Erik Giersiepen graduated as Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies (International Joint Award) from the University of Kent and the University of Marburg in 2019. Prior, he finished two BA courses in Political Sciences, American and Lusophone Studies from the University of Mainz. During his studies, he specialized in crisis management, conflict transformation and peace consolidation in conflict-prone regions, using a macro-quantitative approach to identify structural, political, and social causes of conflict onset.
During his previous working life, Erik was a member of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO, now DPO) in New York, USA, and the United Nations Platform for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) in Bonn, Germany, providing technical assistance to improve access to health care in correctional facilities in the Sudan, South Sudan and Abyei. As a member of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Erik provided support to the Government of the DRC to strengthen the rule of law – a social determinant of health. In addition, Erik worked at GIZ International Services as expert manager with a focus on projects in the francophone and anglophone Africa.
At management4health, Erik works as project manager and is responsible for WB-, KfW, EU- and GIZ-funded health projects all over the world. His focus lies on conflict-sensitive adaptation to health services in fragile states and post-conflict environments as well as psychosocial support for refugees, internally displaced people and crisis-affected populations.