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Researcher, Conventional Arms Programme

Hardy Giezendanner

Hardy Giezendanner is a Conventional Arms Programme (CAP) Researcher at UNIDIR. Prior to re-joining UNIDIR, he was acting Deputy to the Chief of the Arms Embargo Cell (AEC) of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO), where he worked from 2018-2020, monitoring the implementation of the arms embargo. Previously, he worked inter alia for UNMAS in the DRC (2017-2018), UNIDIR (2012-2013, 2014-2017), MONUSCO (2013-2014), Geneva Call (2013) and the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (2010, 2012). He has worked on conventional arms globally, at sub-/regional levels, as well as in specific countries, primarily in Africa. He has co-/authored or contributed to numerous publications on conventional including SALW and related issues. In addition to advanced post-graduate studies, he holds a master’s degree in International Relations, Peace and Security Studies from the Institute for International Studies in Barcelona, as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva. He speaks English, French, Spanish and (Swiss-) German.

Hardy’s areas of expertise include the international arms trade, prevention of diversion and illicit arms and ammunition flows, end use/r control systems, UN arms embargoes, UN peace operations, weapons and ammunition management, as well as conflict tracing.

He leads CAP’s work stream on research supporting implementation of resolution 2370, preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons. He supports other CAP work streams on integrating conventional arms control into conflict prevention, weapons and ammunition management, urban violence and profiling of illicit ammunition flows.