Professor Ximena Jimenez is a Registered Nurse who graduated from the University of Chile’s School of Medicine. In addition to her R.N. degree, Prof. Jimenez holds a B.S. in Hospital Management from the Public Health School of the University of Chile; a B.S. and a M.A. in Security and Defense from the National Academy of Political and Strategies Studies (Chile); and a M.Sc. in Military Science degree and in UN peacekeeping operations from the Army War College of Chile. She has owned her own management and marketing consulting company and acted as an external consultant for the Chilean Army on management issues, which eventually led her to become interested in areas related to national security and defense.
Since 2002, on an independent and voluntary basis, she has undertaken research in international relations and UN peacekeeping regarding issues such as gender, civil-military coordination, the protection of civilians, child protection, the UN Code of Conduct, preventing sexual violence in conflict, human rights, genocide, and others.
From 2002 to 2009, she was a professor at the Chilean Joint Peacekeeping Training Centre (CECOPAC). She completed a number of courses given by: CECOPAC; the Executive Seminar led by the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (Canada); the Military Observer Capsule in the Centre of United Nations Peacekeeping, India; the Peace Operations School of Uruguay; and civil-military coordination courses from the Argentinean Joint Training Centre of Peacekeeping Operations and OCHA-USA South Command (Panama).
From 2007-2009, she was hired by OSAGI at UN HQ (today part of UN Women), to help develop courses on the implementation of SCR 1325 in Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa. She is the author of the POTI course “Gender Perspectives in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations” and also acts as a Thesis Advisor for the Institute. Additionally, during 2009–2010, she was a consultant to the Club of Madrid, serving as an expert on the implementation of SCR 1325 (2000) and working on projects in Andean Latin America and the Horn of Africa. Professor Jimenez also worked as a facilitator for the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Africa and Latin America from 2009 to 2012.
She regularly holds lectures, teaches classes, and participates in conferences, seminars, and workshops in many universities, Peace Training Centers, government institutions, ministries, and UN agencies, as well as in regional organizations such as NATO, EU, and the AU, among others.
She is active member of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC), Women in International Security (WIIS) of Georgetown University, and the European Association of Peace Training Centres (EAPTC). She is the author of many articles, papers, and studies on gender and women, peace, and security issues. Professor Jimenez is of French nationality, speaks English, French, and Spanish, and understands Italian and Portuguese.