GPPAC's Board consists of seven members who are appointed upon nomination by the GPPAC International Steering Group (ISG). Members of the GPPAC Board serve for a period of three years, which can be renewed once. For more information about our current Board members, please check the profiles below.


Miguel Álvarez Gándara

Miguel Álvarez Gándara is a GPPAC Board Member and the President of SERAPAZ. SERAPAZ is an independent and nonprofit organsiation that works for peace and social change through the articulation and promotion of civil society-based initiatives, conducting research and producing publications, providing training and consulting, advocacy, and oversight of peacebuilding processes. Miguel is an expert on themes of social conflict and political analysis in Mexico, drawing upon forty years of experience in the field. He has served as a mediator and a consultant for diverse peacebuilding processes, including the mediation commission between the Mexican government and the coalition party of PDPR-EPR. Mr. Álvarez has also worked with diverse communities and movements such as the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca.


Joris Voorhoeve

Joris Voorhoeve is the Vice-Chair of the GPPAC Board. He was from 1982-1991 a member of the Dutch Parliament for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD: Dutch Liberal Party), of which the leader of his Parliamentary Group between 1986 and 1990. Afterwards, he was Director of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael (1991-94) and Minister of Defense (1994-1998). From 1999-2010, he has been a member of the Dutch Council of State. Joris is currently Professor International Organizations at the University of Leiden and Lector in International Peace, Justice and Security at the Haagse Hogeschool. He has published several books, including ‘Peace, Profits and Principles', about the foundations of Dutch Foreign Policy (1979) and ‘From War to the Rule of Law' (2008). He is Chairman of the Board of OxfamNovib.


Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls is the Chair of the GPPAC Board and Executive Director of FemlinkPacific: Media Initiatives for Women, an organization that advocates for UNSCR 1325, community media and for women, peace and human security concerns. In addition to leading FemlinkPacific as GPPAC's Regional Secretariat for the Pacific region, Sharon was appointed as Gender Liaison for GPPAC's International Steering Group in 2009; since 2012 she is also a member of the GPPAC Board. Sharon has long been involved in advocacy on women's empowerment and is a member of UN Women's Global Civil Society Advisory Group (UNW GCSAG).


Mariska van Beijnum

Mariska van Beinum is GPPAC Board member. She is Senior Research Fellow and the Head of the Conflict Research Unit (CRU) at Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations in The Hague. Her research focuses on aid architecture and aid effectiveness issues in fragile and conflict-affected situations, and specifically on coordination and coherence issues (whole-of-government / whole-of-system approaches) as well as financing modalities. Previously, Mariska held a research position at the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working on the Evaluation of local governance assistance through Municipal International Cooperation in the period 2001-2003, and on the Evaluation of Dutch Humanitarian Assistance in the period 2003-2006.


Raisa (Raya) Kadyrova

Raisa (Raya) Kadyrova is Regional Representative for GPPAC Central Asia and member of the GPPAC Board. She is the founder and president of the Foundation for Tolerance International (FTI), an NGO with four field offices across Kyrgyzstan.  During the so-called Tulip Revolution of 2005, Ms Kadyrova initiated negotiation and mediation processes between the conflicting parties including government authorities and the opposition, citizens, law enforcement agencies, ethnic groups and political elites. In 2001, she was given Honorary Citizen status for FTI's role in mitigating the escalation of violence between the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyz armed forces. She has been a member of the Constitutional Council of the Kyrgyz Republic, the National Committee for Police Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic and has previously served as a coordinator of a project on tolerance education and conflict transformation for UNHCR in Kyrgyzstan. Ms Kadyrova won the international contest "Women for Peace" and in 2005 was nominated for the Nobel Prize "1000 women for Peace".

Walter Shikuku Odhiambo 

Walter Shikuku Odhiambo is a GPPAC Board Member and Regional Representative for GPPAC Eastern and Central Africa. He is the Executive Director of the Nairobi Peace Initiative Africa (NPI-Africa). Prior to joining NPI-Africa, Odhiambo was Chief Executive at the Kenya Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) and Deputy Country Director for Marie Stopes International in Kenya. He is a member of the East Africa Association of Fundraising Professionals (EAAFP) and the Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals (KAFP). He was also appointed as member of the board of Jacaranda Special School in Nairobi, Senator Obama Secondary School in Siaya and Rose of Sharon Academy in Nairobi by the Kenya Ministry for Education.


Liesbeth Reekers

Liesbeth Reekers is the new GPPAC Board Treasurer. She works as a researcher for the Dutch House of Representatives Internal Bureau for Research on Government Policy and Spending. She focuses on supporting the Parliament Committees on Education, Culture and Sciences; and Security and Justice. Earlier, Liesbeth worked in the Internal Finance Department of the Dutch House of Representatives, for Price Waterhouse Coopers and as a Business Management Consultant with an IT company.