Caecilia Johanna van Peski (Tilburg, The Netherlands, 26t of January 1970) is a Dutch diplomat, licenced psychologist and an authority in the field of Peace & Security, Democratisation, Elections and Human Rights whose achievements have received national and international recognition. She is regarded as being among the most influential women of her generation in the Netherlands - listed as one of the top 400 by Women’s Magazine ‘Viva’ (2009) and among the top 100 of 'Opzij' Magazine (2010). In 2010, she was appointed United Nations Special Representative for her country, addressing the 65th United Nations General Assembly in New York with her statement ‘Deepening Democracy’. Ms Van Peski holds permanent residence in Tilburg, the Netherlands, from where she lives and works abroad. She is an active member of the Remonstrant Brotherhood and aligns with the liberal ideas of D66 (ALDE Group). Ms Van Peski’s academic interests lay in the Politico-social History of the Russian Federation and its near abroad, European History of the 19th and 20th Century, and EU/NATO relations. In her spare time, Ms Van Peski appreciates vacationing in the Swiss Alps and swimming off the coast of the Dutch Province of Zeeland.

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2018 > Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg / University of the German Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Germany: Postgraduate Master of Arts of Civil-Military Interaction
2013 > Maastricht University, The Netherlands: PhD Candidate in Political Sciences and Electoral Studies: ‘Conflict and the Process of Borderization in the Russian Federation and Eurasia’
2009 – 2009 Pushkin State Russian Language Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation: Russian Language & Culture Studies
2005 – 2006  Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands / Centre for Int. Development Issue (CIDIN), Nijmegen, The Netherlands: Postgraduate Degree ‘Public Support and International Development’
2004 – 2005 Utrecht University, The Netherlands / National Commission for Int. Cooperation and Sustainable Development (NCDO), The Netherlands: Postgraduate Degree 'Global Citizenship and Development'
1997 – 2001 University of Tilburg, The Netherlands: Master of Arts Educational and Cultural Psychology (With Merits) – Minors in Psychotraumatology and Women Studies
1996 – 1997 University of Tilburg, The Netherlands: Examen Propaedeuticum in Social Sciences (With Honors)
1989 – 1990 Teachers College Tilburg, The Netherlands, first year completed successfully
1983 – 1989 Theresia Lyceum Tilburg, The Netherlands: Atheneum α (Grammar School)

Professional Career

2019 – Juniata College / The Baker Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies / Oller Centre for Peace and International Programs: Research Fellow / Scholar-in-Residence. Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA
2016 – 2018 United Nations Development Programme / UN Volunteers: Chief, Peace Programming Section. Bonn, Germany
2014 – 2016 Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine: Monitoring Officer Donetsk/Kherson, Deputy/Acting Patrol Hub Leader Mariupol. Ukraine
2012 – 2013 UPEACE The Hague, Lecturer ‘Transforming War Economies’, International Public Management, Safety & Law Programme. The Hague, The Netherlands
2011 – 2013 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands: Senior Policy Officer Department for Human Rights, Gender, Good Governance and Humanitarian Aid. The Hague, The Netherlands
2010 – 2011 European Union Monitoring Mission to Georgia: Team Leader Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance. Tbilisi/Gori, Republic of Georgia
2009 – 2010  European External Action Services, Democracy and Election Observation Unit: Project Leader ‘Reform of the EU Election Observers’ Evaluation System. Brussels, Belgium
2009  2009  IPCB-S International Police Coordination Board Afghanistan: Political Advisor (PolAd). Kabul, Afghanistan
2008 – 2010  BAZN Academy for Public Administration: Lecturer in Governance, Democratisation and Civil Administration. Tilburg, The Netherlands
2004 – 2008 Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Fontys International Projects: International Project Manager. Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2003 – 2004 Lysøen Museet (Museum on Norwegian violinist Ole Bull): Educational Consultant, Bergen, Norway
1999 – 2004 Mundial Productions: Developer of educational material ‘Mundial in the Classroom’. Tilburg, The Netherlands
1997 – 2003 SOM DOBA (Fydes) Educational Consultancy: Psychologist / Counsellor. Tilburg, The Netherlands
1993  1998 Institute Broers (private educational institute): Teacher. Tilburg, The Netherlands
1991  1991 Provinciale Ziekenhuisraad (Provincial Branch of the National Council of Hospitals): Project Manager. Tilburg, The Netherlands
Visiting lecturer (multi-annual)
Bergen University, Norway, Department of Comparative Politics, Course on Human Rights, Human Rights Monitoring and Election Observation
NATO Civil-Military Co-operation Centre of Excellence (CIMIC CoE), The Hague, The Netherlands, Guest Lecturer / Subject Matter Expert
Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus The Bronx, NYC, USA, Women’s Faculty, Gender Studies
Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA. Baker Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies (Scholar-in-Residence)
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Seoul, Republic of Korea, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Summer Intensive Programme on Globalisation, Crisis and Recovery
Tilburg University, The Netherlands, School for Social and Behavioural Sciences, Department of Social Psychology
University of London, Birkbeck College, UK, School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences (ECLS), Undergraduate Course Cross-Cultural Communication & Public Management
Governing Positions (non-remunerated)
Secretary General EuroDéfense The Netherlands (2018)
Neva Shalom / Wahat al-Salam - Oasis of Peace: an intentional community jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel (2018)
Member of the Board of Advice Stichting Veteranen Brabant Zuid Oost – SVBZO (Veteran Organisation) (2018)
Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte - International Table (2017)
Member of the Board of Advice Stichting Veteranen Hart van Brabant (Veteran Organisation) (2016)
Member Executive Committee Remonstrant Brotherhood (Commissie tot de Zaken) (2016-2017)
Board of Recommendation United Netherlands – International Relations & Diplomacy Radboud University Nijmegen (2014)
Board of Recommendation ‘Building Bridges’ (UN ‘He for She Campaign’) (2014)
Board of Recommendation Eindhoven Peace Centre Foundation (2013)
Advisory Committee Wounded Warriors The Netherlands (2013)
Advisor to the Board of PortAgora - Centre for European Co-operation (2013)
Board Member Netherlands Society for International Affairs (NGIZ-Zuid) (2011)
Committee of Recommendation United Nations Student Association Groningen (SIB) (2011)
Board Member PAX – IKV Interchurch Peace Council (2007) *) Nobel Peace Prize Laureate as part of ICAN - the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, 06 October 2017
Board of Advice Foundation for Peace Sciences (SVW) (2005)
Board Member Dutch United Nations Association (UNA) (2004)
Board of Recommendation ‘Break down the Wall’ (Israel & Palestinian Territories Peace Initiative) (2009)
Expanded Executive Committee CISV International (2005-2009) *) Awarded European Citizen's Prize by EU Parliament, 16 October 2013
Trustee CISV The Netherlands (2002-2005)
Board Member CISV The Netherlands (1998-2002)

Memberships (non-remunerated)

NATO/CCOE Civil-Military Co-operation Community of Interest (2018)
Vrienden van Cobbenhagen (Tilburg University Elite Alumni Association) (2017)
Convention of Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament (CCADD) (2016)
Common Effort Community - For a Safer and more Secure World (2015)
International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) (2014)
International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) (2013)
EuroDéfense (2013)
The Hague Institute for Global Justice; Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law (2012)
European Movement The Netherlands (EBN) (2012)
Netherlands Atlantic Association (2011)
Society for International Development (SID) (2007)
Brooke Hospital for Animals The Netherlands (Equine Charity) (2007)
Netherlands Society for International Affairs (NGIZ) (2007-2011)
Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) (2006-2012)
Amnesty International The Netherlands (2005)
International Crisis Response Network (ICRN) (2004) 
Animal Welfare Society The Netherlands (2003)
Vereniging Afgestudeerde Psychologen Tilburg – V.A.P.T. (Tilburg University Alumni Association for Psychologists) (2001)
Psychological Association The Netherlands (NIP) (1996) *) Since 23 December 2002: NIP-registered Psychologist (licenced Psychologist) **) Since 02 March 2001: Psychodiagnostical NIP-registration


Nominated ‘Women in the Media Award' by Media Platform VIDM - Vrouwen in de Media (2017)
Medal 'International Missions / OSCE International Operations', Ministry of Defence Kingdom of the Netherlands (2016)
Ambassador Breath Foundation ‘Care for Kids’; creating opportunities for Children in Georgia (2012)
Medal 'Pro Pace Unum' United for Peace - European Union Monitoring Mission to the Republic of Georgia (2011)
Awarded 'Ambassador for Peace' Universal Peace Federation (2010)
Listed Top-100 'Most influential Dutch Women' Women's Magazine 'Opzij' (2010)
United Nations Special Representative on Women (2010)
Listed Top-400 'Most influential Dutch Women' Women’s Magazine ‘Viva’ (2009)
Recognition of Remarkable Commitment and Outstanding Contribution to CISV International’s Global Development (2009)
Awarded ‘Talent in International Development’ Dutch Society for International Affairs (2008)
Holder ‘Schokland Millennium Development Goals Accord # 47’ - Pact of Schokland (2007)

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