Iris Abraham is a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section, where she specializes in the MENA & Gulf region, EU-Middle East Diplomacy and the role of media in global conflict and conflict prevention. She is currently also the Head of International Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Euronews in Brussels. Iris specializes in political and conflict analysis, policy advice, electoral assistance, dialogue and reconciliation, identity politics, media and conflict, as well as on UN multidimensional peacekeeping. Her regional focus is on Middle East/Arab World issues and on Political Islam. She furthermore maintains a strong interest in EU-UN cooperation on peacekeeping and EU-Middle East diplomacy. Iris studied European and Comparative Law and the University of Maastricht and holds a MA in Conflict Resolution and International Negotiations, Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilizations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, Massachusetts.
Carolyn Acker is a Senior Expert in GGI's Forward Studies and Innovation Section.Carolyn began her professional career in the health-care industry, working her way up the ranks of executive leadership through a combination of world-class education, practical experience and, above all, a desire to give back. In 1992, she became Executive Director of the Regent Park Community Health Centre serving people who were disadvantaged through a range of health services. In 2000, there were nine murders in the community and a palpable sense of despair. Acker’s experience and passion to break the cycle of poverty drove her entrepreneurial spirit. In 2001 the innovative Pathways to Education, (Pathways), was born out of her passion for helping young people to break the cycle of poverty, continue their education and find success in a career. Five years later, the drop-out rate fell from 56% to 13% and post-secondary attendance increased from 20% to 83%. In 2006, Carolyn became the founding CEO of Pathways to Education Canada, a public foundation dedicated to helping youth in low-income communities across Canada graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education. Pathways has grown serving over 5,000 students and alumni in 17 communities across Canada successfully decreasing secondary school drop-out rates by 70% and increasing post secondary participation by 300%.
Isabelle Balot (Fac.Univ. Saint-Louis/UCL, BA; Claremont Graduate University, MA; Columbia University, M.Phil) is a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section. Isabelle joined Vesalius College, Free University of Brussels (VUB) as an Adjunct Professor in International Relations. From 1999 to 2013, she worked for various Departments and Agencies of the United Nations both at headquarters and in the field. Isabelle held posts in the area of Public Information, Humanitarian Affairs, Peacekeeping, Development, Political Affairs, and Public Health. Isabelle's expertise includes the multifaceted international response to complex emergencies, including early warning, emergency relief aid, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace support. In 2002-2003, she was posted to the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). In 2003-2004, she served in the Sudan during the Darfur conflict. In 2005-2008, she worked as a Political Affairs Officer in New York, with a portfolio covering several countries in the Great Lakes, Horn, and Southern Africa regions. In 2009-2010, she worked as a Senior External Relations Officer for the World Health Organization at the EU. At present, as Board Member of the “EU Transparency Food Platform” (EU/Bonn University) and as European Commission Independent Expert (DG Research & Innovation), she continues to closely collaborate with EU partners.
Tom Chatfield is a Senior Expert in GGI's Forward Studies and Innovation Section. Tom is an author, broadcaster and academic, with a special interest in education and technology. The author of five books exploring digital culture - most recently "How to Thrive in the Digital Age" (Pan Macmillan) and "Netymology" (Quercus) - his work has appeared in over 20 territories and languages. Tom is interested in improving our understanding and experiences of technology, with a particular focus on education and behaviour change. Past collaborators include Google, the BBC and Channel 4 Education. He speaks and broadcasts around the world on technology, the arts and education. Appearances include TED Global and the Cannes Lions Festival; authors@gogle; the House of Commons; and venues ranging from the Sydney Opera house to the Googleplex. Tom holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and guest lectures at universities in the UK and Europe. He's also an associate edutor at Prospect Magazine, faculty member at London's School of Life and a past guest faculty member at the Said Business School, Oxford. In his spare time, he plays jazz piano and drinks too much coffee.
Lukasz Dziekonski is Senior Expert in the Economic Policy Section, where he focuses on policies related to investment in infrastructure and energy. He is currently engaged in PKO BP, where he is responsible for the coordination of international investment activities. He has wide experience in infrastructure, energy and financial services sectors. Mr Dziekonski is a member of the management board of the Marguerite Fund. He has previously served as an Administrator at the European Parliament, responsible for relations with the Ukraine and Russia and for the report on the external dimension of energy security. Mr Dziekonski holds a BA in War Studies from King's College, London.
Brig-Gen. (ret.) Dieter Farwick is a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section. He is a Former Director of Germany's "Federal Armed Forces Intelligence Office". During his 39-year career in the German Armed Forces, he held various international posts and served as an advisor during critical times of transition (from, inter alia, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the invasion of Czechoslovakia, to the end of the Cold War, German re-unification as well as NATO and EU enlargements). Brig.-Gen. Farwick served as an advisor to the late Dr. Manfred Wörner, previous German Minister of Defence (and subsequently NATO Secretary-General). He also held the post of Assistant Chief of Staff of Operations at NATO-HQ AFCENT in the Netherlands, overseeing planning for NATO collective defence and peace support operations. Dieter Farwick studied at the Royal College of Defence Studies and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (both in London). He has published five books and numerous articles on security policy and military strategy.
Tânia Felício is a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section, with particular expertise in the fields of peacebuilding, security sector reform and regional organizations' approaches to peace and security. Ms Felício is an Advisor in the Cabinet of the Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Previously, she was a Political Affairs Officer at the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) and a consultant at the UN's Department for Political Affairs (DPA), where she advised the Secretariat on the UN's closer cooperation with regional organizations. Ms Felício has also published widely on human security, peacekeeping and on the cooperation of regional organizations with the United Nations in the field of peace and security. She holds an MA in European Political and Administrative Studies and is a PhD Candidate at the United Nations University for Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
Dr. Alfonso García Figueroa is a Senior Expert in the Global Justice Section. He is also Professor Titular (Reader) in Legal Philosophy of the Faculty of Law at Toledo, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. His research interests include Jurisprudence, Human Rights and legal reasoning. Alfonso is the author of, inter alia, Principios y positivismo jurídico (Madrid, 1998); La argumentación en el Derecho (Lima, 2003), Star Trek y los derechos humanos (with Robert Alexy, Madrid, 2007); Interpretación conforme con la Constitución (México, 2010) and Criaturas de la moralidad. (Madrid, 2009). He also edited Racionalidad y Derecho (Madrid, 2006). Alfonso has taught theory of legal argumentation to judges and decision makers at several Constitutional and Supreme Courts as well as at Advanced Research Centres from Europe and Latinamerica. Recently, he has worked both as an Advisor and Researcher and Ethics reviewer for the European Commission.
Bo-Alex Fredvik is a Senior Expert in the Environment and Sustainable Development section, and works as an Environmental Auditor for the Auditor General's Office of Canada. His areas of research include tropical forest conservation, renewable energy and reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in developing countries. Mr. Fredvik has worked on environmental and sustainable development policy at the Canadian International Development Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Natural Resources Canada, and has also worked as a legislative advisor in the Canadian Parliament on environmental legislation. Prior to working in government, he worked as a Biologist in neurology at University of California in San Francisco and in genetics at Uppsala University, as well as consulting for the United Nations Environmental Programme, the World Conservation Union, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Mr. Fredvik holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from McGill University, Canada and a M.Sc. from the University of Québec in Montreal in Environmental Sciences. He has practical field research experience in the Brazilian Amazon and having lived in over a dozen countries, he fluently speaks English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish
Ambassador Andebrhan Welde Giorgis is a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section. Andebrhan has extensive experience (with over 20 senior diplomatic appointments and senior positions) as a diplomat, international negotiator, political consultant and academic with particular expertise in peace and security issues in the Horn of Africa. He is also Adjunct Professor of Diplomacy & African Politics at Vesalius College, Free University of Brussels (VUB). From 1995 to 2006 Andebrhan served as Ambassador/Permanent Representative to, inter alia, the IMO, UNESCO, the European Union, France, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain and the BeNeLux. From 2000 to 2002, he was the Commissioner for Coordination with the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia & Eritrea (UNMEE). Recently, Andebrhan worked as Senior Advisor for the Africa Programme of the International Crisis Group and advised the European Commission for the Preparation of an EU Strategy for the Horn of Africa. He holds a BSc and MBA in Economics & Management from the Univesity of Colorado and conducted doctoral studies at Harvard University.
Georg-Sebastian Holzer is a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section at the Global Governance Institute where he focuses on state-building and governance in post-conflict areas. He is currently a Security Sector Advisor in Brussels and previously worked over two years as a security-political advisor for the German Development Cooperation GIZ in Afghanistan. Sebastian has a background as a research assistant and security analyst focusing on political Islam and the intersection of formal and informal powers in the Horn of Africa, among others as a Consultant on Somalia for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He holds an MA in International Economics and Conflict Management from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.
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Dimitris is a Senior Expert in the Forward Studies and Innovation section where he focuses on implementing innovation processes within education and industry. Dimitris has over 11 years experience in project/programme management for the European Commission. He has lead teams within the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission at the Erasmus Mundus and External Cooperation unit as well as the Socrates, Leonardo and Youth Technical Assistance Office (that provided programme management services to the European Commission) in the Education and Training department. Through his personal interests and extensive professional experience, Dimitris has gained significant experience in programme management aspects and insights into EU policies and programmes. Dimitris studied German language and literature at the universities of Athens in Greece and Würzburg in Germany and also holds a postgraduate degree in European Studies (MES) from the technical university of Aachen in Germany.
Andreas S. Kolb is a Senior Analyst in the Global Justice Section. He studied law in Hamburg, Toronto and Vancouver and completed his LL.M. at the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a thesis on the responsibility to protect in international law. Andreas gained work experience during internships with various international law firms and was a teaching assistant at UBC as well as at Bucerius Law School. His published work focuses on different aspects of public international law. He has been a lecturer in teaching projects on European and comparative constitutional law for university students in Sarajevo as well as on international and European law for high-schools students in Hamburg. Andreas is currently a doctoral student at Bucerius Law School, an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation and a legal trainee in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
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Dr. Mihail Kritikos is a Senior Expert in the Global Justice Section. His expertise lies at the intersection of European Union Law, Environmental Law as well as the interface between Science, Ethics and Emerging Risks. Mihail has been a Project Leader and Lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration, an Assistant Professor at Vesalius College of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and a Lecturer in EU Law at the University of Exeter. Previously, he worked as a Lawyer and Senior Assosicate in the Environmental/Regulatory and Government Affairs Group of the international law firm White & Case as well as the Ethics Review Sector of the European Commission. Mihail has extensive project expertise in the areas of environmental law, risk regulation, biotechnology law and ethics. He holds a PhD in EU Environmental Law from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).
Tony Long is a Senior Expert in the Environment and Sustainable Development section at the Global Governance Institute. Tony joined the Institute in 2015 after a 40-year career in the environmental NGO movement, including director-level positions with the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). He founded the WWF European Policy Office in Brussels in 1989 and headed it for 25 years. He has been influential in shaping global conservation priorities through his involvement in numerous boards and advisory groups, including for 10 years as a member of the Dow Chemical Company’s sustainability external advisory council. Tony has been awarded senior fellowship positions or scholarships by inter alia the Harkness Fellowship of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, the Congressional Fellowship of the American Political Science Association, the United States Information Agency, the German Marshall Fund travel and campus fellowship programmes and the 21st Century Trust. He has held research or teaching positions at the Labaratoire d’Econométrie at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and served for six years as Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He is the author of several publications on the theme of environmental public affairs. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA) and a member of the Club of Rome Brussels chapter. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Alexandra Novosseloff is a Senior Expert at the Peace and Security Section. She is currently a research associate at the Centre Thucydide, University of Paris-Panthéon-Assas. Her area of expertise lies in the field of international organizations and peacekeeping - with particular emphasis on the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations. She has held research positions at the International Peace Institute, the UNESCO and at the Institute for Security Studies of the Western European Union. Dr. Novosseloff holds a PhD in political science from the University of Paris-Panthéon-Assas. She is a member of the Francophone Research Network on Peace Operations at the University of Montréal and of the Association of Internationalists.
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Ejeviome Eloho Otobo is currently a Senior Expert both in the Peace and Security Section and the Global Economic Policy Section. Previously, he held the position of director and deputy head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, where he also acted as Assistant Secretary-General from February-August 2009. Before joining PBSO, he served in various departments of the United Nations, including the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa; UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He joined the United Nations after a distinguished career in the diplomatic service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. During the course of his diplomatic career, he served on the Policy Planning Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented Nigeria in several countries, and participated in various bilateral political and multilateral economic negotiations. In recognition of his contribution to Nigeria’s diplomacy and foreign policy, he was appointed ambassador-in-situ. He is widely published and has written on a wide range of issues, including peacebuilding, public service reforms, institutional development, governance, regulatory policy and management, and international trade. He co-edited African Development in the 21st Century: Adebayo Adedeji’s Theories and Contributions (2015) and authored Consolidating Peace in Africa: The Role of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (2015). Otobo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and a Master degree in Public Administration (with international political economy as area of policy concentration) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
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Mark Purdon is a Senior Expert in the Environment and Sustainable Development section. He is an expert in the governance of the carbon markets in least developed countries, particularly land tenure arrangements in the forest and bioenergy sectors. His work draws on professional experience in climate change and international development policy with UNDP, CIDA, the Government of Cameroon as well as numerous NGOs and the private sector. He has experience working in Cameroon, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda in Africa as well as the Czech Republic and Moldova in Eastern Europe. In addition, he has attended nearly all UN climate change conferences since 2005 and writes on international climate change politics. Mr. Purdon holds an MSc in environmental science from UQÀM and a second MSc in environmental policy from Oxford University. He is currently completing a PhD in political science at the University of Toronto and lecturing in environmental politics at McGill University.
Silke Rusch is a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section. She is currently Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Officer in the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Previously, she was the Acting Chief of the Security Institutions Unit at the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (BINUCA) in the Central African Republic. Silke has several years of work experience with the United Nations in Geneva and Sudan and with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and GIZ. Her area of expertise is UN peacekeeping, in particular Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration and Security Sector Reform. Ms Rusch holds an MA in Political Sciences from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), an LL.M. from the Universite de Paris I (Sorbonne) and has studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Col Christof Tatschl is a Director of GGI and a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section. His focal points are Cyber Defence, International Institutions and their interactions, Security Sector Reform, Disarmament, Information Operation. He is the Deputy Head of the Cyber Defence Division in the Austrian MOD, he was the Chief of Staff and Military Counsellor at the Austrian Military Representation to the EU and NATO, focusing on arms control and Security Sector Reform. He has served as the Chief of Staff of the Multinational Standby High Readiness Brigade for United Nations Operations (SHIRBRIG). Col Tatschl holds an MA degree in Politics, Security and Strategy from the University of Vienna, is a graduate of the Austrian General Staff course and the US Army Command and General Staff Officers Course.
Prof. Dr. Georgios Terzis is an Expert in the Peace and Security Section. He is Associate Professor at Vesalius College and Senior Associate Researcher at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania on Ethnopolitical Conflict Studies, he received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel, and he studied Journalism and Mass Communication in Greece, UK, USA and The Netherlands. His research focuses on media and security governance, European media governance, and international journalism. He has been teaching and doing research in journalism and communication departments of many universities for more than 15 years. He has also been involved in several international research projects and networks. He was the founding Chair (2005-10) and later the Vice-Chair (2010-12) of the Journalism Studies Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association. He is an editorial board member of four academic journals and has been working as a reviewer for most of the major publishing houses in the communication science field, as well as the European Commission and the Council of Europe.
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Steve Utterwulghe is a Senior Expert in GGI's Global Economy section with particular expertise in sustainable business and economic development. Steve Utterwulghe is also a Senior Private Sector Development Specialist with the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group. He serves as the WBG Global Lead for Public-Private Dialogue (PPD). He advises governments and the private sector globally on designing and implementing structured multi-stakeholder engagement mechanisms that ensure sustainable development policy reforms, at the national, sub-national (growth poles, cities, clusters) and sectoral level (agribusiness, extractives, etc.). He is also a Senior Expert, Global Economy, at the Brussels-based Global Governance Institute. Over the last 20 years, Steve has developed a global expertise in the field of fragility and conflict. He has lived and worked in war-torn countries such as Angola and Sudan, designed and led programs in most fragile and conflict-affected states across the globe, including Yemen, Central African Republic, Myanmar, Somalia, Pakistan, Colombia, Afghanistan, Mali, DRC, Haiti, South Sudan. He worked at the United Nations in Geneva (UN/WTO) and in Sudan for the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General; at the European Commission in Brussels (DEVCO); and as Vice-President of International Development at Search for Common Ground, the world’s largest non-profit organization working in the field of fragility, conflict, development and sustainable business, which operates in 35 countries with a staff of 750. He was also an Advisor to the Australian Government's Agency for International Development. Steve's work has been published extensively, including in academic journals (Oxford University Press), policy and news magazines, and European and African newspapers. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics, a joint MA from Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and a Graduate Certificate from Cambridge University. He has lived in 8 countries and speaks French, English and Portuguese fluently.
Charis Xirouchakis is Senior Expert at the Global Economy section. In his 36-year long career with the EU Council, the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee), the EIB (European Investment Bank) and Citibank, among others, he has acquired experience spanning the Committee of Member States’ Ambassadors to the EU (COREPER), Development policy, R&D policy, finance and, more recently, communication. In his latter capacity he was invited to lecture extensively on EU issues in Brussels and abroad. He was regular speaker at Westminster Explained Seminars, London, and has lectured in Canada (University of Victoria - Uvic), France (Paris I), Italy (Tor Vergata, Rome), Germany (Freiburg University), Latvia (Riga University and Baltic Forum), Lithuania (Micolas Romeris University), Malta, Cyprus etc. He was regular speaker at TAIEX (Commission program for Balkan countries) and taught at IES (Institute of European Studies) and Advocacy Europe in Brussels. He was advisor during the 2003 EU Greek Presidency and taught at the National Public Administration School in Athens. As keynote speaker he addressed the Compostella Group of Universities (Pezs, Hungary) and EMUNI Conference (Portoroz, Slovenia). Charis is a trained economist and holds degrees from Manchester University (MA Econ), Amsterdam University (Diploma European Integration, Drs) and Athens University (BA Econ). He has taken an outspoken stance on EU issues and has published in magazines and newspapers (inter alia ‘The Bridge’ – Industry and Parliament Trust, London). He has authored “Communicating European Integration” in Tom Spencer (ed.) “Everything Flows” (Brussels, 2005). His interests include history, theology and comics.