People

Joy Alemazung

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: Peace & Security

Dr. Joy Alemazung is a Senior Fellow in the Peace and Security Section focusing on state transformation and on good governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also a Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences, School of International Business in Bremen, Germany. He is the Managing Editor of the Global Applied Sociology Journal, a Fellow of the African Good Governance Network at DAAD, and a reviewer for the African Journal of Political Science and International Relations. He has published amongst others, on the impact of the financial crisis on the reforms in sub-Saharan Africa, and on the African Political System. Dr. Alemazung holds an MA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and a PhD in Political Science on the States Constitution, Political Transformation and Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa from the University of Kiel, Germany. His upcoming monograph "State Constitutions and Governments without Essence in Post-Independence Africa: Governance along a Failure-Successful Continuum with Illustrations from Benin, Cameroon and the DRC" will be published in early 2013.

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Eamon Aloyo

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: Global Justice

Eamon Aloyo is a Senior Analyst in the Global Justice section. He focuses on a range of issues at the intersection of international relations and political philosophy, such as the responsibility to protect (R2P), mass atrocity prevention, just war theory, human rights, and global justice. Eamon is assistant professor in international relations at Leiden University where he teaches in the MAIR program. In 2011, Eamon received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was given the Thomas Jefferson Award. His publications appear, or will be published, in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Ethics & International Affairs, Global Constitutionalism, Global Responsibility to Protect, Global Society, and International Theory. His work has received support from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and George Washington University. Eamon was previously a senior researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice and he his affiliated with the European Center for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Canadian Center for the Responsibility to Protect. He have enjoyed teaching courses on human rights, political theory, international relations, comparative politics, just war theory, and environmental politics. You can read more about his work at www.eamonaloyo.com.

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Arianna Beltrame

Erasmus+ Trainee

Focus area: Peace & Security

Arianna Beltrame is an Erasmus+ Trainee at the Global Governance Institute working with the Peace and Security Unit. She is a graduate student of the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, studying International Relations, Crime, Justice and Security. Her research interests concern conflict studies, with an emphasis on the cyber component of security, crime, and warfare. Her geographical focus is Eastern Europe and Russia. Arianna graduated from the University of Turin with a BA in International Science, Development and Cooperation. Her dissertation examined the economic and political consequences of the Soviet Union’s demise.

Eitan Buchalter

Director of Innovation

Focus area: European Centre for Global Education

Eitan Buchalter is the Innovation Director at GGI’s European Centre for Global Education, focusing 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. email: ebuchalter@globalgovernance.eu

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Clara Cotroneo

Member of the Board

Focus area: Global Justice

Clara is a Resident Fellow at the GGI's Global Justice Unit, where she develops strategic partnerships and collaborative projects for research and capacity-building in this area. She has a background in teaching and higher education management. From 2019 – 2021 she worked as a Lecturer and Project Manager at the European Institute for Public Administration in Maastricht, The Netherlands where she was also in charge of the Annual European Public Sector Award. She is also a PhD Researcher at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University in The Hague. Her thesis focuses on the evaluation of strategies to counter human trafficking and labour exploitation in Europe. In her free time, she volunteers for national and international NGOs. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), Clara holds an MPhil in Psychology from the University of Manchester (UK) as well as an M.A. and a B.A. from the University of Bologna (Italy). email: ccotroneo@globalgovernance.eu

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Namie di Razza

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: Peace & Security

Namie Di Razza is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in the Peace and Security Section of the Global Governance Institute. She is also a Senior Fellow at the International Peace Institute (IPI) in New York, where she heads the Protection of Civilians Program of the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations. Prior to joining IPI, Namie worked for the United Nations peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She was also a consultant on protection of civilians for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the French Ministry of Defense, and a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to her experience with the UN, Namie worked on protection issues with OXFAM and human rights NGOs in France. Namie holds a PhD in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris. Her doctoral thesis on “Protection of Civilians by UN Peacekeeping Operations” focused on the case of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She also has two Master’s degrees, in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris, and in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Paris II.

Benedikt Franke

Member of the Board

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.

Andebrhan Welde Giorgis

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: Peace & Security

Ambassador Andebrhan Welde Giorgis is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow 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.

Dimitris Kokkalis

Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: European Centre for Global Education

Dimitris is a Senior Fellow in the European Centre for Global Education where he focuses on strategy and higher education internationalization. He has a long and consistent experience of over 18 years in activities related to European Education and Training programmes. Dimitris has worked at European Commission services for the management and evaluation of the former Socrates/Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus programmes and has lead teams coordinating and contributing to annual selection cycles and management of projects. He has contributed to several international seminars/workshops and conferences and he is working as independent adviser closely with various kinds of organisations in their effort to understand and work with the actions of EU Education and training programmes and the internationalisation of their activities. Dimitris cooperates with various EU national agencies and the European Commission as evaluator for the Erasmus+ and HORIZON 2020 programmes. Dimitris studied German language and literature at the Universities of Athens in Greece and Würzburg in Germany and holds a postgraduate degree in European Studies (MES) from the Technical University of Aachen in Germany. email: d.kokkalis@globalgovernance.eu

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Joachim A. Koops

Member of the Board

Focus area: Peace & Security

Joachim Koops (BA, LPC Oxon, MSc Turku, PhD Kiel) is a Board Member of the Global Governance Institute and a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security and Global Education section. He is also Professor of Security Studies and Scientific Director of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University. He is currently the Coordinator of the European Network on Teaching Excellence (ENOTE) and Head of Research and Education Arena on social and societal well-being for the European University Alliance on Well-being (EUniWell). From 2014 to 2018, Joachim was Dean of Vesalius College of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he devised, led and implemented an ambitious reform process turning the College from a Liberal Arts College to an interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate and executive school of global affairs. His expertise includes European and Global Diplomacy, UN, EU and NATO approaches to peacekeeping, peacebuilding 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 as well as in the future of global education, academic reform and ‘turnaround’ and innovative teaching. 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. email: jkoops@globalgovernance.eu

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Ralph Mamiya

Non-Resident Fellow

Focus area: Peace & Security

Ralph Mamiya is a Non-Resident Fellow in the Peace and Security Section of the Global Governance Institute as well as a Non-Resident Adviser of the International Peace Institute (IPI) in New York. He has twelve years of experience in working for the United Nations in protection of civilian matters, including seven years in the Protection of Civilians team of the UN DPKO. From 2015 – 2018, he was the Team Leader of the Protection of Civilians Team of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). In this function, he oversaw policy development on the protection of civilians in UN peacekeeping (in particular the DPKO Policy for the Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping 2015), including policy planning on protection, guidance and training development, support to peacekeeping missions, and engagement with Member States and guided policy development on a range of UN military and humanitarian guidance, including the DPKO Comprehensive Protection of Civilians training package, UN Infantry Battalion Manual, and Protection Cluster guidance on the civilian and humanitarian character of IDP camps and settlements. In addition, Ralph was involved in the policy development of Lessons learned on Protection of Civilians Sites in South Sudan (Security Council request) (2015), the Secretary-General’s Special Investigation in South Sudan (Cammaert report) (2016), the NATO Policy on the Protection of Civilians (2016), the Secretary-General’s Special Investigation in Central African Republic (Amoussou report) (2017) and the Secretary-General’s Independent Review of the UN Interim Stabilization Force in Abyei, Sudan (2018). Key publications include: Protection of Civilians (co-edited with Willmot, Sheeran and Weller), Oxford University Press, 2016; Engaging with Non-State Armed Groups to Protect Civilians: A Pragmatic Approach for UN Peace Operations, International Peace Institute (October 2018), The Primacy of Politics and the Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping Operations, International Peace Institute (May 2018), “The Protection of Civilians in Security Council Practice”, in The Oxford Handbook on the Use of Force in International Law, Oxford Univ. Press (with H. Wilmot, edited by Marc Weller, March, 2015).

Medlir Mema

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: Global Justice

Medlir Mema (Ph.D. Political Science, George Washington University) is an Analyst at the Global Justice Section. He is also a Senior Associate Researcher at the Institute for European Studies - VUB. He wrote his dissertation on the role of the civil society in the drafting of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Medlir's research attempts to provide an answer to the broader questions of whether, how, and under what conditions advocacy networks shape international institutions and state behavior. He is currently working on an examination of the role of the international community in the creation of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, as well as the political and legal implications of doing so. From 2010 to 2011, Medlir joined the International Law Center at the Swedish National Defense College as a guest scholar. Previous to that, from 2007-2010, Medlir worked as a Graduate Research Fellow at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian studies in Washington DC. In 2006, Medlir earned an MA in European Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University—School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), during which time he also worked as Editor-in-Chief of the Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs and as a Research Assistant at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. Medlir has also participated in a number of professional seminars including the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at Syracuse University and the Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research at the George Washington University. He is also the author of several papers which he has presented at various academic conferences.

Alexandra Novosseloff

Senior Expert

Focus area: Peace & Security

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

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: Peace & Security

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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Silviu Piros

Member of the Board

Focus area: European Centre for Global Education

Silviu is a Member of GGI’s Board and the Founding Director of GGI’s 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. He is currently leading GGI’s contribution to the European Network on Teaching Excellence (ENOTE). 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 the Chair of the ECPR’s Teaching and Learning Politics (TLP) Standing Group. Silviu is a doctoral researcher in Education Diplomacy (Leiden University), holds an LL. B and BPhil (University of Bucharest) and a MSc. in European Integration (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). email: s.piros@globalgovernance.eu

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Silke Rusch

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: Peace & Security

Silke Rusch is a Senior Fellow in the Peace and Security Section. She served until recently as deputy head of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Section in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. Her area of expertise is UN peacekeeping, in particular political processes, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration and negotiations with armed groups. She has held positions with the United Nations in the Central African Republic, Geneva, Libya and Sudan and with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. Ms Rusch holds a Masters in Political Sciences from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), a Maîtrise en droits from the Universite de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), an LL.M. from the University of Cologne and has studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Nicholas Startin

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: European Centre for Global Education

Dr Nicholas Startin is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the European Centre for Global Education of the Global Governance Institute. He is the Chair of the Academic Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES). He retains honorary status at the University of Bath where he was the former Head of Politics, Languages and International Studies (PoLIS). His research focuses on the impact of Euroscepticism on both domestic and transnational party systems as well as on the influence of the media on the Eurosceptic debate. He co-founded the UACES collaborative research network on Euroscepticism, co-edited two special issues on the subject in JCMS and the IPSR, as well as two Routledge edited volumes, including the Handbook of Euroscepticism. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and has a media profile on outlets such as the BBC and France24. With a commitment to lifelong learning, he recently took up the role of Head of Modern Languages at Berkhamsted School, north of London and is now working on a research proposal, which investigates young people’s attitudes towards the EU post-Brexit. email: n.startin@globalgovernance.eu

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Christof Tatschl

Member of the Board

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.

Georgios Terzis

Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: European Centre for Global Education

Georgios Terzis is a Senior Resident Fellow at the European Centre for Global Education. He is also Associate Professor in Communications at the Brussels School of Governance. George carried out postdoctoral research at University of Pennsylvania and University of Oxford on media and security, received his Ph.D. in Communication Science from the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel, and studied Journalism and Mass Communication in Greece, UK, the US, and The Netherlands. His expertise lies in media and security, disinformation and media literacy, research and media ethics, media and governance, risk and crisis communication, science diplomacy, the role of art and culture in conflict resolution, and cultural diplomacy. He has been teaching and doing research in communication departments of many universities around the world for more than 25 years. He has been involved in more than 20 international research projects and networks and he has been WPL and a member of the Coordinator’s team for the past years in three FP7 and Horizon projects, namely Infocore, EL-CSID and RePast. His is also currently a member of the coordinator’s team of the EU funded project EDMO BeLux ,the European Digital Media Observatory for Belgium and Luxembourg, a hub for research on digital media and disinformation. George is also the founding Chair of the Journalism Studies Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association, and has been working as a reviewer for most of the major publishing houses and journals in the communication science field, as well as for the European Commission and the Council of Europe. email: g.terzis@globalgovernance.eu

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Steve Utterwulghe

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: Global Economy

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.

Niels van Willigen

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Focus area: Peace & Security

Dr. Niels van Willigen is a Senior Fellow in the Peace & Security Section, focusing on international security and evaluating the impact of international diplomacy. He is also an Assistant Professor of international relations in the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. Dr. van Willigen completed his dissertation on the international administrations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. His professional fields of interest include; theories of international relations, foreign policy analysis, security studies (more in particular peace operations, arms control and European security) and international law. Dr. van Willigen's teaching includes courses on theories and issues of international politics, on international arms control and on statebuilding.

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Sophie L. Veriter

Non-Resident Fellow

Focus area: Peace & Security

Sophie Vériter is a graduate student at the University of Oxford, where she is reading for an MPhil in Politics (European Politics and Society). Her research focuses on the European Union's strategic communication in its foreign policy towards the East. She also works as a research assistant for the Dahrendorf Programme at the European Studies Centre and as an editor for St Antony’s International Review. Sophie graduated with a BA in International Affairs, Summa Cum Laude, from Vesalius College in Brussels. Afterwards, she worked for two years as a consultant for the EU’s public diplomacy programme in the Eastern Partnership countries. In addition, Sophie produced a strategic analysis of the European aerospace, defence and security sectors for the Royal Military Academy in Brussels.

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