Gustavo Barros de Carvalho
Coordinator: Peacebuilding Unit
Since May 2012 Gustavo Barros de Carvalho has worked as the Coordinator of ACCORD's Peacebuilding Unit. He has worked for ACCORD since 2009, when he joined as the Analyst in the Peacekeeping Unit. As Peacebuilding Unit Coordinator, Gustavo is responsible to lead the coordination and implementation of all initiatives in the Peacebuilding Unit, through its focus on training, policy development support and research at the local, regional and international levels. His areas of interest range from broader peacebuilding issues, including issues related to local ownership in peacebuilding, peacekeeping-peacebuilding nexus, and local peacebuilding capacities and mechanisms.
Prior to joining ACCORD, Gustavo has worked as a Researcher on Somalia and DRC at Global Witness, a London-based advocacy NGO that focus on the role of natural resources in fuelling corruption and conflicts. He was previously associated with ACCORD as an Intern at our Durban (Training for Peace Programme and African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme) and Bujumbura offices (Burundi Intervention).
Gustavo is a Brazilian citizen and has previously studied in Brazil, Argentina and in the United Kingdom. Gustavo has a Bachelors in International Relations from the University of Brasília, where he was awarded a Brazilian government scholarship (Programa de Educação Tutorial em Relações Internacionais – PET-REL) to enhance his studies in International Relations. Gustavo also holds an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford. At Oxford he conducted his field research in Burundi and Ethiopia and wrote his thesis on the role of the African Union and the United Nations in peacekeeping operations in Burundi.
Gustavo is passionate about conflict resolution issues and aims to make a positive contribution to the strengthening of Peace and Security in Africa through his work at ACCORD.