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Senior Adviser

Edward Rees joined Building Markets in September 2007, first as Country Director in Timor-Leste, and now as Senior Advisor. Prior to this, he worked with the Peacekeeping Best Practises Section (PBPS) of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) at the UN Headquarters in New York. Edward acted as Political Officer to the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in Timor-Leste in 2006 and later participated in the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste. Edward has also worked for UNDP, the National Democratic Institute and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Once upon a time ago he worked for a politician in the Canadian House of Commons.

Additionally, Edward acted as consultant to the International Crisis Group, the Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, the Small Arms Survey, King’s College London, Amnesty International, Global Integrity, the International Security Sector Advisory Team and the US State Department. A dual British/Canadian citizen, he studied at McGill University and King’s College, University of London.

Edward is married to Elisabeth “Fani” Oktofani – an Indonesian journalist.


Favorite Quote: 
"The Muppet Show is High Society."
Edward Rees
Favorite Book: 
The Life of My Choice
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