Renata Dwan was appointed Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in January 2018. She comes to this position after more than 12 years working on peace and security issues at the United Nations, most recently as chief of policy and best practices for peacekeeping.
She previously led the team to implement Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s reform initiative on peace operations and was a member of Secretary-General Guterres’ team reviewing the UN’s peace and security architecture. Renata served in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti and Syria and her policy development experience includes leading initiatives on security sector reform, protection of civilians and international civilian capacities for crisis management.
Before joining the UN, Renata headed the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Programme on Armed Conflict and Conflict Management from 1999 to 2005 and was Deputy Director of the EastWest Institute European Security Programme in Budapest, Hungary from 1997 to 1999. Renata was Special Adviser to the EU Council Secretariat for the planning of the first EU crisis management operation in 2002-2003 and a member of the 2004 Task Force on a Human Security Doctrine for Europe.
Dr Dwan received her D.Phil and M.Phil in international relations from the University of Oxford and was a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University. She has published and advised national and multilateral institutions on international crisis management and cooperation issues. Renata is an Irish national.Renata Dwan