Mariska van Beijnum

Member of the Board of Advisers since 2021



Mariska van Beijnum is a highly recognized and internationally experienced expert with a vast network in the peacebuilding field.

As the former head of the Conflict Research Unit at the Clingendael Institute, she draws on her strong academic thinking and extensive experience with fund acquisition and policy influencing, and on her ability to lead teams in conducting research on the political economy of 21st-century conflict and fragility dynamics based on innovative insights and approaches. Mariska’s own research and advisory work focuses specifically on aid architecture and aid effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected situations. Her work centres on strengthening the position of local stakeholders in the aid system, by focusing on innovating financing modalities.

She has been a member of several high-level boards, including serving as chair of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Group of the UN Peacebuilding Fund, and serving on the Board of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).

More generally, over the course of her career, Mariska has prioritized contributing to and sustaining vibrant communities of researchers and policy-influencers. She has for instance, since its 2012 inception, managed and overseen the Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law, a network of more than 5,000 experts and practitioners.