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Kathrin Quesada

Project Coordinator, Gender and Security, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)


Kathrin Quesada works as project coordinator on gender and security for the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). Much of her work focuses on integrating gender in security sector institutions and governance in the Western Balkans region. Prior to joining DCAF, Kathrin worked with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, lastly as chief of the police monitoring section where she was leading a team of human rights monitors and was responsible for the design and implementation of monitoring programmes, amongst others on the rights of arrested persons and the condition of holding cells. Previously, Kathrin held the position of liaison officer between the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the governmental structures of the OSCE in Vienna, and worked as research fellow for the Assemblies’ international secretariat in Copenhagen, where she focused on security issues such as terrorism, and the political and human rights situation in SoutheasternEurope. Being a lawyer by profession, Kathrin holds a second Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the Catholic University in Leuven. She is a German national and fluent in English and French.