From 2005 until the end of 2012, Alexandra Trzeciak-Duval served as Head of the Policy Division in OECD’s Directorate for Development Co-operation and provided leadership for work in conflict and fragility, governance, capacity development, environment, gender equality and policy coherence, with the more recent addition of work on aid for trade and food security. Previously, Ms. Trzeciak-Duval served in the Office of the OECD Secretary-General as Special Advisor and Co-ordinator of Policy Coherence for Development and, before that, headed OECD’s Division for Agricultural Policies in Non-Member Economies. Between 1991 and 1997, she was Head of the OECD’s Russia and Newly Independent States Unit and was responsible for the programme with economies in transition. Before joining the OECD in 1991, Ms. Trzeciak-Duval completed a 20-year career at the World Bank working on development policy issues, notably in the agriculture sector. She led the work on the Development Co-operation Report 2012: Lessons in Linking Sustainability and Development and is currently working on a history of the Development Assistance Committee.
Diane Hendrick has been the Representative on Peace and Disarmament at the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) in Geneva since January 2012 and coordinates QUNO’s work on Natural Resources, Conflict and Cooperation with a focus on water, land and food. QUNO is a founder partner of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. Previous to that she worked for 19 years as a freelance consultant, trainer and researcher in conflict transformation and has worked on peace related projects in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, Indonesia and Albania. She has also co-directed a number of international peace education projects. Diane has lectured in peace and development studies at various universities in Austria, Ireland and England and has had extensive experience as a trainer in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Diane has a First in Peace Studies from Bradford University, an M.Phil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University and a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution also from Bradford University. She has been carrying out research on complexity theory and its application to peace and development and is acting as a consultant on environment and sustainability for the OUP International Encyclopedia of Peace.