Gender and Security Division
Assistant Director, Head of the Gender and Security Division
Daniel de Torres leads DCAF's Gender and Security Division. A native of Spain, Daniel has enjoyed a varied professional career which included emergency relief work during and after the war in Bosnia, an embassy posting in Washington, DC, service in the Spanish Marines, and over ten years of work on gender and security. During this time he developed and managed field projects; designed and delivered training for military and police personnel, prosecutors, judges, parliamentarians, development professionals, and civil society organisations; and provided policy analysis and advice. His work has taken him to Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia. A lively speaker, he regularly addresses a wide variety of audiences, from grass-roots civil society groups to Parliaments.
Project Coordinator, Gender and Security Division
Alain Laferte joined DCAF in 2015 as a Project Coordinator for the Gender and Security Programme in Eastern Europe. His work focuses primarily on designing and coordinating capacity-building projects aiming at providing gender-related technical assistance to security institutions.
In 2000, Alain was the first male ever appointed as Departmental Delegate for Women's rights and Gender equality within his homeland administration, in France. He was in charge of integrating gender perspective into all State policies implemented in the district of Pas-de-Calais (an area of 1,5M inhabitants). Since then, he has enriched his experience while working as a researcher at the University of Lille II (France), where he was responsible for evaluating the inner-city public policy from a gender perspective, and as a long-term Resident Gender Advisor in the framework of EU projects aiming at enhancing gender equality in Slovakia (2005-06), in Estonia (2007-2008) and more recently in Azerbaijan (2011-2013).
Alain holds post-graduate degrees both in political science and in organizational consulting. He also obtained a 'gender audit facilitator' certificate by the ILO in 2009.
Alain speaks French, English and some Slovak.
Deputy Head, Gender and Security Division
Ann Blomberg is the Deputy Head of the Gender and Security Division with a special focus on research and policy. She joined DCAF in 2017, bringing her experience from a long and varied professional career in international diplomacy with her. For more than 20 years, Ann was a Swedish diplomat serving in Stockholm, as well as in Harare, Zimbabwe and in Geneva, and she has worked for UNHCR and UN Women in Geneva as well as for international NGOs, also based in Geneva. Ann's main focus has been humanitarian affairs, gender equality, human rights, development cooperation as well as donor relations and fundraising.
Trilingual, Ann speaks English and French fluently, in addition to her mother tongue Swedish.
Project Officer, Gender and Security Division
Anna-Lena Schluchter is a Project Officer for the DCAF Gender and Security Division. In this role she conducts research, delivers courses and provides technical assistance on gender and security.
Anna-Lena previously worked for the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) acting as the focal point for gender and diversity mainstreaming. Prior to joining the GICHD, Anna-Lena Schluchter was a Research and Project Assistant at the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative where she conducted policy research on the inclusion and influence of women’s groups in peacebuilding processes. She also worked for the NGO Initiatives of Change International on the links between land degradation and conflict as well as for the association of Swiss grant-making foundations (SwissFoundations). As an intern at the Swiss Mission to the UN in New York she provided support to the Political Team and focused on issues treated in the UN Security Council.
Anna-Lena Schluchter holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs (specialization in conflict and peacebuilding) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva where she focused her dissertation on the prevention of sexual violence in conflict by non-state armed actors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Arabic and Military History from the University of Zurich.
Anna-Lena speaks English, French, German and Italian.
Callum Watson is a project coordinator in the Gender and Security Division. His work primarily focuses on teaching gender to the military in NATO and Partner countries as well as on gender and justice reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this role he conducts research, develops educational resources, delivers courses and provides technical assistance on gender and security in collaboration with both Gender and Security Programme staff and external partners, such as the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes. His main research interest is in men and masculinities.
Callum previously worked for DCAF's UN and Security Sector Reform Programme within the Research Division, focusing especially on UN support to National Security Policy-making. Prior to joining DCAF, he worked as a civil servant at the Fukuyama Board of Education in Japan. His work included English language syllabus development, teaching and promoting cultural exchange. He also has voluntary experience in rural development projects in Tamil Nadu, India and in Human Rights with Amnesty International.
Callum holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics where he specialized in political science. During this time he was involved in academic exchanges in the Middle East and the Western Balkans. He also completed a master's degree in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute for International Affairs and Development in Geneva where he specialised in gender and foreign policy.
Callum speaks English, French and Japanese.
Research Assistant, Gender and Security Division
Léa Lehouck joined the DCAF Gender and Security Division in 2017. Among her current projects, Léa is involved in a NATO-SPS project facilitating an organisational climate assessment in the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Georgia. She has also contributed to the design and delivery of training on Gender and Security for different audiences and has done research on the deployment of uniformed women in peacekeeping operations. Prior to DCAF, Léa worked on prevention of violence and discrimination against women in the Special Procedures Branch of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Léa holds a Master’s Degree in European and International Affairs from the Institute of Political Studies of Lille (Sciences Po Lille), France, where she focused on conflict resolution and development studies.
Programme Manager, Gender and Security Division
Lorraine Serrano is a Programme Manager for the DCAF Gender and Security Division. She supports strategic oversight and management of the division. She also provides technical assistance on gender and security, develops resources and tools, delivers training, and conducts research as required by the division. Some of Lorraine's work at DCAF includes support to the Liberia chapter of the Mano River Peace Women's Network (MARWOPNET), and to the Gender Unit of the Sierra Leone Police, and a survey on the integration of gender within the security sector in Mali.
Prior to joining DCAF, Lorraine was a Project Officer and Acting Project Manager at Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Canada from 2006 to 2013. She contributed to a number of projects focused on strengthening the capacity of police organizations in Africa in managing their deployments to peacekeeping operations. Her work included support to the Peacekeeping Department of the Sierra Leone Police on gender and working with the South African Police Service to strengthen the role of women in peacekeeping. She also managed the final phase of a pre-deployment training program to better prepare African UNPOL deployed as Gender Officers to UNAMID.
Lorraine was also a short-term consultant at the International Bureau for Children's Rights in Montréal and contributed to a mapping study of the child protection system in Chad and needs assessment on training for Chadian security forces on children's rights. In addition, Lorraine was a peer-support worker at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa for survivors of sexual violence, as well as a member of the collective/Board of Directors.
Lorraine holds a Combined (Hons.) Bachelor of Arts in International Development and French Studies from Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She also has a post-graduate certificate in International Project Management from Humber College - Business School in Toronto.
Lorraine joined DCAF in 2014 and speaks English and French.
Project Assistant,Gender and Security Division
Marta Ghittoni is a full time Project Assistant for the DCAF Gender and Security Division.
Before joining DCAF, Marta worked at the International Committee for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on gender and sexual violence in the Protection of Civilian Populations unit. In addition, she also worked for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom on advocating for women's rights in conflict in the Human Rights programme.
Marta holds an MA in Applied Human Rights from the University of York, UK where she focused her dissertation on care work policies and their influence on gender equality.
Gender and Security Fellow, Gender and Security Division
Megan Bastick has worked with DCAF's Gender and Security Division since 2005. Her work aims to support the integration of gender perspectives and the promotion of women's rights in good governance of the security sector. Megan has written or edited many of DCAF's publications on gender and security, including the Gender and SSR Toolkit, Gender and SSR Training Resource Package, Gender Self Assessment Guide, Women's Guide to SSR, gender and oversight guidance notes and Gender Complaints Guide. Megan has also trained and worked with the UN, OSCE, NATO and government officials, armed forces and local women's organisations in a range of countries and contexts. Megan joined DCAF after working in Geneva with the Quaker United Nations Office's Human Rights and Refugees Programme, where she undertook research and advocacy concerning women in prison. Previously, Megan worked in Australia as a commercial lawyer, and as an International Humanitarian Law Officer with the Australian Red Cross.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales (Australia) and a Masters in International Law from the University of Cambridge. She is currently undertaking doctoral research on military responses to sexual violence in conflict, at the University of Edinburgh.