Caecilia Johanna van Peski

Head of Professional Development and Training

Caecilia Johanna van Peski is DCAF-ISSAT’s Head of Professional Development and Training. She oversees the portfolio of DCAF-ISSAT’s trainings in supporting security and justice governance and reform, and identifying and assessing opportunities for future professional development, learning and training needs of the globally deployed SSG/R practitioners from ISSAT’s bilateral and multilateral Governing Board Members. Caecilia develops professional and learning development pathways and curriculum for SSG/R practitioners, including training modules, learning, coaching and mentoring opportunities, designed and assured in line with international best practices.

Prior to her role with DCAF-ISSAT, Caecilia worked, in various capacities, for governmental and non-governmental organizations, amongst which the United Nations (DPKO, UNDP), the European Commission, (with long-term deployment to missions in Afghanistan (IPCB-S) and Georgia (EUMM)), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR, with long-term, deployment to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine), Carter Centre Atlanta, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Norwegian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human Rights (NORDEM).  

Caecilia holds a Master Degree in Educational and Cultural Psychology (2001) from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and is concluding a Postgraduate Master of Civil-Military Interaction at the Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, University of the German Federal Armed Forces in co-operation with the General Staff College of the German Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg (FüAk), Germany (2020). In addition, she engages in PhD work at Maastricht University, the Netherlands through a study on conflict and the process of borderization in the Russian Federation and its near abroad. She speaks Dutch, English, German and French, with additional knowledge of Russian, Georgian and Norwegian.