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.

Neil Buhne

Neil Buhne is the Director of the UNDP Office in Geneva.Prior to this appointment, Mr. Buhne joined UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) in February 2011, as Director of the BCPR Geneva Liaison Office. 

He has served with the United Nations as Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in three countries for 12 years, since joining the United Nations 30 years ago.  From 2007 until February 2011 he served as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka.  From 2003 to 2007 he was RC/RR in Bulgaria, and before that, from 1999 to 2003, in Belarus.   

In Sri Lanka, as senior UN official in the country, he led the response to the humanitarian crisis, and work on post-conflict recovery.  In Bulgaria, he worked with Bulgarian government and municipalities in reducing inequalities and becoming better prepared to benefit from EU membership.  In Belarus he led  programming to reduce the continuing impact on people from the Chernobyl disaster,  to preserve areas of unique biodiversity, and to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Prior to that he spent many years in Asia, as UNDP Deputy Representative in Malaysia (and acting RC/RR for 20 months) from 1995 to 1999, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in Pakistan from 1990 to 1995 and Programme Officer in UNDP Bhutan.   In 1985 and 1986 he served with UNDP and other agencies as Junior Professional Officer in Sudan on humanitarian and recovery issues.

He holds an M.A. from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University Ottawa, Canada. 


Markus Heiniger

Markus Heiniger, lic. phil. I, historian, is Focal Point for conflict and human rights at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. He heads the SDC network on conflict and human rights, for which fragility is a main topic.

From 2007 to 2010 he worked in Nepal as the Special Adviser for Peace Building/Nepal of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs as track 1 and 2 mediator and facilitator in Nepal’s peace process on the political level, and trough support to constitution making – expertise on federalism – and on security sector reform.

As a consultant he had worked for GTZ on mainstreaming conflict sensitivity into the Sri Lanka-program of GTZ (2001-2003); for the Austrian government by conducting an overall evaluation on their Mine Action program (2003); and for SDC to assess SDC’s involvement in peace building and conflict prevention and to make recommendations on how to improve working in fragile situations in this area (2001). Until 1999 he had been the country director of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in Sri Lanka for 4 years.

Since 2010 he has accompanied and steered the increased attention and engagement in fragile and conflict affected situations of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and the Swiss Foreign Ministry. As senior policy adviser on fragility, conflict and human rights he co-heads the SDC network on conflict and human rights. In the new strategy of SDC for engagement in fragile contexts, peacebuilding and statebuilding are defined as the main orientation goals for Swiss programs in these contexts. Conflict and context sensitive program management is the key methodology on how to work differently in fragile situations. People’s security is one main focus of this engagement. MH also represents SDC thematically in the Swiss Government as well as towards the outside. Another part of the collaborative efforts on the out of fragility efforts is that, Switzerland has taken over the Co-Chair of the OECD DAC Network on conflict and fragility, INCAF, together with UNDP. In that function Switzerland collaborates also closely with the co-chairs of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, Sweden and Sierra Leone.


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.

Michael Møller

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 5 November 2013 the appointment of Michael Møller of Denmark as Director-General, a.i., 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.

Sara Sekkenes

Ms. Sara Sekkenes, Conflict Prevention Adviser with UNDP in Geneva. Ms. Sekkenes holds an MSc in the field of Human and Physical Geography and additional university degrees in Development Studies and Political Science. Working with UNDP since 2006, she now leads UNDPs policy work on efforts to achieve a sustained reduction in the impact and occurrence of armed violence and conflict with specific specialization on arms control and humanitarian disarmament efforts. Prior to that Ms. Sekkenes worked for a number of years with Norwegian People’s Aid, a non-governmental organisation actively engaged in issues pertaining to the challenges faced by communities and countries affected by the legacies of war. During this time she was based with programmes in Africa (Mozambique 2004-2006, Angola 1998-2000) as well as in south eastern Europe (2001) and also engaged globally working on advocacy and coordination with other NGOs on the global landmine and cluster munitions campaigns.  


Claude Wild

Ambassador Claude Wild was born in Lausanne in 1964. He studied political science and international relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (GIIDS) in Geneva and went on to complete post-graduate studies in security policy at the GIIDS as well. From 1989 to 1992 he participated in the United Nations’ peace operations in Namibia and the Western Sahara as a member of the Swiss contingent. Following that engagement he joined the Swiss diplomatic service. After assignments with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Swiss embassy in Nigeria and the Austrian Ministry of Defence, he became deputy head of the peace-policy section of United Nations and International Organisations Division in Berne. In 1997, he became first secretary and later counsellor at the Swiss embassy in Moscow. Back in Bern, he was in charge of the policy and institutions section of the Directorate for European Affairs (DEA) with responsibility for policy on Europe from 2004 until 2004. Then he became deputy head of the Swiss embassy in Canada. Three years later, in 2007, he acted as deputy head of the Swiss mission to the European Union in Brussels before he was appointed Ambassador and head of the FDFA’s Human Security Division in August 2010.