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Members of the 4th Advisory Group

1. Bisrat Aklilu (Ethiopia) has Ph.D. and M.A in economics from Boston University, USA; M.Sc. in agricultural economics from the University of Massachusetts; and B.A. in economics and political science from Carleton College, USA. He is a development economist with over 30 years of experience in agricultural/rural development (IFAD), project implementation (UNOPS) and trust fund management and sustainable development (UNDP). He established and led the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) located in UNDP (2004-2013) that administers UN-wide humanitarian, peacebuilding, transition and development Trust Funds (including National Funds). He was Deputy Executive Director and Director of Operations at UNOPS (1990-2004) and Senior Portfolio Manager at IFAD (1979-1990). He currently provides policy and operational advice to governments and international organizations on development, transition and peacebuilding programmes with focus on resource management and financing facilities, especially in conflict-affected and fragile countries. He also serves as Board Member of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).


2.         Kwesi ANING (Ghana) presently serves as the Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs & Research (FAAR), Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC, Accra, Ghana. He also serves as Clinical Professor of Peacekeeping Practice at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In 2005, he served as the African Union’s first counter-terrorism expert based in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia and was responsible for the terrorism issues at headquarters. From 2007 to 2008, he served as a senior consultant to the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) at the United Nations (UN) in New York and wrote a Secretary General’s report on ‘The relationship between the UN and regional organizations, especially the African Union, on peace and security issues’. Furthermore, he serves on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Council on Conflict Prevention. In 2014, he was appointed by the United Nations Office on drugs and Crime (UNODC) as an independent evaluator to evaluate its Global Programme on Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism. Dr. Aning serves on several editorial boards including Journal of the Global Responsibility to Protect (Australia); Journal of African Security (USA); Afrika Spektrum (Germany); African Security Review (South Africa). He serves on several international boards. He has authored many papers in the area of peace building.


3.         Cecilia Björner (Sweden) presently serves in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Sweden as the Director-General for International Development Cooperation. Her previous profesional experience includes:

  • MOFA, Counter Terrorism Coordinator  2013-2014
  • MOFA, Project Manager for Internal management development investigation, 2011-2013
  • MOFA, Ambassador of Sweden to Hungary 2006-2011
  • MOFA, Director General for Development Cooperation (April-September 2006)
  • MOFA, Deputy Head and (6 months Head) of the Department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 2003-2006
  • MOFA, Minister at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the UN in Geneva dealing with UNHCR, ICRC, OCHA and some larger NGOs. 1998-2002
  • MOFA, Chef de Cabinet for the Minister of Development Co-operation and Migration. 1996-1998
  • MOFA, Desk officer in the Department for UN-affairs dealing with UN finances and reforms. 1995-1996
  • UN, Secretariat of the UN, Department for Humanitarian Affairs, 1994-95
  • MOFA, Desk officer in the department for policy and management of international development co-operation 1991-1994
  • EKN, Swedish Export Credit Guarantee Board, 1986 –1991
  • UNDP/UNCDF, 1989-1990 Junior Professional Officer in Addis Ababa.
  • SIDA, Swedish International Development Agency, Desk officer at the Department for Policy, Programming and Financial Management, 1985-1986
  • Banque de Benelux, AISEC-trainee, Brussels, autumn 1984
  • Svenska Handelsbanken, Stockholm 1979-80

4.         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.


5.         Ana María Ibáñez (Colombia) is Professor and the Dean of the School of Economics at Universidad de los Andes. Ana María studied a Masters and PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. Professor Ibáñez’ research studies the economic consequences of internal conflict, in particular the costs of war and conflict upon the civil population. Her research has been published on Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Peace Research, International Regional Science Review, World Development, The Economics of Peace and Security Journal and Economia. She has published chapter in nine books. In 2008, she published a book on the economic consequences of forced displacement in Colombia and in 2014 she edited a book on the economic and social costs of the Colombian conflict. Ana María Ibáñez has been awarded with the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development of Global Development Network (2005), an honorable mention from the “Fundación Alejandro Ángel Escobar” (2009) and the Juan Luis Londoño award in 2010, a medal given biannually to a Colombian economist younger than 40 years that has contributed to improve the social conditions of Colombians.


6.         Ms. Misako Kaji (Japan) – University of Tokyo (BA Economics). Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1981. Oxford University (MA Philosophy, Politics and Economics). Served at the Japanese Embassies in the U.K. and in Vietnam; the Missions of Japan to the EU and to the UN; Ms Kaji also served as Special Advisor to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Deputy Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of Japan; Professor at the Department of Advanced Social & International Studies of the University of Tokyo; Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organisations in Geneva, and was seconded to the Institute for International Policy Studies in November 2016. She 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, among others, establishment of the Department of Field Support (DFS) and improvement in delivery of development-related mandates of the UN.  She contributed a chapter “Why Human Security, Why Japan” to Human Security, Changing States and Global Responses – Institutions and Practices, ed. Sangmin Bae and Makoto Maruyama, Routledge 2015.


7.         LEE Shin-wha (Korea), Professor of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Korea University, received her Ph.D from the University of Maryland at College and held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard University. She was a research associate at the World Bank, a visiting scholar at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI), a special advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Rwandan Independent Inquiry, chair’s advisor of East Asian Vision Group(EAVG), a Korean delegate of the 2004 Korea-China-Japan Future Leaders’ Forum, a visiting scholar at East Asian Studies Program, Princeton University, a full-time visiting professor at School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, an executive committee member of Academic Council on the UN Studies(ACUNS), international board member of GR:EEN(Global Re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks), and vice president for international affairs at Korea University. She also received Nakasone Yasuhiro Award of Excellence in 2008. Presently, she is an international advisory member of Asia-Pacific Center for Responsibility to Protect, the head of research committee at the Seoul Forum for International Affairs and a Korean member and coordinator of Trilateral Commission. She has published numerous articles and books, which cover the fields of global security including UN PKO and humanitarian intervention, and East Asian foreign policy and multilateral security cooperation.


8.         Mr. 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).


9.         Ms. Torunn L. Tryggestad (Norway) holds a PhD in Political Science (University of Oslo) on the topic “International Norms and Political Change: ‘Women, Peace and Security’ and the UN Security Agenda”. She is a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) with a particular interest in the UN and the gendered dimensions of conflict resolution, conflict management and peacebuilding. She manages the Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding project, which conducts research on various aspects of the global Women, Peace and Security agenda. She has extensive experience from teaching, training, and providing policy advice to Norwegian ministries, the Norwegian Armed Forces and the justice sector. In recent years she has also been centrally involved in conducting the High-Level Seminars on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes, in cooperation with the UN Department of Political Affairs and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI). Before joining PRIO in 2006, she was a researcher and project leader at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) working on UN peacekeeping and peacekeeping capacity building in Africa. She has also spent a year as an advisor with the UN Section at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Tryggestad is the co-editor of the electronic newsletter The PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, and was one of the principal authors of the Norwegian Government’s National Action Plan on the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2006).


10.       Mariska van Beijnum (Netherlands) is the Director of the Conflict Research Unit of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, specialising in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance in fragile and conflict-affected situations, aid architecture and aid effectiveness issues, coordination and coherence issues (whole-of-government / whole-of-system approaches), financing modalities.

She studied political sciences and governance at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and humanitarian assistance at the University of Groningen and the University of Uppsala. Mariska has been conducting evaluations and reviews in the field of peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction since 2001 for both bilateral donors (the Netherlands MFA, DFID, Danida, SIDA, NORAD, CIDA) and multilateral organisations (OECD/DAC, PBSO, UNDP/BCPR, the World Bank). Specialising in transition financing and aid architecture issues, she has supported the international community in enhancing the effectiveness of their engagements in fragile and conflict-affected situations. Mariska is experienced in monitoring and evaluation, translating the outcomes of these to policy and organisational practice. Being the Director of the Conflict Research Unit (and working as Deputy Director prior to that), she is an experienced manager and team leader.