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Iris Abraham trainer senior expert

Senior Expert

Focus area: Peace & Security

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.

Andre Kahlmeyer trainer staff management

Director of Peace and Security Section

Focus area: Peace & Security

Andre Kahlmeyer is the Director of the Peace and Security Section at the Global Governance Institute. Andre has vast experience in conflict management, risk analysis, development aid, stabilization and the design, monitoring and evaluation of interventions in fragile, conflict and post-conflict environments. He has been responsible for numerous civilian fact-finding, design and evaluation missions in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Nepal, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Palestinian territory, Rwanda, Bosnia Herzegovina, Timor-Leste and Myanmar. Before joining GGI, Andre worked for Channel Research, the External Action Service's CSDP mission EUJUST LEX Iraq, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. His most recent assignment included a multi-donor evaluation of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. Andre can be contacted at akahlmeyer[at]globalgovernance.eu

Joachim A. Koops trainer staff management

Director

Focus area: Peace & Security

Prof. Joachim Koops (BA, LPC Oxon, MSc Turku, PhD Kiel) is the Founding Director of the Global Governance Institute. He is also the Dean of Vesalius College, Free University of Brussels (VUB) , Research Professor at the VUB's Institute for European Studies and Course Director of the Executive Course in Global Risk Analysis & Crisis Management (GRACM). His expertise includes European and Global Diplomacy, EU-GCC Relations, UN, EU and NATO approaches to peacekeeping, peace building and global security governance, cooperation and rivalry between international organizations and rapid reaction approaches to crisis management. In addition, he maintains a strong interest in 'Global Ethics' issues in the field of peace and security. Joachim is a co-founder of the Centre for European and Global Diplomacy (CEGD, to be launched in Spring 2015). Previously, Joachim served as the Lessons Learned Advisor for the Standby High Readiness Brigade for United Nations Operations (SHIRBRIG), and in 2012 as Advisor to the Head of the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS), Brussels as well as to the Head of the Partnership Unit of the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations, New York. He is also a member of the Ethics Review Committee of the European Commission. Recent and forthcoming publications include 'The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor' (co-edited with Gjovalin Macaj, Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), The Responsibility to Protect and the Third Pillar: Legitimacy and Operationalization (co-edited with Daniel Fiott, Palgrave, 2014) The Oxford Handbook of U.N. Peacekeeping Operations (co-edited with Norrie MacQueen, Thierry Tardy and Paul D. Williams, Oxford University Press, 2015) and The European Union as an Integrative Power (2011).

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Giulia Tercovich trainer staff

Senior Analyst

Focus area: Peace & Security

Giulia Tercovich is GGI's Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section. Giulia’s expertise is in European Union Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management. She has worked for the European External Action Service in the Crisis Response and Operational Coordination Department, for the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security and for the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU, assisting the delegate to the Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CivCom). Giulia holds a Master degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste (Gorizia) and is currently Erasmus Mundus Fellow in the GEM PhD School in Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism, University of Warwick (UK) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section of the Global Governance Institute. Giulia can be contacted at gtercovich[at]globalgovernance.eu

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Georgios Terzis trainer senior expert

Senior Expert

Focus area: Peace & Security

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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