Nicola Williams is the Coordinator of the Global Alliance on Armed Violence (GAAV), a coalition of 150 actors in 58 countries working to prevent and reduce armed violence. Nicola has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (Crisis Prevention and Recovery) and INGOs including Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, the Australian Red Cross and International Alert. Her work has spanned global, regional, national and local levels in numerous contexts highly affected by violence and conflict. Her areas of expertise include: gender, peace and security; democracy transitions and peace-building; arms control and armed violence reduction; and sustainable development. Her work has continually focused on empowering civil society stakeholders, be that through policy advocacy, research or training. She has contributed articles to the United Nations News Centre in New York and has produced publications on justice in post-conflict contexts, gender, peace and security. Nicola's qualifications include undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in journalism, and a Masters of International Development from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). She is a member of the Small Arms Survey (SAS) International Programme Council.