Vanessa Farr is an independent consultant and has been Lead Researcher on the WILPF MENA 1325 Project since its inception. She was the first global Gender and Conflict Advisor at UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and then Social Development and Gender Advisor at UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. Prior to that, she was lead editor and senior gender advisor on the UN’s Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS), first published in 2006.

Vanessa now works on the gendered impacts of conflict, women in peace-building and women and governance in conflict and post-conflict settings, specialising in Africa and the Middle East.