Jakob Silas Lund has more than ten years of experience in the humanitarian, development and human rights fields. Most recently, he was with UN Women in New York where part of his portfolio included in-country program support and capacity building in, among other places, DR Congo (ebola and IDP response), Haiti (hurricane response), Bangladesh (flooding response), and Zambia (refugee response). Jakob also worked with the UN in Bolivia on programs focusing on countering violence against women. Prior to being with the UN, Jakob worked in the civil society sector, among others with Amnesty International. He also founded and managed the award-winning grass-root organization, Play31, which works on peacebuilding and human rights-education in Sierra Leone. Jakob holds a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Roskilde University. Aside from his work in the development sector, he is also a freelance writer. He has written a non-fiction book about the civil war in Sierra Leone and a novel published in 2017. Jakob is a Humanity in Action and McGill Echenberg Fellow.

Jakob Silas Lund has extensive experience in working in: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Haiti, Sierra Leone, United States of America, and Zambia. Major areas of expertise include: Analysis and research, Civil society engagement and strengthening, Conflict, situation and political economy analysis, Dialogue and reconciliation processes, Disaster response and resilience-building operations, Engaging marginalized groups, Humanitarian responses, mechanisms and programmes, Peace-building, peace operations and conflict sensitivity, Security sector reform and international humanitarian law, and Violence prevention and reduction