Derek (Gildea) Caelin



Derek is a Specialist at the PeaceTech Lab. The Lab was created by United States Institute of Peace as a separate entity to further advance USIP's work at the intersection of technology, media and data to help reduce violent conflict around the world.

Derek seeks to serve as a connection point between the worlds of conflict resolution and technology. When he isn’t working on the PeaceTech Exchange project and exploring the possibilities for tech peacebuilding in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, he is a passionate advocate for the use of video games in peacebuilding. He also proudly wears the title of “Office Photoshop Guy”.

An independent games designer, Derek often works on solo projects and collaborates in the Send More People project. In his spare time, Derek creates videos exploring Arab political videogames. Derek provides mentorship and training for low-cost, easy to use technologies such as mapping, analytics, and data-gathering tools.

Derek holds a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.