Alain Nellen joined the Strategies and Standards Division in October 2018 as Project Officer, Standards and Operations Research. His work includes support of ongoing research and development initiatives conducted by the IMAS Review Board and mandated thematic sub-groups as well as initiatives associated with Long Term Risk Management of Explosive Ordnance. In addition, he conducts in-depth research on Animal Detection Systems. He also attends and provides support to advisors in facilitating workshops and training in Explosive Ordnance-affected countries.
Prior to joining the GICHD, Alain worked in the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme at UNITAR focusing on implementing policy based capacity building initiatives. He also worked for Share Uganda as a Field Researcher to support programme development, and monitoring and evaluation initiatives in Uganda. Additionally, he was deployed by the Swiss Armed Forces International Command to coordinate multi-partner projects for the NATO-led peace support mission in Kosovo.
Alain holds a Master`s degree in Development Studies with a focus on conflict, human and social development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics (International Relations) and Geography (Sustainability Studies) from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Previously, Alain graduated with a Swiss Federal Vocational Diploma in Commerce and Business Administration.