Dr Renata Dwan

Senior Consulting Fellow, International Security Programme

Renata Dwan


Renata Dwan is a senior consulting fellow at Chatham House. Until July 2022, she served as the institute’s deputy director, where she oversaw its research agenda and programmes. She is also a non-resident fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC).

From 2018–20, Renata was director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva where she developed programmes linking arms control to conflict management, gender and emerging technologies.

During her years in the UN she worked on peace operations and complex emergencies in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mali and Syria. She led major UN-wide policy initiatives on peacekeeping, security sector reform and crisis management capacities.

Prior to the UN, Renata led Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s programme on armed conflict and conflict management and was deputy director of the EastWest Institute security programme in Budapest. She was a special adviser to the European Union Council Secretariat on crisis management issues.

Renata has published widely on peacekeeping, international conflict management and peacebuilding. She received her MPhil and DPhil in international relations from Oxford University.

Past experience

2020-22 Deputy Director, Chatham House


Director, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
2016-18 Chief, Peacekeeping Policy and Best Practices Service, United Nations
2015-16 Head, Secretary-General’s Initiative on Peace Operations, United Nations
2013-15 Team Leader, Integrated Operational Teams for Asia & Mali, United Nations
2011-13 Senior Programme Officer, United Nations
2010-11 Chief of Development Coherence, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
2005-10 Coordination Officer and Senior Partnerships Advisor, United Nations
2002-03 Special Advisor, Council of the European Union
1999-2005 Project Leader, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
1997-99 Deputy Director, EastWest Institute