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Helena Puig
Editor, Redefining Peace

About this community:

What does “peace” mean to you? Do you consider yourself to be a “peacebuilder?” How can the concept of “peace” remain relevant in today’s complex world as an attainable, relatable goal?

Similar to Unite4Peace, Redefining Peace was made possible through the efforts of engageSimply, PartnersGlobal, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and the United Nations. With this community, we are looking at the cutting edge of the peacebuilding field - exciting new areas for innovation and creativity to support peace.

If you are entrepreneurial, creative and future-oriented, you will find information here about how those talents can make a difference for a more peaceful world. Find out more about how information technology is being harnessed within our Technology for Peace page; be captivated by the power of the arts for social change within our Storytelling for Peace page; and, discover how to unlock the potential of business to achieve peace dividends in Entrepreneurs for Peace.

About the editor:

Helena is the managing director and co-founder of Build Up, a social enterprise that designs, researches and implements innovative and technology-enabled programs that promote peace, support civic engagement and prevent conflict. She has worked with NGOs, governments and United Nations agencies in conflict and post-conflict environments including Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya, Cyprus, Syria, Nepal, Somalia and Colombia. Helena writes and speaks often about technology innovation for peacebuilding, and is considered a thought leader in the emerging field of peacetech. She is also on the Board of Advisors of International Alert and Elva Community Engagement.


Prior to funding Build Up, Helena consulted for a variety of organisations including UNDP, the World Bank, the Open Society Institute, and Mercy Corps. Earlier, she worked full time for UNDP Sudan, the Mayor of London and Standard Chartered Bank. She holds a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a Bachelor in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University (where she also served as Student Union president).