Sweta Velpillay is an independent consultant specialising in peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity for strategic programming and policy effectiveness. She has over 13 years of experience supporting organisations around the world improve their effectiveness of programmes in conflict contexts, by conducting applied research and systems conflict analysis, giving specialist advice and accompaniment. She has a particular interest in examining the role of collective action in achieving greater impact on country conflict systems. Sweta has extensive experience in advising programmes and portfolios for peacebuilding relevance and coherence.
Prior to becoming an independent consultant, 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 processes 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 extensive 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.