Geneva Peace Week Team Photograph

Who We Are

Geneva Peace Week is a flagship initiative of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), and the Platform’s five partners – the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP); the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF); the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); Interpeace; and the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva (QUNO). Geneva Peace Week is also supported by Switzerland.

While the institutional support listed above is vital for the successful continuation of Geneva Peace Week, we have a passionate team to ensure that the week is run effectively and meaningfully. 

Left to right: Achim Wennmann, Claudia Seymour, Danson Gichini, Annika Erickson-Pearson, Kathryn Gichini, Irina Sorokina, Simran Singh

Achim Wennmann

Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform

Dr. Achim Wennmann works across research, policy, and practitioner communities to enable critical thinking, facilitate partnerships and find solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in strategic management of complex policy and research projects and served in a variety of advisory roles for companies, foundations, international organizations, NGOs, and governments. He is co-founder of Geneva Peace Week and the Peace Talks Initiative and has facilitated numerous multi-stakeholder processes. Achim is also a Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and Senior Researcher at its Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). 

Claudia Seymour

Focal Point, Geneva Peace Week 

Dr. Claudia Seymour is an applied social researcher with 17 years of experience, working primarily in conflict-affected environments. Her research specializations include youth, child protection, resilience to armed violence, children’s DDR, and young people’s engagement with violence. She has extensive experience working with the United Nations and as a research consultant for a range of international NGOs and think tanks. Her relevant country experience includes DRC, Burundi, Central African Republic, Liberia, and Nigeria. She is a trainer in protection and human rights and a lecturer and convenor in MA courses on the political economy of violence and conflict management.

Danson Gichini

Operations Coordinator, Geneva Peace Week 

Danson facilitates, coordinates, and manages the development of Geneva Peace Week (GPW), the flagship forum of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. Danson is a part of the GPW coordination team, facilitating synergies across institutions and sectors, and bringing together over 280 partner organizations to collaborate in GPW20. He is responsible for coordinating the GPW20 Opening Ceremony Committee, a collaboration between the Geneva Peace Week Consortium.

He has gained work experience in several NGOs and international organisations, focusing on migration, humanitarian affairs, and peacebuilding. Danson has recently worked for Save the Children International, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and is now based at the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. He acquired a BA in International Relations in the U.K. and later completed a Masters in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, majoring in Global Security.

Annika Erickson-Pearson

Communications Coordinator, Geneva Peace Week

Annika is an experienced community organizer, political advocate and event manager, working with nearly a dozen NGOs over the past eight years, including the Conference on World Affairs, Represent.Us, Run for Something, and the Global Campaign for Education. She recently completed her Master's degree at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva where her research focused on gang desistance policies in the U.S. and Latin America.

Kathryn Gichini

Community Manager and Media Coordinator, Geneva Peace Week

Kathryn holds a Master's degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). Professionally, Kathryn has worked in Sales & Marketing in conference settings in the UK and has additionally been working for the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding for the past year. Kathryn also has voluntary experience in the NGO sector where she worked with an international charity in the UK, supporting their communications director.

Irina Sorokina

Geneva Peace Week Assistant

Irina Sorokina is an International Development graduate (Graduate Institute, Geneva) with more than three years of experience in nongovernmental and international relations spheres. Her areas of interest include peacebuilding, state-building, and child protection. Irina is currently conducting her Master’s Dissertation on state-building processes and post-conflict reconstruction of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Simran Singh

Communications Assistant, Geneva Peace Week 

Simran is a Masters student at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, with a keen interest in the labour, gender and human rights impact of businesses. As a Communications Assistant at GPW, she spends her time finding the best ways to share inspiring stories of peace and hope through our social media channels, and engage a wider audience to bring more inclusivity in the peacebuilding process.