Expert Profile

Mr Antoine Laham
Position(s) Senior Political Officer, Office of the Joint Special Representative for the UN and League of Arab States for Syria

Mr Antoine Laham is an Associate Fellow within the Global Fellowship Initiative of the GCSP. Until taking up his present position as Senior Political Affairs Officer at the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria in 2013 – Antoine, seconded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) - worked in the capacity of the first Country Director - Lebanon for the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), In the latter capacity, he was associated as Senior Advisor to the joint Berghof Foundation / UNDP Lebanon - Peace Support Office on Consensus Building, Constitutional Empowerment and Civil Peace. Antoine Laham provided relevant expertise in the field of security & defense policy development, Lebanese national dialogue and peace processes. From 2007 to 2011, he contributed to the set-up and organization of the Inter-Lebanese Dialogue that took place in Switzerland and Lebanon. From 1999 to 2001, Antoine - seconded by FDFA – worked as Regional Administration East-Kosovo with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) entrusted the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999). Previously, from 1996 to 1998, Antoine Laham - seconded by the FDFA – worked as Deputy Director for Human Rights and Democratization with the OSCE Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina tasked with the implementation of the Dayton Agreement. Antoine Laham holds a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures (DEA) in Finances, a Master degree in Economics a Bachelor degree in Sociology; a Diploma in Public Relations; and a Diploma in New Public Management from the Geneva University. He has published a number of studies covering the domain of Human Rights, Democratization, Governance and Decentralization in the frame of his work with the Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace (LFPCP), the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the Common Space Initiative for Shared Knowledge & Consensus Building.