Jeannine Suurmond is an Associate for the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team. She has supported state- and civil society-led peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts in more than ten countries around the world during the last 15 years, living in India, Nepal, Cambodia, and Thailand. Her main areas of expertise are healing, reconciliation, conflict resolution, and mediation; nonviolent communication (NVC); infrastructures for peace; and peace process design and facilitation at multiple tracks.
In Thailand, where she is currently based, Jeannine provides training on healing, conflict transformation, and mediation to government and civil society organizations as well as supports local NVC trainers. She is an associate of the Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD) in Cyprus and advisor to the Cambodian Institute for Mediation as well as Women Peacemakers Cambodia. Most recently, she was Senior Learning and Innovation Officer for SeeD, helping to design new applications and strengthen the theoretical basis of the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index, a research tool to diagnose the state of governance, social cohesion, economy, and psychosocial wellbeing of countries and communities. Before that, Jeannine worked as a peacebuilding advisor for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), advising the Nepalese government on peacebuilding policy and programming and implementing ex-combatant integration, reconciliation, and community mediation programs, together with NGO Pro Public. In the Netherlands, she worked for Kreddha: The International Peace Council for States, Peoples, and Minorities providing mediation support for track 1 and 2 intra-state peace processes in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. She also consulted for the Clingendael Institute, co-founded the Pax Ludens Foundation, and taught Peace and Conflict Studies at various Dutch universities. Jeannine is a certified NVC trainer and a Ph.D. candidate at Utrecht University. She has an MA degree in Culture and Religion Psychology from the Free University of Amsterdam, as well as various certificates in peacebuilding and mediation from the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute; Inmedio; and the GIZ Academy.