31 March 2022

Alumna Supports Global Health for Peace Initiative

Mathilde Boddaert (MA, ‘07) is Peace Responsiveness Specialist at Interpeace, an international organisation that prevents violence and has worked the past 27 years towards building lasting peace in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America.


Mathilde was seconded to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland where she advises and supports in its development and implementation of the Global Health for Peace initiative. The initiative aims to make the health sector and WHO contributors to peace and social cohesion, while pursuing their public health goals. 

“Being a firm believer of the UN Sustaining Peace Agenda, I am very motivated by the opportunity of mainstreaming peacebuilding objectives and approaches into the work of such an influential member of the UN family – as part of the partnership between Interpeace and WHO”, explained Mathilde.

She joined Interpeace in 2017, taking leadership of the Côte d’Ivoire Country programme. For her, it has "truly been an honour and a pleasure to work for the peacebuilding organisation, as Interpeace's values, self-criticism, engagement and innovation spirit align with my own values and objectives”.

Before joining Interpeace, Mathilde held various management, research and training positions for different organizations for more than thirteen years, including eight years in conflict and post-conflict countries. 

She studied at Sciences Po. and then at the Geneva Graduate Institute, after which she started her career at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), where she gave training on issues of conflict, peace and security.

Peacebuilding being at the crossroads of many “sectors”, she has also had the opportunity to work on human rights, development and humanitarian issues, always with a view to consolidating peace.