The Team

Anton Quist

Project lead Human Security Survey (South Sudan)

Anton QuistAnton is a human security and civil-military specialist, with a background in social science and development studies. Anton obtained a Master’s degree on Cultural Anthropology and Non-Western Sociology at Leiden University, a Bachelor’s degree on Arabic Language and Culture at Leiden University, as well as an Advanced Master International Development at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Previously, Anton has worked with United Civilians for Peace (UCP), ICCO and Kerk in Actie, before joining PAX in 2013.

Email: quist -at- paxforpeace -dot- nl
LinkedIn: Anton Quist

Carrie Huisman

Project lead Human Security Survey (Iraq)

Carrie HuismanCarrie Huisman is a conflict resolution, governance, and human security specialist with a technical background in research and program evaluation. She worked previously with several implementing organizations, including Freedom House and Search for Common Ground, and served as a consultant for a wide variety of international institutions (such as the International Criminal Court, Save the Children, USAID, and the World Bank, among others). She has significant field experience in East Africa, West Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Huisman obtained a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She joined PAX in 2016; since then she has led the Human Security Survey in Iraq. Additionally, Carrie also is the team’s focal point in ensuring that gender is mainstreamed across all of the team’s initiatives.

Email: huisman -at- paxforpeace -dot- nl
LinkedIn: Carrie Stefansky Huisman

Erin Bijl

Intern Protection of Civilians

Erin joined the team as an intern in February 2019. She has obtained a BA degree in German Language and Culture (Utrecht University) and is currently enrolled in the Conflict Studies and Human Rights MA-programme (Utrecht University) for which she is writing a thesis on the securitisation of the Rohingya in Myanmar. During her internship, Erin will conduct, among other things, a literature review of PoC-training modules, research on a new methodological layer for the HSS, as well as assist with the PoC scenario exercise that PAX is organising for the Dutch military. She has worked as a volunteer for a number of organisations, including Vluchtelingenwerk and Amnesty International.

Email: bijl -at- paxforpeace -dot- nl
                                            LinkedIn: Erin Bijl

Hans Rouw

Overall Program Lead Protection of Civilians team

Hans RouwHans Rouw is a security and disarmament specialist with a decade of progressive experience in research, project management and advocacy on human security approaches in conflict. He has worked in diverse contexts such as South Sudan, DR Congo, Colombia, Libya, Tunisia, Iraq, Rwanda, Nepal and the US on a variety of projects and training in conflict. His current focus within the PoC team includes community engagement in Peacekeeping missions, linking local insights to international preparation and training for Peacekeeping and Civil-Military interaction. He joined PAX in 2009. Hans is the overall Program Lead for PoC in PAX and closely works with the MFA and the MoD on PoC related themes.

Email: rouw -at- paxforpeace -dot- nl
LinkedIn: Hans Rouw

Marieke Meeske

Senior Project officer Human Security Survey

Marieke joined the Protection of Civilians team in June 2018. She holds a MSc degree in Development Economics from Wageningen University, and a BSc degree in International Development (WUR). Previously she has been working as an intern at Oxfam Novib in the Impact Measurement and Knowledge team, and she has been conducting quantitative research in Vietnam on the effect of rural-urban migration on food consumption. She has worked as volunteer at various organizations, e.g. at the Dutch Red Cross and the Boat Refugee Foundation in Athens.

Email: meeske -at- paxforpeace -dot- nl
LinkedIn: Marieke Meeske 

Mbiko Tanggahma

Group Assistant Protection of Civilians

Mbiko TanggahmaMbiko joined PAX in October 2016. She was born in The Hague, has a Papuan background and spent half of her childhood in Dakar, Senegal. Mbiko offers logistical and practical support to the whole team. Next to her work at PAX, she takes pride in her voluntary work as liaison for ELSHAM Papua in Europe, helping them with communication, fundraising, events and lobby work at the UN in Geneva and at the EU in Brussels.

Email: tanggahma -at- paxforpeace -dot- nl
LinkedIn: Mbiko Tanggahma

Saba Azeem

Intern Protection of Civilians

Saba joined the Protection of Civilians team at PAX in February 2019 as an intern, and will be working with the team on furthering the Human Security Survey in Iraq, as well as conducting a stakeholder mapping of actors working on the 1325 Women, Peace and Security agenda in Iraq. Additionally, she will be assisting the team with scenario planning for military exercises, and will take lead on developing a case study on experiences and perceptions of Pakistan as a troop contributing country in UN peacekeeping missions. Saba is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at Utrecht University, but has been a development sector and humanitarian aid worker for over nine years. Apart from having working experience in her home country of Pakistan, she also has considerable working experience in Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan and Iraq.

                                          Email: azeem -at- paxforpeace -dot- nl
                                          LinkedIn: Saba Azeem

Selma van Oostwaard

Senior Project Officer Protection of Civilians

Selma van Oostwaard Selma joined PAX in 2011, where she worked with the Humanitarian Disarmament team. She was pivotal in the work that was done on the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. From 2011-2018, van Oostwaard represented PAX during international disarmament platforms and was part of the PAX delegation joining the negotiations on the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. She joined the Protection of Civilians team thereafter as program officer, with a focus on international developments in PoC policy making and implementation.

Email: vanoostwaard -at- paxforpeace -dot- nl
LinkedIn: Selma van Oostwaard 

Wilbert van der Zeijden

Project lead Defence and Security Policies

Wilbert van der ZeijdenWilbert is Defense and Security Policies project coordinator at PAX. He’s an international relations specialist and a graduate of the Vrije University in Amsterdam. Previously he coordinated the ‘Militarism and Globalisation’ program at the Transnational Institute (2001-2009) and he was senior researcher in the Humanitarian Disarmament team of PAX (2010-2015). His current focus within the PoC team includes the international developments in PoC policy making and implementation; civilian harm; and European security.

Email: vanderzeijden -at- paxforpeace -dot- nl
LinkedIn: Wilbert van der Zeijden


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