Consultants

Annalise Moser
Annalise Moser is a gender and development specialist, with a focus on peace and security issues. Her areas of work have included providing gender policy advice to governments, developing a community-based gender-sensitive conflict early warning system, delivering training in gender-sensitive M&E, developing guidelines on gender, peace and security programming, and conducting research and analysis on a variety of gender-related issues. She has worked primarily for UNIFEM but also other organizations in Asia, Africa, the Pacific and Latin America. Annalise holds a doctorate in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She is Australian, and is currently living in Oxford, UK.

Antonia Potter
Antonia Potter has 16 years’ NGO largely field-based experience in a range of humanitarian, development, peacemaking and peacebuilding issues, and has increasingly specialized in women’s empowerment.

Prior to her current work in gender, peace and security as a consultant for organizations including the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, she was Country Director for Oxfam GB in Indonesia, its largest programme in the SE Asia region; the programme integrated humanitarian, development and advocacy work, in which she led the team to put the empowerment of Indonesian women living in poverty and at risk of disaster at the heart of Oxfam’s strategy.  Prior to that she initiated the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue’s work on women, gender and peacemaking and has worked for a number of NGOs, mostly in Asia.  She has lived and worked in Afghanistan, America (New York),Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Switzerland (Geneva), Timor Leste, and is now based in Brussels.

Antonia is married with three small children.

Her publications include: G is for Gendered: taking the mystery out of engendering peace agreements, (HD Opinion, April 2011);  “We the Women: why conflict mediation is not just a job for men”, (HD Opinion, October 2005); “The Textbook Mediator”, a chapter relating practice to conflict resolution theory in Harriet Martin’s “Kings of Peace, Pawns of War – the untold story of peacemaking”, Continuum, June 2006; and, “Women, gender and peacemaking in civil wars in Contemporary Peacemaking” (Darby and McGinty Eds, Macmillan, April 2008).

Mahima Achuthan
Mahima will be primarily writing the chapter on the private sector for the paper on Costing and Financing 1325. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, with a concentration in human rights. She has volunteered or worked with the Advocates for Human Rights, Minneapolis, Amnesty International USA, NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, International Women’s Tribune Center, the Rule of Law Unit, United Nations at New York, Human Rights Law network, New Delhi, and the Domestic Violence clinic in Southampton, NY. Her experience covers broader issues impacting women, including domestic violence, crimes of honor and maternal health in India; asylum law, law enforcement and juvenile justice in the United States; and women, peace and security and rule of law at the international level. She is a member of the New York State bar, and is pursuing graduate studies at Columbia University.

Nicola Popovic
Nicola is an independent consultant currently working for Cordaid and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) authoring the paper on ‘Costing and Financing 1325’. She formerly worked for the Norwegian NGO FOKUS to support the international conference on monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of resolution 1325. Between 2006 and August 2009, she was the programme officer of the gender, peace and security programme at UN-INSTRAW coordinating related policy, research and capacity building projects and activities. Through her work at UN-INSTRAW she oversaw related projects in Liberia, Haiti, Somalia and the Dominican Republic. She has also worked on gender-based violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina and published widely on gender, peace and security issues. Nicola holds a Master of Law (LLM) in International Peace Support Operations, a bachelor’s degree in state studies as well as a post graduate diploma in Human Development (UNDP).

Renee Black
Renee holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and has over seven years of professional experience as a Business Systems Analyst, working in different capacities on the development of information systems projects. Following a year of travels throughout Africa, Renee returned to school in 2007 to complete a Masters of International Affairs where her research focused on women in peacebuilding, and particularly on evaluating the implementation of Resolution 1325 and analyzing the prospects for Resolution 1820. Renee has worked within and across government, the private sector, academia, international organizations and other civil society groups. She is co-founder and VP Client Relations of Stratum Software, which offers IT consulting, custom web development, and web services.