Claudia Meier is associate director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where she works on humanitarian action, migration, and peacebuilding. Her core interests lie in facilitating organizational change, and studying how humanitarian organizations adapt to insecurity and involve people affected by crises in their decisions. Claudia is also part of the Build Up team, where she accompanies a fellowship program on peacebuilding innovation and co-organizes the annual Build Peace conference. In addition, she occasionally makes graphic recordings for various institutions.
Previously, Claudia managed the Rwanda and Burundi programs with Interpeace in Nairobi, focusing on mediation, participatory governance, trauma healing, and community dialogue. Prior to that, she worked for the Protection Standby Capacity Project (ProCap) at the UN Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (UN OCHA) and for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Geneva.
From 2009 – 2012, Claudia was a research associate with GPPi. She managed the Emerging Donors in Humanitarian Action project, for which she published a case study on India’s approach to humanitarian assistance and a peer-reviewed article in The International Review of the Red Cross. Other key projects included an evaluation of UN OCHA’s regional office in Western and Central Africa, policy development for the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department with the INSPIRE consortium, and an evaluation of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s cluster approach.
Claudia holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. During her studies, she interned with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, volunteered with the Geneva Red Cross, and served as the Swiss United Nations youth delegate.