peter has a background in conflict and peacebuilding, security sector reform, and rule of law. Peter’s 20 years of experience includes complex conflict environments in Africa, Central and South Asia, including in Somalia, Sudan and Sierra Leone. Peter has worked with think-tanks, NGOs, multilateral agencies – including the United Nations and the European Union – and the private sector to deliver high-quality policy, analysis and programming.
Peter has a Masters degree in International Studies from Rhodes University in South Africa.
Carole is the Lead for PeaceNexus organisational development (OD) service offer. She provides support and facilitates learning for PeaceNexus’ OD partnerships across its different regions and directly manages PeaceNexus’ OD support to international partners and collective learning initiatives on OD.
Carole started her career in South Africa, at the Centre for Conflict Resolution to then move to Burundi to run the Women’s Peace Centre, created by international peacebuilding NGO Search for Common Ground (SFCG). She was later SFCG’s Director of Institutional Learning and a member of the senior management team in Washington DC.
Upon leaving SFCG, Carole worked as an independent consultant and trainer. After moving back to Switzerland with her family, Carole held the position of Africa Director at Geneva Call and Director of Operations for Justice Rapid Response.
Carole holds a Masters in International Relations from the Graduate Institute for International Studies and a Masters in Gender Studies from the University of Geneva.
Heloise leads the conflict sensitivity (CS) service offer to support impactful actors in conflict settings ensure their operations do not fuel violence and, where relevant, contribute to peacebuilding. She supports and facilitates learning for PeaceNexus’ CS work across its four focus regions and directly manages international partnerships.
Heloise has worked for more than 10 years in peacebuilding and conflict-sensitive humanitarian and development programming in Asia, Africa and Europe. She started her career working on local inter-community dialogue in Kyrgyzstan before working as manager and advisor with a range of international organisations including International Alert, the European Centre for Conflict Prevention and CARE. She chaired the Humanitarian Working Group of French NGOs and Development Effectiveness Working Group of the European platform CONCORD. At CARE she managed the global Conflict Sensitivity Consortium, where she supported 35 leading aid agencies in the UK, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka to strengthen their conflict sensitivity at organisational and operational levels.
Heloise holds a Masters degree from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation and Bachelor degree from Sciences Po.
Johannes leads the private sector engagement activities to support companies to have greater positive impact when working in conflict-affected countries. This includes oversight of company assessment and engagement for the Peace Investment Fund.
Johannes joins PeaceNexus with experience in both the private and public sectors. He has worked in the USA, Netherlands, Ghana and South Sudan. His last job was with the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, where he worked on a range of policy development and program management issues such as identifying innovative financing options for peacebuilding and managing a US $30m portfolio of Peacebuilding Fund investments in Liberia, South Sudan and the Philippines. He has also worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Oikocredit, Revenue Watch Institute and the World Bank. As part of his work at the BCG where he worked for five years, he focused on consumer goods, private equity and social impact.
Johannes has a Masters and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Amsterdam and has also studied at Sciences Po, Paris. He speaks Dutch, English and French.
Anina is a Swiss national; she has trinational BSc in International Business Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Basel, the Université de Haute Alsace in Colmar (F) and the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg in Lörrach (D). As part of the degree, she spent a semester abroad in Mexico. She also has an MA in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Through her research, she has specialised in gender, conflict and peacebuilding. Anina won the Jorge Pérez-López Student Award for graduate students on her article titled Discourses on Migration – A Cuban Case Study. She has worked for the World Economic Forum and interned at the ABB Group, Bosch and Volkswagen. Anina volunteers at Croix-Rouge Jeunesse genevoise and teaches German in Geneva. She speaks German, English, French and Spanish.
Kristyna is responsible for the accountancy at PeaceNexus.
She supports the financial operations and provides the management with financial reporting. Previously, Kristyna has worked in a number of assistant roles in a variety of businesses in the Czech Republic and in Switzerland. Kristyna has also been an independent business woman.
Kristyna has a diploma from a Business School of Economics and a diploma in Swiss Accounting Standards.
Before her Traineeship at PeaceNexus, Jasmin has worked for six months as a trainee the Swiss Embassy in Riga where she was, amongst others, responsible for the writing of reports on the political, economic and human rights situation in the three Baltic States. As a teaching assistant in Comparative Literature at the University of Geneva, she led a weekly seminar on the question of race and racism in Nietzsche’s philosophy. Jasmin has worked as a freelance journalist for a regional Swiss newspaper and a German monthly in Moscow. She is a member of the Geneva based Think Tank “Center for Russian and Eastern European Research” (CREER), where she has published several articles on the geopolitical situation in the Russian Arctic. Jasmin holds a Master’s degree in Global Studies Russia and East-Central Europe as well as a Master’s in Modern German Literature of the University of Geneva. She has a Bachelor’s in Comparative Literature and Russian Civilization. Besides her mother tongue German, Jasmin speaks French, English and Russian.
As Programme Officer, Deborah supports selected NGOs in West Africa and the Balkans in their organisational development processes.
Before joining PeaceNexus, Deborah worked for UNRWA in Brussels and the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding in Geneva. She also undertook field research in Burkina Faso, in collaboration with the French Development Agency.
Deborah holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute Geneva, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva.
Chinara supports PeaceNexus as Regional Adviser on Central Asia. She has over ten years of experience in researching and advising on Central Asian peace and security issues. Before joining PeaceNexus she worked for the government of Kyrgyzstan as a deputy director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies developing policy briefs on security matters of Kyrgyzstan and beyond.
Chinara is associate professor at the Kyrgyz National University´s faculty of International Relations, completing her PhD in political sciences in 2014 (thesis topic – informal and formal political and social institutions of Central Asia and their impact on Central Asian regionalism). In recent years she has consulted various UN agencies and other international organizations on peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.
Chinara Esengul holds a higher education diploma in International Relations from the Kyrgyz National University, a higher education diploma in Law from the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University and a MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan.
Nazgul has 12-years of experience in project management. As a project manager at Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia, she was responsible for managing budgets of over 1,3 million USD. Also, Nazgul has led outreach campaigns on promoting human rights at the grassroots level. She has developed a communication strategy for the World Bank on supporting the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative in mining-affected communities. She implemented the Professional Youth Journalism programme, which was conducted in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. As a result, four professional youth journalism schools (Bishkek, Osh, Dushanbe and Almaty) were created under this programme, which trained over 900 young journalists from 16 to 28 years old. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in financial accounting and audit at the Academy of Management under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic and a Master’s degree in education management from Arabaev Kyrgyz State University.
Lira is leading PeaceNexus’ organizational development work in the Central Asian region. She has more than 13 years of professional experience in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding as well as reintegration and rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking. She worked in several UN agencies and progressed in her career from Project Assistant in IOM to Dimension Chief in UNDP (managing one of the four major UNDP Programs) and Programme Policy Officer in UN WFP. Moreover, she attended internship in British Government and volunteered for local women-run NGO. Both in WFP and UNDP Kyrgyzstan she has demonstrated excellent skills in crisis management while re-building new programs (after the restructuring) with new staff and new strategic priorities emerged with the changing context. Lira holds a Master’s degree in political philosophy (The idea of toleration) from the University of York and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Osh.
Before her traineeship at the PeaceNexus Foundation, Begimai has gained professional experience during several short-term internships. She has worked for two months at the Central Asian Free Market Institute (CAFMI) in Bishkek and has done a one-month internship at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Kyrgyzstan and AIESEC. During more than two years, she worked as a Social Worker for the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF), where she was, amongst others, involved in the project management. As an Assistant at the Central Asian Research Center, Begimai was responsible for the translation of articles and the organization of conferences. Begimai holds a Master’s degree in International Project Management of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the KR and a Bachelor’s in International Relations of the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University. Besides her mother tongue Kyrgyz, she also speaks fluently Russian, Turkish and English.
Jason has worked in Asia in the peacebuilding field since 2006, particularly on the role that business stakeholders play with respect to conflict. His thematic areas of expertise include: international relations, conflict transformation, do no harm, corporate sector engagement, and peace operations. His geographic areas of focus include China and mainland Southeast Asia, with deep experiences also in Africa. From 2009 – 2018, Jason was based in China, where he established the China program of the American Friends Service Committee. He has also worked for over a decade on issues related to peace and security in Myanmar. Jason completed his undergraduate work in Business Administration, and his graduate studies in Political Science and Asian Studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Jason is fluent in mandarin Chinese. He has published widely on China’s involvement in peace and security issues, with recent publications on the Belt and Road Initiative, and a report based on years of experience working with Chinese corporate stakeholders.
Yen is ethnic Mon, from Southern Myanmar. Her previous role was Deputy Communications Manager at the ICRC Myanmar. She has also worked as the Communications Officer and Spokesperson for the Office of the Chairman of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State (Kofi Annan Commission).
Yen’s experience also includes work for the Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process as well as work as a journalist for Irrawaddy Media. She is also a founding member of Tanintharyi Weekly Journal in Tanintharyi Region, Southern Myanmar. The weekly journal the only paper that focuses on news in the region and has helped shape the region’s political landscape and regional government’s policy towards mega-projects such as Dawei Special Economic Zone.
Yen supports community groups in Mon State that are impacted by large scale development projects. She holds a degree in Mass Communication Technology from Ramkhamhaeng University in Thailand.
Aliou Demba Kebe has more than 20 years of experience, including more than 15 coordinating development, conflict prevention and peacebuilding programs. He has worked with a range of local and international organizations. These include USAID, the EU, ECOWAS, the Government of Senegal, AED, FHI 360, Oxfam, AJWS, Enda, and AFEX.
As Democracy, Rights, Governance and Peace Specialist at USAID, he has managed a dozen contracts related to governance and peace, decentralization, conflict mitigation (using the People to People Approach), and Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) worth more than $50 million.
Kebe has also been very active in the fight against illicit arms trafficking in West Africa and has collaborated with over a hundred West African civil society organizations.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Training Management from the African Centre for Advanced Studies in Management (CESAG) and a Master’s Degree in Science and Technology Education from Dakar’s Polytechnic University.
Frauke is an Associate Consultant to PeaceNexus with degrees from the University of Utrecht and Harvard University. She has twenty years of experience of working in and on fragile states. From 2002 to 2009, she served as an advisor to the Afghan ministries of Rural Development; Agriculture; and Frontiers and Tribal Affairs, working on national development planning and capacity development.
In 2010 she became an associate fellow at the Center for International Development (CID) at the Harvard Kennedy School. During this time she developed a particular interest in applying systems thinking to challenges of fragile states, which continues to infuse her thinking.
From 2011 to 2015 she was a senior policy analyst at the European Center for Development Policy Management, where she analyzed and if necessary criticized current thinking and approaches of peacebuilding and statebuilding. In 2013 she joined PeaceNexus, supporting regional programming and organizational development projects.
Luc supports PeaceNexus’ sector programme for governmental and international agencies as Senior Associate Consultant.
Luc has accumulated over 30 years of working experience in the formulation, management and coordination of post-conflict and development programmes and strategies in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the South Pacific (working with UNDP, FAO, UNCDF, IFAD, CIDA, INGOs and WB). Through his field experiences in formulating and coordinating complex multi-partner, post-conflict interventions, he has acquired solid diplomatic and negotiation skills and strong client-oriented focus. His areas of expertise include reintegration, reconciliation, livelihoods and recovery.