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.

Cecilia Andersson

Cecilia Andersson is an urban and regional planner with UN-HABITAT, who has worked in the field of urban safety since 2001. Promoting an integrated and holistic approach embracing the diverse aspects of urban crime and violence prevention – the physical environment, the social and the institutional. Over the years, Cecilia has been providing support to local authorities in conducting safety diagnosis, developing and implementing city-wide crime and violence prevention strategies and action plans, capacity building, and developing and piloting tools and guidelines. She has provided technical assistance to cities in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia and the Pacific. Cecilia is also the focal point within the programme on women and girl’s safety.

Bernardo Arévalo de León

Bernardo Arévalo de León is the Deputy Director General for Research and Development of Interpeace. Bernardo has been involved and working with Interpeace since 1996. Between 1996 and 1998 he was involved in managing a consensus building process in his native Guatemala, following the signature of the Peace Accords. Between 1999 and 2005 Bernardo coordinated a series of joint UNDP-Interpeace initiatives that applied participatory strategies to Security Sector Reform goals, first as Director of one of the projects and later as the head of Interpeace’s regional office for Latin America. Between 2005 and 2011, he was the Director of the Joint Program Unit for UN/Interpeace Initiatives of UNOPS, a joint program established by the UN and Interpeace as a way to support UN field operations in the use of research-based dialogue strategies for the consolidation of peace and prevention of conflict, and supervised operations in Israel, Palestine, Cyprus and Liberia. Bernardo is the author of several articles and books on issues such as democratization, civil-military relations and peacebuilding. Prior to his involvement with Interpeace, Bernardo served in Guatemala's Foreign Service for over 12 years, including as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Ambassador to Spain.

Andrea Arteaga

A native Peruvian and an economist, with strong technical background in information technology systems. Ms. Arteaga’s professional career has permitted her to design, implement, and monitor social development projects following a quantitative and qualitative approach. Additionally, she has extensive experience in sales forecast, administrative information management, and research from the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, DC, AFLAC Insurance Company, and the Organization of American States (OAS), respectively.

In 2009, she joined the OAS Department of Public Security and since then, has worked in the design and creation of the OAS’ Observatory of the Americas, a Hemispheric tool to monitor and evaluate member states strategies and public policies to prevent and combat crime. Ms. Arteaga has been in charge of conducting research and analysis in the field of citizen security for the Western Hemisphere, and to support the production and dissemination of the OAS’ security reports.

Recently, Ms. Arteaga has been tasked to manage OAS projects, particularly in the areas of: the strengthening of national criminal information systems, the implementation of national observatories in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as, the promotion, design and development of victimization surveys in the Caribbean region. She is the OAS-UNODC liaison with member states for the strengthening of partnerships, and collection and analysis of crime data utilized in the implementation of crime prevention strategies of the Americas.

Ms. Arteaga received her professional degree from the University of Maryland in USA and is currently a MPA candidate at L’ Institut d’ Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po Paris).

David Atwood

David Atwood is currently working as Advisor for the Small Arms Survey and as Visiting Fellow to the Emerging Security Challenges Programme at Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). He is the former Director of the Quaker UN Office in Geneva where he also headed its Disarmament and Peace Programme. Atwood has worked on a wide range of international peace and security issues since coming to Geneva. He is a co-founder of the Geneva Forum, the joint Geneva-based peace and security initiative undertaken by QUNO with the UN Institute for Disarmament Research and the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He has also been closely involved with the creation and development of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, a joint project of GCSP, CCDP and Interpeace. Current work also coordinating QUNO’s project on armed violence and development issues as a contribution to the work of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development.

While his work has concentrated mainly on enabling processes on international peace and security policy with UN missions, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations, he is also a frequent lecturer, contributor to policy-related journals and publications, and active collaborator with civil society organizations in many parts of the world.

He obtained his PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina in 1982. From 1978 to 1988 he was a lecturer in peace studies at Woodbrooke College in Birmingham, UK; he then served as General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation from 1988 to 1994, based in the Netherlands.

Jean-Luc Besson

GIS crime analyst since 2004, Jean-Luc Besson works in the Observatoire national de la délinquance et des réponses pénales (ONDRP). This is a National French agency which is responsible for analysing, disseminating and sharing criminal statistics across the country and to the people. In this agency, he is in charge for Crime Mapping studies, local studies with geocoded crime, CartoCrime.Net website and OpenData Project. His published studies can be downloaded on the website.

Before focusing on crime mapping matters, he was a journalist then director of local police in the city of Roubaix (North of France). He graduated in victimology (American University), French admistrative law, and wrote his first book in 2004. Title is “Les cartes du crime” (the crime maps), PUF editor. This is an overview about crime mapping approach for the French audience and inspired by many American and English studies. He wrote his second book with the present president of the OND, Mr Alain Bauer, French criminologist: “Géographie criminelle de la France”, Odile Jacob Editor.

Jacob Beswick

Jacob Beswick is Policy Officer with Oxford Research Group's Every Casualty programme. He began his work with the programme in 2011 on projects with their International Practitioner Network. Since 2012 he has worked on a number of projects, focusing primarily on developing the programme's policy engagement and research into existing casualty recording systems within international organisations. Jacob has an MSc from the London School of Economics where he studied Comparative Politics. Before moving to London he worked in Texas politics where he helped run several state-wide and local campaigns.

Enrico Bisogno

Enrico Bisogno is currently leading the team on Crime Statistics of the Statistics and Surveys Section at United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna. In such capacity he is responsible for developing UNODC programme on crime statistics. In partnership with national and international partners, he promotes research and analysis on crime issues, organizes data collections from member countries, provides technical support to enhance countries’ capacities in crime statistics and undertakes methodological work to upgrade statistical standards for the production of crime and criminal justice data.

In his previous work experiences, both at national and international level, he has developed extensive experience in many areas of social statistics, including gender statistics, migration statistics, population census and statistics related to the monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals.

An Italian national, Mr. Bisogno holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Rome and a Master in Statistics and Demography from the University of Padua (Italy).

Patrick Burton

Patrick Burton is the Executive Director of the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP), a Cape Town-based NGO engaged in the field of social justice and crime prevention, with a particular focus on children and youth.  Patrick holds a Higher Diploma in Development Planning from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Master of Science degree in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban).  As a partner and director of Development Research Africa in Johannesburg, Patrick undertook extensive work in the security; HIV/AIDS and health; ICT and small business sectors.  He spent time seconded to the National Department of Provincial and Local Government, as well as to the National Department of Communications.  He co-designed, project-managed, and was the lead researcher for the second South African Crime Victimization study undertaken by the Institute for Security Studies, as well as several smaller, site-based victimization surveys.  As a consultant to the ISS, Patrick was the lead researcher on a number of Malawi qualitative and quantitative studies, including the first national victimization survey to be undertaken in that country, as well as school-based violence and gender-based violence studies.  While at CJCP, Patrick has worked on the first and subsequent national youth victimisation studies (the first to be conducted in South Africa), a youth resilience to violence study, a national school violence baseline study and a cyber-violence exploratory study.  Other more recent projects undertaken include explorations into the causes and nature of youth violence, and extensive work into the extent, causes and nature of school violence in South Africa and the region.  He has recently completed analysis of the second sweep of the National Schools Violence Study, as well as a UNICEF-partnered qualitative study exploring how young people navigate their online safety, and is formulating a National Schools Safety Framework for the national Department of Basic Education in South Africa.  He is one of three principals investigators on the UBS Optimus Foundation Study South Africa, a national incidence and prevalence study looking at child abuse, violence and neglect in South Africa.

He has spoken at both national and international fora on the issue of school violence, bullying and cyber bullying, He is currently working with the African Police Civilian Oversight Forum and the Usulama Network to implement a national Crime Observatory in Kenya.  He has undertaken work in South Africa, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Vivien Carli

Vivien Carli is an Analyst and Project Officer at the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC). She joined ICPC in 2008. She holds an MA in Sociology, and an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Economics, both from McGill University. Her research and project experience includes Indigenous safety and justice, public health and violence prevention, urban violence, women’s safety, youth violence, criminal justice system, disability and governance. Vivien has worked internationally and locally in institutions and non-governmental organizations, and was involved in developing HIV health education programs in Kenya.

Maria Teresa Cerqueira

Maria Teresa Cerqueira began her professional career with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in 1992 as Regional Advisor in Health Education and Social Participation, with the Division of Health Systems and Services; afterwards she was Chief of the Healthy Settings Unite in and she was also Director of the Division of Health Promotion and Protection and since 2006 she is the Chief of the U.S.-Mexico Border Office

She is an expert in health promotion, public policy, nutrition, and evaluation of social strategies.  At PAHO she led the initiative to create the Health Promoting Schools and Universities, as well as the Healthy Municipalities and Communities in the Americas. These strategies have been widely implemented in all of the countries in the Region, and several networks are still active that bring together researchers, policy makers, educators and community leaders in sharing experiences and advocating for healthy public policies.

Before coming to PAHO, she worked as a nutritionist in the WIC program affiliated with the Jackson Memorial Public Health Trust (Miami) y evaluated the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Dade County Florida, US. She was a consultant with the Division of Food Policy and Nutrition, in the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO-UN), and with the World Bank.

She was Director of Health Education with the Secretariat of Health in Mexico, professor of nutrition at the University Iberoamericana and the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana en Xochimilco, México.  She was chief investigator of various experimental projects at the National Nutrition Institute in Mexico City, as well as principal investigator in Project INTERSALT coordinated by the London School of Hygiene.  

She has published numerous articles, books and educational materials. She holds a Ph. D. from Cornell University (1996), an MS from the University of Iowa (1975), and a BS from Florida State University (1973). 

Caty Clément

Dr Clément is Senior Programme Advisor and Senior Fellow in the Leadership in Conflict Management Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). She directs the Swiss Peacebuilding Programme, the Senior Level Peacebuilding Course, and is responsible for the third term of the International Security Master Program. She also teaches conflict management and mediation. Her research interests include Fragile States, SSR-DDR, Peacebuilding, Mediation, and Africa, particularly the Great Lakes. Caty Clément holds a PhD International Relations and Comparative Politics. She has worked extensively in Africa focussing on conflict and mediation both as an academic and a practitioner with a strong Africa focus.

As a practitioner, Dr Clément has been a regional expert at the UN Security Council group of Experts investigation violations of the DRC Arms Embargo. She was already well acquainted with the Central Africa Region having directed the Great Lakes Project for the International Crisis Group. At the World Bank Fragile States Unit (LICUS), she developed a toolkit of early warning indicators of state fragility and was a team leader in the Central African Republic on DDR.

As an academic, Dr Clément tought Comparative Political Systems at the University of Geneva. She was a fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School (at the Belfer Center on International Security and the World Peace Foundation) and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Louvain. She is currently a board member of the Henry Dunant Foundation.

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.

Caitriona Dowd

Caitriona Dowd is Senior Researcher for the Armed Conflict Location & Event Dataset (ACLED), and a PhD candidate in Geography in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. In her role with ACLED, Caitriona oversees the collection, management and dissemination of realtime conflict data on African political violence. Caitriona also produces and co-authors monthly reports, thematic bulletins and country profiles of conflict across the continent. Her PhD research centers on Islamist violence in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on the East and West African case studies of Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia and emerging dynamics in the Sahel. Caitriona holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, where her research focused on civilian vulnerability to violence in conflict-affected contexts, and has worked on humanitarian programming for Kenya, Uganda and Somalia.

David Gómez Álvarez

David Gómez-Álvarez has a B.A. in Politics and Public Administration at El Colegio de México (COLMEX); Master (M.Sc.) in Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Master (M.Phil.) and doctorate (Ph.D.) in Public Administration New York University (NYU). He also has a Certificate in Research Methods by the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Within his academic career he has been Founding Academic Coordinator of the Master in Political Science and Public Management of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), where he is academic since 1998. He has taught different courses in academic institutions such as Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), COLMEX, Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG) and El Colegio de Jalisco (COLEJAL).

He authored the book Educar en el Federalismo: La política de descentralización en México. He also has edited Candados y Contrapesos: la protección de los derechos, políticas y programas sociales en México y América Latina, and Capacidades Institucionales para el Desarrollo Humano: conceptos, índices y políticas públicas. He has been open editorialistof Público and Mural Guadalajara journals, and special collaborator for Reforma, Milenio y El Universal newspapers.

In the international arena he has been consultant of the Bureau for Development Policy of the United Nations’ Development Program(UNDP) in New York; Commissioner of the High Council for the Protection of Social Programs in Electoral Contexts of UNDP Mexico; State Coordinator and Editor of the Informe sobre Desarrollo Humano Jalisco 2009 of UNDP Mexico. He has also been Executive Director of Jalisco Cómo Vamos, Citizen Observatory for Quality of Life Indicators.

In the public sector, he has been Director of Electoral Training and Civic Education, and President of the Instituto Electoral y de Participación Ciudadana del Estado de Jalisco (IEPCJ). He has also been Electoral Counselor in the Local Council of the Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE) in Jalisco, and Adviser in IFE’s General Council. He has taught courses on elections and democracy. Currently, he is Deputy Secretary of Planning of Jalisco State Government in Mexico.

Maximo Halty

Maximo Halty is the Chief Technical Advisor for UNDP Sudan’s Crisis and Recovery Mapping and Analysis Project (CRMA). Maximo has a long track record in Sudan, initially designing and setting up  Sudan’s DDR programme, and then heading UNDP’s Human Security and Recovery Unit, before establishing the CRMA project. Prior to Sudan, Maximo advised and/or directed DDR and Community Security programmes in Mozambique, Solomon Islands, Liberia, Republic of Congo, DRC, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Macedonia and Somalia. He has also worked extensively in Latin America, helping to design and set up a number of microenterprise training programmes, as well as advising and managing social services reform projects throughout the region.

Diane Hendrick

Diane Hendrick is Associate Representative, Peace and Disarmament at the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) in Geneva where her brief covers peacebuilding and prevention of destructive conflict (with a focus on natural resources), armed violence reduction and prevention and disarmament and arms control. Diane has been active in the field of peace and conflict for more than 25 years. For 16 of those years she worked as a freelance consultant, trainer and researcher in conflict transformation and has worked on peace related projects in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, and Albania. She has also co-directed a number of international peace education projects. Diane has lectured in peace studies at various universities in Austria, Ireland and England and has had extensive experience as a trainer in peacebuilding and conflict transformation working with a broad range of groups from Austrian police trainers to Israeli and Palestinian young adults to the OSCE. Immediately before joining QUNO she worked with Peace Brigades International in Indonesia. Diane has a First in Peace Studies from Bradford University, an M.Phil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University and a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution also from Bradford University.  She has been carrying out research on complexity theory and its application to conflict transformation.


Sana Jaffrey

Sana Jaffrey is a Social Development Specialist at the World Bank where she is leading the National Violence Monitoring System (NVMS) program in Indonesia. The NVMS program has compiled comprehensive, publically available, data on impact and incidence of violence through 14 years of Indonesia’s democratic transition. The program has been endorsed by the Government of Indonesia as an empirical basis for coordinating cross-sector responses. The NVMS program has a strong capacity building component and works closely with local research and advocacy organizations. 

Prior to joining the Bank in 2008, Ms. Jaffrey has studied political science at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan. Her interests include democratization and improvement of governance outcomes through information tools. 

Sachchi Karki

I am a staunch human rights advocate and deeply connected with the issues around post conflict peace building, humanitarian assistance and sustainable development.

I have been working with the Peace-building and Recovery Unit at UNDP Nepal since December 2011. I have been engaged during the development of the Armed Violence Reduction and Strengthening Community Security Program for the Unit. One of the program outputs is to support the government of Nepal to establish a National Center for Security Observation, under the Ministry of Home Affairs, which will be the Nepalese Crime and Violence Observatory and hence this meeting will be an exposure to a goldmine of knowledge for us.

Before working with UNDP Nepal, I was a Fulbright student at the University of Denver, where I studied MA in International Human Rights and worked for extra credit hours for a specialized certificate in International Humanitarian Assistance. I also have a Post Graduate Diploma in International Humanitarian law from NALSAR University in Hyderabad, India. I worked with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal for almost three and a half years from 2006 to 2009.

Martin Kerkula

My name is Martin Fahnlon Kerkula Sr., born October 24, 1962 in Salala Bong Count, Republic of Liberia, and West Africa. I hold a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Liberia several certificates in journalism and natural resource management from in and out of Liberia. I am married with three children and a Christian by faith.

I currently work with Action on Armed Violence as Project Manager responsible for the Liberia Armed Violence Observatory (LAVO). I am a journalist by profession with more than 25 years’ experience working with the Liberian media in different capacities.   I am also a retired member of the Liberian National Legislature (parliament) having served as Representative from 1997-2003).

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.

Julia Knittel

Julia Knittel worked as Armed Violence Research Coordinator at Action on Armed Violence’s Policy Section from June 2012 to August 2013.




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.

Lizette Lancaster

Lizette (Meyer) Lancaster is a Senior Researcher and Manager of the South African Crime and Justice Information and Analysis Hub (Crime Hub) at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). For more than three years her focus has been on the development, management and enhancement of the Crime Hub as a user-friendly, one-stop interactive source of information and analysis on crime, its prevention and the functioning of the criminal justice system in South Africa.

Previously, she was the Head of Research at Development Research Africa, a national socio-economic research organisation. For more than a decade, she managed several large-scale research projects including perception and victimization surveys, service delivery assessments and policy impact evaluations. Her clients included, amongst others, the national police and justice departments as well as donor agencies. Lizette holds a BCom (Law), LLB and a MA in Development Studies.

Jasna Lazarevic

Jasna Lazarević is programme officer at the Human Security Division located within the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). She is the national focal point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and is leading the inter-departmental working group on SALW. Her portfolio also includes work on the Arms Trade Treaty as well as on the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development. Prior to joining the FDFA in July 2007, she was an associate researcher at the Small Arms Survey. There she specialized in researching arms transfers to armed actors and transparency in the international small arms trade. Her work covered a variety of issues on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM). She was significantly involved in the Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) Initiative.

She received a Master’s degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (GIIDS), Geneva, in 2007. The following year she participated in a GIIDS e-learning programme on gender and development. Jasna Lazarević authored the Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometers from 2009 to 2012. In June 2010, she published an Occasional Paper, Transparency Counts: Assessing State Reporting on Small Arms Transfers, 2001–2008. She co-authored A Real and Persistent Danger: Assessing Armed Violence in the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and South-Eastern Europe, as well as the chapter entitled ‘The Other Half: Girls in Gangs’ in the Small Arms Survey 2010 publication, Gangs, Groups, and Guns. Her latest publications include a co-authored Working Paper, Tackling Violence against Women: From Knowledge to Practical Initiatives, and—for the RASR Initiativethe Issue Brief, South-east European Surplus Arms: State Policies and Practices, which was translated into Albanian and Serbian and the Special Report Costs and Consequences: Unplanned Explosions and Demilitarization in South-east Europe.

Attila Lenti

Attila Lenti is an Associate Researcher of the CISALVA Institute in the city of Cali, Colombia, a research center with extensive experience in the development of public health surveillance systems in injuries and violence and a WHO collaborating center on violence and injuries prevention. Attila is currently working in the Regional System of Standardized Indicators for Peaceful Coexistence and Citizen Security (RIC), a project financed and supported by the Inter-American Development Bank that coordinates the cooperation of over 180 public institutions in 19 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. He is in charge of promoting the institutionalization of the System in 4 countries: Colombia, México, Ecuador and Bolivia.

As a Hungarian citizen living in Colombia, previously he worked as a researcher in recognized Colombian NGOs like Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris, Fundación Antonio Restrepo Barco and the National Centre for Consultancy, and also as a professor and researcher of the Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín. His main areas of research include citizen security, armed conflict, democratic governance, civic participation and analysis of democratic transitions. He holds a Master´s degree in International Studies from the University Corvinus of Budapest, Hungary, and a Master in Political Science from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.

Sandra Martins

I was born on August 9th 1976 in Cape Verde. I graduated from the University of Brasilia in Brasil, where I studied social science. Currently I’m finalizing my master in Social Science – major in Development Studies and Postcolonial theory - at the University of Cape Verde. In the last three years, I’ve been working with the Joint Office of UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF in Cape Verde as programme analyst for development of studies, evaluation, reporting as well as data management. I’m a field researcher who enjoys designing and engaging with innovative methodologies and tools. I worked during approximately nine years at the Ministry of Rural Development in Food Security, planning, cooperation and M&E. I also have international experience in Angola and Guinea-Bissau working for the World Food Program (WFP) on Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping.

In general I enjoy work for social development supporting the most vulnerable people. I believe that transparent and efficient management process of the data can improve policies and decision making and contributes to a more sustainable development, particularly in developing countries. 

Richard Matzopoulos

Richard Matzopoulos is a Specialist Scientist at the Medical Research Council’s Burden of Disease Research Unit and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of Public Health and Family Medicine, where he is affiliated to its Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health. He currently advises the Provincial Government of the Western Cape on its violence and injury prevention and surveillance activities through the Burden of Disease Reduction Project, which seeks to reduce the burden of disease in the Province by focussing on interventions targeting upstream determinants of health. Richard is one of two South African focal points for the international Violence Prevention Alliance and he Chairs the Provincial Government’s transversal Injury Prevention Working Group, which focusses on interventions targeting upstream determinants of health. Richard has an MPhil in Epidemiology and a PhD in Public Health and has published on a wide range of injury-related topics.

Elizabeth Minor

Elizabeth Minor is the Research Officer of the Every Casualty programme at Oxford Research Group (ORG). She was the principal researcher on a two-year study by ORG to investigate practice in casualty recording worldwide, examining the methodologies used and challenges faced in the field of recording conflict deaths, through a global survey concentrating on civil society based recorders. She was the lead author and editor of the collection ‘Good Practice in Casualty Recording’, and author of the policy paper ‘Towards the Recording of Every Casualty’, which were produced from this study. Elizabeth joined Oxford Research Group in 2009 and oversaw the inauguration of the International Practitioner Network of casualty recording organisations.

Mariana Neves

Mariana Neves is a sociologist with a post-graduate degree in data analysis for social sciences. Since 2011 she’s being working the Cape Verdean National Statistics Institute (INECV), where it had the responsibility of creating a justice and security statistics unit. Since, INECV has established collaboration protocols with ministry of justice,  ministry of internal affairs, the public ministry council, the judiciary superior council, and the judicial police. This enabled inter-agencies working groups that have as the main goal, producing more and better statistics on justice and security for the users, and to better monitor and address each agency concerns. On this matter, INECV has being helping the improvement of data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Abdullahi Mohammed Odowa

Abdullahi Mohammed Odowa is a General-Director of the Somali Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention (OCVP), which is apolitical and non-governmental institution seeking to document issues related to crimes, violence and insecurity in Somalia for proper programming and policy-making ( ). He also teaches graduate courses on Social Research and Environment, Peace and Development at Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies of University of Hargeisa. Prior to that, Odowa has worked with University of Hargeisa at various capacities; Head of Examination Unit, Dean of Students Affairs and Director of Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Mr. Odowa has BSc from University of Maiduguri in Nigeria and MA in Natural Resources and Peace from United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has an extensive experience on social research and has conducted several researches including Conflict Analysis in some of the most conflict prone regions of Somalia ( Sool and Sanaag regions); Social Action Research on Drought and Climate Change in Somaliland, in addition to, designing and supervising the ‘District Conflict and Security Assessment’ of which the OCVP is currently conducting at district levels across Somalia . He also, developed two curricula titled “Social Research Methods” and “Environmental Change and Human Vulnerability” for the graduate students at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies of University of Hargeisa, he also participated as panelist for several regional and international conferences on peace and security.

Serena Olgiati

Serena Olgiati is a Senior Policy and Research Advisor at Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), where she leads the policy development. With a particular interest in ‘counting the cost’ of armed violence, Serena advances policy and advocacy efforts calling on governments to produce regular national reports on armed violence and to comprehensively record casualties.

Serena works closely with AOAV’s Armed Violence Coordinator to develop targeted research that supports our policy and advocacy ambitions. Together, they look at the best ways to record casualties, and are currently engaged in analysing ways to address armed violence in Nigeria.

She also oversees joint projects between AOAV and a coalition of organisations dedicated to reducing armed violence (SEHLAC) in Latin America.

In her work Serena aims at forging strong partnerships with experts and local partners. She leads AOAV’s work with the Global Alliance on Armed Violence and has supported the creation of local and regional collaborations, such as the Nigeria Working Group on Armed Violence and SEHLAC.

Serena has previously worked for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, representing this organisation in Colombia and for the Cluster Munition Coalition where she has been actively engaged in the negotiations of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Serena holds a degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Giovanni Pisapia

Giovanni Pisapia holds a Ph.D. in Criminology.  He was a Security Manager for the Organizing Committee (OC) for the Torino XX Winter Olympic Games, coordinating various role players for developing venue security plans.  He then was Project Manager for the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) drafting and monitoring/evaluating the implementation of the City’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Safety and Security Operational Plan. Currently, he is the Security Manager for Road Events, Traffic and Transport for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Yann-Cédric Quéro

Yann-Cédric Quéro is a criminologist (PhD candidate at the University of Montréal). After 10 years of technical support for and training of municipal police in France, Yann-Cédric Quéro brought his capacities to the service of the United Nations (UNDP-BCPR, UNHabitat) in 2007. His field of expertise extends to three areas : 1) methodological support in terms of criminal analysis (qualitative and quantitative). He has participated in victimization surveys developed in Somalia (2009), Haiti (2010), France (2012), and Afghanistan (2013), has been asked to renew the methodologies of local security diagnostics for UNHabitat (Chad, Cameroon, Guinea), participates in multiple research endeavours, on homicide with the World Homicide Survey (WHS) led by the University of Montréal and on kidnapping in Haiti, and provides methodological support to research organizations such as the École Nationale Supérieure de la Police in France. 2) support to the establishment of observatories such as the observatory of municipal police in France (2005), of the international prevention of criminality in Montréal (ICPC, 2008), of violence in Somalia (OCVP, 2009) as well as in Nepal (2013) and provides support to other observatories of violence such as in Haiti (ONAVC, 2010-2011) or in Burkina Faso (OSCO, 2011).  3) security sector reform, where Yann-Cédric Quéro works towards the reform of public security institutions on the basis of his thesis work on the governance of security, such as in Québec in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2013.

Charlie Ransford

Charlie Ransford is a Senior Researcher at Cure Violence, a strategic public health initiative to support community-based and city-wide violence prevention based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His primary responsibility is to advance the theoretical basis for the Cure Violence model for preventing violence.  In addition, Mr. Ransford also conducts research on the effectiveness of the model, drafts program related materials, helps to improve data collection, and contributes to the development and evolution of the model.  Mr. Ransford has published papers on the Cure Violence model as well as the reduction in homicides in Chicago over the last decade.  Mr. Ransford has trained in Urban Policy at the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Jorge Restrepo

Jorge A. Restrepo is a Colombian economist and public affairs analyst. He is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, CERAC (Conflict Analysis Resource Center) Director, and analyst at the RCN -La Radio. His academic work focuses on security study, analysis of armed conflicts and violence, and its impact on development. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Royal Holloway, University of London, with postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge and undergraduate at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

Camilla Schippa

Camilla is the Director of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), based in Sydney, Australia. She manages the day-to-day operations of the Institute including the development of the Global Peace Index and the research carried out, internationally, on and around the index.

Camilla has over 15 years of professional experience in building new initiatives for development and peace, guiding public-private partnerships, leading teams and coordinating vast public outreach efforts. Her first-hand expertise is in intergovernmental organizations, philanthropic strategy and academic research.  Until 2008 she was chief of office of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, where she guided the creation of numerous strategic alliances between the United Nations and corporations, foundations and philanthropists.

Camilla is also responsible for the Peace and Security portfolio of The Charitable Foundation, a private trust aimed to improve the quality of life for as many people as possible through interventions that are substantially life changing. She continues to serve as Regional Adviser to the United Nations Office for Partnerships, providing advice and support to the United Nations in efforts to build new partnerships with civil society, foundations and the private sector in South East Asia.

Tarik Weekes

Tarik Weekes [BSc. MSc.] is a Saint Lucian who presently works in Jamaica as a Researcher on Crime Prevention Strategies, Peace building techniques and Gang Reduction projects. Between 2010 and 2012 Weekes worked as a Research Assistant on the Youth Violence and Organized Crime: Measures and Counter Measures project spearheaded by the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security (ICJS), The University of the West Indies, Mona.

Prior to 2010 Weekes was the Coordinator at the Violence Prevention Alliance of the Kingston West Crime Observatory- a methodological instrument used to collect and analyze armed violence data in that police division which later became the platform for the establishing of a National Crime Observatory   For the past three years he has been working with other researchers, organizations and law enforcement on an understanding of youth violence and organize crime in select communities in Kingston. Other work and interests include understanding processes that influence crime reversals, peacebuilding and its compatibility with Jamaica, mapping of conflict groups and gangs and approaches to gang reduction.

Achim Wennmann

Achim Wennmann is Executive Coordinator of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, and Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. At the CCDP, Dr. Wennmann’s research focuses on statebuilding in hybrid political orders, negotiated exists from shadow economies, and conflict prevention in contexts of large scale business investments. He is author of The Political Economy of Peacemaking (London: Routledge, 2011), co-editor (with Mats Berdal) of Ending Wars, Consolidating Peace: Economic Perspectives (London: IISS and Routledge, 2010), and co-editor (with Keith Krause and Robert Muggah) ofGlobal Burden of Armed Violence (Geneva: Geneva Declaration Secretariat, 2008). Dr. Wennmann has a broad advisory experience including intellectual mediation support onGeorgia, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Sudan, and Western Sahara. He currently serves on the Advisory Panel on Leadership in Complex Markets of the International Council of Swedish Industry. He is also a member of the Reference Panel of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Task Team on Funding for Preparedness, and of the Editorial Board of Global Governance.

Marcus Wilson

Marcus is Programme Manager of the new Centre for Armed Violence Reduction, based in London. Marcus has been engaged in small arm policy issues since 2008, having worked for and the International Action Network on Small Arms, as well as conducting research for Transparency International, Surviving Gun Violence, and the Small Arms Survey. Marcus specialises in firearm policy, having analysed the domestic gun laws of over one hundred jurisdictions, as well as regional mechanisms. He has closely followed the international small arms process, specifically the PoA process and ATT negotiations. Marcus co-authored the Diplomat’s Guide to the UN Small Arms Process (Small Arms Survey, 2012). The Centre for Armed Violence Reduction is a new research organisation, established to help communities develop, track and achieve armed violence reduction and prevention goals.