Matilda Flemming leads Search for Common Ground's European Affairs team, where she ensures strong relationships between Search and the European Union, European Governments, NGOs, and other partners. She is a member of the UN Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth. Before joining Search, Matilda worked for the European Women’s Lobby – the largest umbrella organization of women's association in Europe – on their campaigns to strengthen the role of women in decision-making. Until April 2016, Matilda coordinated the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), a global network of 70 youth peace organizations in 45 countries, where she led the civil society campaign for Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security – inspired by SCR 1325. She was also the co-chair of the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding and a member of the Council of Europe's Advisory Council on Youth. Matilda is from Finland and holds a master’s in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.
Selection of experience as a panelist:
Panel on women's rights and populist politics, Annual Conference of the European association of political consultants, Brussels, May 2017
Panel on National Action Plans, Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism, Geneva, April 2016
Opening panel, Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security, Amman, August 2015
Panel on Youth, peace and security, Global forum on youth policy, Baku, 2014