Olivia Caeymaex joined Conciliation Resources EU / mediatEUr as Director in January 2021. In this role, Olivia provides strategic leadership support and managerial direction to the team in Brussels in alignment with the head office in London. She acts as senior representative to the EU responsible for building relationships and influencing policy in regards to mediation and peacebuilding.
Olivia has over ten years experience in peacebuilding. For the past four years, she worked as the Peace Programme Director at Quaker Council for European Affairs where she published a number of reports such as Building Peace Together, Peace Education: Making the Case, Gender & Inclusivity in Peace and Security, and more recently: Peace Mediation: from Concept to successful implementation, learning from Quaker experience. During that time, she also served as treasurer on the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) Steering Committee for over a year.
Olivia previously worked as the Special Assistant to the United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, based in Dakar. Her prior work at the United Nations headquarters includes experience at the United Nations University looking at issues such as modern slavery and crimes against humanity, as well as at the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Policy Committee Secretariat at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. Her experience in conflict prevention includes work at the International Crisis Group and the Enough Project in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo respectively. Olivia is bilingual in English and French and is fluent in Spanish.