Kai Schaefer is an SSR Officer at ISSAT. His main areas of focus are on training and capacity building, and as a member of ISSAT’s methodology cell he works on the development of tools and knowledge products for use in training as well as for wider consumption by security and justice practitioners.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Kai worked as researcher on EU-Africa relations in peace and security with a think tank and participated in various election observation missions with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union (EU) in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He was a Programme Manager at the European Commission’s African Peace Facility (DG DEVCO) for institutional capacity building and mediation issues with the African Union and African Regional Economic Communities/Mechanisms. Previously, he held positions with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as Information Analyst in the Peacekeeping Situation Centre in New York, and as Political Affairs Officer in the United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUC) in Kinshasa and Kampala.
Kai holds a Masters degree in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin and also studied International Relations at Université Laval in Quebec. He is fluent in German, French and English and has good knowledge of Italian. Kai is a member of the board of EIRENE International.