Political Affairs/Liaison Office
Eleonora-Markella Mantika is Political Affairs/Liaison Officer for the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (currently on parental leave).
Since 2016, Mrs. Mantika has been working on the Colombian peace process as Political Affairs/Liaison Officer with the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, in which she monitored the cessation of bilateral hostilities between the government and the FARC-EP guerrilla and the laydown of arms. She has been verifying the implementation of the peace agreement through the provision of security guarantees for the former FARC ex combatants, their socioeconomic and political reincorporation including verifying transitional justice and reconciliation issues.
Since 2010, Mantika has been working in the field of peacebuilding, democratic governance, mine action security institutions and rule of law. In Burundi, Markella volunteered with the Mines Advisory Group. With the European External Action and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), she followed closely electoral processes in northern Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, Myanmar and Azerbaijan. With the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, in Ivory Coast, Liberia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Markella was a Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration officer, as well as a Mine Action Programme Officer. She worked on arms embargo/ UN sanctions monitoring, small arms control, electoral affairs, joint operations and crisis management.
Mrs. Mantika joined the Hellenic Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 2008, with the Embassy of Greece in Washington, D.C., as Development Assistance Officer in charge of bilateral and multilateral assistance projects and donor relations, liaison officer to the World Bank and USAID among others. She represented the Greek delegation at the EU Development Counsellors meetings and also helped coordinate humanitarian assistance efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
After earning her Master of Arts in Peace & Justice from the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies in 2006, she conducted postgraduate research with the Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights at Tufts University (Fletcher School) and helped organize outreach activities for the Boston Chapter of Women in International Security.