Hannah Beswick

UN Women: Head of Partnerships
Hannah Beswick serves as the Head of Partnerships at the UN Women Liaison Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council in Abu Dhabi. Prior to this role, she served as the Women, Peace and Security Adviser and Senior Gender Adviser at the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in New York (2014-2018). In this role, she provided strategic guidance and technical expertise on integrating gender into formal and informal peace processes, peacekeeping, post-conflict recovery, humanitarian action, transitional justice, strategies to counter violent extremism, and efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict.

Formerly, Hannah worked with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington, D.C., where she conducted research on women’s participation in peace processes, interviewed women in senior leadership for the Institute’s Profiles in Peace Oral Histories Project, and organized the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security. Prior to this, Hannah served as the Morocco/Western Sahara Expert at Freedom House. From 2010 to 2012, Hannah served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco, as a Youth Development Specialist and Women and Girls Empowerment Coordinator.

Hannah received her B.A. in International Studies from Vassar College, with departmental honors, and her M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Hannah speaks English, Moroccan Arabic, and French.