Michael Keating is Executive Director of the European Institute of Peace (EIP), an independent body partnering with the European Union and European states as a resource to promote and provide practical support for more effective approaches to conflict prevention, resolution and mediation.
Until September 2018, he was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia.
His career has been divided between the private and public sectors. Until 2015, he was an Associate Director at Chatham House in London. Between 2010-15, he worked as an advisor to conflict mediation bodies, including Intermediate and Search for Common Ground. From 2008 – 10, he served as the Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, a policy group chaired by Kofi Annan.
His UN career has included assignments in Kabul as Deputy SRSG, in Lilongwe, Jerusalem/Gaza, New York, Geneva, Islamabad and Mogadishu. His private sector experience includes five years in financial publishing in the City of London; in television as Associate Producer on documentaries broadcast by the BBC, Channel Four; and running a management and communication consultancy.
He was born in Uganda, educated in the UK and has a Master of Arts in History from the University of Cambridge.
Director for Engagement, Dialogue and Process Design and Deputy Executive Director
Stine Lehmann-Larsen is Director for Engagement, Dialogue and Process Design and Deputy Executive Director at the European Institute of Peace, overseeing EIP’s mediation, dialogue and peace support initiatives and supporting the Executive Director’s mandate. She is responsible for making sure the Institute is responsive to overall political challenges to peacemaking – contextually and process related - and works as a strategic resource for its partners. During 2018, Ms Lehmann-Larsen acted as EIP’s Executive Director, in charge of the Institute’s staff and operations on five continents. Since joining the Institute in 2015, she has designed and led multiple large-scale engagements in Afghanistan, Colombia, GLR, the Sudans, Venezuela and Yemen to name a few, together with a wide range of policy development initiatives in partnership with EIP’s European partners.
Ms Lehmann-Larsen has dedicated her career to advancing the way peacemaking and in particular mediation is carried out. Before joining EIP, she worked for eight years at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), where she led a wide range of initiatives that focused on support to peace processes, facilitating dispute resolution, and building strong and lasting partnerships with local and international actors in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, she worked at the Danish Defence Academy, the Danish Institute for International Studies, and the Danish Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Her field of experience also includes work for an NGO in Cairo, and the set-up of a consultancy focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility and Change Management. Since 2017, she has been a member of the Nordic Women’s Mediator Network.
Chief Operating Officer
Angelo Caserta joined the European Institute of Peace in January 2020 as the Chief Operating Officer. Passionate about the fundamental role that non-profit organisations play in making people’s life and our planet better, Angelo has been investing his 30-year-long career in helping non-profit organisations of all sizes thrive and achieve their mission, from Fair Trade, through Development Cooperation, to Nature Conservation and Peace building.
Favourite quote: “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence” (Sheryl Sanberg, COO of Facebook)
Director, Conflict Justice and Reconciliation
Paul Seils leads the Conflict Justice and Reconciliation programme at the European Institute of Peace (EIP). He is a lawyer by profession. For more than twenty years he has worked in conflict and post conflict situations around the world, working with victims, governments and international organizations, focusing on the relationship between sustainable peace and justice.
He lived and worked in Guatemala for five years after the end of the civil war there, designing and leading an investigation into the state’s genocide of Mayan groups in the 1980s. This proved a central element in the eventual prosecution of a former military dictator.
He has served, among other things, as the Head of Situation Analysis at the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC, the Chief of the Rule of Law and Democracy Unit at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and Vice President of the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York. He has written on human rights and justice widely over the last two decades. He taught on the advanced Masters course at Leiden University from 2015-2017. He is currently a Visiting Professor with the School of International Relations at St Andrew’s University, Scotland.
His primary focus today is on rights-based dividends in peace processes, and how practical, rights-based ideas of reconciliation can support peace processes in the short and medium term.
Urko Aiartza Azurtza
Urko Aiartza Azurtza joined the European Institute of Peace (EIP) in 2017 as a Senior Advisor. He is from the Basque Country and previously served as a Senator (2011-2015) in Madrid. He also served as spokesperson in the Justice, Foreign Affairs, Iberoamerican and Standing Senate Committees. He is a member of the Gipuzkoa Bar, and has represented many human rights' groups and individuals in his role as a lawyer at national and international courts and institutions, including the ECHR and UN. He has been deeply involved in seeking peace in the Basque Country. During recent years, he has engaged in consultancy work on peace and mediation in various locations, including Kurdistan, Moldavia, Ukraine, Ethiopia and Mindanao. Since 2019, he has acted as the Director of the Olaso Dorrea Foundation and its “TM eLab”, a laboratory of ideas in the Basque Country, where he was born and lives.
Roxana Cristescu is as a Senior Advisor at the European Institute of Peace (EIP).
Ms. Cristescu is a professional with fifteen years of international experience in the mediation of political and armed conflict. She currently acts as the Director of European affairs and Head of Eurasia at the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI). Her portfolio includes designing mediation and dialogue processes meant to complement official negotiation formats dealing with separatism, political transitions and national dialogues. She specializes in designing dialogue processes for government agencies and non-government actors and in providing mediation support for regional organisations (OSCE, UN) and governments. Her work has covered country specific settings in Eastern and Southern Europe (Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Armenia, Belarus, Western Balkans), Russian Federation, Turkey, Central Asia (Afghanistan). Ms. Cristescu is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster, OSCE Mediation roster and a member of the UN Women, Central and Southeastern Europe (CSEE) Sub-regional Roster of Experts
Emmanuelle Diehl joined the European Institute of Peace as a senior advisor in August 2019 and has been working on the Yemen file. She has 18 years in peacebuilding, conflict and human rights experience. She is also an Adjunct Professor of law and human rights at the University of Blanquerna in Barcelona. She is used to working in conflict-ridden countries from MENA, to South-East Asia. She is also part of the World Bank’s CAO mediation team, of the Surge Peacebuilding Team at the Peacebuilding Fund, and of the UNDP Crisis Bureau’s roster of experts and amongst others. A dual French and American national, Emmanuelle is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and comfortable in colloquial Egyptian Arabic. Emmanuelle holds two MAs in International Security Studies, & International Relations, is currently preparing her Ph.D. on human rights, businesses and peacebuilding.
Jeffrey Feltman was pleased to join the European Institute of Peace (EIP) in January 2019 as a Senior Advisor. He is the John C. Whitehead Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation. From 2012 until 2018, Mr. Feltman served as UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Previously, Mr. Feltman was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. From 2009 until 2012, Mr. Feltman was the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Prior to his 2004-2008 tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, he served in Erbil, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Amman, Budapest, and Port-au-Prince.
Refik Hodzic joined the European Institute of Peace (EIP) in 2017 as a Senior Advisor. Previously, he served as International Centre for Transitional Justice's director of communications from 2011-2017. While working with the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia from 2000–2004 and 2006–2010, he served as the tribunal’s spokesman and outreach coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also headed the public information and outreach section of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked in contexts as diverse as Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Colombia, Tunisia, Afghanistan and numerous other countries.
In 2004, Hodzic co-founded XY Films, an independent film and television production company producing documentary films dealing with the legacy of war crimes committed during the 1990s. He has published extensively in international media and academic publications on victims' rights and the role of media in international justice.
Hilde F. Johnson
Hilde F. Johnson joined the European Institute of Peace as Senior Advisor in January 2020 after more than 20 years of high-level leadership experience in peacemaking, peacebuilding and development. As Norway’s Minister of International Development (1997-2000 & 2001-2005) she engaged in multiple peacebuilding efforts across the world and played a key role in the Sudan peace negotiations (CPA, 2005). She was the SRSG of UNMISS in South Sudan 2011 – 2014 and served on the UN’s High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, HIPPO 2014-2015. As Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF she led the organization’s humanitarian operations and crisis response (2007-2011). Ms. Johnson was the senior visiting fellow at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) 2014-2015 and a Practitioner in Residence at the Norwegian Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Oslo (2019). Academically, Ms. Johnson, is the author of three books on Sudan, South Sudan, peace processes and peace building and has had a distinguished political career as elected MP 1993-2001 and as Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Party of Norway (2016-2019).
Sergio Jaramillo Caro
Sergio Jaramillo Caro is a Senior Advisor at the European Institute of Peace (EIP). Previously he served as High Commissioner for Peace (2012-2016) and National Security Advisor (2010-2012) to the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos. In that capacity he first led the secret negotiations with the FARC guerrillas, which ended with the signing of the General Agreement of 2012, and then together with Humberto de la Calle led the public negotiations that ended with the signing of the Final Agreement in November of 2016. As Peace Commissioner Mr. Jaramillo also had to oversee the disarmament of the FARC in 2017. He was then appointed ambassador to the EU and Belgium (2017-2018).
Previously, Mr. Jaramillo had served as Vice Minister of Defence for Policy and International Affairs (2006-2009) and as Executive Director of Ideas for the Peace Foundation in Bogotá (2004-2006). He also worked as advisor to the ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence (2000-2003). Mr. Jaramillo studied philosophy and Greek at the universities of Toronto, Oxford, Cambridge and Heidelberg.
Payton Knopf is the European Institute of Peace's liaison in Washington DC. Payton is a former U.S. diplomat with expertise in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East and was the first coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan. He was also formerly a senior advisor at the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI)/Martti Ahtisaari Centre and the PeaceWorks Foundation. Before leaving government, Payton was spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations under then-Ambassador Susan E. Rice, having previously served as a policy advisor to U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell. His other State Department assignments included in the Office of Egypt and the Levant, at the U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. From 2010-2011, Payton was an International Affairs fellow in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations where his research focused on diplomatic engagement with non-state armed groups.
Steven Spittaels, PhD started advising the European Institute of Peace (EIP) on conflict analysis in 2019 and is currently our Team leader on the Great Lakes Region. He is a conflict mapper and (research) team coordinator, specialized in the analysis of armed groups, conflict financing and war motivation. He served five mandates on UN Expert Panels focusing on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya. He has also worked on conflict issues in the Central African Republic, Afghanistan and both Sudans. He has authored and co-authored over thirty reports commissioned by clients including the UN Security Council and other UN agencies, the World Bank, the EU and various governments and NGOs.
Patrick Gavigan joined the European Institute of Peace as Senior Advisor in 2016. He is an independent consultant living in Valencia, Spain. He has worked for some 25 years on conflict torn countries in Latin America, Southern Europe and Africa, including as a senior official on peace and security issues (including human rights, rule of law and mediation) in UN peacekeeping operations in Kosovo/Serbia, Guatemala, Burundi, Ivory Coast and Mali. He also served as a member of the UN’s first Stand-By Mediation Team.
Mr. C. Andrew Marshall is currently the Senior Advisor on Inclusion to the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Yemen. He has lived and worked in some 35 countries and has over 30 years of international experience and expertise in the management of multi-million-dollar programs in the mediation of armed conflicts, industrial mediation, hostage negotiations, large emergency humanitarian operations and development programs. As an independent consultant Andrew advises governments, multi-lateral organizations and non-governmental institutions on mediation, negotiation, peace-making and political risk management. He serves as a Senior Advisor at European Institute of Peace (EIP), managed two large mediation programs in Chad and Cameroon for the CAO/World Bank and was the Senior Advisor on Mediation at the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) in Helsinki and at Inter Mediate in London, while he continues to advise private business concerns on political risk management issues. In 1999, he was a co-founder of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HDC) in Geneva and worked as the organization’s Deputy Director and Director of Programming until 2010. Prior to founding HDC, he worked for the UN in East and Central Africa as Head of the UNOCHA Regional Office and Humanitarian Advisor to the SRSG for the Great Lakes Region, as a Senior Humanitarian Advisor and Head of Office for UNOCHA in Bujumbura, Burundi, as Program Coordinator at the WFP in Mogadishu, Somalia and as head of the coordination efforts for Operation Lifeline Sudan in Khartoum.
Professor Harry Verhoeven joined the European Institute of Peace in 2020 as a Senior Advisor. He holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford and is the Founder and Convenor of the Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN). He is the author of Environmental Politics in the Middle East. Local Struggles, Global Connections (Hurst/Oxford UP, 2018), Why Comrades Go To War. Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict (Hurst/Oxford UP, 2016), Water, Civilisation and Power in Sudan. The Political Economy of Military-Islamist State Building (Cambridge UP, 2015). His core interests include the Political Economy of Natural Resources and International Relations of Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean.
Senior Expert on Political Economy
Michael Gibb is the former Coordinator and Natural Resources Expert on the UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan. Previously he led the Conflict Resources team at Global Witness, an international NGO working to disrupt the links between the trade in natural resources, conflict, and human rights abuses. He has developed a particular focus on the trade in oil, gold, and diamonds in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Michael also worked with human rights organisations based in Libya and Iraq, and holds a PhD in moral and political philosophy from the University of Oxford where he has also worked as a Lecturer.
Emma Beals joined the European Institute of Peace as Senior Advisor in 2018. She is an independent consultant focused on Syria, based between the EU and the region. Emma is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, and a former visiting fellow of the Atlantic Council's DFRLab. She's the co-founder and editor of Syria in Context, a weekly English briefing and Arabic publication. Since 2012, Emma has worked on Syria as a journalist for a range of publications, and as a researcher and policy advisor for think-tanks, INGOs, UN agencies, and CSOs, with a particular focus on peace-building, refugee return, HLP, reconstruction, security, legislation, sanctions, humanitarian aid and protection. Emma is an Advisory Council member of Hostage US, the ACOS Alliance, and a trustee of the Frontline Club.
Matt Waldman is a Senior Advisor at the European Institute of Peace, a role he had from 2014-2017 and again since January 2020. Matt is also currently a Special Advisor to the United Nations Envoy for Yemen, Director of the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. Previously, Matt served as an Advisor to United Nations envoys for Somalia, Syria and Afghanistan and has undertaken mediation work in the Middle East and Africa for teh European Institute of Peace and Inter Mediate. Matt was a Fellow at the Belfer Center in Harvard University’s Kennedy School, and Senior Lecturer at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He was also previously a Fellow at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights, a Visiting Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge University, and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House.
Andrew Loken is a senior strategy, corporate change and mediation consultant, and has over 25 years of experience in the professional services sector across Europe and Latin America. He specializes in corporate strategy, international change programmes, mediated solutions and cost reduction/efficiency programme design and implementation.
As part of his work, Andrew has been active in Venezuela for over 10 years, working on major infrastructure improvement projects and corporate mediation work for the country.
Since 2017, his mediation work with the European Institute of Peace as Senior Advisor has been focussed on opening up communication channels between members of the government of Venezuela and the EU, developing confidence building measures, and creating a medicines programme and funding mechanism to support the humanitarian aid response plan in the country.
An electrical and mechanical engineer, Andrew has an MBA from the ESCP European School of Management, and speaks English, Spanish and French.
Robert Serry joined the European Institute of Peace in January 2020 as a senior adviser, leading the Ukraine-Russia Dialogue Initiative. He is a former Netherlands ambassador with extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy and crisis management having served with the United Nations and NATO. In 2015 he completed a seven year appointment as the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, based in Jerusalem. He also briefly served as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General during the 2014 crisis in Ukraine. For NATO he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Crisis Management and Operations (2001-2005) and was involved in NATO’s operations in the Balkans and Afghanistan.
Patrick de Vries
Patrick de Vries is a diplomat from the Netherlands who assumed his position as senior advisor to the European Institute of Peace in 2019, in particular leading a team on Afghanistan and advising on Middle East conflicts. Patrick started his career as a lawyer defending the central government of the Netherlands, including in asylum and refugee cases and policies. Patrick then moved on to become a diplomat in the Netherlands Foreign Service with postings in Netherlands embassies in Washington and Beijing. He served in Kabul for two years (2010-2012), initially as political advisor to the EU Police Mission and later as the Head of the International Police Coordination Board and in that capacity as advisor to the Minister of Interior of Afghanistan. In 2015 he was approached by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assume a management position in the Policy Planning Department, a position he held until 2017 advising on Middle East conflicts as well as UAE strategic relations with US, Russia, China and the EU. Patrick holds a Master in Law from the University of Amsterdam and participated in a Senior Management Leadership Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He publishes op-ed’s in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.
Carlos Andres Prieto Herrera
Carlos Andres Prieto Herrera joined the European Institute of Peace in January 2020 as a Strategic Advisor for the Afghanistan Project. He is a political scientist and holds an MA in International Affairs and complementary studies in security, organized crime and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration – DDR. He is currently a member of the Colombian government´s delegation at the peace talks with FARC-EP and with ELN. He has over eleven years of experience on research on the Colombian armed conflict, organized crime, security and public policy, armed groups monitoring and peace talks with illegal armed groups.
Senior Programme Manager
Jane Lewis, an Irish national, has 20 years of field experience with humanitarian, stabilization and peace-building efforts in the Balkans, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She has served with the United Nations, the European Commission, international NGOs and as an independent consultant. During her career she has led research, analysis and complex crisis response efforts in both natural and man-made disasters in Kosovo, Cambodia, Burundi, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Ms Lewis has extensive experience in crisis diplomacy and conflict management - including engagement with state and non-state actors – and first-hand knowledge of a broad range of international response models.
Ms. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from New York University and Masters of Public Policy in International Relations from Princeton University.
European Affairs Manager
Ingrid Magnusson is European Affairs Manager, developing the institute's strategic work on European policy and conflict resolution. She joined EIP in 2016 from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and holds expertise in European foreign policy with a background at the EEAS, negotiating for the Government of Sweden in the EU Council and doing field collaboration with EU external actors. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and is a keen debater and panelist on EU affairs.
Ivan Shalev joined the European Institute of Peace (EIP) in October 2014. He is the Programme Manager for Conflict Justice and Reconciliation. The programme seeks to enhance the prospect that peace settlements last: it identifies the key rights-based issues for immediate attention in conflict contexts and constructs ways for peacemaking efforts to address them. The primary focus at the moment is on Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.
For three years prior, he coordinated EIP's preventive diplomacy projects in the Western Balkans, West/Central Africa and Eastern Europe. Before joining EIP, Ivan assisted civil society organizations with their human rights advocacy at the United Nations. He also worked with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, with refugees and asylum seekers in Tunisia, and with minority communities in Kosovo.
Ivan holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Tufts University.
Lucas van de Vondervoort
Strategy and Programme Development Manager
Lucas van de Vondervoort joined the European Institute of Peace in 2017 and works as a Strategic Programme Development Manager on the development and implementation of mediation and dialogue projects. He leads EIP's work on the Horn of Africa, with a particular focus on Sudan and South Sudan, where EIP supports conflict resolution and European policy development. He is also involved in EIP's work in the Great Lakes region. Lucas was a member of the inaugural UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan, reporting on arms flows and armed groups to the UN Security Council. Lucas worked and lived in South Sudan and DRC.
Engagement and Dialogue Manager
Matthew Willner-Reid joined the European Institute of Peace in February 2019. He is currently a Programme Manager in charge of managing EIP's engagements in Afghanistan, Belarus, Cameroon and elsewhere. Matthew brings over a decade and a half of experience in international development and governance. Prior to joining EIP, Matthew worked in the NGO sector on topics as diverse as human rights in Sierra Leone and Washington DC; landmine clearance in the Democratic Republic of Congo; humanitarian crisis response in Darfur/Sudan; and peacebuilding in Brussels. He has also worked for the European Union in Brussels, China and, most recently, Afghanistan, where he oversaw multiple sectors of development assistance. In addition, Matthew has managed research projects and teams in Africa, Asia and Europe and has published widely in academic journals. He holds a doctorate in international development from the University of Oxford, a masters degree in human rights and democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for human rights in Venice, and a bachelors degree in law.
Sebastián Zuleta-Henríquez joined the European Institute of Peace (EIP) in September 2019 as an Academic fellow. He has more than 10 years of experience in research, management, policymaking and implementation in the fields of Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding and Development whether from governmental institutions, INGO’s and independent consultancy. Currently he is a team leader for the Latin America Programme in the Engagement, Dialogue and Process Design Unit. Prior to joining EIP, Sebastian served as an adviser to the High Commissioner for Peace (2017-2018) from the Colombian Presidency, where he was in charge of the Monitoring, Impulse and Verification Commission (CSIVI) to the implementation of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian State and the FARC, and provided technical support to the peace delegation from the Colombian government in the negotiation process with the ELN.
Sebastian holds a M.A in International Humanitarian Action and Conflict from Uppsala University; a LL.M in International Law from Universidad de los Andes; a B.A. in Law Studies and a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
Gender and Peacemaking Officer
Claire Dowling is the interim Gender and Peacemaking Officer at European Institute of Peace (EIP). Her role is focussed on the implementation of EIP's new Gender and Peacemaking Strategy. Prior to her role in EIP she worked in the Conflict Resolution Unit in Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St Antony's College, University of Oxford and studied Sociology and Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
Amr Ahmed Abdo
Engagement and Dialogue Officer
Amr Ahmed Abdo is the Engagement and Dialogue Officer in charge of co-implementation and relationships management with Yemeni interlocutors. Amr has worked in the Yemen team in different capacities since 2017 alongside former Executive Director Martin Griffiths and Andrew Marshal. Also, Amr has contributed to EIP’s work in Iraq between 2017 to 2019. Amr has a master in International Relations and bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. Amr has worked and lived in Libya, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabi (between 2008-2013).
Engagement and Dialogue Officer
Jamie Pleydell-Bouverie is an Engagement and Dialogue Officer at the European Institute of Peace. He manages EIP’s ‘European Policy Support’ programme which aims to strengthen European policies and strategies for conflict resolution. Prior to joining EIP in January 2020, Jamie worked for six years at the international NGO Crisis Action, where he designed and delivered global advocacy strategies to protect civilians in conflict. He led the organisation’s work on Syria from Beirut, Lebanon, for two years (2017-2018) before moving to London to support Crisis Action’s UK office as a Senior Adviser. From 2013 – 2017, he managed Crisis Action’s advocacy at the United Nations in New York, leading joint initiatives with humanitarian and human rights NGOs to engage UN Security Council members and the UN Secretariat. Jamie also worked as a consultant for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Amman, Jordan (2018), where he supported the Jordan INGO Forum to develop a strategy for engagement with donors and policymakers on the humanitarian response. Jamie has a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the University of Cambridge.
Public Affairs and Communications Officer
Paul Nolan joined the European Institute of Peace in March 2020 as the Public Affairs and Communications Officer. He is a British/Irish national with 15 years’ experience in the media (Associated Press, Al Jazeera, Radio France International) and as a strategic communications advisor at European NGOs. As a freelance journalist, he has contributed to The Guardian, France 24, and EURACTIV among other publications. Prior to joining the Institute, he served as the media coordinator and press officer at the European Green Party (2017-2019) and contributed to the 2019 Europe-wide election campaign. He holds a joint BA Honours degree in Art and French from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and is fluent in French and Spanish.
Miriam Østergaard Pedersen
Women, Peace and Security Officer
Miriam Østergaard Pedersen is a Women, Peace and Security Officer at the European Institute of Peace. She focuses on the challenges of gender and inclusion in peacemaking and mediation, both internally within the Institute and in external projects, in the field and at the policy-level. Miriam brings with her experience from UN Women in Copenhagen, where she assisted the Executive Director in developing policy and country strategies and took part in UN Women's outreach and advocacy work. Furthermore, Miriam holds a Gender Certificate from Copenhagen University, as a result of her specialization in Gender Studies as part of her Master of Political Science. Miriam speaks Danish, English and German.
Anna Pambukhchyan joined the European Institute of Peace in April 2020 as Regional Analyst for Eastern Europe. She has an experience of working as a consultant with European Endowment for Democracy and International Crisis Group. In 2014, she became one of the co-founders of “Union of Informed Citizens,” currently one of the biggest and most successful Armenian CSOs.
Her professional interests include frozen conflicts in the Eastern Partnership region; the influence of the media and internet on politics, conflicts and national identity.
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Mirjana has Masters Degree in European Studies and over thirteen years’ experience in international affairs and business in analysis, negotiation, partnership building and strategic development of socio-economic and political roadmaps in the Balkans, Africa and Western Europe.
Mirjana is passionate about conflict prevention and resolution. She has direct experience of conflict as a result of the wars of Yugoslav succession and has worked in difficult post-conflict political settings on democratic governance and peacebuilding with international organisations, including United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Kosovo and Montenegro. She has managed projects and initiatives focusing on dialogue facilitation, capacity building, security sector reform, civil society, refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs), and evaluated multimillion euro programmes on behalf of the European Commission on regional cooperation, human rights and environmental policy. Mirjana applied her skills and creative instincts to establishing environmentally sustainable start-up for high-end, award-winning handbag design that sought to create revenue streams for vulnerable communities and supported ethical initiatives for women in the Balkans and Africa and supported peace-making processes, such as during South Sudan humanitarian crisis in 2014.
Grants Management Officer
Rouchen Kurdi joined the European Institute of Peace in April 2020 as the Grants Management Officer. Rouchen has an extensive background in grants management mainly in humanitarian response contexts. Her experience includes proposal development, grants and financial management, donor (institutional or private) and organizational compliance, donor and government liaison, as well as project management, often in multi-sectoral, multi-country, interdepartmental and inter-agency environments. Before joining EIP, she worked in Jordan for the Syria response, and did short deployments in Iraq and Kenya. Rouchen holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Kent in International Development with International Migration.
Environmental Peacemaking Officer
Julie Raasteen joined the European Institute of Peace (EIP) in March 2020 as the Environmental Peacemaking Officer. Julie brings with her experience from the Danish Council for International Conflict Resolution where she managed the Secretariat and developed their climate and conflict programme from the initial phase. Before that, Julie was part of starting up the Network for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, a Copenhagen-based civil society partnership to build capacity on conflict prevention and peacebuilding among Danish CSO’s. She holds an MSc in International Security and Law from the University of Southern Denmark during which she worked with grassroots organization Sembrandopaz on reconciliation and nature-based peacebuilding in Montes de María, Northern Colombia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with socio-legal studies at the University of Glasgow.
Human Resources Officer
Jessica Roisier joined the European Institute of Peace in April 2018 as the Human Resources Officer. She brings with her over 9 years in the field of human resources working on a full spectrum of administrative and human resources management, ranging from recruitment and administration to employee development. Prior to her work at EIP, she worked in Human Resources for 6 years with Doctors without Borders (MSF) in several missions in high risk and complex environments. Her role involved supporting both international and local staff. Her interests lie in organizational development and employee well-being while driving to achieve the organisation’s goals in a smooth way.
Camille Schyns has worked at the European Institute of Peace since January 2016. He is currently Programme Officer in EIP’s Responding to Violent Extremism programme, working primarily on Ethiopia. Camille has covered Libya, Syria, and radicalisation in Europe for EIP, and before that was a trainee in the EEAS in Brussels and IOM in Ukraine. He holds an MA from King’s College London.
Aidan Smith joined the European Institute of Peace in April 2020 as a Finance Officer. He studied for an MSc in Public Administration: Economics and Governance at Leiden University in the Netherlands and has worked in the private sector as a Financial Accounting Intern for NN Investment Partners and a Finance Analyst for Rabobank.
Sophie Vancraeynest joined the European Institute of Peace in June 2019 as the Finance Officer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Economics from Ghent University and has over 4 years professional experience in financial auditing, due diligence engagements and compliance assignments with international accounting norms and standards. She practices yoga in her spare time and is a keen runner.
Cedric Madiani joined the European Institute of Peace in January 2020 as an accountant. He was inspired to join the ranks of an international non-profit organisation as a means to making a positive impact in people’s lives in fragile, war-torn parts of the world. In his spare time he enjoys playing team sports. His guiding quote is: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi)
Engagement and Dialogue Assistant
Esther joined the European Institute of Peace in April 2018. As part of the Engagement, Dialogue and Process Design Unit, she works on the implementation of projects in the Horn of Africa, in particular Sudan and South Sudan, with a thematic focus on the political economy of conflict. Furthermore, she works on the Sustainable Peace Process Design envelope, which seeks to find ways in which peace processes can be made more inclusive and sustainable. Prior to joining EIP, Esther worked at Debating Europe, a discussion platform that connects European citizens and policy-makers in online debates, as well as in the European Parliament and at a public affairs consultancy.
Human Resources Assistant
Lamprini Bikou joined the European Institute of Peace (EIP) in April 2020 as a trainee within the Operations Unit supporting the Human resources team. She did her Bachelor Degree in Greek Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds an MSc in Education, Policy and International Development from the University of Bristol in the UK. Before joining EIP she acquired professional experience in the European Parliament and EUROCONTROL as an HR Assistant trainee. She speaks Greek, English, and French. In her spare time she enjoys playing ping pong and practicing Latin dances.
Engagement and Dialogue Assistant
Albert Charara is an Engagement and Dialogue Assistant at the European Institute of Peace. He supports the Institute's programmes in Colombia, Venezuela and Afghanistan. Before joining the Institute in October 2019, Albert worked for two years (2017-2018) at the Amsterdam-based Dialogue Advisory Group (DAG), contributing to the success of political dialogue efforts in Iraq and the Basque Country – where he assisted the International Verification Commission (IVC) in its mission to facilitate and verify the disarmament of ETA. Albert has also worked for the Directorate of International Relations of the Barcelona Provincial Council (DIBA), advising local governments on the strategic planning of their development cooperation policies, and interned at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) while finishing his BA. Albert holds a MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University and a BA in Political Science and Public Management from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and is studying French.
Engagement and Dialogue Assistant
Maram Daoud joined the European Institute of Peace in 2020. He works as an Engagement and Dialogue Assistant, focussing mainly on projects in Yemen, Sudan and South Sudan. Prior to that, he worked at the Scandinavian Institute for Human Rights in Geneva as a Research Associate and Project Officer. He obtained a Master of Advanced Studies in "International and European Security" of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and the University of Geneva. He also holds an MA degree in "EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies" of the College of Europe in Brugge. Maram Daoud has extensive experience in political and civil society work related to the Syrian conflict. He speaks Arabic, English and French.
Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Assistant
Nada Ismail joined the European Institute of Peace (EIP) in January 2020 as a Programme Assistant for the Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Programme. Her work is currently focused on projects in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. Prior to her role in EIP, she worked in the EEAS in Singapore, Crisis Action in Beirut and most recently the European Endowment for Democracy in Brussels.
Nada holds a B.A in Political Science from the American University of Cairo and an MSc in Global Migration from the University College of London.
Engagement and Dialogue Assistant
Ingebjørg Finnbakk joined the European Institute of Peace in March 2020 as Engagement and Dialogue Assistant. She is specifically working on a project targeting foreign armed groups in the Great Lakes Region and the European Policy Support envelope, which seeks to support European actors in bringing about coherent policies and strategies for preventing and resolving specific conflicts. From 2016-2019, she was deployed by the Norwegian Refugee Council to the UN Peacekeeping Mission, MONUSCO, Ituri Province, eastern DRC. She played a key role in initiating and building an inclusive political peace process between the most significant armed group (FRPI) in the area and the government. As a direct result, a peace agreement was signed between the Congolese Government and the armed group on February 28 2020. Additionally, she was the focal point for the Mission’s civilian-military strategy to support the political process, including mobilizing funds and designing the Disarmament, Demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) process currently ongoing. Ms.Ingebjørg has also worked at the Peace Research Institute Oslo and UNFPA.
Engagement and Dialogue Assistant
Gabriele Tallone joined the European Institute of Peace as a trainee in 2017. He is currently a Programme Assistant working on Ukraine and the European Policy Support envelope, which seeks to support European actors in bringing about coherent policies and strategies for preventing and resolving specific conflicts. Gabriele has covered Afghanistan and Colombia for EIP. He studied political philosophy at the University of Turin and at the University of Warwick, and holds an MA in European Studies from KU Leuven as well as an advanced MA from the College of Europe, where he specialised in EU foreign policy and conflict resolution.
Logistics and Office Assistant
Caroline Ramsis joined the European Institute of Peace in September 2018. She is logistics and office assistant. She has been a regular volunteer for non-profits and she has extensive knowledge of administration skills. Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Cairo university. She speaks Arabic, English and French.
Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Assistant
Elodie Vanneste is currently a Programme Assistant of the Conflict Justice and Reconciliation programme at the European Institute of Peace. She joined in September 2018 bringing with her experience form the International Center for Transitional Justice.
Elodie holds an Advanced L.L.M in International Law specialising in Peace, Justice and Development from Leiden University, an M.A. in International and European law from a combined programme between the University of Warwick, Universitat des Saarlandes and Université Lille II and a B.A. in Law from Université Lille II. Her research interests include transitional justice, human rights, gender and the law and she speaks English, French, Dutch and has basic knowledge of Spanish and German.
Special Assistant to the Executive Director
Susana Zickert is the Special Assistant to the European Institute's Executive Director Michael Keating. She brings with her experience from the conflict resolution charity Inter Mediate in London, the Munich Security Conference and the Argentinian National Congress. Susana holds a master’s degree in “Religion and Global Politics” from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and is an alumna of the Friedrich Ebert Academic Foundation. She specialises in the intersection of politics, diasporas, religion and identity, and how this translates into conflict resolution and mediation. She speaks German, English and Spanish.