Fouzieh Melanie Alamir

Based on longstanding experience as a researcher, lecturer and trainer, Dr. Alamir has published numerous articles in books and scientific journals. She is an experienced consultant, having worked on behalf of various governmental agencies, among them the German Foreign Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German Armed Forces as well as several other emergency response and development agencies. Her international short term deployments covered Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, and others. She is familiar both with military and civilian thinking and approaches to security, international conflict and crisis management and peacebuilding, In addition, she combines academic perspectives with experience in a governmental department, in an implementing agency, and in private business from the politicostrategic to the project- respectively tactical field level.

Yva Alexandrova

Yva Alexandrova is a Senior Analyst at the Security Programme - Center for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria. She has over ten years of international policy experience in the areas of migration and development. She has worked extensively on migration co-operation between the European Union and its Eastern Neighbourhood countries. She has extensive grassroots experience on development projects and has examined crime and corruption in Southeast Europe from the development perspective. She has an MSc degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Most recently Yva served as Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Funds with the interim government of Bulgaria (2013).

Anna Alvazzi del Frate

Anna holds a degree in Psychology, a post-graduate diploma in Sociology and Research Methodology and a Doctorate in Criminology (University of Bologna, Italy). She worked as a Research Officer at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), and at the United Nations Office for Drug and Crime Control (UNODC). She is currently the Research Director at the Small Arms Survey. Her main areas of research include crime prevention, crime statistics, corruption, transnational organized crime and illegal markets, comparative criminal justice systems, and gender-related issues.

Abubakarr Bangura

A current Board member at the Africa Diaspora Policy Centre, Abubakarr Bangura is a living bridge between Sierra Leone and The Netherlands. He has contributed, tangibly, to the empowerment and prosperity of the Sierra Leonean diaspora in The Netherlands. Back home in Sierra Leone he makes educational projects happen that turn ambitious youths into the entrepreneurs that the country needs. His contacts in government, civil society, business and the media as a rule are more than willing to support his initiatives, as he’s shown time and again to reliably deliver results. Bangura visits Sierra Leone twice a year. A successful consultant in The Netherlands, he’s remained true to his roots and dedicated to the prosperity of his fellow Sierra Leoneans.

Jacques F. Baud

Colonel Jacques F. Baud holds a Master’s in Econometrics and Postgrade Diplomas in International Security and Humanitarian Law from the Graduate Institute for International Relations in Geneva.  He worked several years in Strategic Intelligence. He was Adviser to the Contingent Zaïrois pour la Sécurité des Camps (UNHCR – Zaire/Congo) (1995-1996). He worked in UN HQ in New York (1997-98) to design and create the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (CIGHD) and the Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA), today deployed in more than 60 countries. He installed Mine Action programs in Chad, Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia. He contributed to establish the concept of intelligence in UN Peacekeeping operations and headed the first integrated UN Joint Mission Analysis Centre (JMAC) in Sudan (2005-06). He was the Head of Policy and Doctrine in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York (2009-11) and developed the concept for using Monitoring and Surveillance Technology (M&ST) in support of peace operations intelligence. He headed the Research Department of the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Nairobi (2012-2013) before joining NATO, to head SALW activities since mid-2013. He contributed to DDR programs in Chad and Somaliland and is member of the UN expert group on Security Sector Reform. He authored several books on weapons, intelligence, asymmetric warfare and terrorism.

Christine Beerli

Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was born in 1953. A member of a law firm in Biel, Ms Beerli began her political career on that city's municipal council, where she served from 1980 to 1983. From 1986 to 1991 she was a member of the legislative assembly of the Canton of Bern. In 1991 she was elected to the upper house of the Swiss parliament, where she remained until 2003, chairing the foreign affairs committee (1998-1999) and the committee for social security and health (2000-2001). Ms Beerli chaired the caucus of the Free Democratic Party in Switzerland's federal assembly from 1996 to 2003. She also served on committees dealing with security policy and economic and legal affairs. She retired from politics in 2003. Since 1st January 2006 she has headed Swissmedic, the Swiss supervisory authority for therapeutic products. She is former director of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Bern University of Applied Sciences. 
In January 2008, Ms Beerli was appointed permanent Vice-President of the ICRC. As such she is a member of the ICRC Assembly – the institution's supreme governing body – as well as the Assembly Council and the Presidency, where she works closely with the President and deputises for him whenever necessary. This includes handling the ICRC's external relations, representing the ICRC on the international scene and, in close cooperation with the directorate general, handling the ICRC's humanitarian diplomacy. 
Her particular areas of focus include helping to ensure the cohesion, smooth running and development of governance mechanisms and internal control, as well as strengthening and developing relationships within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Aapo Cederberg

Mr. Aapo Cederberg has served as a Secretary General for the Security Committee at the Ministry of Defence from 2007 to 2013.  The Security Committee provides support and expertise for the government in comprehensive security matters and serves as a collaborative platform for the on-going national efforts related to the national preparedness. The security committee also works on various initiatives and issues statements and guidelines, such as Security Strategy for the Society and Cyber Security Strategy, to facilitate the work towards the common goals.

Mr. Cederberg’s earlier assignments include working as the head of Strategic Planning at the Ministry of Defence (2005 – 2007) and a long career in the service of Finnish Armed Forces, where his latest assignments include holding the Commander position at the Häme GBAD Battalion (2003 – 05) and serving as a Senior Military Adviser at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the OSCE (1999- 2003).

Mr. Cederberg’s current position is a Senior Programme Adviser at Emerging Security Challenges Programme in Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). This programme includes cyber security matters.

Stefania Crocitti

Stefania Crocitti is a Research Fellow in Criminology at the University of Bologna, School of Law. Her main areas of research include penal policies and the functioning of the Criminal Justice System, particularly in the fields of urban security, migration, gender-based violence, and juvenile delinquency. She has been involved in several research projects, at the national and European level, on these topics. Recently, she also published: “Problematic youth groups in Italy (with Livia Fay Lucianetti, Gian Guido Nobili and Fiamma Terenghi) in EU Street Violence. Youth Groups and Violence in Public Spaces, European Forum for Urban Security, 2013; “Immigration, Crime, and Criminalization in Italy”, in The Oxford Handbook of Ethnicity, Crime, and Immigration, Sandra Bucerius and Michael Tonry (eds.), Oxford University Press, New York, 2014.

Johannes de Haan

Johannes de Haan (The Netherlands) works as Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), providing technical assistance in Member States around the world as well as support to the work of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Before joining the UN, Mr. De Haan worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, both at the Conflict Prevention Centre in Vienna and the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, as well as for the European Union Rule of Law Mission for Iraq. He started his career as research assistant at the Department for Peace and Conflict Research of the University of Uppsala in Sweden, and holds masters degrees in History and International Humanitarian Assistance.

Luigi De Martino

Luigi De Martino is the coordinator of the Secretariat of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative signed by 112 states aiming at reducing in a measurable way armed violence by 2015 (and beyond). He has worked for more than ten years as  researcher, trainer and consultant on conflict, violence and development issues. Before that, he worked for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. He holds a Master in Anthropology and a B.A. in Political Sciences.

Rémy Friedmann

Rémy Friedmann is Senior Advisor at the desk for human security and business in the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs since August 2011. Mr. Friedmann has an extensive experience in the humanitarian field, human rights and peacebuilding. Between 2009 and 2011 he has worked as a crisis response planner at the European Commission in Brussels, mainly on West and Central Africa. Between 2005 and 2009 he worked at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Bern as a program manager and special envoy for peace policy in Colombia and was coordinating the Swiss Mine Action policy worldwide. Between 2002 and 2005 he worked as a peacebuilding advisor at the Swiss Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. Between 1997 and 2002, he was a human rights officer at the Office in Colombia of the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights.  He worked between 1991 and 1997 for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Iraq, Somalia, Peru, South Africa, Geneva headquarters and Azerbaijan as a delegate, head of sub-delegation, protection coordinator and trainer.

Russell Gasser

Russell Gasser has worked at the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) as Advisor on Results Based Management and Quality Management Systems since December 2013. After meeting mine survivors in Nicaragua in the early 1990s he started working in humanitarian mine action in 1996 by researching a PhD thesis on technology for humanitarian mine clearance at the Development Technology Unit of Warwick University, UK. He later worked as a foncionnaire of the European Commission in Brussels supporting mine action technology research, but left the EC in 2004 to become an independent evaluator of mine action projects.

Michael Gerber

Ambassador Michael Gerber is Switzerland’s Special Envoy for the Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Before his nomination in 2012 by the Federal Council he held several positions at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), most recently as Head of Policy. Until 2009 he was responsible for different Swiss country programmes: Ecuador, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. He joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 2002 after project assignments in Latin America. He completed a post-graduate programme in development studies, following on from studies in Political Philosophy, Ethics, History, and Social Anthropology.

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir is the UN Women Representative in Afghanistan. From 2005 to 2009 she was the Chair and Leader of the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin), the second largest political party in Iceland’s parliament. She was a Member of Parliament for seven years and Foreign Minister from 2007 until 2009. Ingibjörg Sólrún was a founding member of the Women´s Alliance (1982), a successful political movement promoting the cause of women. From there she started her political career and represented the movement in Reykjavík’s City Council from 1982 to 1988. She was elected Mayor of Reykjavík in 1994, spearheading a coalition of four centre and left parties called Reykjavíkurlistinn, which won the elections. She was re-elected twice and served as the city’s Mayor until 2003.

Sébastien Gouraud

Sébastien joined COGINTA Board of Directors in February 2013. He has over 12 years experience in middle and senior management level positions in the development sector with substantial expertise on police reform and community-oriented policing, security sector accountability and civilian oversight, penal reform and access to justice in fragile and post-crisis countries.

Prior to joining COGINTA, Sébastien provided technical and advisory support to non-governmental organizations in the field of human rights, with specific focus on security sector. In September 2004, Sébastien joined UNDP Sudan as a Rule of Law and Good Governance programme officer. He worked on judicial and penal reform and managed UNDP’s programme on rule of law and access to justice in the transition areas (Abyei, Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains). He also initiated a community-based policing project in IDP camps around Khartoum and developed a capacity-building programme for Sudanese police officers in partnership with the United Nations Mission in Sudan. In September 2007, Sébastien joined UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. As a Rule of Law, Justice and Security programme specialist, he contributed to the development and management of UNDP’s Global Programme on Strengthening the Rule of Law in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations and acted as donor focal point to support emerging programmes in fragile states.

With a strong track record in policy formulation, strategic planning, programme design and management in Africa (Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, South Sudan, Sudan) and the Middle East (occupied Palestinian territory), he contributed to several policy briefs on security sector governance, women's access to justice and security, community security and social cohesion.

He holds Master Degrees on field legal affairs and security studies from the Center for Peace Studies in Bradford University (UK), the Faculty of Political Science at the University of the South (Tennessee, USA) and the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Aix -Marseille III (France).

Bashkim Iseni

Bashkim Iseni, Director of Swiss trilingual news agency www.albinfo.ch. He is a specialist of migrations and development issues in the Balkans and integration process of migrants in Switzerland. Previously, he was a researcher at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies at the University of Neuchatel (SFM) and lecturer in international relations at the University of Lausanne, where he earned a PhD in Political science in 2005. B. Iseni is a producer of TV programmes related to immigration, integration in Switzerland and development in the Balkans (‘Diversité’ with the Swiss TV ‘La Télé - Vaud Fribourg’ and ‘In & Out’, with Radio Television of Kosovo).

Thomas Jenatsch

Thomas Jenatsch is Programme manager for Central America and a member of the Conflict and Human Rights network at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The setup of cooperation programs in the field of human rights, citizen security and security sector reform in Honduras is the focus of his work. Within a wide security sector reform program SDC is supporting the elaboration and implementation of Local Security Plans in five middle-sized cities in Honduras affected by high crime rates and insecurity.  He holds a Master in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford and has worked as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Bosnia, Colombia, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Macedonia.

Krunoslav Katić

Krunoslav Katić started his extensive carrier with international organizations in 1996 when he worked within the military system of SFOR (American Army troops deployed in the Republic of Croatia). He then continued his carrier by working, amongst several posts within Police Affairs Unit, also as a Deputy Police Advisor in the Croatian Danube region with the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Mission to the Republic of Croatia. Today, he holds a position of the National Consultant in the field of Human Security/Disaster Risk Reduction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia and the Regional Advisor/SALW Campaign Specialist with SEESAC regional programme. Throughout all this time his work was closely connected to the issues of community policing strategy and crime prevention targeting the problem of violence prevention and illegal possession of weapons. He has also intensively and actively cooperated with the Croatian Ministry of Interior and local city authorities through the Crime Prevention Councils.  For his work in crime prevention he was presented with the City of Osijek Annual award „Seal of the city of Osijek“ and the Certificate of appreciation by the Croatian Ministry of Interior for his contribution to cooperation and implementation of crime prevention projects.

Berit Kieselbach

Berit Kieselbach works as Technical Officer at WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability in Geneva.  She coordinates the development of a WHO guideline on the prevention of youth violence and provides technical support and training in the development, implementation and evaluation of national and regional policies and programmes for preventing intimate partner and sexual violence.

Before joining WHO's violence prevention team she worked as advisor of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), supporting bilateral cooperation programmes in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe with a focus on health systems development, mental health and violence prevention. She also worked with various agencies, including WHO; UNESCAP and MSF in resource poor and conflict affected countries in Central and Latin America, Asia and the Middle East in health systems development, violence prevention and organizational development. Her academic background is in Psychology and Public Health.

Keith Krause

Professor Krause obtained his D.Phil in International Relations in 1987 from Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Between 1987 and 1994 he was an Assistant and then an Associate Professor at York University (Toronto), where he was also Deputy Director, and (in 1993-94) the Acting Director of the York Centre for International and Strategic Studies. Since 1994, Keith Krause has been a Professor of International Politics at the Graduate Institute. He served as the Director of the Programme for Strategic and International Security Studies (PSIS) since 1999, which is now the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). He is also Programme Director of the Small Arms Survey, an internationally-recognized research centre NGO he founded in 2001.

His research concentrates on international security and arms control, and on multilateralism and global governance. He has published Arms and the State (Cambridge) and edited or co-edited Critical Security Studies (Minnesota), and Culture and Security, and authored many journal articles and book chapters. He has been a consultant for various international agencies and governments, comments frequently on international issues for the local and international media, and speaks regularly at scholarly and policy meetings and conferences.

Besnik Leka

Besnik Leka is currently program coordinator for CARE International in the Balkans, based in Prishtina and focused on the countries of Kosovo and Albania. Besnik is focused on the development and implementation of programs around youth, particularly dealing with violence and conflict, positive youth development and the role of youth work in bringing about positive social change. In addition Besnik focuses on programs addressing gender inequalities, gender base violence, and women’s empowerment.

Besnik has been involved in civil society development in Kosovo and the surrounding region for over 11 years. He has been active in supporting grass roots community based NGO’s since that time. In addition he has served on different local and regional organizations.

He has bachelor in sociology. Besnik will begin his Master studies in the fall of 2014 on Gender Studies. Besnik main focus recently has been on the regional program Boys and Men as Allies in Violence Prevention and Gender Transformation in the Western Balkans.  This program has been a partnership with 5 local NGOs in the region and with national Ministries for Education and Youth to address issues of violence and gender inequalities in the schools and community.  A core element of the project has been the mobilisation and civic participation of thousands of young people in the Balkan region to take a stand against violence and for gender equality.

Claudia Marti

Claudia Marti works as Deputy Head of the Middle East and North Africa Section at the Department for Human Security of the Swiss Foreign Ministry. Previously she was Human Security Advisor in Libya and in Colombia, where she coordinated projects in the fields of dialogue, human rights and mine action. She has also been working as a consultant for an indigenous organization in the highlands of Guatemala.

Tim Midgley

Tim joined Saferworld as a Conflict and Security Advisor in September 2013. Tim works across the policy programme, with a particular focus on Aid and Conflict, Conflict Sensitivity and Security and Justice. Previous to joining Saferworld, Tim was the Fragile States Advisor for World Vision UK, where he led policy engagement on issues relating to fragility, conflict and poverty with UK government. He provided extensive support to programme development and implementation for development, humanitarian, peacebuilding and advocacy initiatives in a wide range of conflict affected states, including South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Nepal and Lebanon.

His recent research has focused on measuring impact of programmes focussed on transnational organised crime, external stress factors that contribute to conflict in the context of the post 2015 agenda and conflict sensitivity with Chinese business actors. Prior work has included research on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on peace and stability in Lebanon and participatory approaches to conflict analysis, developing guidance on integrating conflict sensitivity into programming, resilience in fragile contexts, and community based disaster risk management approaches.

Tim has also worked in DfID’s South Asia Department, focusing on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as undertaking consultancy projects for donors, including DfID, GTZ and UNDP. He holds an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, and a BSc in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol.

Ismael Moalim

Ismael Moalim works as Policy Officer for Gender, Peace and Security at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Within the Department of Stability and Humanitarian Aid and the Taskforce on Women Rights and Gender Equality he is responsible for integrating UNSCR1325 into Dutch foreign policy, and in particular stabilization policy. Moalim started as policy officer for the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa, with a focus on the stabilization efforts in Somalia. He has a background in International Development Studies and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration.

Markus Møller

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 5 November 2013 the appointment of Michael Møller of Denmark as Acting Head, United Nations Office at Geneva. Mr. Møller will replace Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Tokayev’s outstanding contribution and commitment in spearheading the Organization’s work.

Mr. Møller brings to the position a wealth of experience, having served for more than 30 years as an international civil servant in the United Nations. Most recently he was Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation from 2008 to 2011. Prior to this, he served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus (2006-2008) and Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary-General (2001-2006), also serving concurrently as Deputy Chief of Staff for the last two years of that period. Between 1997 and 2001 he was the Head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at UN headquarters in New York. He served in different capacities in Iran, Mexico, Haiti and Geneva, where he started his career in 1979 with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Born in 1952 in Copenhagen, Mr. Møller completed a Master’s course in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

Giulia Mugellini

Giulia Mugellini is senior researcher at the University of St. Gallen and at Killias Research & Consulting (Switzerland). Her professional experience focuses on crime and criminal justice statistics and on crime and corruption victimization surveys on businesses.

She worked on the design and development of the first Italian business victimization survey (2008), and on the first EU survey to assess the level and impact of crimes against business (2009-2012) for the European Commission. She developed a scientific paper on the measurement of crime against the private sector in Latin America (2012-2013) for the Centre of Excellence UNODC-INEGI, and she cooperated in the development of a victimization survey on crime and corruption in the Western Balkans (2012) for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). She carried out the analysis of the results of the first Swiss Business Crime Survey (2012) at the University of Zurich.

She is currently working at the University of St. Gallen on a project aimed at assessing the risks of corruption for Swiss firms in international business transactions. She was a senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology, University of Zurich (2011-2013), an external consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2011-2013), Adjunct Professor of Crime Statistics at the Catholic University of Milan (2009-2012), and project manager and researcher at Transcrime (2006-2011). She has authored several publications in the field and recently edited a book on the measurement and analysis of crime against the private sector (INEGI 2014). She holds a PhD in Criminology and a master’s degree in Applied Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Milan (Italy).

Ben Mussanzi wa Mussangu

Ben Mussanzi wa Mussangu is originally from the DRC. With an initial background in radiology, he then moved to conflict resolution and peacebuilding. With his wife Kongosi, they are blessed with four children and have been also looking for years after many orphans.

They worked in the renown Nyankunde/Bunia-based church hospital (in the Ituri District/DRC) called Centre Medical Evangelique (CME). After a long tour in the University of Kisangani and Lubumbashi, the church hospital of Shyra in the pre-genocide Rwanda (1990-1992), they came back in July 1992 to the starting point in the DRC, Nyankunde hospital, were they were re-employed. Three months only later, ethnic clashes opposed their own ethnic group and their neighbours. “It is during these clashes, says Ben, that something happened which has moved dramatically my life from radiology to conflict resolution & peacebuilding: I was nearly killed during the war in the Orwa River by child soldiers from my own ethnic group.”

In 1993, the couple set up the Centre Resolution Conflicts (CRC), as a positive answer to that incident Orwa River in Orwa River. The centre aimed to prevent others risking to be killed in both the DRC and worldwide. In 1996, 3 years only after setting up CRC, the national Zaire-Congo war started leaving 6 million of death, several millions of refugees and IDPs (Internally Displaced Peoples) and several millions of orphans. This is when the family was moved and adopted 3 orphans to make 7 children whose one died in 2008 in the DRC. Later in 2002 the family was threatened to death by militias and forced to go to exile.

Since 2002 the family has settled in Bradforf/ UK and CRC has now 2 branches: one in Beni/N’Kivu/ DRC and another one in Bradford/UK from where both parents and children are deeply involved in peace work and conflict resolution worldwide, as peace and human rights activists, peace musicians or Mussanzi Family Choir. Ben produces CRC’s radio show called ‘Peace Music’ on BCB radio with feedback coming from all over the world. In 2004 Mrs Kongosi was nominated for an alternative Nobel Peace Prize: www.1000peacewomen.org. This emotional story can be found online in this link of London-based Peace Direct’s book “Unarmed Heroes: courage beyond violence: Chapter 7 – Ben Mussanzi wa Mussangu”. For more details about the work of Ben, the family and CRC in the DRC, the UK and the world, please visit: BCB106.6FM Bradford Community Radio, "From DRC to the UK: conflict resolution training and peace education" and http://elrehema.bandcamp.com.

Jasmina Nikolić

Jasmina Nikolić is the head of service VDS info and victim support and member of Executive Board of Victimology Society of Serbia. During past years she has been involved with research and advocacy projects in Victimology Society of Serbia: surveys on domestic violence, trafficking in human beings and victim support services in Belgrade and Serbia; monitoring of court trials and advocacy for new laws on domestic violence, sexual crime and trafficking in human beings. She has been involved as a lecture in following trainings organized by Victimology Society of Serbia: Training for monitoring the trials in the cases of traffikcing in people, Training for volunteers of the victim support service VDS info and victim support, Specijalized Course on traffiking in human beings for social workers, Training for witness support, Teacher Project Improving economic and social rights of women in Serbia /Management Capacity Building for Gender Equality for Development and implementation of national policy and legislative framework and monitoring of the economic rights of women, Teacher Training of anti-discrimination law for emloyers in public administration ,Teacher Training Gender equality for emloyers in public administration ,Lectures on the workshops in the women prison in Pozarevac on topic gender base violence, Lecturers on of the training on gender-based violence for staff in women prison in Pozarevac ,Lectures on the workshops in the women prison in Pozarevac on topic preparation for the realise from prison,Gender sensitive trainings for journalist, editors and media professionals on Violence against Women (VaW). The 6 trainings  for UNDP, Training for trainer for police officers: Implementation of Anti-Discrimination Policies in Serbia.

She has been involved in advocating for granting amnesty for battered women who killed and campagne combating violence using firearms. She has published on victim support services in Serbia and others countries. She was responsible for organization of many conferences and round tables.

Serena Olgiati

Serena Olgiati is Head of Advocacy at Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). With a particular interest in measuring and monitoring armed violence, Serena advances policy and advocacy efforts to promote evidence-based responses to violence. In her work, Serena collaborates with a number of experts in the development of a tool to support the elaboration of national and local reports on security and armed violence. She also promotes stronger practices to record casualties of armed violence. As part of this work, Serena has lead a research looking at benefits and challenges of state practices to record casualties.

Svetislav Paunovic

Svetislav Paunovic is a crime prevention and urban safety practitioner, who earned his Postgraduate Certificate on Conflict Resolution and his Master degree on Peace and Reconciliation from Coventry University, UK. With the years of experience in strategic planning, capacity building, coordination and management in the fields of crime prevention and peacebuilding, he promoted participatory approach between various stakeholders, integrating safety concerns within wider development efforts.

From 2006 until 2013, Svetislav has coordinated the implementation of the UN-HABITAT’s Safer Cities Programme in 19 Serbian municipalities, strengthening capacities of local governments, institutions and civil society to engage in conflict/violence prevention planning. Svetislav coordinated and promoted the establishment of Municipal Safety Councils, was in charge for capacity building of its members, and supported them in formulation, development and implementation of Local Safety Strategies.

In the last 6 months of his engagement, Svetislav has initiated and supported the establishment of a strong partnership between seven neighbouring municipalities and their Safety Councils. Months of capacity building and devoted work with partnership members resulted in formulation, adoption and implementation of a Regional Safety Strategy, first of its kind in Serbia.

Klaus Ljoerring Pedersen

Klaus Ljoerring Pedersen is the Head of Danish Demining Group (DDG). DDG is a part of Danish Refugee Council (DRC), and works on preventing and reducing armed violence through Humanitarian Mine Action; Small Arms & Light Weapons Management; Conflict Prevention and Transformation; support to accountable Security Provision to affected Communities; and strengthening bottom-up Security Governance.  

Klaus has led the creation of DDG’s work on Armed Violence Reduction since 2007, and has served as DDG’s Regional Director in the Horn of Africa and Yemen (2009-2013).

He holds a master’s degree in political science (conflict management) from Aarhus University in Denmark. Having served as an officer in the Danish military, he worked with disarmament in Bosnia (1998) and as U.N. Military Observer in Kashmir (2003–04). He previously worked as Head of Section in the Danish Ministry of Environment, and as desk officer in DDG HQ for programmes in East Africa.

Rebecca Peters

Rebecca Peters is a Senior Associate with the Surviving Gun Violence Project. Rebecca is a prominent violence prevention specialist with over 20 years working on arms control, human security, women’s rights and public health. A lawyer and a journalist, she was the first Director of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) from 2002-2010. She previously worked for the Open Society Institute and was a fellow at the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. In the 1990s she led the grassroots campaign in Australia which secured comprehensive reform of the gun laws and the destruction of 650,000 weapons. She received the Australian Human Rights Medal for this work. A member of the Fundacio per la Pau's International Council, she is also a consultant to the World Bank and the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Megan Price

Megan Price joined the Clingendael Institute in 2012 as a Research Fellow for the Conflict Research Unit. As a CRU fellow, and previously as a consultant, Megan contributes research on international strategies for supporting security reform in fragile settings. Prior to working with CRU, her professional experience was as an impact analyst for a Dutch non-government organisation working on post-conflict private sector development in the Western Balkans. Her area of expertise is: Multilateral Support to Security Sector Reform; Rule of Law reform, theory and practice; Armed Violence Reduction strategies; EU approach to crisis management; Field experience: Kosovo, Liberia, Philippines.

Benedict U. Rimando

Benedict U. Rimando is Peacebuilding Advisor for World Vision International (WVI) based in Geneva. He has a strong interest in the participation of children and youth in peacebuilding as well as in conflict analysis. He was formerly Coordinator for the UN Peacebuilding Fund for the Central African Republic from 2008-2010. He was also Peace and Conflict Advisor for WVI for the DR Congo based Goma from 2007-2008. Previous to this, he was Executive Director of the Mediators’ Network for Sustainable Peace (MedNet) in the Philippines. Benedict had earlier worked as trainer and animator for children and youth work in local communities in Africa from 1995 to 2003 and had been involved in ecumenical work. He studied Philosophy, Theology and Anthropology.

Hana Salama

Hana Salama is the Senior Advocacy Officer for the Every Casualty programme at Oxford Research Group, which is dedicated to the promotion of good casualty recording practice among states, intergovernmental organisations and civil society. Hana is currently leading the programme's advocacy with states through the coordination of the Every Casualty Campaign, a coalition of over 50 civil society organisation. Hana joined the programme in 2012 and was responsible for coordinating the International Practitioner Network of mostly civil society casualty recording organisations. Together with members of the network, she initiated and is leading on a process to develop internationally recognised standards for the field of casualty recording. Hana's background is in human rights, she has previously worked with Amnesty International and the Canadian International Development Agency.

Fabrizio Sarrica

Fabrizio Sarrica is a Research Officer for the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons Unit of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Mr. Sarrica holds a PhD in Criminology. Since 2002, Mr Sarrica has been working for UNODC on different crime issues, including organized crime and corruption. He is the co-author of three UN Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, as well as several other studies at national and regional levels.

Ernesto U. Savona

Ernesto U. Savona is professor of Criminology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan since 2003 (Before at the University of Trento and Rome La Sapienza) and Director of Transcrime, Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime. From 2003 he is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research and editor in Chief of the SpringerBrief series in International and Comparative Criminology. Both published by Springer. He was also nominated President of the European Society of Criminology for the years 2003/2004. For the term 2010/2011 he has been the chair of the Global Agenda Council on Organized Crime of the World Economic Forum. Author of many books and articles on organized and economic crime with attention to crime policies and their impact, he is also speaker at many international conferences.

Vesna Teršelič

Vesna Teršelič is Founder and Director of the organization Documenta – Center for Dealing with the past based in Croatia. The central aim of her work is to establish factual truth about the war and to contribute to shifting the discussion from the level of dispute over facts towards a dialogue on interpretations. In doing so she continues her previous work as Director of the Center for Peace Studies, Zagreb, and as Founder and Co-ordinator of the Anti-War Campaign in Croatia. She also gained experience as a facilitator in conflict situations mostly in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo and Kyrgistan. She was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1998 for her efforts in building peace and affirming right to truth, justice and remebrance in post-Yugoslav countries after having been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.  In 2013 Vesna Terselic was Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Mireille Widmer

Mireille Widmer is a researcher and practitioner on rule of law and armed violence reduction (AVR) issues. She is a Senior Associate with the Surviving Gun Violence Project, an initiative exploring the consequences of the trauma and disability resulting from gun violence. Her research interests also include security providers (community security, police reform), small arms control, and evaluation of multilateral peace building assistance. From 2007 to 2012, Mireille worked as an AVR practitioner in the Philippines, Haiti, the Central African Republic and Somalia, principally with the United Nations Development Programme. Previously she was working with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue on disarmament, small arms control and violence reduction. She also worked with local NGOs, as a human rights advocate in Israel/Palestine in 2000-2001, and on indigenous rights and reconciliation issues in Australia in 2002-3. Mireille holds a degree in international relations from University of Geneva and a Masters in Peace and Conflict studies from the University of Sydney.

Ivan Zverzhanovski

Dr. Ivan Zverzhanovski oversees the daily implementation of all the UNDP/SEESAC projects and is responsible for the long-term, strategic planning of the initiative.  Ivan has been at the helm of SEESAC since November 2011, first as Team Leader a.i. and then as SEESAC Coordinator. He joined SEESAC in May 2009 as SALW Project Officer, working on the implementation of activities aimed at strengthening arms export control mechanisms. In 2010, he became Programme Officer and developed the WPON project, while at the same time initiating SEESAC's work on disaster risk reduction. Ivan's background is in security studies having previously worked as Research Fellow at the Institute for Comparative Law (Belgrade) and as Lecturer in War Studies at King's College London. He holds a PhD in War Studies and an MA International Peace and Security from King's College London. He specialized in security sector reform and transitional justice issues as well as the role of the media in conflict.