Graeme Simpson

Graeme Simpson is the director of Interpeace USA and senior adviser to the Director-General of Interpeace, a global peace-building organization headquartered in Geneva working in 20 conflict and immediate post-conflict zones around the world.

He was founder of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he served as executive director from 1995 to 2005. Simpson worked extensively on issues related to transitional justice, including work with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and on the transformation of criminal justice institutions in South Africa. He was one of the drafters of the National Crime Prevention Strategy, adopted by the South African cabinet in May 1996, as well as being a member of the drafting team for the South African White Paper on Safety and Security.

Simpson has served as the director of country programs at the International Center for Transitional Justice, headquartered in New York City. In that capacity, he oversaw the organization’s work on transitional justice in more than 20 countries globally. Thereafter he was the director of thematic programs at the ICTJ for two additional years, leading work on prosecutions, reparations, truth-seeking, security system reform, memorials, gender, and a program on peace and justice.