Annelieke van de Wiel works as a trainer and Senior Academy Fellow for the Clingendael Academy, primarily within the Clingendael Peace Negotiations Programme. She designs, coordinates and provides training in capacity strengthening programmes for negotiators, mediators and mediation support officers to build peace and prevent conflict. Herself a trained community mediator, her training expertise is negotiation and mediation skills and tools for conflict resolution, with a focus on active listening. Besides that, she also provides trainings for diplomats and representatives of regional organisations.
She works on negotiation and mediation capacity-building with a number of regional organisations, such as the AU, FemWise/AU, COMESA and ECOWAS, with insider mediator groups in collaboration with e.g. UN Women and the UNDP and regional women mediator networks, such as FemWise (AU). She has further worked with a number of national women mediator networks, for example in Ukraine, Libya, Yemen and Ivory Coast. She also conducted various trainings for insider mediators, civil servants and diplomats from Ethiopia.
Previously, Annelieke worked at the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations as a policy advisor on decentralization and the relations between different levels of administration (central, provincial, municipal). Before that, she worked in Uganda for over six years with the Refugee Law Project (School of Law, Makerere University), where she coordinated research and advocacy related to conflict, transitional justice and national reconciliation. The main research project she coordinated resulted in the publication of a “Compendium of Conflicts in Uganda”, a book mapping over 100 conflicts that Uganda experienced, as well as people’s perspectives on how justice should be achieved regarding those conflicts.
Annelieke holds an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Amsterdam and a Cum Laude Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts from the University of Utrecht.