Sweta Velpillay is a Senior Advisor at Conducive Space for Peace (CSP) and an independent consultant. At CSP she focuses on collaborations that aim to transform the global peacebuilding system and shifting the power to enable greater local agency. She has over 14 years of experience supporting organisations to improve their effectiveness of programmes in conflict contexts, by conducting applied research and systems conflict analysis, designing programmes, advising and providing accompaniment support. Sweta has extensive experience in supporting programmes and portfolios for peacebuilding relevance and coherence.
Prior to this role, she worked for CDA Collaborative Learning Projects as Senior Advisor for Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Effectiveness, supporting international organisations including key donors; as Oxfam’s regional Conflict and Fragility Adviser in Asia working with various country teams; and at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies she worked with government, non-state armed groups and civil society organisations supporting the peace process in Myanmar.
Sweta has worked for bilateral donors, local, regional and international NGOs in roles such as conflict advisor, programme manager, facilitator and trainer. She is an advisory committee member of the Knowledge Platform on Security & Rule of Law. She has experience working on conflict issues in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, U.K (Northern Ireland) and Ukraine.