Interpeace’s Senior Peacebuilding Advisor and Principal Representative
Graeme Simpson is the Principal Representative of Interpeace (NY) and Senior Peacebuilding Adviser at Interpeace, a global peacebuilding organization headquartered in Geneva and working in multiple conflict and immediate post-conflict zones around the world.
Previously Graeme Simpson held the positions of Interpeace Director of Policy and Learning, and then Director of Interpeace USA. In September 2016, Graeme was appointed by the UN Secretary General as the Independent Lead Author on the UN Security Council-mandated “Progress Study” on Youth, Peace and Security, under UN SCR 2250 (presented to the Security Council in April 2018 and to the UNGA in September 2018).
He is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Law at Columbia University School of Law in New York City, where he has taught a seminar on transitional justice and peacebuilding for the past 17 years and was been appointed as a visiting Professor at the African Leadership Center at Kings College in London (2021-2023).
Graeme Simpson has an LLB and an MA in History from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He was co-founder (1989) and from 1995-2005 Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), in Johannesburg, South Africa. During this time he also served as Civilian Adviser to the Minister of Safety and Security in the first Mandela cabinet, and in that capacity was one of the primary authors of the South African National Crime Prevention Strategy (May 1996).