David Lanz is the head of the swisspeace Mediation program. He was previously seconded by the Swiss Expert Pool of Civilian Peacebuilding and worked in the Mediation Support Team of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre in Vienna. In this capacity, he acted as adviser to the head of the OSCE National Dialogue Project in Ukraine in 2014 and he worked with different Special Representatives of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus. Previously he worked as a researcher at swisspeace and with the UN Mission in Sudan. He is a trained mediator and has experience as an election observer with the Carter Center in South Sudan.
David Lanz holds a doctorate in political science at the University of Basel, examining the role of norms in international interventions in armed conflicts. He holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University as well as a licence from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. He has published on different aspects of conflict management, including in the Oxford Handbook of UN Peacekeeping Operations, International Negotiation, Global R2P, African Affairs, and the Journal of Modern African Studies.