Victoria Walker is the Head of DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT), and is an Assistant Director of DCAF - Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance.
Victoria joined ISSAT in 2008, initially as an SSR advisor. During her time in ISSAT she has worked on advisory missions across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, including assessments, programme design and M&E. Her main focuses thematically include strategic management and engagement, change management, risk, governance, national security strategies, and policy development. In addition, Victoria has delivered SSR and advisory training and capacity building to a range of donor and multilateral agency audiences, and was responsible for developing ISSAT’s first governance module on the advanced SSR training course. She was heavily involved in the set up and development of ISSAT, and took on the role as Head of the department in 2017.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Victoria was a political advisor to the head of the EU Rule of Law planning mission in Kosovo. She also worked on Crisis Management, DDR and human rights in the Aceh Monitoring Mission in Indonesia, and held the position of Head of the Albania Country Office for the Balkans EU Monitoring Mission. Before moving into civilian crisis management and development, she held a commission in the British Army. She has a law degree from Kings’ College London, an MSc in Development Management and an MA in Social Sciences (focusing on environmental policy) from the Open University, as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Security Sector Management from Cranfield University.
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Patrick Hagan is the Deputy Head of DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT).
Patrick is the lead for ISSAT support to UNDP’s Global Programme on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights, has taught on and managed the International Police Advisors Masterclass, was a member of the team that conducted the External Review of the United Nations Police Division, and developed the DCAF Operations Programme Management Cycle guidance. Before taking up the Deputy Head role Patrick was the Coordinator of Knowledge Services.
He has extensive experience on the assessment, design, monitoring and evaluation of development support to police, justice and military organisations globally, and has worked closely with the United Nations and the European Union on multilateral approaches to SSG/R.
Prior to joining ISSAT Patrick worked as the senior evaluation advisor to the Australian Federal Police, leading the team developing and conducting monitoring and evaluation processes to assess police reform and peacekeeping activities across the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Patrick started his career working for the Australian Defence Force’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation on the assessment of counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan and peacebuilding operations in Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands.
Patrick Holds a Phd in Social Psychology from the University of Western Australia, and a BA in Philosophy from Murdoch University.
Adam Bycroft is a Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor with DCAF's International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT). In this role he provides strategic and technical advice and guidance in the areas of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice to ISSAT’s bilateral and multilateral Governing Board Members.
Adam commenced his career in Queensland, Australia as a Police Officer serving as a Detective in State Crime Operations Command, focussing on Vulnerable Persons Protection, investigating Organised Paedophilia and Child Sexual Abuse.
Adam later joined the Australian Federal Police, serving as a Federal Agent in both Serious and Organised Crime and People Smuggling teams. He completed several international deployment postings as a member of the International Operations Group, including team leadership roles within the Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLDPD) and the Regional Assistance Mission to The Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Adam also worked at the School of Peacekeeping Operations in Australia as a pre-deployment instructor.
Since his re-location to Europe, he has held Law Enforcement Advisory roles with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the United Nations, involving Security Sector Reform activities in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
Adam holds a Master of Terrorism and Security Studies from Charles Sturt University Australia, and a Bachelor of Policing (Investigations). Adam is passionate about Human Security and the protection of vulnerable populations.
Alexander Burian is an SSR Advisor and provides support to ISSAT advisory field support missions. Prior to joining ISSAT, he has worked as a consultant in the field of monitoring and evaluation of external aid programmes for the European Commission. He has also worked as a Governance Advisor at the European Union Delegation to the Kingdom of Lesotho. In this function he was responsible for political reporting, donor coordination and worked as a programme manager for EU funded projects in areas of justice sector reform, anti-corruption, public finance management and economic planning. Additionally, Alexander has worked as an Advisor to the Slovenian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York during Slovenia’s EU Presidency term. In this position he covered the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission and advised the Permanent Representative on issues related to security sector reform, nuclear non-proliferation, and peacebuilding. Lastly, he also has experience working as an intern at both the Slovak Permanent Representation to the UN in New York, during Slovakia’s respective tenure on the UN Security Council, and as intern working at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Alexander holds a MLitt in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews. He also holds a B.Sc in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.
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Anícia Lalá is a Senior SSR Advisor and the Lead for Advisory Field Supportat ISSAT. Anícia also leads the portfolio of collaboration with the African Union. Anícia has twenty years of cumulative international security cooperation experience, with combined practitioner, policy analysis, and academic skills in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, international politics and international political economy. Her focus of work has been on assessments, lesson learning, knowledge development and management, evaluations and capacity building. She has carried out assignments in the context of EU, UN, AU, SADC, ECOWAS, OECD, and CPLP work on the continuum between security and development. Within SSR thematics Anicia has undertaken work on defence, justice and RoL, institutional building, political engagement, donor coordination, non-state security and justice provision, oversight and accountability, local ownership and change management.
She is a founding member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and served on its Executive Committee over a number of years. Earlier on she worked as Deputy Director for Africa at the Global Facilitation Network for SSR, at Cranfield University, UK. Previously Anicia held an advising and lecturing position at the Higher Institute for International Relations, and was an analyst and advisor on defence policy and international cooperation at the Ministry of Defence of Mozambique. Anícia holds a PhD in international security studies, from the University of Bradford, and a MSc on peace and development, from the University of Gothenburg. She has several publications in the fields of conflict resolution, democratisation, international security, post-conflict reconstruction, and security sector reform.
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Andreea Giurgea is an Administrative Assistant for ISSAT. Her role is to support the general administrative activities of the team. As part of ISSAT’s Finance and Logistics team, her tasks include assisting team members both at Headquarters and in the field, administrating ISSAT’s SSR experts, office management and coordination of various actions with other DCAF administrative staff.
Andreea holds an MA in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Geneva and a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures (Italian-French) from the Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. Andreea also studied at the University of Rome Sapienza, the University of Salerno (Italy) and is certified as an accountant assistant. Prior to joining ISSAT she held a managing position within a Swiss watch manufacturing company. Andreea is fluent in Romanian, Italian, French and English.
Antoine Hanin is an SSR Advisor at ISSAT. He works on Advisory Field Support mandates and Knowledge Services activities. His main focus is on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of Security Sector Reform (SSR) projects, programmes and policies. He also supports ISSAT training activities related to design, monitoring and evaluation of SSR in post-conflict countries.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Antoine worked for a private consulting company in monitoring and evaluation. He was an evaluation expert on strategic level evaluations of development aid policies. He carried out several large scale evaluations for the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank, the UN and the World Bank. His last two major evaluations were on the EC support to conflict prevention & peace building and the EC support to justice & security sector reform worldwide over the period 2001-2010.
Antoine holds a B.Sc in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain and a Masters degree in International Relations and Conflict Management from the Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven in Belgium. He is fluent in French and English and has good knowledge of Spanish and Dutch. He has field experiences in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean.
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Camilla Arvastson is a Project Assistant in the Outreach, Advocacy and Knowledge team in ISSAT.
Her role includes supporting the development of knowledge products and operational tools in the area of SSR as well as contributing to ISSAT’s methodology and guidance products on country-specific and thematic issues. She also contributes to advocacy materials and is responsible for maintaining ISSAT’s website and Community of Practice.
Prior to taking up this role in June 2019, Camilla worked as Policy Assistant for the European Commission in Brussels in the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and in the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME). In these roles she researched and reviewed EU’s external and internal policies on security, development and migration as well as coordination and advocacy work. She has also worked as a Desk officer at the Swedish Migration Agency, and has experience from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Viet Nam and the Swedish Delegation to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris, where she worked particularly with the OECD-DAC.
Camilla holds a Master Degree in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University, including exchange studies in Conflict and Coexistence from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Her focus has been on the nexus of security and development in post-conflict and fragile contexts, with special emphasis on statebuilding, SSR and prevention. Additionally, she holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and in International Relations from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Camilla speaks Swedish and English and other Nordic languages. She also knows French and Spanish.
Eleanor Pavey is ISSAT’s Good Practice Coordinator. Within ISSAT, she assists in the design and development of core training packages as well as SSR training material for multi-lateral organizations such as the UN. She is also responsible for developing a strategic plan to handover training packages to ISSAT members and to roll out ISSAT training in coordination with members of the Association for Security Sector Education and Training (ASSET).
Prior to joining ISSAT, Eleanor worked as a consultant at the Best Practices Section of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. She has also worked with the Department of strategic affairs of the French Ministry of Defence and at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) in Paris.
Eleanor holds a diplôme and an MA in political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po), Paris and a BA in international relations from the University of Colombo. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis at the department of international relations at Sciences-Po Paris. She has also studied at King’s College London and at Princeton University. She is the author of several articles on ethnic conflicts, nationalism and mediation.
Eleonora Dan is a Project Assistant for ISSAT. Her role is to support ISSAT’s Performance, Logistics and Finance team. Her main tasks include the planning and organisation of ISSAT’s activities and mandates, the provision of logistical support for missions, as well as administrative and financial management support. She also provides support to thematic research on SSR and related issues, notably on gender issues.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Eleonora worked as Project Assistant for Merck's Access to Health Unit in Geneva. She also worked as a fund-raising volunteer for Emergency, an Italian NGO providing support to victims of war, landmines and poverty.
Eleonora holds a Master's degree in International Public Affairs from the LUISS School of Government in Rome, and a Master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the School of Political Science at the University of Bologna. Eleonora is fluent in Italian, English and French.
Elsa Dazin is an SSR Advisor at ISSAT, undertaking activities related to Advisory Field Support, training, gender mainstreaming, knowledge management and the development of operational tools in the area of SSR programme design, assessment and monitoring and evaluation.
Elsa comes from a gender mainstreaming, peacebuilding and conflict prevention background. Previously working as Gender Expert with UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, she was responsible for carrying out operational and strategic gender mainstreaming into the UN system’s crisis prevention programmatic portfolio. This included, strategy design and programme development, as well as, continuous capacity development of UN staff and local stakeholders. Elsa has also worked with UNDP’s Arab Regional Centre as a Research Analyst on issues relating to gender, nation-building, poverty-reduction. She was in charge of capacity development in those areas for UNDP country offices, in addition to backstopping the team leaders in the areas of communication and partnership building.
Previously, Elsa was a Chargée de Mission, with the French Ministry of Finance’s economic mission to Vietnam (ADETEF). Elsa speaks fluent French, Arabic and English. A graduate in Political and Administrative Sciences, Elsa has a Master's degree in Development Studies delivered by the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux.
Guillaume Lacaille is a Senior SSR Advisor with ISSAT. He has over 15 years’ experience working on security reform, peacebuilding and stabilisation mostly in conflict-affected countries in Africa. He has held various positions as field analyst, policy adviser and programme manager in EU and UN field missions, development agencies and a preeminent think-tank.
From mid-2014 to mid-2017, he was seconded by the UK Stabilisation Unit to EUCAP Sahel Mali as the Political Advisor of the Chief of Mission. Based in Bamako, he supported the reform of the Malian security forces and the implementation of the European security strategy in Sahel. From 2011 to mid-2014, he worked particularly on improving donor’s strategies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as an independent expert for the UN, the World Bank, the Swiss and British governments. Among other assignments, he was seconded by the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs to MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission, as a Stabilisation Adviser and he worked for DFID in Kinshasa as the Programme Manager of a £1,9m programme delivering political economy analyses and policy recommendations to the community of donors in Congo. From 2008 to 2010, Guillaume was the Senior Analyst for the DRC at International Crisis Group, based in Nairobi. He researched and authored several ICG reports covering a vast range of issues, including national politics and insurgencies in the Kivu. From 2005 to 2008, he served successively in the UN peacekeeping missions in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) and in Congo (MONUC). With the later, Guillaume was based in Goma as the Political Officer of the DDRRR unit tasked with disarming and repatriating combatants of foreign armed groups.
Prior to working in Africa, Guillaume was the Political Attaché at the Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington during the 2005 Luxembourg presidency of the EU. He also completed an 18-month military service in France as a Second-Lieutenant in the Army. Guillaume holds a MA in Security Studies from the School of Foreign Services at Georgetown University and a Master in Business Economics from the University of Paris Dauphine. He is fluent in English and French.
Hervé Auffret is Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor in the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT). Hervé joined ISSAT 12 November 2018. His role includes the provision of strategic advice and guidance in the area of Security and Justice to ISSAT's core team, its Expert Roster and Governing Board members undertaking Security Sector reform activities. He also leads missions related to SSR strands of work.
Hervé served 33 years in the French Navy and ended his career in 2013 as navy captain heading the strategy and policy office in the cabinet of the chief of the navy. During his military career he filled successive operational, headquarters and command positions. He deployed often abroad, mainly in Africa. He was appointed in the French Prime Minister Cabinet (General Secretary for National Defence) where he contributed to addressing WMD proliferation and Small Weapons trafficking. He spent two years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Military and Defence cooperation) leading the development of SSR projects mostly with African countries. He also led the policy branch in the NATO Allied Command Transformation Headquarters (Norfolk Virginia).
Prior to taking up the function in ISSAT, Hervé was leading the Joint Mission Analysis Center in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA). This appointment came after 4 years spent at the United Nations Secretariat in New York where he was leading the military Policy and Doctrine development in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
He is fluent in French and English, speaks German and a little Chinese.
Isabelle Dutour is an SSR Officer at ISSAT working on Advisory Field Support mandates. She also supports ISSAT training activities and is a member of ISSAT’s Methodology Cell. With a specific knowledge of SSR processes in African contexts including in UN DPA and DPKO missions as well as in bilateral programme, she is focusing on African countries.
Before joining ISSAT, Isabelle worked as Security Sector Reform Officer with MINUSCA supporting the strategic level policy development and coordination of SSR support in CAR. Her previous field SSR experience includes working with the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) providing support to the Head of Mission in the SSR Unit, with a focus on Guinea-Conakry and the Burundi-Netherlands Security Sector Development Programme (Programme DSS) in the capacity of technical advisor and project manager for the Governance Pillar.
Isabelle holds a MA in International Law from Aix-en-Provence University. She is fluent in English and French.
Jean-Philippe Kot is a Justice Advisor and provides support to ISSAT advisory field support missions.
He has experience in fact-finding and criminal investigative methods, legal empowerment and Criminal Justice Reform, knowledge management, M&E and impact assessment, technical assistance to national authorities and institutions as well as civil society stakeholders. His country experience covers Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA and South-East Asia.
Prior to joining ISSAT, he has worked as International and Transitional Justice Expert at Avocats Sans Frontières (Lawyers Without Borders). In this function he was responsible to assist field offices in strategy and project development, support knowledge management and learning, provide legal and thematic advice to field offices and supervise legal strategies in cases taken on before national and international Courts. Additionally, Jean-Philippe has worked as Visiting Professional at the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. In this position he provided support in the management and supervision of all activities undertaken by the Office of the Prosecutor and conducted legal analysis on various issues relevant to the Office. Lastly, he also has experience as lecturer and Research Coordinator in France and Palestine and as a consultant for national authorities and Civil Society Organisations.
Jean-Philippe holds a Ph.D in Public International Law from Aix-Marseille University in France.
Keryan Wurlod is a Professional Development and Training (PDT) Project Assistant at ISSAT.
His role includes contributing to the ongoing design, development and oversight of both face-to-face and online training courses on SSR and specialised topics and helping in the research and analysis of SSR-related trends and development relevant to PDT strategic development objectives. He is also responsible for providing substantive and logistical support to ISSAT training teams before, during and after trainings and contributes to the monitoring and evaluation of ISSAT’s courses.
Before joining ISSAT in August 2018, Keryan had worked for Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) and for Fondation Hirondelle. In these roles, he contributed to research work and project management on humanitarian action, development and dialogue in fragile and transitional contexts.
Keryan holds a Masters in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva and a Bachelor in Political Science from University of Lausanne. He speaks French, English and Italian.
Kurt Eyre is a Professional Development and Training Coordinator at ISSAT. He is a leadership and professional development expert working extensively at the executive and operational levels within and across policing, justice and security sectors. Specialising in international leadership and training development, Kurt advises on the design, coordination and implementation of programmes supporting performance improvement and reform in enhancing citizen security.
Formerly head of the UK College of Policing's International Academy (Bramshill), Kurt was the national lead in researching and developing policing assistance programmes in support of the UK Government, EU, Sovereign States, Commonwealth and UN. Masters qualified in international security sector management at Cranfield University, Kurt has worked in supporting the Commonwealth, UK academic institutions and co-leading on the European policing Agency (CEPOL) Future Leaders programme and Middle East Counter-Terrorist curricula and strategy development.
Kurt helped establish the original pan-EU and Canadian Security Sector Reform Master Class for strategic policing advisors (now coordinated by ISSAT) and was the former UK voting member of the CEPOL Governing Board as well as being an inaugural member of Interpol’s International Training Advisory group. Previously, Kurt worked in management consultancy at Ashridge Business School and held a Commission in the UK Royal Marines.
Marine Laviec is DCAF-ISSAT's Professional Development and Training Officer and is in charge of the ongoing design, development and oversight of both face-to-face and online training courses on SSR and related topics.
Her role includes providing liaison to DCAF-ISSAT training teams before, during and after trainings; conducting research to support the ongoing development of SSR training material; contribute to both strengthening and establishing new development partnerships with relevant institutions and networks; help identify, document and validate lessons learnt through DCAF-ISSAT development, training and advisory work to ensure existing material and methodologies are updated accordingly; support the dissemination of information on DCAF-ISSAT’s training products and policies through effective communication approaches.
Prior to taking up this role in April 2019, Marine spent two years in Ecuador working in the field of Human Rights, with Amnesty International and the Municipality of Quito. In the years that followed, she performed as a project coordinator in various fields and organizations (CrossKnowledge, Avise, University of Toulouse, Andalma) with a key focus on project management, professional training and skills development. She created and coordinated innovative approaches to enhance technical and transversal competencies; lead ambitious training needs assessments, designed and deployed skills development strategies and plans of action; organised and delivered multiple online, blended or physical trainings; monitored, evaluated and updated professional development programmes.
In 2016, Marine joined Doctors without Borders as Human Resources Manager, and undertook several missions in Central African Republic, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. In close cooperation with operational, medical, logistical, supply and financial coordinators, she managed personnel’s’ administration and development, and provided technical support to field administrators to smoothly implement HR policies.
Marine has a Master degree in International Humanitarian Law from the University of Lille. She also graduated from the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble, and obtained a certificate of study from the University of California, San Diego. Marine speaks French, English and Spanish.
Margaux Boffi is Outreach Advocacy and KnowledgeAssistant in ISSAT.
Her role includes supporting the development of operational tools and knowledge products in the area of SSR and contributing to ISSAT’s methodology and guidance products. She is also responsible for maintaining ISSAT’s website content and contributes inputs to the ISSAT SSR Community of Practice.
Before joining ISSAT in June 2019, Margaux was Information Analyst in ACAPS, working on humanitarian needs, risks and access constraints analysis. She has also worked in the private security sector in Latin America, doing security analysis and conducting on-site risks assessment, and has previous experience working in civil society organisations in Mexico and the Philippines.
A graduate in International Law, Margaux holds a Master in Humanitarian Action and a diploma in Applied Human Rights from Aix-Marseille University. She speaks French, English and Spanish.
Rodrigo Amorim is Designer and Web Developer at ISSAT / DCAF. His role is to contribute to the ISSAT Knowledge Services and Advocacy and Outreach initiatives in the design, production and development of information, promotional, interactive and multimedia products.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Rodrigo worked for several years in graphic and web design and production in agency, in-house and freelance roles for the commercial, non-profit and education sectors. He uses a mix of creative, marketing and technical skills to help clients translate business concepts into effective and engaging visual materials. His experience includes working as Information Officer for the Institute of Development Studies, as Design Manager ( brand management) for FIFA, and as Creative Director for a design agency, I-Imagine GmbH.
Rodrigo holds a Bachelor Degree in Journalism from the Federal University of Pernambuco, in Recife, Brazil. He also holds a Master of Arts in Interactive Media from the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
Shahrazad Chida is an SSR Officer within the Advisory Field Support branch in ISSAT. She has 11 years’ experience working on conflict resolution and Rule of Law dynamics in conflict-affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa. She has held positions of DDR and SSR Officer as well as political analyst in various United Nations Peacekeeping operations.
From 2015 to 2018, she was Chief Analyst on Signatory Armed Groups within MINUSMA’s Joint Mission Analysis Cell in Mali. Based in Bamako, she followed and liaised with the signatory armed groups following the signature of the peace process in 2015. From 2012 to 2015, Shahrazad was an SSR Officer at UNOCI in Abidjan where she assisted the launch of the national SSR process in collaboration with the National Security Council (NSC) and the Ivorian Government. From 2009 to 2012, she was an Information Analyst in UNOCI’s Embargo Cell where she worked closely with the Sanctions Committee on state and non-state armed groups and the circulation of arms before and during the 2010 crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. From 2004 to 2006, Shahrazad was a DDR/DDRRR Officer at MONUSCO where she conducted field operations with foreign armed rebel groups.
Shahrazad holds a MA in International Relations and Political Science from the Université d’Auvergne (Clermont-I) as well as two Bachelor’s degrees in History and Art History from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris-I). She is bilingual in English and French.
Valentin Wagee is a Project Assistant working with ISSAT’s Advisory Field Support Services. He has been particularly involved in a project from the European Emergency Trust Fund for Africa related to the Sahel region and spent five months in the Gambia to conduct a survey of the Security Sector.
Prior to joining DCAF-ISSAT, he had worked in support of the military cooperation mission of the French Embassy in Tunisia and Libya.
Valentin holds a Master’s Degree in Strategy, Intelligence and Risk Management from the Institute of Political Studies of Lille. Part of his coursework was spent in Athens, as a student first and then as part of the Diplomatic Chancery of the French Embassy and the Greek Council for Refugees, where he grew a strong interest for migration issues. Valentin is fluent in French and English, has good knowledge of German and Greek, and is currently learning dialectal Arabic.
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Vanessa Stitzel is Project and Finance Officer with ISSAT. She is responsible for the management of ISSAT's finances, for managing ISSAT’s finance and logistics team, and for the development and implementation of operational and financial procedures. Her role involves financial planning, accounts and budgets management and oversight, liaising with Governing Board Members on bilateral and multilateral funding agreements, and the development of procedures to ensure the transparency, sustainability, effectiveness and cost-efficiency of ISSAT’s activities. Vanessa also contributes regularly to the development of ISSAT's SSR training and advocacy material, notably in Spanish and French.
Vanessa holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. Prior to joining ISSAT, Vanessa worked for the Operations 1 Division at DCAF. She also worked as a Programme Assistant for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Before this, she held a sales and marketing position in a multinational company. Vanessa is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Italian.
Viola Csordas is an SSR Officer at ISSAT, where she provides support to ISSAT’s Advisory Field Support (AFS), Professional Development and Training (PDT), and Outreach, Advocacy and Knowledge (OAK) service lines. She is also a member of ISSAT’s Methodology Cell.
Prior to taking up this role, Viola has worked on the Africa desk of the German Foreign Office’s Humanitarian Task Force, with a focus on the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes region and Mali/ Sahel; at the World Bank, supporting DDR processes and particularly conflict sensitive reintegration activities in CAR, Uganda, DRC and RoC, financed by the MDRP/ TDRP, a multi-country trust fund; in Rwanda on good governance for GIZ; and in Ethiopia, running an NGO in support of girls’ education. Additionally, she has interned at the UNDPKO Situation Centre in New York, at LWF in their Rwanda/ DRC programme, and at the European Parliament.
Viola holds a Master’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Staatswissenschaften (Social Sciences, Law and Economics) from the University of Erfurt, for which she has also studied abroad at Hong Kong Baptist University.
She speaks German, English, French and basic Spanish.