Peacekeeping Training Programme Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides technical and critical analysis of the activities of Peacekeeping Training Programmer to ensure the respect of quality standards in compliance with UNITAR mandate and UN guidelines.  UNITAR is privileged to have the expertise of the following individuals on the Advisory Board:

Lt. General Romeo Dallaire

Former Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR)

 

Roméo Dallaire is a retired lieutenant-general, Senator, and celebrated humanitarian. Lieutenant General (LGen) Dallaire is President of the Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire Foundation; founder of The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, an organization aimed at eradicating the use of child soldiers; an outspoken advocate for human rights, particularly war-affected children, women, the Canadian First Nations, and military veterans; a respected champion of genocide prevention initiatives, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, and nuclear non-proliferation, as well as a best-selling author.

Most notably, LGen Dallaire was appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) prior to and during the 1994 genocide.  LGen Dallaire provided the United Nations with information about the planned massacre, which ultimately took more than 800,000 lives in less than 100 days yet permission to intervene was denied and the UN withdrew its peacekeeping forces.  LGen Dallaire, along with a small contingent of Ghanaian soldiers and military observers, disobeyed the command to withdraw and remained in Rwanda to fulfill their ethical obligation to protect those who sought refuge with the UN forces.

His courage and leadership during this mission earned him the Meritorious Service Cross, the United States Legion of Merit, the Aegis Award on Genocide Prevention, and the affection and admiration of people around the globe.  His defiant dedication to humanity during that mission is well-documented (e.g. The Last Just Man, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire, The Lion, The Fox, and The Eagle), as are the personal consequences he continues to suffer and his subsequent commitment to fellow victims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Upon being medically released from the Canadian Army in 2000, LGen Dallaire has served on the UN Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention, as Special Advisor to the Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada, as Advisor to the Minister of National Defense, and as Special Advisor to the Minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency on matters relating to War Affected Children.

LGen Dallaire is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec, and a Commander of the Order of Military Merit.  He is the recipient of the United Nations Association of Canada’s Pearson Peace Medal, the Arthur Kroeger College Award for Ethics in Public Affairs from Carleton University, the Laureate of Excellence from the Manitoba Health Sciences Centre, and the Harvard University Humanist Award.  LGen Dallaire holds honorary doctorates and fellowships from near three dozen universities in Canada and the United States.

 

 

Lt. General Chikadibia I. Obiakor

Former Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations and Former Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and Former UN Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations

 

Lieutenant General Obiakor is former Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations and former Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). LGen Obiakor has had a long and distinguished career with the Nigerian Army, beginning in 1973.  He served as the General Officer Commanding, Second Mechanized Division, of the Nigerian Army, as Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) Artillery Brigade in Liberia in 1996 and 1997, and as ECOMOG Chief Coordinator of the Liberian elections in July 1997.  He has also served as Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, with responsibility for the welfare, discipline and medical services for all Nigerian military personnel.

Born on 18 February 1951, Lieutenant General Obiakor is a graduate of the National War College in Abuja.  He holds a Master of Science degree in strategic studies from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and has participated in numerous international military courses.

UNSRSG for Sexual Violence in Conflict Ms. Zainab Bangura

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict 

 

Zainab Hawa Bangura of Sierra Leone assumed her position as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict at the level of Under-Secretary-General on 4 September 2012. In this capacity, she serves as Chair of the interagency network, UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action).

Ms. Bangura has over 20 years of policy, diplomatic and practical experience in the field of governance, conflict resolution and reconciliation in Africa. She served most recently as Minister of Health and Sanitation for the Government of Sierra Leone, and was previously Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the second woman in Sierra Leone to occupy this position. She was also Chief Adviser and Spokesperson of the President on bilateral and international issues. Ms. Bangura has been instrumental in developing national programmes on affordable health, advocating for the elimination of genital mutilation, managing the country’s Peace Building Commission and contributing to the multilateral and bilateral relations with the international community. She has deep experience engaging with State and non-State actors on issues relevant to sexual violence, including engaging with rebel groups.

Ms. Bangura has on-the-ground experience with peacekeeping operations from within the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), where she managed the largest civilian component of the Mission, promoting capacity-building of government institutions and community reconciliation. She is an experienced and results-driven civil society, human and women’s rights campaigner and democracy activist, fighting corruption and impunity, notably as Executive Director of the National Accountability Group, Chair and Co-founder of the Movement for Progress Party of Sierra Leone, as well as Coordinator and Co-founder of the Campaign for Good Governance.

She has received numerous national and international awards, including the Africa International Award of Merit for Leadership, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship, the Bayard Rustin Humanitarian Award, the Human Rights Award from the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, the National Endowment for Democracy’s Democracy Award, and the African American Institute’s Distinguished Alumna Award.

Ms. Bangura is a former fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London, with Diplomas in Insurance Management from the City University Business School of London and Nottingham University. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.

Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi

Director of the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF)

 

 

Since 2009, Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi is the Director of the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF), in Berlin. She is member of the Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), member of the Senior Advisory Council of the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr) and the Honorary Executive Director of the NGO “Mediothek Afghanistan e.V.”.

After her PhD, obtained in 1995 at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) of the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi worked from 1998 to 2009 for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation covering different positions in different countries. From 1998 to 1999 she was Project Assistant in the Argentinean office in Buenos Aires; from 2000 to 2002 she has been Desk Officer for the Development Cooperation and Conflict Transformation programme in both Bonn and Berlin; and from 2003 to 2005 Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi worked as Founding Director in the newly established Friedrich Ebert Foundation office in Kabul. Finally, from 2006 to 2009, she acted as Country Director for USA and Canada for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Washington DC.

Dr. Wieland-Karimi has an extensive list of publications that moves from her PhD dissertation on the Islamic mysticism in Afghanistan (Islamische Mystik in Afghanistan: die strukturelle Einbindung der Sufik in die Gesellschaft) to her most recent publication “Germany - a Civilian Power”.

Mr. Alan Doss

Senior Political Advisor of the Kofi Annan Foundation and Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

 

Mr. Alan Doss is Senior Political Advisor at the Kofi Annan Foundation. He is Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He spent his entire professional life in the service of the United Nations working on peacekeeping, development and humanitarian assignments in Africa, Asia and Europe as well as at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

He was appointed, in 2007, by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the UN peace keeping mission (MONUC). Immediately prior to this assignment, he was the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Liberia and head of the UN mission (UNMIL). Moreover, Mr Doss had previously served as the Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire and deputy head of the United Nations Mission (ONUCI), as the Deputy UN Special Representative in Sierra Leone and deputy head of the UN Mission (UNAMSIL) while serving concurrently United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative. Until his appointment in Sierra Leone Mr Doss also held the position of Director of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), where he managed the implementation of reforms aimed to improve the performance of UN operational activities around the world.

Mr Doss had previously served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Regional Representative of the UNDP in Bangkok, Thailand and Director of the United Nations Border Relief Operation (UNBRO), in charge of United Nations assistance to hundreds of thousands of displaced Cambodians on the Thai-Cambodia border before their repatriation to Cambodia.

Mr Doss has written numerous articles on development, peace keeping and peace building. He delivered the 2009 Nelson Mandela Lecture on Africa at the Royal United Services Institute in London and the 2010 Count Folke Bernadotte Memorial Lecture on Protection and Peacekeeping at the United Nations Association of the United Kingdom. He has been a guest speaker and lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington D.C, the International Peace Institute in New York.

Mr. Ken Inoue

Former Director and Chief Governance Advisor, in Democratic Governance Support Unit, Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT)

 

 

Mr. Ken Inoue has a distinguished experience in serving United Nations for more than thirty years. He was a Director and Chief Governance Advisor, in Democratic Governance Support Unit, in the Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT), in Dili. Prior to joining to UNMIT, he served as a Director, in Industry Department, in Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in Tokyo.

Mr. Ken Inoue served as a Municipal Administrator (Skenderaj/Srbica), in United Nations Interim Administrative Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Prior to that, he was a Programme & Trust Fund Manager, in United Nations Volunteers (UNV), in Geneva & Bonn for four years, Programme Development and Management Officer, in United Nations Volunteers (UNV), in Geneva, and he served as Regional Humanitarian Affairs Officer, United Nations Operations in Somalia II (UNOSOM II), in Baidoa, Somalia.

 

UNITAR draws on their vast experience and knowledge in order to ensure that the programme remains on the cutting edge of training for peace operations. It is also enjoys the support of United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support.