Edward J. Flynn is the Senior Human Rights Officer with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), which supports the work of the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in New York. He coordinates a team looking at human rights and counter-terrorism issues, including issues connected to terrorist incitement, violent extremism, and gender mainstreaming. Prior to serving with CTED, Mr. Flynn was adviser on human rights and counter-terrorism at OHCHR in Geneva.
Samuel Rizk is the Head of Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding & Responsive Institutions (CPPRI) at the UNDP Crisis Bureau in New York. Prior to this position he has served as the Manager of the UNDP/RBAS Sub-Regional Response Facility (SRF) based in Amman, Jordan, supporting the organization’s regional response to the Syria crisis, in close collaboration with UNHCR. From July 2015 to October 2017, Sam was the UNDP Country Director in Syria, and prior to that, from 2012 to 2015 he served as Senior Programme Advisor with the RBAS in New York.
Viktoria Vogt has been working as a researcher at the IFSH since February 2020 in the “Research and Transfer Office Security Sector Reform (SSR Hub)” project . The project is funded by the Federal Foreign Office and Viktoria is permanently seconded to the unit working on crisis prevention, stabilization and post- conflict rehabilitation.
Since April 2020, Jessica Noll has been coordinating the project “Research and Knowledge Transfer Hub Security Sector Reform (SSR Hub) funded by the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO). She is seconded to the FFO’s stabilisation unit. Jessica Noll is doing her doctorate at the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg on the role of the Egyptian military in state and society. Her research took her to Egypt several times for longer stays.
Dr. Sanne van der Lugt works as Research Associate with the Clingendael Institute. Her research is aimed at the consequences of China’s re-emergence as a global power for Europe, with a special focus on China’s economic activities in Africa.
Sweta Velpillay is a Senior Advisor at Conducive Space for Peace (CSP) and an independent consultant. She specializes in conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding with an emphasis on strategic programming and policy effectiveness. She supports organisations to improve their effectiveness in conflict contexts by conducting systems conflict analysis, designing coherent programmes, conducting applied research, mainstreaming conflict sensitivity and using collective impact methodologies.
Yevgen Poltenko is the Executive Director of the Legal Development Network (LDN), an association of Ukrainian non-governmental organizations working on improving access to justice including focal points on legal aid, legal education, legal empowerment, and community legal support. Currently, the Network includes 23 organizations operating in 15 national regions. Prior to joining the LDN, Yevgen worked for several charities, as well as financial and government agencies.
Eboe Hutchful is a member of the Advisory Committee of the KPSRL, and Professor of Africana Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is co-founder and Executive Secretary of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN); in that position, he has been responsible for managing a pan-African network of SSRexperts and forging a high-level partnership with the AU, UN, and EU to build the AU’s SSR capabilities.
Christian Resch is a diplomat and works on co-ordination and strategies of Germany’s crisis engagement including SSR at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Before, he initiated Germany’s stabilization engagement in Somalia and was engaged in the comprehensive approach in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. In 2009, he established the German Embassy Office in Juba, where he experienced the start of an 180,000 troop demobilisation effort in Sudan.