Group of Experts



Dr. Anthony Cleland Welch  

After leaving the British military as a Brigadier General, Tony Welch, has spent the last twenty years working in post-conflict and developing countries. His experience ranges from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo to Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands and Kuwait.  He has worked with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the European Union (EU), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations (UN) on peace building, stabilisation and development missions.

This included the post of Chief of Staff to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the UN in the former Yugoslavia. He headed the UK’s Department for International Development Office in Kosovo at the end of the conflict and later was the UN Regional Administrator for northern Kosovo.  In 2001 he was appointed a UN Regional Administrator, heading up all administrative, development and security efforts in the volatile Mitrovica region of Kosovo. In 2006 he was coordinator of the Internal Security Review of Kosovo, which made recommendations for the establishment of Justice, Internal Affairs and Security Ministries in an independent Kosovo. He later advised the Kosovo Government on the drafting of their National Security Strategy.

More recent he was responsible for planning the UK’s justice and security stabilisation assistance in the Middle East and North Africa.  He is a visiting lecturer on security at Cranfield and Leicester Universities and the Folke Bernadotte Academy.  He also acts as an adviser in the UK’s House of Lords on international aid, security and foreign policy on Africa. In all these roles he has lectured on, and highlighted, the need to mainstream the tenets of UNSCR 1325 in security and justice reform and international aid and development.




Dr. Natalie Florea Hudson

Dr. Natalie Florea Hudson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Dayton, where she also serves as the Director of the Human Rights Studies Program. She specializes in gender and international relations, the politics of human rights, human security, and international law and organization.

Her book, Gender, Human Security and the UN: Security Language as a Political Framework for Women (Routledge, 2009) examines the organizational dynamics of women’s activism in the United Nations system and how women have come to embrace and been impacted by the security discourse in their work for rights and equality. She is a co-author of Global Politics (McGraw-Hill 2013) and numerous articles appearing in journals, such as International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Journal of Human Rights, International Journal, Simulation and Gaming, and Global Change, Peace and Security.

Dr. Hudson also serves as a consult to the European Union and the United Nations on work related to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda. With the support of a McGrath Human Rights Fellowship (2012-2014), her current research centers on the deployment and impact of female military and police personnel in UN peacekeeping missions.  She is also working on a project evaluating national and regional action plans aimed at implementing the WPS Agenda.