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: Rainer Gude, Danson Gichini, Annika Erickson-Pearson, Irina Sorokina, Raissa Kanku

Rainer Gude

Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform

From facilitator, moderator, convenor, public speaker and manager, his many roles all start with a belief in the importance of being the change you want to see in the world. Most recently he was co-Director General of Initiatives of Change (IofC) Switzerland where he oversaw Strategic Partnerships, Programmes and External Relations and helped run the Caux Forum. Rainer started his work with Initiatives of Change International by coordinating the relations with the UN and other International Organizations and missions in Geneva. He holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of Development and International Studies in Geneva. Before joining IofC, he worked several years in the business and NGO sectors.


Danson Gichini

Project Lead, 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

Head of Community Management, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform

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

Project Coordinator

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.


Raissa Kanku 

Communications and Digital Series Coordinator 

Raissa is completing her Masters in International Development with a concentration on migration and gender development at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. She is open-minded and adaptable to several environments due to cross-cultural skills enhanced through her diverse team work collaboration.  Raissa has worked within the administrative, communications and research sectors in the international platforms or NGOs advocating or promoting human rights, social justice and community development.