TILBURG, THE NETHERLANDS - 15 SEPTEMBER 2017 "As Director of Feniks Expertise Centre for Emancipation in Tilburg, The Netherlands, I highly recommend Caecilia van Peski, whom I have known for many years as a warm-hearted, highly determined professional. In 2009, I got to know Caecilia van Peski through her inspiring work in support of equal rights for women. In 2010, Caecilia was appointed United Nations Special Representative on Women. Already then she was very passionate in her work and driven towards her mission. Since, Caecilia's approach has remained on a similar high-level engagement. At Feniks Centre for Emanicpation, we admire her for that. In the daily work at Feniks I am in close contact with female refugees and their children. Many of these women have suffered great trauma as an effect of the atrocities of war that they were exposed in the most conflictuous regions. Women take in a position of special vulnerability in this, often falling victim to rape and other gender-related abuse. In this and other matters, Caecilia has demonstrated to be able to bridge the gap between the daily lives of people and the policies that have been put in place vis-a-vis the position of both women and men in today's society. She does so in an outstanding fashion. For this reason it is my pleasure to provide this reference. I do so without any reservations. Ms Gerda de Vries, Director of Feniks Expertise Centre for Emancipation, Tilburg, The Netherlands 

TILBURG, THE NETHERLANDS - 05 September 2017 "Caecilia van Peski is one of those alumni from Tilburg University of whom we are very proud. Having studied a double Master Programme in both Educational as well as Cultural Psychology with Merits (Class of 2001) at Tilburg University, Caecilia van Peski has developed into a key player in the international arena of diplomacy and international affairs, encompassing work for the Dutch Foreign Office, the European Commission, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations. She has done so whilst never losing her firm rootedness in her native Province of North Brabant and City of Tilburg. She remains very much involved with her alma mater, Tilburg University as well as the City of Tilburg and is a great ambassador for our University and the Province of North Brabant." Prof. Sylvester Eijffinger, President of Tilburg University Society, Tilburg, The Netherlands

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS - 27 August 2017 "It is always a delight to work with Caecilia van Peski, wheter in office or in the field. Caecilia moves forward, especially where others fail to deliver. When the going gets tough, the environment gets volatile or ethical dilemma's or conflicting interests hamper active commitment by the international community, Caecilia is the one who stands up. It is at these instances where she has proven to persevere and find authentic, creative ways to 'get the job done', or to at least initiate tabling of the right discussion. Because of her huge active involvement and intrinsic drive to 'do good' as a skilled, communicative and socially competent professional, Caecilia has earned my lasting respect over the years." LtCol RNLA Ernst Lobbezoo, former Commander 1CIMIC-battalion, Military Commander Provincial Reconstruction Team Uruzgan, Afghanistan

UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS - 25 August 2017 "Caecilia van Peski is a warm-hearted person and an impressive professional. As Director of the International Peace Movement PAX, I had the pleasure to have Caecilia amongst the members of our Board. Besides her extensive knowledge and network in the field of international relations, conflict resolution and mediation, she is a great connector. Caecilia is very accessible and well able to connect to both civilians as well as higher-level politicians and policy-makers. Caecilia is well informed on policy and practice, and their interlinkages. Caecilia is a great asset in building sustainable inclusive societies, both in The Netherlands and abroad. This is what she stands for, this is where her passion lies. I look forward to our continued cooperation. " Mr Freek Landmeter, former Operational and Financial Director PAX (2001-2017) - IKV Interchurch Peace Council, leading Dutch Peace Movement, Consultant IMO Institute for Man- and Organisational Development

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS - 22 August 2017 "I have known Caecilia van Peski already for many years as an expert on EU Eastern Partnership countries (including Ukraine and Georgia) and the Russian Federation, especially in the fields of election monitoring in these countries, and as a leading member of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine and before that of the EU Monitoring Mission to Georgia. Most recently, Caecilia has been closely in touch with "Raam op Rusland" ("Window on Russia"), a platform for the exchange of knowledge and debate on Russian affairs, especially on issues related to the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the aftermath of the downing of flight MH-17. Furthermore, Caecilia participated at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in meetings with delegations of government/NGO/multilateral organizations' representatives from inter alia Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and from the Russian Federation. She has been a regular guest lecturer, including at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' on issues concerning Security and Human Rights. Caecilia has contributed articles on such issues which have been published in Security and Human Rights (former Helsinki Monitor), amongst which "Good Cop, Bad Cop. Georgia's One Hundred Days of a New Democratic Dream" (2013) and "Diplomacy and Life on Georgia's Boundary Line" (2012). As already referred to above, Caecilia has been deployed to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (2014-2016), Second-in-Command at the Mariupol Patrol Hub, which involved active patrolling and security reporting within a highly volatile security situation. She is an experienced international election observer on behalf of the OSCE/ODIHR in countries in Eastern Europe and broader Eurasia. Caecilia is part of a national and international network of experts on Russia, Eastern Europe and broader Eurasia, a network that involves presently only a limited number of female experts. This leaves her as quite unique in this field of expertise. Mr Tony van der Togt, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute, EU/NATO-Russia, Wider Europe and Eurasian Union, former Dutch diplomat, specialising in Russian and Eurasian affairs

BAMAKO, MALI - 20 August 2017 "It is my pleasure to submit this recommendation on behalf of Caecilia van Peski, Chief Peace Programming Section at UNDP / United Nations Volunteers Bonn HQ. I first met Caecilia in December 2016 in Bamako, Mali. Caecilia had taken up her post as Chief a few months earlier and had indicated that her first UN mission in her new capacity should be a field visit to Mali, Western Africa. The country of Mali has been struggeling after in January 2012, an armed conflict broke out in the north of the country in which Tuareg rebels declared the secession of a new state. The conflict was complicated by a military coup in March that same year. In response to insurgents' territorial gains in the northern region of Gao, French military launched Operation Serval with an aim to restore security and rule of law. In 2017, Mali remains under state of emergency with the country having become subject to the worst asymmetric war declared by jihadist groups. In fact, MINUSMA, the UN Stabilization Mission to Mali, holds the notorious score of being the deadliest UN Mission of all times. Despite this grave and dangerous situation, Caecilia decided to visit our office in Bamako. And she did not stop there; she insisted in leading a mission to Gao, Northern Mali to visit UN Volunteers working in the remote and highly challenging desert region. Caecilia visited the MINUSMA Super Camp in Gao, where she engaged with UN Volunteers and military personnel of various troop contributing countries. Caecillia, wearing her bulletproof vest, embarked on a MINUSMA armored convoy heading for “Parc Jeunesse”, the Gao Youth Center which was rehabilitated by UNV Mali. By observing Caecilia during the execution of her work, I noticed how she has the capacity to quickly adapt to hardship conditions, always keeping a keen eye on the security conditions surrounding her.  Caecilia has a natural way of bringing energy in her team even under highly stressful conditions; she is a gifted team player.  Over the past year, I continued to discover Caecilia’s professional capacity and gifts. She has proven to be a problem solving/solution driven Manager and a very good listener. She never shies away from learning and sharing her knowledge with her peers and colleagues. Her sense of justice and fairness will be long remembered along with her firm dedication to her duties and responsibilities related to peace keeping and peace building. Caecilia undertook all her assigned duties with efficiency, effectiveness and thoroughness. I found her to be reliable, creative, hard working and well organized. I have great respect for Caecilia’s demonstrated leadership and managerial skills and therefore recommend her without reservation." Mr Hamadou Amadou Oumarou, Office of the Director of Mission Support, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission for Mali (MINUSMA)

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - 19 August 2017 "Over the course of 2008-2009, I collaborated with Caecilia van Peski on the curriculum design and marketing of the first Fontys University International Summer University on Global Citizenship, an interdisciplinary, multi-intelligence, immersive and transformational summer academy for bright young leaders from around the world. It was a rare privilege and a sheer pleasure to work with an expert like Caecilia: her profound erudition ranging from psychology and pedagogy to politics and diplomacy; visionary thinking coupled with the know-how to create down-to-earth applications that work - I had the good fortune to experience it all that first collaboration and I've witnessed it time and again as we've kept in touch for almost a decade now. I'm impressed with Caecilia's rootedness in her hometown of Tilburg even as she travels the world on tough assignments that typically require navigating complex political terrain if not physically dangerous terrain. I've come to know Caecilia as powerful yet patient, courageous and compassionate, and with a deep drive to contribute to peace and social justice - which may range from something as lofty as revitalizing a UN Resolution on women's rights and contributions to something as mundane yet life-saving as negotiating safe passage for a convoy of coal for remote villlages in Eastern Ukraine just before the winter snow will block the road for months. The legacy of the family of clergymen and civil servants that Caecilia stems from informs her unique mission of purposeful, determined service in this world." Mr Ronald Hazelzet, Education and Diversity Consultant, International Career Coach 

BONN, GERMANY - 16 August 2017 "Caecilia van Peski joined the United Nations Volunteers Programme at its Headquarters in Bonn in October 2016, when she was appointed Chief of the Peace Programming Section. As her direct supervisee, I came to know Caecilia as a caring and humane colleague and in her role as a Section Chief and team leader too. In both roles she impressed me with her caring personality and considerate aptitudes. I suppose her background in Psychology and the professional career she pursued over the past decade or so, equipped her to navigate at UNV's most critical times. Caecilia lead the Peace Section at an unsettling historic period of the organization's history that also impacted Caecilia's own assignment tenure and exprience from within the organization, namely, the radical reprofiling and historic transformation of the organization - that literally started one month folllowing Caecilia's appointment as a Chief of Section and is yet to be concluded. During these tough times, Caecilia showed elasticity in her management approach, balancing between learning the daily UN routines, performing at the UN professional level, meeting management expectations, adhering to the staff anxieties due to the transformation uncertainties, etc. In all these aspects and challenges, Caecilia showed resilience, openness and impartiality raising a radical 'No favoritism' standard. Caecilia took in an active role in the section's response to the food security crisis in the Horn of Africa (spring-summer, 2017), with special attention to the situation in Yemen, a state in protracted political crisis where in July, 2017, a calamitous cholera outbreak took many lives. Technically, Caecilia is well organized and remains flexible in her approach to new assignments while maintaining an open door policy to meet and accommodate the staff needs and demands within her section. Caecilia's open personality, willingness to learn and multi-national, multifaceted expertise helped her to swiftly adapt to the UNV environment. In November 2016, I traveled with Caecilia as part of a UN delegation that met with core UN agencies in Geneva. During the mission, I was witness to Caecilia's accommodative personality and proactiveness. Listening and providing constructive feedback to others characterize her excellent team leader demeanors altogether. Caecilia is diplomatic in her approach and even-tempered. She welcomes constructive feedback and even seeks-out feedback pro-actively so that she continues to develop her professional and personal skills. " Mr Ibrahim Hussein Mohamed Hamadnallah, United Nations Volunteers Programme, Senior Portfolio Manager for the Arab States

JUBA, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN - 10 August 2017 "I had the privilege of first meeting Caecilia van Peski in June, 2012, on my attendance to the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Course of International Alert and Transition International in Landgraaf, The Netherlands. Caecilia's organization, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, was funding the course. Since, I have remained in contact with Caecilia and have come to admire her for her strong leadership. In South Sudan, the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programme was initiated in 2005, as part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which was signed to end the longest civil war in Africa.The Programme focused on the reintegration of 180,000 ex-combatants and special needs groups on both sides of the border. As part of her own DDR work, Caecilia worked with ex-combatants as well as special needs groups; women in military roles. Caecilia supported these women to become aware of the UN Security Council Resolution #1325 on 'Women, Peace and Security', through UN WOMEN empowerment programmes. In South Sudan, Caecilia facilitated the training of women in transition into civilian society, rehabilitation, community work, building of dialogue and engagement in local peace initiatives. I have gotten to know Caecilia as a person with extensive knowledge and experience when she was involved in this assignment. At current, in her function of UNDP/UNV Chief, Peace Programming Section, she holds responsibility over more than 850 UN Volunteers within UNMISS South Sudan and UNAMID Sudan. Caecilia is a leader of extraordinary capacity. She works hard and is determined to do her work diligently and honestly. She is a true team player,  stable and resolute." Mr Majur Mayor Machar, Deputy Chairperson of the South Sudan National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SSDDRC)

ATHENS, GREECE - 03 August 2017 "I greatly appreciate Caecilia van Peski for her openness of character and her gift to be highly compatible to any international person despite cultural and social differences. I love Caecilia for her unique and very sharp sense of humor. "Who is intelligent? - A man who has the greatest of smiles!". In 2003, I met Caecilia for the first time as she arrived to Kiev with the admirable mission of establishing CISV International in Ukraine. It was springtime, the beautiful days around Orthodox Easter. The days of Caecilia's mission to Ukraine I remember as a kaleidoscope of endless meetings with authorities in the context of starting the new porgramme. Flash forward ten years in time and our lives take an immensely dramatic turn. My friend and colleague Caecilia returns to my beloved Motherland, Donbas Oblast, Eastern Ukraine. This time, she is wearing a bullet-proof vest and the white helmet of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. A brave soldier, Caecilia monitors and witnesses at first-hand the armed conflict that brought the forces of evil at play. She monitored the firing of shells from Grad rocket-launchers at the scene that used to be my childhood planet, with its lovely and forever sunflower fields that are now so sadly missed. I saw that sunflower again in the picture that Caecilia posted on the occasion of the annual commemoration of the downing of flight MH-17. Caecilia's picture - one that she herself took at the actual crash site - underlines the believe that I share with her that all people are in fact closely connected. I give my heart to Caecilia for her active and brave position she takes in in life, for her readiness to be close to others. I wish I could have personally delivered my respect to this Lady during the 2016 Medal Ceremony at Nieuwekerk The Hague, where Caecilia stood among the Netherlands Military, Police and Civilian Experts who had recently returned from mission deployment as she was awarded a prominent medal on behalf of the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, token of respect for Caecilia's contributions to international peace and security."  Mrs Olena Masneva, First Secretary, Press Officer of the Embassy of Ukraine to the Hellenic Republic, former President of CISV Ukraine, former Focal Point for the Ukrainian Branch to CISV Lithuania

GAO, MALI - 02 August 2017I first met Caecilia van Peski, in Gao, capital of Gao Region, northern Mali, in December 2016. On the occasion, Caecilia was leading a delegation from United Nations Volunteers Headquarter during a field mission to Mali to directly see how UN Volunteers are contributing to the implementation of the MINUSMA mandate. During her visit, Caecilia van Peski demonstrated a keen understanding of the UNV work, its challenges, the volatile security environment under which MINUSMA executes its work in Mali yet also the positive results from the engagement as far as progress towards stabilization in the region is concerned. During my discussions with Caecilia, I noted how she is an experienced manager, seasoned through her own mission work and at the same time experienced in her work at the Headquarter level. I found her to be open minded, a Chief who works closely with her staff, listening to them and being a good communicator. Her professionalism reminds me of the work within my own former career in Burkina Faso, where I worked as an Officer in the National Gendarmerie Forces, as the success of a mission depends on the strength in leadership of the Commander. After our meeting in Mali, Caecilia and I remained in contact until in July 2017, this contact culminated in my visit to UNV HQ in Bonn. When I reached the Office, I observed the good atmosphere between Caecilia and the members of her staff. Caecilia is a true team player. I can summarize that I find Caecilia van Peski to be a professional manager, an interpersonally strong and client-oriented person, always in a good mood, a hard worker with a strong educational background, with a wide and rich conversion of military and civilian experience (a bright mixture) and an inexhaustible energy, animated by a fierce will to always succeed in her mission.” Mr Mohamadi Ouedraogo, International UNV Political and Security Advisor to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), former Officer in the Burkina Faso National Gendarmerie Forces

KIEV, UKRAINE - 31 July 2017 "I know Ms Caecilia van Peski from my work as a Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. During my tenure as a diplomat in The Hague we had good professional contacts, discussing bilateral issues of cooperation between Ukraine and the Netherlands, in particular the enhancement of the position of women in both countries. Caecilia is very keen to make a contribution to the opening-up of opportunities for students from different foreign countries including Ukraine. She is very dynamic and a motivated professional who could analyze complicated subjects of international developments." Mrs Iryna Yefremova, Deputy Director General at the First European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

OSLO, NORWAY – 07 September 2016 “I had the pleasure of working with Caecilia van Peski in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (SMMU). The primary aim of the mission was to contribute to the reduction of tension, and to foster peace, stability and security in the region. An integrated part of the SMMU mandate was to monitor and support the implementation of all OSCE principles and commitments under the Minsk I and II Agreement. On the ground, this meant that we monitored the general security situation, established facts related to incidents both as directly observed by us as well as reported from the embattled parties. Since we were the eyes and ears for all 57 OSCE participating States, our primary focus was to report under the principles of impartiality and transparency. I engaged in numerous patrols that took place with Caecilia in charge as Patrol Leader. During these patrols, she performed her duties with professional skill, fore-thought, cool-mindedness and balanced judgement. During a particularly volatile time in our Area of Responsibility  - a period that forced our Commander-in-Chief to retreat because of major injuries inflicted on him during a targeted attack in Shyrokyne -  Caecilia, till then OSCE Patrol Hub Mariupol’s Second-in-Command, was then obliged to immediately step up as Acting Commander-in-Chief. Caecilia demonstrated that she could swiftly and successfully take on this bigger responsibility. At the time of Caecilia's takeover of leadership, the Mariupol Patrol Hub counted more than 100 international monitors and around 10 local staff, staff who found themselves working within the most volatile security situation after a year-long deadly cycle of violence had killed tens-of-thousands of military and civilians. One of the main concerns of Caecilia in her role as Acting Patrol Hub Leader was the day-to-day risks that the members of her team were exposed to when she sent them out on patrol. Bad road conditions, craters from nightly shelling, active cross-fire, mines and unexploded ammunition posted constant and great risk. In the same period, we experienced an increase in random firing across the contact line, both from small arms and heavy weapons with calibers exceeding 100mm. As Acting Patrol Hub Leader, Caecilia was not only in charge of running the internal life at the Hub she also took charge over operations, was taking part in active patrolling, reconnaissance missions, humanitarian affairs monitoring, conflict prevention, facilitation of dialogue and the support of local peace initiatives. A few of her main achievements in this regard: facilitation of dialogue with the citizens of Shyrokyne (after the spring 2015 Battle of Shyrokyne); establishment of point-of-contact with J9 cell (Civil-Military Interaction) of the Ukrainian Armed Forces; negotiations with the Mariupol City authorities on issues concerning water and energy supply, access to health care, access to justice, waste management, combatting criminality and organized crime, combatting radicalization of youth volunteer groups, reducing pollution of the environment due to conflict-related activity; removal of chlorine tanks (under direct attack, posing acute threath to the population) at the water treatment reservoir. Caecilia was also our primary spokesperson vis-à-vis media, foreign journalists, protest groups, and peace activist. In her role as Acting Patrol Hub Leader, Caecilia was leading the negotiations between the representatives of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and those of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation as part of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) on truce supervision and adherence to the ceasefire agreement. I also point out the unnegotiable demand Caecilia placed on her staff towards their full and unabridged adherence to the OSCE Security Policy and Code of Conduct. If not addressed and clearly followed-up by, violating these regulations soon becomes one of the major problems in international missions. It is not sustainable nor morally acceptable that international organizations have their staff reporting on humanitarian issues during day-time, where during night-time, the same staff are exploiting the most vulnerable within the local population. Further, it is deemed unfair to most monitors who do follow the rules and regulations, when a minority is jeopardizing the reputation of the organization as a whole. As such, I hold great respect for the firm stance Caecilia took in vis-à-vis unnegotiable adherence to Code of Conduct – a position that brought her great resistance from a small group of staff. I myself have always supported Caecilia in her righteous quest, and plan to keep doing so also in the future. As Deputy Patrol Hub Leader and Acting Patrol Hub Leader, Caecilia displayed leadership qualities par excellence. She was effective in command, effective in personnel management, willing to engage in cooperation, and remained cheerful and calm even under the greatest of stress. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Caecilia for the enormous contributions she made to the success of the OSCE Mariupol Patrol Hub. Caecilia is an excellent ambassador, both for the Netherlands and for the international world of humanitarian workers. I would most willingly work for her again in the future.” Mr Kurt Karlsen, Liaison Officer Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) to the United Nations Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS), former Monitoring Officer in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM)

ST. KANZIAN, AUSTRIA - 04 August 2016 "I know Caecilia van Peski from my mission with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine, an unarmed, civilian mission, present in all regions of Ukraine. Our main tasks were to observe and report, in an impartial and objective manner, on the security situation, to facilitate dialogue among all parties to the conflict, to report on the humanitarian situation and needs of the civilians, and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid by organizations such as the ICRC and the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation to the most vulnerable. For several months, I had the pleasure to share an office with Caecilia at the Headquarters of the OSCE monitoring team in Donetsk, from where I was able to witness first-hand her dedication to producing mission essential results. Caecilia is a true team player, very experienced, wel versed, always with an open ear for all her colleagues. This type of true kindness is quite rare these days. You get people who are nice to those who hold some sort of value to them, but Caecilia is that kind of person who would go and talk to the lone stranger crying in the street. Caecilia also has the power to lighten someone's day just by smiling at them. I find it a pleasure and honor to know her." Mr Otmar Lindner, Officer in the Austrian Armed Forces, former Patrol Hub Leader Donetsk, former Minsk Agreement Reporting Donetsk and former Operations Officer at the OSCE Patrol Hub Kherson in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM)

MARIUPOL, UKRAINE - 24 January 2016 "As a OSCE Mariupol Monitor, Operations Officer and Deputy Patrol Hub Leader, Caecilia van Peski's dedication, initiative and performance of duty were key aspects of our Patrol Hub's success. Caecilia's organizational skills and creative solutions to various challenges increased our productivity and streamlined our process. Positive and focussed, she used years of international experience to help guide and coordinate efforts for our hub that tripled in size. Caecilia has excellent analytical and assessment abilities; her valuable input shaped our Patrol Hub's objectives. With keen knowledge of our Area of Responsibilty, she helped plan and direct hundreds of patrols along a 50km line of contact and throughout a sector covering 7,500 square kilometers. Caecilia has excellent interpersonal skills, she has an engaging personality that allows her to quickly connect with others. From Joint Centre for Controland Coordination (JCCC), civic leaders, IDPs or visiting diplomats, the Patrol Hub received numerous accounts regarding the productive meetings she organized. Caecilia freely gave her time and energy to any monitor that needed it. She built teamwork and encouraged her colleagues. A true professional, she always shared credit when her ideas generated good results. Caecilia can be counted upon to handle any task with little or no supervision. She works well under pressure, always meeting deadlines and calmly responding to challenges. She has a strong work ethic. As an Operations Officer and Deputy Patrol Hub Leader, she displayed excellent initiative in every aspect of duty. In leadership roles, she continually anticipated and planned for missions yet to come. Caecilia is an outstanding manager who leads by example. She volunteered for difficult assignments. She was the deputy or leader of monitoring patrols dispatched to hazardous areas of active combat. She conducted those patrols well, placing the highest priority on the security of all members of her patrol team. Caecilia professionally conveys plans directives. She accepts input from others. She readily delegated work, striving often to match a monitor's interest or unique skills with the needs of the mission. Caecilia is an able writer and speaker. Her written reports, assessments and analysis were concise and comprehensive. She delivered daily briefings to the Patrol Hub. When acting as a Patrol Hub Leader, she remained in constant contact with Headquarters. She reviewed the details of upcoming patrols with every patrol leader, amounting to over 40 patrols weekly. Lieutenant-Colonel James Pow, U.S. Marines, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM), Patrol Hub Leader Mariupol  

SODERTALJE, SWEDEN - 02 JUNE 2015 "I remember vividly the very moment that I met Caecilia van Peski for the first time. Days before this first meeting, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany had, at the Minsk Summit, agreed to a package of measures to alleviate the ongoing war in the Donbass Region of Ukraine. The talks that had led to the deal, overseen by the OSCE, had been organized in response to the collapse of the Minsk I Protocol Ceasefire. The new package of measures - Minsk II - was intended to revive the Protocol. In the weeks after the signing of Minsk II, Caecilia and I both engaged in active monitoring of a highly complicated and extremely fragile situation in the east, a situation that literally included many 'tripwires'. As a result, I engaged in numerous Patrols, many of which also Caecilia took part in for we had become members of the same Patrol Team. I recall the tactful approach Caecilia employed when liaising with governmental, military and civilian interlocutors. As a Deputy Patrol Hub Leader - and later as our Acting Patrol Hub Leader - Caecilia showed determination and courage at moments that lives were at stake. In this respect, I wish to particularly mention the active role Caecilia had during the ceasefire negotiations in the warridden town of Shyrokyne. The robust matter that constitutes Caecilia's core also came to surface the day that I accompanied her on a Patrol in the context of monitoring the withdrawal of heavy weaponry. During the Patrol, Caecilia led our team over nearly impassible pathways literally lined with tripwire and unexploded ordinance. Deep inside the woodlands, it was Caecilia who eventually was able to locate the substantive weapon collection site our Mission had been wanting to monitor in reference to the heavy weapons pullout by both sides to the conflict, in the aim to create a buffer zone. Besides the effective monitoring and verification of the ceasefire regime, Caecilia and I co-operated in the drafting of two analytical reports, the first one focussing on modalities of conducting local elections in accordance with the temporary order of local self-governance in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast, the second report on decentralisation of power and the amalgamation of municipalities. In this work, Caecilia demonstrated ardent insight in matters of (local) self-governance, never seizing to loose sight over the effect the proposed measures had on the local population. As such, Caecilia demonstrated profound insight in the causes that fuel conflict and peace." Mr Alexander Pirogov, Senior Advisor SKL International (Affiliated to the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions - SALAR), Monitoring Officer Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM)

LEIDEN, THE NETHERLANDS - 08 April 2015I met Caecilia van Peski for the first time in 2006 while being on an OSCE/ODIHR mission. Her drive to perform well and her professionalism struck me immediately. After the first encounter I worked with her on several missions and the impression lasted. Her idealism never blurred her realism or prevented clear view of tasks to execute. Her hard work and experience is widely acknowledged. I mention here that for that reason she was tasked by her national authorities to organise and execute a special seminar for election experts in The Hague which turned out to be a great success. Furthermore Caecilia is willing to take on hardship and difficult assignments. Even a severe mission-related car accident in Georgia did not stop her from going on missions again. Caecilia has already carved out a relevant and significant niche in the world of monitoring and observation missions but I am sure she will do so even more - and beyond that - in the years to come. Caecilia van Peski is an intelligent, brave and likable person and for all this also a role model for all the women in the international arena.” Brigadier-General RNLA (ret.) Onno van der Wind, Consultant International Legal and Security Affairs Central Asia and the Caucasus

DIEMEN, THE NETHERLANDS - 27 December 2014 "Caecilia van Peski is possibly the most experienced international election observer in the Netherlands. Her understanding of democratic electoral processes makes her the ideal person to promote a stronger participation in International Election Observation Missions. Her excellent presentations on the importance and practice of Election Observation are both enjoyable and effective. Ms Van Peski has an active global network of political and diplomatic contacts. I always enjoy working with her." Mr Harry van Bommel, Member of the Dutch House of Representatives on behalf of the Dutch Socialist Party, International Election Observer

LEIDEN, THE NETHERLANDS - 23 December 2014 "If international cooperation can be part of someone’s DNA, it is in Caecilia van Peski’s. We first met in the context of the United Nations Association The Netherlands, a highly respected Dutch NGO which has always been rich in ideas and poor in funding. In 2004, Caecilia became a member of the Board to UNA Netherlands. As such, she contributed to raising the public profile of UNA Netherlands, also ensuring sound financial resources that could consolidate the organization. First and foremost, Caecilia's UNA work has been instrumental in strengthening the United Nations Peace Agenda. She did this through clear insight and perseverance. Caecilia is as tenacious as a terrier, a quality she shows in every aspect of her work on human rights, both academic as well as in the field. One of the latest examples of her achievements being her work in Eastern Ukraine's separatist-held areas. In this, Caecilia combines the true daring of a diplomat for peace." Prof Louk de la Rive Box, Honorary Professor of International Cooperation, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, former Rector of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) The Hague, The Netherlands

KIEV, UKRAINE - 30 September 2014 "Caecilia van Peski is a member of the OSCE SMM Strategy Sub-Team, with focus on military issues, border guards, strategic objects, executing daily patrols, liaising with interlocutors, building of rapport with state actors  - University staff of the Mykolaiv Military Faculty, Military Personnel, Military Prosecutor, Military at Blockposts. She worked in Donetsk under extreme conditions and has settled into the team in Kherson well and within one day. She is full of ideas for the Team Leader to shoot down. Caecilia is a team worker, in active contact with all members of the team. She holds a vast experience from the field and extensive professional and academic training and education. She is used to the drafting of accurate and academic-level analytical reports. " Mr Georgios Pokas, Head of Operations, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM)

HILVERSUM, THE NETHERLANDS - 14 August 2014 "The other day, I ran into a truly amazing woman. She professionally interacts with criminals, crooks and scoundrels, rebels, and governmental troops, perpetrators and victims alike. And while doing so, she doesn't allow anyone to push her aside. She stands strong under the hardest circumstances, in the midst of those in need for protection most. And she is not afraid to face serious risk while doing so." Mr Roelof Hemmen, RTL News Anchorman

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS - 10 August 2014 “I worked together with Caecilia van Peski on the first Hague Academy Model United Nations with the Peace Palace in The Hague as its venue. The Model United Nations was designed on the position that drones take in within International Law. The MUN was organized especially for the participants of the Hague Academy of International Law, Class of 2014. Caecilia van Peski - in her role of board member of the United Nations Association the Netherlands - was our partner in the design and start-up of this project. It was great working together with such an interesting, intelligent and above all well-organized woman of whom I learned a lot.” Ms Sophie Brinkel, Legal Researcher Peace Palace Library, Vice-Secretary General Association The Hague Academy of International Law

TILBURG, THE NETHERLANDS - 01 August 2014 "During my 'Fontys years', I had the pleasure to work with Caecilia van Peski whom I would describe as a global citizen 'pur sang'. Caecilia consistently framed her activities towards a global context which was a novelty at the time that she worked at Fontys University for Applied Sciences. Especially during my years as Director of the BAZN Academy for Public Administration I saw the strength of Caecilia who introduced Comparative Electoral Studies as well as the UN Millennium Development Goals to our Academy's curriculum, the concepts of which were highly original and innovative at the time. Besides her work as a lecturer/researcher at the Academy for Public Administration, Caecilia functioned as Fontys University's primairy liaison person vis-à-vis EAIE (the European Association for International Education) and NAFSA (the Association of International Educators), the latter being the world's largest non-profit association dedicated to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that ensure a more interconnected, peaceful world. In 2008, Caecilia and I attended the annual NAFSA Conference in Washington D.C., US. On the occasion, Caecilia surprised me with the immense richness of her network consisting of international educators from around the globe. That same year, Caecilia and I travelled to Milan, Italy, to participate in the EIAE Course 'How to design a Summer School Programme'. Caecilia had initiated our attendance to the course, as a means of preparations towards the organization of the Fontys University International Summer University on Global Citizenship (2008-2009), a programme which was designed and developed by her. As part of a consultancy assignment, Caecilia once invited me to join her as a co-trainer to Bar, Montenegro. In a collaboration with the University of Kragujevac, Serbia and the Mediterranean University of Podgorica, Montenegro, Caecilia functioned as a project leader for a development programme on enhancing youth employment at the Business Start-up Centre in Bar. Caecilia was very convincing in her role as project leader, applying her knowldge and skills on youth entrepeneurship during several workshops with academic staff. During her years of professional engagement with Fontys University, Caecilia made an important contribution to the corporate policy on internationalisation of higher education, including the creation of 'learning abroad' opportunities for our students. Caecilia is a real 'woman of the world' and a very dedicated colleague to work with." Mr Pieter Bon, former Director BAZN Academy for Public Administration (2002-2010), Dean Fontys Academy for Creative Industries, Educational Psychologist and Singer/Lyricist

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - 30 July 2014. "Iron Lady." Mr Frits Conijn, Contributing Editor "Het Financieel Dagblad" ("The Financial Daily")

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS - 24 July 2014 "I have known Caecilia van Peski for many years and have followed her in her various capacities. I admire her skills as a mobilizer of people, mediator in situations of conflict and activist for peace. Caecilia is knowledgeable and dedicated. She has demonstrated remarcable perseverance. She has a good analytical mind and knows how to get things done." Prof Dr Jan P. Pronk, former Minister of Development Cooperation Dutch Foreign Office, former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission UN Mission in Sudan, former UNCTAD Assistant Secretary-General, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development,  UN Special Envoy to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development Tokyo, Japan

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - 01 July 2014 “There are moments in life at which one encounters a person with whom there is an instant connection. Caecilia van Peski is a person I experienced this with, the moment I met her at VIKING Civil-Military Training in Sweden, 2014. Caecilia is a true diplomat. Her flair, intelligence and the way in which she connects to people of disparate backgrounds are remarkable. She holds deep knowledge on a wide range of topics and is able to switch from one subject to another with great agility. Caecilia is a natural. She is a born leader with a strong vision that she is able to translate into practice. She holds a sincere interest in the world and the people she works with. I have personally benefitted from the way in which Caecilia welcomes others into her broad professional network, inclined as she is to support people in their growth. For it is she herself who understands the importance of development in all domains of personal and professional life.” - 01 July 2014 Dr Marjolein C. Groot, United Nations Political Affairs Officer in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Researcher at University College Dublin, Ireland

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS - 10 February 2014 “Caecilia van Peski contributed to our Shelter City Programme from the time that Shelter City was but a small pilot programme. She met with our Human Rights Defenders, spoke with them about their work, gave advice vis-à-vis the lobby and advocacy activities that our defenders are involved in and introduced them within her own network - all of which was very valuable to the work of our defenders. Caecilia is highly knowledgeable in the field of Human Rights, the defence of Human Rights, and the threats that Human Rights defenders are faced with. Especially the exchange of perspectives on UNSC Resolution 1325 - one of Caecilia’s primary topics - was of great value to our Human Rights Defenders. With her energy, her drive and her interest in the personal background of the defenders, Caecilia made an excellent contribution to our project. It is my hope that she will keep on doing so in the future.” Mr Guus van Zwoll, Program Officer ‘Shelter City’ at Justitia et Pax

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - 07 January 2014 “During my tenure as Editor-in-Chief of ‘Oekraïne Magazine’ (the only Dutch-language print publication fully devoted to Ukraine), I had the pleasure of working closely with Caecilia van Peski, who contributed in many ways to the success of our Magazine. Caecilia provided us with many well-informed and well-written articles on various subjects regarding Ukraine, notably her written coverage on elections in Ukraine which she had monitored as an OSCE observer. Caecilia also was a source of inspiration and insights on Ukrainian geo-political issues, drawing on her experience in international affairs and diplomacy, thus providing us with invaluable input and inspiration for themes to be covered by our Magazine. Above all, Caecilia is a pleasure to work with. I can warmly recommend her to any organization working on international affairs and public diplomacy projects. " Mr Diederik Kramers, European Affairs Journalist and Communications Specialist, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Oekraïne Magazine’ (Ukraine Magazine)

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS - 19 December 2013 “I was first introduced to Caecilia van Peski through my membership of the Board of Advice of the Dutch United Nations Association. Working with Caecilia in educating young leaders in international relations in handling United Nations negotiations has been a wonderful experience for me. Notwithstanding the great number of people participating in the Model United Nations commemorating the Centenary of the Peace Palace in 2013, the Conference went perfect, thanks to Caecilia’s talent as an organizer, manager and performer.” Dr Paul Meerts, former Deputy Director General of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations "Clingendael", International Negotiation Analyst, Member of the Steering Commissing of the Process on International Negotiation (PIN), Founding Member of the Netherlands Negotiation Network

TILBURG, THE NETHERLANDS - 17 December 2013 “Caecilia van Peski, a former student of mine, has built up much cross-cultural expertise in intercultural communication competence during her work abroad. Through this, she has developed a truly cosmopolitan perspective on her topics.” Prof Dr Fons van de Vijver, Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology at Tilburg University,  The Netherlands, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM - 15 December 2013 "I have worked with Caecilia van Peski since 2002 during her involvement in - and chairing of - CISV International’s Educational Development and Research Committee, ED&R. Founded in 1950, CISV is a global movement dedicated to educating and inspiring for peace. Our international programmes and activities are organized and run by an extensive body of dedicated volunteers of whom Caecilia is a lifetime member.  Caecilia holds a keen interest in peace education (theory and delivery) and makes interesting and exciting associations and linkages among different methods, opportunities and people in the field.  She brings immense enthusiasm to the work. It was a pleasure to co-operate with her on various projects." Ms Gabrielle Mandell, Secretary General CISV International

DELFT, THE NETHERLANDS - 01 December 2013 "I first met Caecilia van Peski in 2008, when we were colleagues at the Academy of Public Administration, BAZN, in Tilburg, the Netherlands. I found Caecilia to be a very enthousiastic and inspiring person. Caecilia holds deep knowledge on democracy development and elections. The fact that she combines her thorough knowledge of the theory of elections with extensive 'on the ground' electoral experience in a countless number of countries provides her with unique qualities. Besides, Caecilia is just great fun to work with. She displays and abundance of optimism and has a stimulating attitude towards others. I gladly encourage others to work with Caecilia." Dr Peter Castenmiller, Member of te Dutch Electoral Council, Chairman of the Rekenkamer (Court of Audit) of the Province of Zeeland

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - 20 November 2013 "Since 2005, Caecilia van Peski has been a Member of the Board of the United Nations Association The Netherlands. In my capacity as Chair of UNA Netherlands, I have co-operated extensively with her. Without any hesitation I can state that Caecilia is a very motivated and engaged person. Her persistence is certainly admirable. Caecilia has exceptional organizational skills, not only being hardworking herself, but also very capable of involving and motivating others. She is always full of ideas, and is prepared to follow-up on them. A remarkable proof of these talents was the organization of the ‘Centenary Peace Palace Model United Nations’ in September 2013, which Caecilia initiated, designed and executed. This special commemorative MUN was a great success both in terms of content and participation. Caecilia has an extensive network composed of young as well as experienced people in the field of international co-operation and diplomacy. She manages to sustain this lively and highly diverse network because of her dedication and friendly character." Prof Dr Yvonne M. Donders, Chair United Nations Association The Netherlands, Prof of International Human Rights & Cultural Diversity, Executive Director of University of Amsterdam International Law Center

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 30 October 2013 "Caecilia van Peski has great personal courage and determination. She is very knowledgeable about elections having participated in many OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Missions. She also understands the relevance and importance of the whole electoral cycle and has organised conferences on election observation and the present day challenges. Caecilia is a person of integrity and drive and will do well at whatever she undertakes." Dame Audrey Glover, former Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) in Warsaw, Poland, OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission Head of Mission, former Head of the UK Delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission

ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - 25 September 2013 "Caecilia van Peski is an outstanding specialist in the field of democratic electoral processes. Her experience in numerous countries vis-à-vis this purpose has rendered her extraordinary skills. Rev Dr Adriaan Mari van Peski - Caecilia’s late father - was a theologian within the Remonstrant Brotherhood, just like myself. It pleases me greatly to find a similar profound interest in theology in Caecilia. In this, Caecilia builds on the legacy of her father’s 1968 ‘Outreach of Diakonia; A Study of Christian Service, with special Reference to its International Aspects’. We will certainly hear much more of Caecilia van Peski in the future." Prof Dr Christiane M.G. Berkvens-Stevelinck, Professor of European Culture at Radboud University Nijmegen, Remonstrant Theologian

CLUJ-NAPOCA, ROMANIA - 05 September 2013 "I have met Caecilia van Peski in 2009 at the LIFE-PEACE Research Group on Dialogue in Intercultural Communities at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy. We remained good friends ever since. She is a great person and a reliable professional, always a pleasure to be in touch with. I am continuously impressed by Caecilia’s capacity to shift the conventional thinking on citizenship, justice, power and peace. There is much to be learned from her professional work, political commitment and from her personal resilience.” Dr Maria-Carmen Pantea, Lecturer of Sociology and Social Work at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS - 01 September 2013 "I have known Caecilia van Peski since 2004, we have been deployed to several OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission together. Over the years, I have gotten to know Caecilia as a person who possesses the perfect mixture of idealism and pragmatism. She jumps at opportunities to make the world better and make other people believe the world can be made better. In this, Caecilia’s expertise in the field of elections and electoral procedures is widely recognized." Esquire Willem Hendrik de Beaufort, LL.M., former Secretary General of the Parliament of the Netherlands

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - 25 AUGUST 2013 "Caecilia van Peski is a social innovator 'par excellence' and inspirational in her commitment and approach to working for justice and human rights. I have known Caecilia and her work since 2008 and witnessed how she has developed opportunity after opportunity into exciting and often highly successful initiatives. Her leadership style is caring, and always professional. A great colleague to have in any team." Mr Rob Watson, Director of Frontier Consulting, independent consultant to the European Union on Human Rights, Governance and Access to Justice, Trainer at the UN Staff College in Turin, Italy

UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS - 14 July 2013 “I have great respect for the professional competencies of Caecilia van Peski, with whom Context International Cooperation has worked together over a decade with regard to issues such as global social justice and global citizenship. Caecilia has the remarkable competency to link the ‘local’ to the ‘global’ (and vice versa) and to operate both at the strategic as well as the operational level. She has a long - and lived through - track record in promoting global citizenship. In my view, Caecilia is both a ‘thinker’ and a ‘do-er’ who gets things done; she is an experienced diplomat and an innovative entrepreneur. Moreover, it is always a pleasure to work with her.” Mr Fons van der Velden, Director Context International Cooperation

TILBURG, THE NETHERLANDS - 01 July 2013 "Caecilia van Peski is one of the most passionate women I know.  She is always out there, mobilizing people and resources to achieve the goals that she believes in. These goals spring from her conviction that ‘human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and that they should act towards another in a spirit of brotherhood.’ Caecilia continues with an admirable perseverance, even when life gets tough, as was the case after the severe injuries she suffered while being deployed to the EU Monitoring Mission to Georgia, EUMM. Caecilia takes in a unique position within my network in the way in which she expresses her vast interest in - and knowledge of - human rights, globalization and global citizenship." Dr Ralf Bodelier, Director ‘Wereld Podium' ('World Podium') – Programme on Global Development

UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS - 14 June 2013 "PAX operates in countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Southeast Europe. PAX starts up and supports local peace initiatives and mobilizes moral, political and financial support for these within Dutch society and through (international) campaigns. Our work is geared to match the human security concerns in countries and regions where we operate. This approach determines the quality and success of our work. Since 2008, Caecilia van Peski has been Member of the Board of IKV. She is highly motivated towards - and engaged in - our work. Caecilia stands out on the basis of her broad knowledge of international affairs and her vast international experience in the field of peace building. She is a fervent proponent of human rights en democracy and as such has contributed substantially to our peace movement." Mr Jan Gruiters, General Director PAX - IKV Interchurch Peace Council, leading Dutch Peace Movement

BARCELONA, SPAIN - 14 June 2013 "I can vouch for Caecilia van Peski’s vast experience of working in Peace Studies throughout the world by virtue of exquisite postcards I keep receiving from her, with delectable text that cheers me up immensely even when I am in the depths of a math-equation induced depression. She has a radiant personality that comes across immediately in both face-to-face meetings and email messages. When logistics are a problem, clever ideas are sought, or someone needs a gentle diplomatic prod to open a gate or get things going, I turn to Caecilia." Prof Dr Nicholas T. Longford, Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM - 20 November 2011 “Caecilia van Peski worked with me as a contributing editor while I was editor in chief of Interspectives, Journal on Transcultural Education. Caecilia was both a good author and editor, timely meeting all deadlines and working without supervision or prompting. She has a good command of the English language, writes in a clear and effective style, and edits diplomatically. Caecilia is knowledgeable in non-formal, cross-cultural education – both in its theory and its practical application. Caecilia is a good, cheerful and energetic colleague and is equally effective as a team player and team leader. She has taken her knowledge and skills in intercultural education and effectively applied them in her international work.” Dr Joseph G Banks, JD (ret.), Editor-in-Chief of "Interspectives" Journal on Transcultural Education, Assistant Dean of the College of Law of the University of Cincinnati, USA

GORI, REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA - 27 January 2011 "Caecilia van Peski was deployed to EUMM Field Office Gori, first as a Monitor in the Human Rights and Humanitarian Team, and later, as of December 21, 2010, as the Team Leader of the same cell. Caecilia performed her duties with professional manner and her wide knowledge about Gender Equality and International Human Rights was well recognized amongst the Field Office members. The Patrol Reports she wrote were analytical and of high standard, and fullfilling additonal responsibilities such as making presentations was not a problem for Caecilia. On the contrary, she was happy to share the knowledge she had and to work additional hours when needed. Due to her social character, Caecilia van Peski did not face problems to get along with people from different cultures or professional backgrounds. Her unprompted way of working enabled her to establish new contacts with the local communities and actors that benefitted the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Team. Caecilia van Peski displayed high levels of motivation and potential. She has very good communication skills. She was able to make clear and tailored presentations to the different target groups (such as Gori University students and NGOs) and she had no problem to utilize the most common software programs. Caecilia possesses a natural leadership and managerial skills and she has no problems to meet the deadlines. She showed high motivation and willingness to take more responsibility within the team. Due to a highly unfortunate mission-related accident, she didn't have the time to achieve the expected outcome, which is something her supervisors highly regret.There is no doubt that her contribution to the mission would have been significant if the accident would not have taken place." Mr Georgios Papaioannou, European Union Monitoring Mission to Georgia (EUMM), Deputy Chief Field Office Gori

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