Frédéric Carver (he/him)
Managing Director
Bergen, Norway

Fred Carver is a Managing Director at Strategy for Humanity, heading up our European operations. Fred has a proven track record in senior leadership positions and working on project design, and his strategic advice is often sought.

His areas of thematic expertise are the United Nations, Peacekeeping, Atrocity Prevention, gender and Women Peace and Security, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and sexual violence, civil wars and political violence. Fred has served in senior management positions in international human rights organizations for over ten years having had a prior career in UK politics and academia.

An anthropologist at heart (and with some ethnographic training) and a mathematician by his first university degree Fred is exceptionally skilled to design, conduct, or interpret mixed methods research. A former press officer who has frequently found himself at one end of a camera or the other and an accomplished writer and editor, Fred also advises on communication and presentation. His most recent work has included designing and implementing advocacy strategies on atrocity prevention, analysis of UK contributions to UN Peacekeeping, writing tenders to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and giving written and oral parliamentary evidence.

Prior to coming to Strategy for Humanity Fred was the Head of Policy at the United Nations Association–UK, a campaigning organization and think tank promoting multilateral foreign policy in the UK. Fred led policy development, designing high-profile campaigns on UN reform and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, and structuring initiatives on atrocity prevention, peacekeeping, and UK foreign policy. He served as editor of two journals, co-editor of a magazine, and public spokesperson. Fred was particularly known for his collegiate working and his outputs leveraged the insight and wisdom of a wide array of contacts inside and outside the United Nations, and in London, New York and around the world. This resulted in collaborations such as supporting Lakhdar Brahimi to guest edit an edition of the magazine.

Before UNA-UK Fred ran the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, pushing for accountability for war crimes committed in the Sri Lankan Civil war. The organization specialized initially in advocating at the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of Sri Lankan civil society actors who would be at too great a risk if they did so directly, and later in supporting those actors to conduct their own advocacy while running high profile campaigns on issues such as ethical tourism and the commonwealth.  

Earlier in his career, Fred was an academic researcher specializing in urban violence in Pakistan, and before then he worked in UK politics running election campaigns. While a young family mostly keeps Fred at home these days, his happiest professional experiences were conducting interviews and surveys, primarily in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, but also in Afghanistan, the DRC, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Tajikistan. 

Fred has a BSc in Mathematics with Theoretical Physics from University College London, and an MSc in Asian Politics from SOAS University of London. He started a PhD in War Studies at Kings College London but placed it on indefinite hold as his career took off. Recently, he completed the GenderPro professional qualification in Gender and Development from the George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute.

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