Silvia Cattaneo joined the GICHD in September 2019 as Policy Advisor in the External Relations, Policy and Cooperation Programme, where she is responsible for furthering and disseminating GICHD policy work and providing advice to both the GICHD and its partners on policy-related topics. She is also tasked with exploring new partnerships across the peace, security and development sectors; in particular, she is the policy focal point for issues related to the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA) and is responsible for exploring the state of play and potential way forward for the GICHD in relation to small arms and light weapons.
Prior to joining the GICHD, Silvia Cattaneo worked as Attaché for Disarmament Affairs at the Italian Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. Previously, she was the Coordinator of the Geneva Forum, working to facilitate dialogue among States, international and civil society organizations on disarmament issues (WMD and conventional weapons). She also worked as researcher/consultant for the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, where she specialized in the norms and practices relating to the control of arms brokering activities. Silvia Cattaneo holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Florence, a Master’s degree and a PhD in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva).