Silke von Brockhausen
Crisis Communication Specialist
Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP New York
Silke von Brockhausen joined UNDP in 2009. Since then, she has increased UNDP’s profile, transparency and engagement with external stakeholders by managing its 2.500.000 member strong multilingual global social media presence. She is coordinating UNDP’s global digital advocacy campaigns and leads strategic communication trainings for senior managers and staff globally. As Emergency Communication Advisor for UNDP’s Crisis Response Roster, she has gained extensive experience in crisis response during assignments with UNDP Yemen, the Office of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and Tuvalu as well as the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL). She supported the Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Sierra Leone as Special Assistant and has previously worked for the United Nations in Germany, United States and Kenya.
Ms. Brockhausen has over ten years of progressively responsible experience in coordination and strategic communications in development and humanitarian affairs, including crisis management, training and policy advice, designing, monitoring and evaluating complex communication programmes and establishing strong strategic partnerships with media, civil society, private sector, government and UN partners. Prior to the UN, she worked for the Centre for European Policy, the German-American Chamber of Commerce, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and volunteered for an NGO in South Africa.
Ms. Brockhausen is a German national. She holds an MA in Media Science from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany and a Diploma for Graduates in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
Expert’s related links
Sierra Leone: from 'blood diamonds' to long lasting development. Our Perspective, UNDP, 11 April 2014
USAID Twitter Chat on social media and development 19 September 2013
Social media strategy for international non profits, in: We Do Social Media - Best Practices and Tips from Experts. O'Reilly, 2013. [German]
Best bits: How to make social media work best for development? Guardian, 4 June 2013
Online debate: How can social media change how development is done? Guardian, 13 May 2013
At the UN, use of Twitter growing. IPI Global Observatory, 9 November 2012
UNDP uses social media to make themselves more accessible. Snoo.ws, April 2011