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.