Anna Leissing holds a MA in Social Anthropology of Transnationalism and the State from the University of Bern. During most of her studies, she was active as a leader of the Student Union. Before joining swisspeace, Anna worked for HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in the Latin America Division as an executive assistant, as well as for the Society for Threatened Peoples as a campaigner and project manager with a focus on Sri Lanka. Besides her current engagement for the swisspeace Center for Peacebuilding (KOFF), she is the coordinator of the Guatemala Solidarity Network, concentrating on human rights in resource conflicts in Guatemala. She gained experience in Central America working in a community forest management project run by Helvetas Guatemala in the western highlands of the country; and she participated in discussion forums and workshops on the fragile socio-political situation in different countries of the region. At KOFF, Anna is responsible for the Latin America and Natural Resource Conflicts Roundtables, the nexus between conflict transformation and human rights, and coordination of KOFF roundtables in general. She is also Program Officer at the Policy and Platform Program.