The Dutch National Defence Academy will conduct a “Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)” from 13-15 June 2017 in Breda, the Netherlands. This three-day intensive residential course will be carried out in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). Through a combination of practical, hands-on exercises, this advanced course will aim to enhance the skills, capacity and strategic thinking of participants on SSR principles through the sharing of views and experiences in SSR trends and practice. It will highlight issues such as the principles and characteristics of SSR, enhancing governance and oversight of security and justice institutions, the linkages between justice and police reform and the development of national security strategies and examine the. military role on SSR as well as SSR implications for defence engagement.
Thammy Evans is the Deputy Head of the International Security Sector Advisory Team.
She joined ISSAT in 2012, and initially worked in Knowledge Services, and later became ISSAT's Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator. She continues to focus on liaison between ISSAT and its Members to understand their priorities in security and justice sector reform and so harness the assets of all ISSAT's services to meet Members’ needs. As an SSR practitioner and advisor, her main area of work is in defence reform and governance, and notably on the military contribution to security and justice sector reform. She also advises donors and multilaterals on policy and strategy development for SSR support to third countries; and presents and lectures regularly on a variety of security and justice topics.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Thammy was Political Advisor to the Senior Military Representative of NATO HQ Skopje as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia undertook deep reforms to join NATO and the EU. She has served as an officer in the British Army and worked for the UK Ministry of Defence variously on the Balkans desk, vision and strategy development, and on partner capacity building. Her early career provided a foundation in public relations and international qualitative market research in the private and public sector, as well as business development harnessing systems thinking and resource efficiency.
A graduate in Chinese and German Studies from the University of Leeds, UK, she holds a Master’s of Science in Conflict Studies from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. She has a certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership from the UK's Chartered Management Institute, and has authored on China, the Balkans, security capacity building, and resource efficiency. She also speaks varying degrees of French, German, Serbo-Croat and Mandarin.