Rainer Gude TrustWorks Global

Rainer Gude

Senior Associate

Alongside his work with TrustWorks Global, Rainer focuses on supporting peace processes and national dialogues, as well as supporting various grass-roots initiatives ranging from humanitarian work with refugees to leadership training.

Previously Rainer was the Executive Coordinator of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform where he worked on the « conversational architecture » of getting Geneva’s various sectors to learn from one another and to collaborate. His team also ran the Geneva Peace Week. Prior to that, Rainer had spent 9 years with Intiatives of Change in various positions, ending with being the Co-Director of Initiatives of Change Switzerland. In those years he gained a lot of experience in facilitating, organizing and moderating conferences and managing an international team as well as nurturing a global network.
Currently Rainer also serves as an Advisor for the Swiss NGO, Inclusive Peace, as well as on the board of various other NGOs and initiatives.

Rainer grew up in the US, with a German mother and Spanish father. He has a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Rainer recently moved to Nairobi, Kenya.

Regional Specialization

Africa, Latin America and Europe

Thematic Specialization

Peacebuilding, networks, movements, facilitation, humanitarian work


English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese (conversational)