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Senior Trainer and Consultant


Stefan Ziegler has over 13 years of experience in the fields of research and advocacy related to humanitarian action. He currently works as training designer for UNDP and as an independent consultant specialising in humanitarian advocacy. Until 2013 he managed the Barrier Monitoring Unit (BMU), a research unit of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the West Bank. He was in charge of researching the impacts of the Wall on Palestinian communities directly affected by its route.

Previously Stefan has served as Operations Support Officer for the UN, facilitating access of movement and participating in protection work. Prior to the UN, he worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where he developed on-the-ground humanitarian aid experience and promoted sustainable handover of development projects in Georgia, Abkhazia, Palestine and the Balkans.

Stefan is an Affiliate Trainer with RedR in London. He is a member of the Irish and Swiss Emergency Response Teams and the German Development Agency (GIZ) and UNDP’s Early Recovery Advisers. He previously held the position of Strategic Planning Associate at the Irish Peace Institute in Limerick.

He is a guest lecturer at a number of universities, among them EPFL in Lausanne, the Politecnico Milano and the Geneva School of Diplomacy. Stefan has given presentations at the EU Parliament, the UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva. He has recently established his own NGO called LearningAlliance which assists research-based advocacy organisations in the South partner up with donors and academic institutions in the global North.

Stefan holds a Masters with distinction in International Studies, a B.A. in Sociology of Development and a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance. He further holds certificates in applied training and language teaching.

He co-authored the chapter “Academic Cooperation to Foster Research and Advocacy Competences in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (West Bank)” published by Springer in 2013. He published widely with the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and UNRWA on issues of advocacy in relation to the Wall. 

Stefan is based in Geneva.

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