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Gaia van der Esch

IMPACT Initiatives
Deputy Director - Directrice exécutive adjointe
Geneva Area, Switzerland
Gaia van der Esch is the Deputy Director of IMPACT Initiatives, a Geneva-based think- and do-tank. IMPACT implements programmes in emergency settings, mainly through its REACH initiative, and its aim is to shape practices, influence policies in humanitarian and development settings, and positively impact the lives of people and their communities.

Gaia is also the chair of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Meeting Humanitarian Challenges in Urban Areas.

Prior to joining IMPACT in March 2015, Gaia worked with ACTED in the Middle East and Northern Africa Region as Deputy Regional Director, with a focus on the Syria crisis response, for over three years.

Gaia holds an international relations master degree from “Sciences Po Paris”, a Bachelor degree in Philosophy from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and an exchange degree ofrom Berlin's "Freie Universitaet".