Assistant Director and Head of the Middle East and North Africa Division, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF)
Robert joined the CCDP after a 35-year career working for international organisations in political, humanitarian, development and post-conflict recovery areas in some 13 different countries, principally in the Middle East, Central, and South Asia. He served for the United Nations as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General in Lebanon (2011-2014) and Afghanistan (2009-2011) at the level of Assistant Secretary General, as well as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Bangladesh (2015-17), Djibouti (2014), and Georgia (2006-2009). Since retiring from the UN at the end of 2017, he has taught as a Practitioner at the Graduate Institute and at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and presented papers on Conflict Prevention at AUB, Lebanon, and the University of Tianjin, China. He holds an MA in International Affairs from the Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa.
Areas of expertise include:
New approaches to Peacebuilding
Role of Land Ownership in conflict settlement
Digital literacy in the Prevention of Violent Extremism
Role of the UN in World Politics, Conflict Prevention & Peacekeeping