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Project Officer, Policy and Research Division

William McDermott is a Project Officer in the Policy and Research Division, where he oversees the ombuds institutions programme.

Prior to joining DCAF, William worked as a project manager for the secretariat of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention at the GICHD, where he was responsible for managing a large grant from the European Union. He has considerable experience in disarmament and security issues, having also previously worked for the United Nations Institute of Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and interning in Human Rights Watch's Arms Division.

William received his Master's in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of Geneva (IHEID), concentrating in security and conflict management. William received his Bachelor's degree with honors from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.