Natacha Meden has been working on and in countries emerging from conflict for over fifteen years. Her work has focused on supporting end of conflict negotiations and the implementation of peace agreements, dealing with representatives of government, 'rebel' or 'resistance' groups and other forces. While serving on the Secretariat of the World Bank administered Multi-country Demobilization and Reintegration Program (Africa – Great Lakes), she was involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration programs. As United Nations SSR Officer, she was called upon to provide technical inputs to cease-fire agreement negotiations (Burundi) and advise on governance aspects of security institutions reform and development (Burundi, Timor-Leste, Guinea-Bissau). She also contributed to the policy dialogue on donor support to SSR in countries emerging from conflict. Natacha supported early reconstruction efforts as a member of the World Bank Resident Mission in Timor-Leste during the post-consultation transition to full independence. Her field work led her to develop an acute sense of the difficulties associated with the restructuring, reform and/or development of security institutions in conflict-affected environments.
Natacha has graduate degrees from University Paul Valery, Montpellier, France. She speaks French, English, and Portuguese fluently, and some Indonesian.