Small Arms Survey
22 November 2019

The Small Arms Survey Welcomes New Director Daniel de Torres

As the Small Arms Survey marks 20 years of work to reduce armed violence and the illicit proliferation of small arms, it welcomed Daniel de Torres as its new director on 1 November 2019.

The Small Arms Survey was founded in 1999 and has established itself as a leader in small arms and armed violence expertise under the management of previous directors, Professor Keith Krause and Eric Berman. The Survey is a global centre of excellence producing research and evidence-based policy recommendations for practitioners and decision-makers alike, and information for the wider public.

Mr de Torres joins the Survey with a broad portfolio of experience in the humanitarian, security, development and gender equality fields. From 2008 to 2019, he served as deputy head, then later, head, of the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance’s (DCAF) Gender and Security Division. Prior to that, he worked for the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., served in the Spanish Marines, and led emergency relief work for an NGO in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s.

Mr de Torres has managed numerous teams; designed and implemented a variety of programmes; and led trainings for security and justice sector personnel, parliamentarians, and civil society organisations. His professional experiences are underpinned by a Master in International Development from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor in History from George Mason University in Virginia.

“It’s an honour to take the helm of such a well-renowned institution as the Small Arms Survey. I’ve long admired the Survey’s work, and share its vision of a world without illicit arms and armed violence. I am very excited to join forces with these great professionals to further strengthen the Survey’s position within this field”, said Daniel de Torres.

The Small Arms Survey is an associated programme of the Graduate Institute. 

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