Kathrin Quesada

Kathrin works in DCAF’s Special Programmes as a project coordinator.Her main responsibilities are project activities on gender and SSR in the Western Balkans region. She also serves as point of contact for relations with the OSCE, and supports the Head of Special Programmes with activities in the context of the PfP Consortium.

Prior to joining DCAF, Kathrin worked with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, lastly as chief of the police monitoring section where she was leading a team of human rights monitors and responsible for the design and implementation of monitoring programmes on the rights of arrested persons, the condition of holding cells and internal police oversight structures.

Previously, Kathrin held the position of liaison officer between the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the governmental structures of the OSCE in Vienna, and worked as research fellow for the Assemblies’ international secretariat in Copenhagen, where she focused on security issues such as terrorism, and the political and human rights situation in South Eastern Europe.

Being a lawyer by profession, Kathrin holds a second Master degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the Catholic University in Leuven. She is a German national and fluent in English and French.

Policy and Research Papers

PfP Consortium Workshop on Gender & Security Sector Reform

The Partnership for Peace Consortium’s Security Sector Reform Working Group held a workshop entitled “Gender & Security Sector Reform” from 17 to 19 February 2010. The workshop, hosted by DCAF, was an opportunity for thirty-six practitioners, researchers and policy advisors from sixteen NATO and PfP countries to discuss and exchange on ongoing efforts and challenges to integrating a gender perspective into SSR. The workshop focused on best practices and examples from the ground in both national and international security sector institutions, including NATO peace support operations, ministries of defence, and armed forces.