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Members of the 3rd Advisory Group

Louise Anten

Ms. Louise Anten (Netherlands) – Ms. Anten holds an M.A. Human Nutrition degree and is currently the Head of Education and Research Division (DSO/OO), Social Development Department (DSO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague. She served as Head, Conflict Research Unit, Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael”, which focuses on the nexus between security and development particularly the (re)building of governance in post-conflict situations. From 2004 to April 2008 she was the Head of the Peacebuilding and Good Governance Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accountable to both the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Development Cooperation. She has extensive work experience on and in Africa and the Middle East.

Charles Call

Mr. Charles T. Call (USA) – Mr. Call holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University, and an A.B. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He was an Associate Professor, International Peace & Conflict Resolution, School of International Service, American University; 2010-11: Consultant, International Peace Institute, New York; 2008-2011: Expert Trainer for US State Department’s Civilian Response Corps; 2008-09: Consultant, Center on International Cooperation, New York University; Senior Peacebuilding Adviser; International Peace Institute, New York; 2004-5: Peacebuilding Consultant, Department of Political Affairs, UN; 1994-2004: Assistant Professor for Research, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University; Consultancy- Human Right Watch; UNDP & IPD; DFID; USAID; European Commission; Ford Foundation; Inter American Development Bank; US Depart of Justice; Center for the Administration of Justice of Belfast; Publications on Peace; statebuilding; security & justice; war; democratization; governance; civilian security (Latin America); donors approach reviews; military & police reforms; transition; peacekeeping; fragile states; transitional justice; UN system; exit strategies in transition; measuring peace; rule of law, drug wars; Media appears.


Cedric de Coning

Mr. Cedric de Coning (South Africa) – Mr. de Coning has a PhD degree in Applied Ethics from the Department of Philosophy of the University of Stellenbosch, and a M.A. degree in Conflict Management and Peace Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is a research fellow with the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and special advisor to the head of the Peace Support Operations Division of the African Union. He has served as a South African diplomat in Washington D.C. (1992-94) and Addis Ababa (1994-97), as an election observer with the African Union in Ethiopia, Sudan and Algeria (1995-1996), and as a political- and civil affairs officer with the United Nations in Timor Leste (1999-2002), and with DPKO in New York (2002). He works on peacekeeping and peacebuilding, with special interests in Complexity theory, coherence; civilian capacity and monitoring & evaluation. Recent publications are: “Peacebuilding’s Inherent Contradictions” (March 2011); “Coherence & Coordination: The Limits of the Comprehensive Approach” – Journal of International Peacekeeping (2011); and the Civilian Dimension of the African Standby Force, African Union, 2010.”


Sheepa HafizaMs. Sheepa Hafiza (Bangladesh) – Ms. Hafiza is a graduate with an M.A. International & Intercultural Management degree (Vermont); Post Graduate Diploma, NGO Leadership & Management; M.A. & B.A. Public Administration (Dhaka). BRAC, Director Gender Justice & Diversity, and Advocacy for Social Change, January 2010 – present; Director Gender Justice & Diversity, BRAC; Director of Advocacy for Social Change with focus on rights and justice for poor and marginalized people of Bangladesh; CARE- Bangladesh, Managed BRAC’s Overseas programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Southern Sudan, and Tanzania with focus on peacebuilding and development; women empowerment, institution building, micro Finance, Job creation, Health, Education and Capacity Building with focus on women; Member of: Chapter member of South Asian Human Rights – SAHR; Executive Member of VAW in politics in South Asian Partnership; Advisory committee member of Capacity Development for Microfinance Institution of the Government of Bangladesh Member Transparency International Bangladesh; Publications/Presentations on gender and natural disasters; civil society voice and participated in the UN meeting on CEDAW; violence against women.


Misako Kaji

Ms. Misako Kaji (Japan) – Ms. Kaji holds degrees in Economics (Tokyo University) and Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Oxford University). Ms. Kaji has extensive experience in peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery as well as in the work of the UN system, most prominently having served as a Member of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) of the United Nations from 2008 to 2010, where she dealt with such issues as the establishment of the Department of Field Support (DFS) and improving the delivery of development-related mandates of the UN. She is currently Professor of the Department of Advanced Social & International Studies of the University of Tokyo. Her previous responsibilities include: Deputy Director General, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) (2010-2012); Minister, Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN (2006-10); Principal Deputy Chief of Protocol, MOFA (2004-06); Director, Human Rights & Humanitarian Affairs, MOFA (2003-04); Deputy Press Secretary to Prime Minister of Japan (2002-03); Special Advisor to Ms. Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (2000-02); Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN (1998-2000); Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in Vietnam (1996-98); First Secretary, Mission of Japan to the EU (1993-96); held progressively responsible positions in various MOFA Divisions (1985-93); Third Secretary, Embassy of Japan in the UK (1984-85).


Walter Kaelin

Mr. Walter Kälin (Switzerland) – Mr. Kälin holds a PhD in Law (University of Bern), and an LL.M degree from Harvard Law School. He is a Professor of Constitutional & International Public Law (since 1985) at the Faculty of Law, University of Bern; was an Assistant to Professor J.P. Muller at the Institute of Public Law of the University of Bern and course for refugees and asylum seekers. UN-activities experience – October 2004 to October 2010, he was: Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons; (2003-2008) – a Member of the UN Human Rights Committee ; 1991/2, Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the Situation of Human Rights in Kuwait under the Iraqi Occupation. Since 2011, he has been Director at the Swiss Centre of Excellence in Human Rights; He is an Expert for Swiss Parliament and Swiss Federal Administration & consultancies for Swiss Development Cooperation in Nepal, Pakistan, India and Kyrgyzstan.


Jan Knutsson

Mr. Jan Knutsson (Sweden) – Mr. Knutsson is a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics. He is currently Ambassador and Representative of Sweden to the United Nations in Geneva. Mr. Knutsson was Director General for International Development Cooperation at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs between 2006 and 2010. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director General and Head of the Department for Global Security Issues responsible for UN Affairs, Conflict Issues, Humanitarian Affairs, and Disarmament. Mr. Knutsson’s previous diplomatic assignments have taken him to Washington, D.C, where he served as the Political Counsellor at the Swedish Embassy from 1997 to 2001, and also to Paris, Moscow and Beijing. He was a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm between 1992 and 1995. Before taking up his post in Washington, D.C., he was Deputy Head of the Department of European Security Policy at the MFA. He was also during 2002 a member of the Task Force for Reform of the Government Offices. Mr. Knutsson is currently chair of the ExCom of UNHCR.


Norberto Moretti

Mr. Norberto Moretti (Brazil) – Mr. Moretti holds degrees in Philosophy, History and Diplomacy. He has been the Head, Division of International Peace & Security in the Ministry of External Relations since 2011; He is a former Minister-Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations. He has held several positions at the Ministry of External Relations, HQ which include the following: Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Policy Planning (1991-1994); Assistant to the Secretary-General of External Relations (1995); and Head of Division of Trade Remedies and Safeguards (2002-2004). He has also held the following position abroad: as Head of Trade Policy Section II, Embassy of Brazil in the US (1995-1999); Head of MERCOSUR Section, Embassy of Brazil in Argentina (1992/2002); Head of Economic Section, Embassy of Brazil in Canada (2004-2007); and Minister-Counselor for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United (2007/present).


Nigel RobertsMr. Nigel Roberts (UK) – Mr. Roberts holds BA/MA degrees in English Language and Literature (Class 1 at Moderations and Finals), Wadham College, Oxford University, England; Postgraduate Diploma and MPhil degree in Agricultural Economics; Reading University, England; He was a Research Fellow in Development Economics Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University (1992-3). His professional experience include the following: 1981-2011: the World Bank – entered through the Young Professionals Program; 1981-1987 he worked as an agricultural economist, Assistant to the President and loan officer. Between 1987-2009: worked principally in the field (16 of 22 years) as Country Manager (in Nepal, 1987-1993 and in Ethiopia, 1998-2001) and then as Country Director (in West Bank and Gaza, 2001-2006 and in Australia covering the Pacific Islands, 2007-2009); Director of the 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development, 2009-2011; 1968-1981: Development NGOs: 1968-1973: Voluntary Service Overseas, first as a volunteer for 18 months in Thailand, subsequently as Thai language teacher and orientation manager for new VSO recruits; 1974-1976: Britain-Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT), first as a volunteer paramedic in the eastern hills of Nepal, subsequently as manager of BNMT’s pharmaceutical program; 1978-1979: Save the Children fund (UK), as field director of the east Nepal program (medical, educational, rural development).


Magda ShahinMs. Magda Shahin (Egypt) – Ms. Shahin holds a PhD degree in Economics, Cairo University, and an M.A. and a B.A. degree in Economics from the American University Cairo. A retired Ambassador, she is the Executive Director of Trade-related Assistance Center; 2005-6 and prior to this appointment, Ms. Shahin was: Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Economic Relations; 2001-5: Ambassador to Greece; 1999-2001: Ambassador & Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Relations; 1997-9: Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs & Head of Economics Department; 1992-7: Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Chief of Mission, Egyptian Mission to the UN; Publications on: Climate change & Trade negotiations; International trade & movement of natural persons.