UNOY Peacebuilders is managed by a small youth-led secretariat in The Hague, the Netherlands. The secretariat has four staff members and usually three or four interns, trainees and volunteers as well who stay with us for 4-6 months. If you are interested in joining our team, visit the Join us page for information on current opportunities.


Imre Veeneman
Program coordinator
Imre coordinates our capacity development program. She grew up in The Hague and plays with a local football club where she is the top scorer.
Gizem Kilinç
Leading coordinator
Gizem is in charge of UNOY’s advocacy work. She also ensures that we work gender sensitively in all our activities. Gizem is from Rotterdam and likes to cycle along the river.
Sölvi Karlsson
Leading coordinator
Sölvi makes sure that what we do is in line with our strategic aims. He also coordinates the day-to-day operations of the secretariat and is responsible for our external communications. Sölvi is Icelandic and in his spare time he plays classical music.
Bart Horeman
Financial coordinator
Bart is UNOY’s finance guru. He makes sure that we are implementing our activities in line with our budgets and donor requirements.

Interns, trainees and volunteers

  • Katharina Buske | Outreach and Fundraising Officer |
  • Betelehem Fikre Beyene | Network Officer |
  • Federica Sustersic | Advocacy Officer |
  • Jacob Hansen-Shearer | Communications Officer |


The International Steering Group is a democratically elected body consisting of six individuals from UNOY member organisations. Members of the International Steering Group are elected on a regional basis ensuring representation from different regions of the network. Their main responsibilities are strategic planning and setting thematic priorities based on feedback from the network. Individuals can sit for two terms of two years maximum after which they must step down.

Rashid Zuberu
West Africa
Young Peace Brigades, Ghana
Chigi Sharon
East Africa
Centre For Legal Rights Education Advocacy And Development, Kenya
Tilottam Paudel
Jagriti Child And Youth Concern, Nepal
Marcelo Velazquez
Organización Argentina de Jóvenes para las Naciones Unidas (OAJNU), Argentina
Tiphaine Coulardeau
European Intercultural Forum, Germany
Aya Chebbi
Middle East and North Africa
World Peace Initiative


The board represents the legal body of UNOY Peacebuilders and are responsible for approving annual plans and budgets. Board members are all based in the Netherlands and they meet six times a year together with the International Secretariat. Board members can serve a maximum of two, two year periods before they must step down. Board members are not remunerated for their work.

    • Len Middelbeek, co-chair
    • Laura Lasance, co-chair
    • Bryant Heng, treasurer
    • Jenny Aulin
    • Siebrich Visser
    • Rojan Bolling
    • Gesa Bent

We also have three honourary chairs who all played a vital role in making UNOY Peacebuilders the network it is today:

    • Nikolai N. Firjubin
    • Rabby A. Soetendorp
    • Maria Kooijman