Kato Van Broeckhoven is a Senior Researcher with the Managing Exits from Armed Conflict (MEAC) initiative at UNIDIR.
Her research focuses on conflict prevention and resolution, disarmament, demobilization, disengagement, and reintegration.
She holds master’s degrees in linguistics and communications, as well as conflict studies, and is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at Ghent University. She was previously a Senior Project Manager at UNU-CPR where she worked on children and extreme violence; has worked on city-level programming aimed at preventing recruitment by armed groups; and worked as a consultant for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development. She co-edited Cradled by Conflict: Child Involvement with Armed Groups in Contemporary Conflict with Dr Siobhan O’Neil, and has contributed extensively to a series of publications by the MEAC initiative.
Kato speaks English, Dutch, French and Spanish.