Michael Gaouette has 20 years of United Nations and international NGO experience. He has served the UN in New York, Geneva, West Africa and the Middle East in a variety of roles, including as the leader of the team that established a peacekeeping operation in Darfur, Sudan.
He was also the Director of Emergency Operations at a major British NGO, where he led humanitarian responses to crises around the world, including in India, East Africa and Central Asia. He now focuses on social impact investing in West Africa and is president of the board of Digital Democracy, a start-up NGO that uses technology to empower marginalized communities in South and Central America.
His commentary includes: A Case for Change – A Review of Peace Operations (contributor), “Ignoring Sudan?” (Al Jazeera), “Peacekeeping in Darfur” (NPR), and “Peacekeeping – can the UN meet the challenge?” (Harvard Institute of Politics).