Paunila May2018

Samuel Paunila joined the GICHD in 2013. In his current role as Advisor, Ammunition Operations, he provides operational and policy advice to national authorities and international organisations on effective risk management related to explosive weapons and munitions, and physical security and stockpile management.

From 2003 to 2012, Samuel Paunila directed mine action, refugee protection and armed violence reduction programmes with the Danish Refugee Council's Demining Group in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He previously managed ammunition engineering and disposal operations, and training and quality management projects with the Finnish Defence Force. His work has taken him to over thirty countries, with the longest missions in Afghanistan, the former Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka and Uganda.

Samuel Paunila holds an ammunition and weapon systems technical officer degree, a BSc in automation engineering and an MSc in Resilience from Cranfield University, Defence Academy in the United Kingdom. 

Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)
Head of Ammunition Management Advisory Team
Working languages
English and Finnish