Sidonia Gabriel holds a MA in Sociology, Modern History and International Relations from the Universities of Basel and Zürich. She has a postgraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Coventry University (UK) and a Certificate in Organizational Development and International Advisory Skills from the Management for Development Foundation (Netherlands). Over a period of two years, she worked with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Human Security, focusing on the peace processes in Sri Lanka and Nepal. Local conflict transformation, human rights initiatives and youth peacebuilding projects were at the heart of her assignment with the German Civil Peace Service as well as with UNICEF, UNHCR and the UN Peacebuilding Fund in Liberia. She connected with the political level through strategic planning exercises for peacebuilding interventions by the Liberian Government, civil society and the UN.  From 2010-2013, she worked for the Peacebuilding Analysis and Impact Program at the swisspeace Center for Peacebuilding (KOFF). Her expertise lies in conflict analysis, strengthening the participation of local stakeholders in peace and reconstruction processes, strategic planning of peacebuilding interventions, design, implementation and evaluation of projects, capacity building for conflict transformation as well as conflict sensitivity. Sidonia is currently Head of the Policy & Platform Program and KOFF Project Director.