Catherine Violland is DCAF-ISSAT’s Professional Development and Training Officer. Her role includes the ongoing design, development and oversight of training courses on SSR and related topics, delivering face-to-face trainings as well as conducting research to support the development of SSR courses.
Before commencing with DCAF-ISSAT, Catherine has conducted capacity building programmes for professionals and humanitarian organisations in different African countries as well as in Europe with the Bioforce Institute from 2010 to 2016. She held various roles such as Human Resources Training Coordinator, Head of Management Training and Head of Learning and Development. From 2005 to 2010, Catherine held different positions from Human Resources and Finance Coordinator to Head of Mission with Action Against Hunger in Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic as well as at the NGO headquarters in Spain. She has also worked as a project officer with Sidaction in Paris in 2003-2004.
Catherine holds a Master's degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies of Toulouse (Sciences-Po), in Development Cooperation from the University of Granada in Spain and in Management from the ESCD 3A international business school of Lyon. She speaks French, Spanish and English.