Ms. Georgia Holmer
Georgia Holmer
Peace and security
Vienna, Austria


Georgia Papadopoulos Holmer has 25 years of experience in international security policy, law, and practice. She is the former Head of the Action Against Terrorism Unit at the OSCE Secretariat and the former Director of CVE at the United States Institute of Peace. She has worked in a variety of capacities- as leader, advisor, facilitator, researcher, analyst and advocate with governments, international organizations, NGOs, academia, and the private sector on issues related to the prevention of conflict and violent extremism, human rights and counterterrorism, and women, peace, and security. She has designed, led, and evaluated capacity-building programs to build peace and security on the ground in Nigeria, Kenya, the Balkans, Central Asia, and North Africa. She served, with distinction, as an analyst for the FBI in international counterterrorism investigations for ten years, in Athens, Copenhagen, and Washington, D.C., and has designed and taught curricula in critical thinking and creative approaches to understanding and addressing radicalization to violence. She holds advanced degrees in international human rights law from Oxford University and in international relations from Boston University and has published and presented widely. She is active in the promotion of women's rights and the prevention of gender-based violence and serves on the advisory board of the NGO Women without Borders.