Annika Söder was appointed President of the European Institute of Peace on 11 July 2019. She served as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Sweden between 2014 and 2019. Before that she was Executive Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation working on UN matters, UN reform, peace-building and the SDGs. She has also been a senior manager and ADG of the UN FAO, responsible for external relations, partnerships, interagency affairs and communications. Previously, she served as State Secretary for International Development Cooperation in the Swedish Government and as spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, and in several positions as foreign policy advisor to the prime minister and foreign ministers.
Vice-President of the Board
Marc Otte was appointed Vice-President of the Board of the European Institute of Peace on 5 May 2014. He is currently Belgian Special Envoy for Syria and was the European Union's Special Representative to the Middle East peace process from 14 July 2003 to 28 February 2011. Mr Otte holds an MA in Political and Social Sciences, from the University of Leuven, 1969, and did post-graduate work at the University's Institute for Developing Countries. Afterwards he taught in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he later served in the embassy. Over the following few decades he held various positions in the Belgian Foreign Affairs Service, including Consul General in Los Angeles (1988–1992) and Ambassador to Israel (1992–96). He is a Senior Associate Fellow of EGMONT - The Royal Institute for International Relations based in Brussels.
Staffan de Mistura
President of EIP’s Board of Governors (2014-2016)
Staffan de Mistura was President of the Board of Governors of the European Institute of Peace between 2014 and 2016. Staffan de Mistura is a long-serving Italian-Swedish diplomat. After a 40-year career in various UN agencies, he served as deputy Foreign Minister in the Italian Government headed by Mario Monti. Mr de Mistura's previous UN posts have included that of Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq (2007–2009) and Afghanistan (2010–2011) and currently Syria. Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for Southern Lebanon (2001–2004), and Director of the UN Information Centre in Rome (2000–2001).
His work has taken him to many of the most volatile conflict regions in the world including Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and the former Yugoslavia. He is currently the UN envoy for Syria. Mr de Mistura is married with two daughters. He speaks seven languages.