Eitan Buchalter

Director of the Forward Studies and Innovation

Focus area: Forward Studies & Innovation

Eitan Buchalter is Director of the Forward Studies and Innovation section, where he focuses on global approaches for nurturing innovation processes within education, science research and political organizations. He has extensive work experience devising and implementing enterprising projects for a wide variety of clients, including the Tate Modern and The Science Museum in London. Eitan has designed and tested a systematic approach for nurturing innovation processes within primary, secondary and higher education that has been praised by the Department for Education (UK) and National Innovation Council (India). Most recently, Eitan has completed groundbreaking research into innovation processes in science and is currently working on a book in order to disseminate his findings. A key outcome from Eitan's study has been to advise the British Treasury on how best to fund academic science. He has also devised and delivered courses on how organisations can develop and sustain a culture of innovation. Eitan holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Anthropology from University College London.

Benedikt Franke


Focus area: Peace & Security

Benedikt Franke is currently helping to organize the next Munich Security Conference. Before that he worked for the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Benedikt has published widely on international affairs, particularly with respect to peace and security issues in Africa. Dr. Franke holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has been a post-doctoral fellow at Oxford University.

Joachim A. Koops


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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Silviu Piros

ECGE Director

Silviu Piros is the Founding Director of the European Centre for Global Education. His research focuses on the education – diplomacy nexus, evaluating the European Union’s emerging role as a diplomatic actor in global higher education. His expertise lies in higher education capacity-building, digital transformation in academia, and blended learning instructional design. To date he has been involved in a large number of EU funded projects in the field of higher education, including ERASMUS+, Jean Monnet and TEMPUS. Silviu has designed and implemented several Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Jean Monnet Chair programmes. An advocate of active learning, Silviu is since 2017 Faculty Advisor for the EuroSim Model European Union organised by the Transatlantic Consortium for European Union Studies and Simulations (TACEUSS). He co-organises the biennial European Conference on Teaching and Learning Politics, International Relations and European Studies (EuroTLC) and is a Steering Committee member of the ECPR’s Teaching and Learning Politics (TLP) Standing Group. Silviu is a doctoral researcher in Education Diplomacy (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), holds an LL. B and BPhil (University of Bucharest) and a MSc. in European Integration (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

Christof Tatschl


Focus area: Peace & Security

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.