Ms Annika Hilding Norberg is Head of Peace Operations and Peacebuilding at the GCSP which involves facilitating dialogue, research, contribution to policy development and providing education and training. Annika’s focus is on strengthening leadership for peace at all levels (with an emphasis on UN and EU civilian, military and police missions and operations, but also leadership more broadly). She serves on the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform Management Committee.
Prior to joining the GCSP, Annika was the Founder and Director of the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations (Challenges Forum), a joint platform of then 22 countries, incl. the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, aimed at strengthening the planning and conduct of UN peace operations. Originating from when she served as President of the London School of Economics (LSE) International Relations Society, the Challenges Forum was founded in 1996 as part of Annika’s research studies on comparative approaches to peace operations at the LSE. Annika coordinated the Challenges Forum based at the LSE (1996-2000), the Swedish National Defence College (1997-2002) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, an agency of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2003-2017). She also served on the Board of Directors for the Peace Operations Training Institute (2010-2013).
Annika has lived, worked and /or studied in ten countries. She holds a BSc of International Relations from the LSE, an MA in International Politics from the Free University of Brussels and studied languages at the Moscow State University (1991) and the Universidad del Pais Vasco (1992). Annika is main editor of some 80 Challenges Forum and other reports and policy briefs. In 2008, she was awarded the Silver Medal of the Swedish Royal Academy of Military Science for her contributions to strengthening UN peacekeeping.