Camilla Schippa

Camilla leads the daily operations of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). She is responsible for setting the strategy for the global think tank and aligning it with opportunities to advance IEP’s global reach and impact. She oversees and coordinates activities of IEP’s offices in Sydney, New York and Mexico City.

Camilla sits on the Board of Directors of the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction and is also a member of the UN’s expert reference group for the Global Consultation on Conflict, Violence and Disaster in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Club de Madrid’s Shared Society expert group and the GCERF Policy, Think & Do Tanks Constituency.

With 20 years of professional experience in building new initiatives for development and peace, guiding public-private partnerships, leading teams and coordinating vast public outreach efforts, Camilla’s first-hand expertise is in intergovernmental organizations, philanthropic strategy and academic research.

Before joining IEP, Camilla held senior positions at the United Nations Secretariat for over a decade. Until early 2008, she was Chief of Office of the UN Office for Partnerships, within the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General. In this role, she advised on the management of the US$ 1 billion partnership between the UN and Ted Turner’s UN Foundation and assisted in overseeing the activities of the UN Democracy Fund. Camilla also led the United Nation’s work in the area of Sport for Development & Peace and was part of the team responsible for setting up the Peacebuilding Support Office at the UN. 

Over the years, Camilla guided the development of high impact multi-stakeholder partnerships and contributed to the creation of numerous strategic alliances between the UN, corporations and foundations. She managed liaison with regional commissions, UN programmes, funds and specialized agencies and diplomatic missions.

Before joining the UN, Camilla worked in the Department of International Economics at the Norges Handels Hoyskolen in Bergen, Norway and as consultant for Christian Michelsen Research AS. From 1994 to 1995, she led an Ethno-Anthropological field research in South-East Kenya.

Camilla’s career includes experience working at the UN, for NGOs, in academia and in foundations. She is a published author and public speaker. A Swedish-Italian citizen, she holds an MA summa cum laude in International Political Sciences from the Universita’ degli Studi di Perugia, in Italy.

Together with her husband she is busy raising two young children.