Mona Koehler-Schindler

Mona is an experienced professional in counter-terrorism, security sector reform and human rights. In her career, she has set a particular focus on civil-military cooperation and building dialogue between the security sector and civil society. Most recently, she worked in the Human Rights and Anti-Terrorism Programme at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw, where she assisted OSCE participating States in implementing human rights-compliant counter-terrorism laws and policies. Prior to joining ODIHR, Mona served as a member of NATO’s International Staff in Afghanistan and Belgium. From 2017 to 2019, she worked as Political Advisor to the NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan. Before that she served in different capacities at NATO HQ in Brussels, including in the Counter-Terrorism Section and the Strategic Analysis Capability Centre. Previously, she worked amongst others for the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) in the Police Programme Africa focusing on security sector reform in the counter-terrorism context in Cameroon and Chad. Mona holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and is currently completing an Executive Master on the International Law of Armed Conflict at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

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