Kristen O'Connell is the Partnership and Governance Officer, Lead Researcher, Private Sector Involvement for the Global Community Engagement & Resilience Fund (GCERF), the global fund for preventing violent extremism. Based in Geneva, Kristen manages GCERF's partnerships, including public and private sector engagement, and research on private sector involvement. She also supports GCERF's Governing Board. Previously, Kristen worked in marketing and communications strategy for financial services companies in New York. Kristen has a Master of Philosophy in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin.