Thammy Evans

Deputy Head, ISSAT

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 conflict analysis of the Balkans, vision and strategy development, and on partner capacity building for conflict prevention - notably in non-lethal effects such as counter-corruption, and addressing conflict related sexual violence (CRSV). 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.

ISSAT Blog posts:

Prevention - Too Important to Fail

Doubling the Number of Women in Peacekeeping - Mission Impossible 7

Ten Tips for Increasing Political Engagement for SSR

SSR and Clausewitz's 'remarkable trinity'

The Case for SSR as a Conflict Prevention Measure

A Global Fund for SSR (co-authored with Mark Downes)

Disarmament - what's the point?

International Law in Domestic Courts – sticky or not?

Back to the Roots: Security Sector Reform and Development