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Project Officer, Asia-Pacific Unit

Will Bennett is a Project Officer in the Asia-Pacific Unit at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), where he contributes to the Unit’s work in the Asia-Pacific region through research, analysis, advice and fund-raising.


Prior to joining DCAF, Will worked for over ten years on conflict prevention and peacebuilding for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; UNICEF in New York; Amnesty International in India; and with other governments, NGOs and UN, EU and AU agencies. Most recently he was a Conflict Adviser and in charge of S&J policy at Saferworld, leading research on governance and state-building in Kenya; plural justice systems in Myanmar; community security in Somalia; injustice and inequality in Kyrgyzstan; plural security in South Sudan; political violence in Bangladesh; police reform in Tajikistan; SSR in Egypt and Nepal; and the dangers of CVE/PVE policies. Will also taught for the Civilian Peacebuilding Course at Basel University and has written a book on peace and conflict in partnership with the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNoSDP).


Will holds a MA in War Studies from King’s College, London, and is currently studying towards a PhD in International Relations and Political Science at the of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva.