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.
Alex Walsh is a Security Sector Reform Officer in ISSAT. He works on Advisory Field Support and the Knowledge and Outreach portfolio.
Alex’s Challiot paper on policing in the Arab World is published with the European Union Institute of Security Studies in August 2020. He also publishes on security and politics with Arab Reform Initiative and Middle East Institute.
Alex was drawn into SSR after completing graduate research in Egypt in the period 2011-2014. Since this period, he has worked in British SSR, stabilization and peacebuilding missions in Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia and Syria, with particular reference to police reform, community policing and state-civil society engagement. His core skill set centres on facilitation, research, conflict mapping, assessment and evaluation. His previous role was in the DCAF Tunis office, engaged with security and the media and he has worked as an independent consultant to international development organizations.
Alex has an MPhil and MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge, where his focus was on political Islam. Alex speaks English, Levantine Arabic and French.
Anícia Lalá is a Senior SSR Advisor and the Head 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. His direct area of expertise is on assessment, design, monitoring and evaluation of SSR/Governance projects, programmes and policies. He delivers operational and strategic advice to reinforce security and justice programming for bilateral and multilateral donors worldwide. Antoine is currently supporting the implementation of the EU SSG Facility, based in Brussels. He provides tailor made support to EU Delegations and partner countries’ security and justice actors. In addition, Antoine advises EU Member States, the EEAS HQ and CSDP missions on SSR/G, provides analysis, recommendations and methodological support to enhance the effectiveness of the EU support to partner countries. He has extensive experience in Central and West Africa (Burundi, Rwanda, DRC, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso), Albania, Georgia and the Caribbean.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Antoine worked for a strategy private consulting company. He was an evaluation expert on strategic level evaluations of development aid policies. He carried out several large scale evaluations for the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the UN and the World Bank.
Antoine holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Conflict Management from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He is fluent in French and English and has good knowledge of Spanish and Dutch.
Camilla Arvastson is a Security Sector Reform Officer in the Knowledge and Outreach team in ISSAT.
Her role includes 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 ISSAT mandates and manages ISSAT's Outreach.
Before Camilla took up this role in 2021, she worked as Knowledge and Outreach Assistant in DCAF-ISSAT since 2019. Prior to that, 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 worked with 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 for Social Policy and Management 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 peacebuilding. Additionally, she holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and in International Relations from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Camilla speaks Swedish, English and other Nordic languages. She also speaks intermediate French and some Spanish.
Devendra Rana is Project Coordinator in ISSAT. He joins with a brief to enhance management processes and strengthen compliance, as well as, introduce new systems and processes. The goal of these improvements is to strengthen ISSAT’s advisory services, training and knowledge product offerings.
Devendra is a PMI certified project management specialist with long experience of developing and managing large projects in Asia, Africa and Europe. His global south background and perspective plus environment-climate knowledges gives. Devendra a good understanding of the security dimensions of changing climate and environmental degradation.
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.
Elisabeth Ibscher is the Head of Professional Development and Training in DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) and a member of ISSAT’s Management Team. Elisabeth’s role is to enhance ISSAT’s multilateral and bilateral Governing Board Members’ ability to identify, develop and deploy strategic Security and Justice advisors. Together with her team and colleagues from across ISSAT, Elisabeth supports Governing Board Members in strengthening their systems and provides them with high-quality training opportunities.
Elisabeth served many years in field missions, including with the NATO-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo and the ceasefire monitoring mission in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains. She helped to develop the capacities of peace infrastructures in Nepal in the framework of the German Civil Peace Service and assisted the Government of South Sudan to establish Councils of Traditional Leaders as platforms for conflict resolution as Human Security Advisor of the Swiss FDFA. Prior to joining DCAF-ISSAT in July 2020, she headed International Partnerships and Learning at PeaceNexus Foundation.
Elisabeth has degrees in education, journalism and development, and trained as a mediator and organisational coach. She is currently completing her MA in Mediation and Conflict Management at Viadrina University, Frankfurt an der Oder.
Elisabeth speaks English, German, French, Italian and some Nepali.
Elsa Dazin is an SSR Advisor and Head of Outreach and Knowledge at ISSAT, undertaking activities related to Advisory Field Support, Knowledge Management and Outreach. She leads ISSAT's efforts on the development of learning and trends in the area of security, justice and governance reform. She oversees ISSAT's work on developping knowledge products that inform donor SSG/R programming including contextual analysis, conceptual and good practice guidance and analysis of emerging learning from the field. She also ensures continuous outreach on ISSAT's knowledge products with ISSAT's Members and the SSG/R community of practitioners through a community of practice platform and regular newsletters, addressed to english and french speaking practitioners.
Elsa comes from a peacebuilding and conflict prevention background with strong skills in gender mainstreaming methodologies. Previously worked as Project Officer for UNDP’s Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit, she was involved in the operational implementation of UNDP’s recovery efforts for refugees and host communities. She was also 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 governance, rule of law, poverty reduction, economic empowerment, parliamentary reform and women empowerment and gender equality. 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.
Floris de Klerk Wolters is a Project Assistant within ISSAT's Professional Development and Training team. He is also a Project Assistant in DCAF's Asia-Pacific Unit (APU).
His role includes supporting the Professional Development and Training (PDT) team, helping develop e-learning and digital SSG/R courses and trainings, and supporting all aspects of course organisation, provision, and evaluation.
Floris has co-authored the SSR Backgrounder on the security sector and health crises, and a book epilogue on lessons for the security sector from Ebola in the time of COVID-19.
Prior to taking up this role in 2021, Floris has been at DCAF’s Asia-Pacific Unit since January 2019 and worked as student consultant researching illicit financial flows for the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding.
Floris has a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Floris received his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from University College Utrecht.
Floris speaks Dutch, English, Frisian, and decent French and German.
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.
Helen Seese is a Security Sector Reform Advisor with DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team. Her focus is on Advisory Field Support, contributing technical expertise on assessments, design, and Monitoring & Evaluation.
Helen has 15 years of experience in applied research on security and governance in fragile states and conflict zones. Prior to joining ISSAT in November 2020, she worked in the private sector and as independent consultant. Based in Afghanistan for nine years, Helen supported a wide range of clients from UN agencies, bi-lateral donors, International NGOs, and the military. She designed large-scale field research that combines quantitative and qualitative data collection in highly volatile areas, and lead formative assessments, policy research and programme evaluations. From 2017 to 2020, Helen contributed to the development of M&E systems informing UK security and governance programming in East Africa, and served as Strategic M&E Advisor for Somalia programmes. Her particular interest is in contextualisation of security and governance programmes to account for local political economies, and evidence-driven decision-making that links strategic and implementation levels.
Helen holds a MA in ‘Conflict, Security and Development’ from King’s College London, and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Leipzig. She is fluent in English and German.
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.
Lilla Albert is a Project Assistant in ISSAT's Professional Development and Training Team.
Her role involves the development and implementation of face-to-face and online courses on security sector governance and reform (SSG/R) and on effective advising in fragile contexts. She also contributes to the teams daily coordination with DCAF-ISSAT Governing Board Members, bilateral and multilateral partners to develop and implement training programs.
Prior to joining ISSAT in 2021, Lilla, has worked at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the Field Operations and Technical Capacity Division with a focus on Human Rights in Humanitarian Action and the nexus of Humanitarian, Peace and Development. She has also worked in supporting positions at the International Trademark Association, the Protect Our Winters UK charity and the Humanitarian Emergency Response Africa NGO in roles relating to communication, digital engagement, training, research and editing.
Lilla Albert holds an Master’s Degree from the University of Leeds in Environment and Development with international fieldwork experience and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Sociology from Aston University. She is currently in the course of completing a Double Masters in Disaster Management.
Lilla speaks English, German, Hungarian, Spanish and some French.
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.
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.
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.