Etienne Sompairac is a Security Sector Reform Officer in ISSAT’s Outreach and Knowledge team.
His role includes 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. While he also contributes to various ISSAT mandates, his focus area revolves around digitalisation and its impact on SSR.
Etienne has published two blog posts with ISSAT, The blockchain and its multiple applications and The power of Collective Intelligence, which explored how SSR could harness digital technologies to support efficient reform.
Prior to taking up this role in 2021, Etienne has been working as a project coordinator in a think-tank focusing on environmental affairs. Before that, he joined ISSAT as Outreach and Knowledge intern where he contributed to a project evaluation of UNDP Colombia's Country Programme and the development of a methodology to conduct in-depth Security Sector Analysis in Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad. Prior to that, Etienne worked at the Office of the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Within the NGO Liaison Unit, his role was to facilitate civil society organisations’ access to UN mechanisms.
Etienne has a Double Master’s degree in International Political Economy and Journalism from the University of Warwick and Monash University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick.
Etienne speaks French, English and Spanish. He also speaks intermediate Arabic (Classical/Levantine) and German as well as a little Italian.