Martin Griffiths is a senior international mediator and the first Executive Director of the European Institute of Peace (EIP). From 1999 to 2010 he was the founding Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva (HD Centre) where he specialised in developing political dialogue between governments and insurgents in a range of countries across Asia, Africa and Europe. Between 2012 and 2014 he served in the Offices of all three UN Syria Envoys as Mediation Adviser to Kofi Annan and Deputy Head of the UN Observer Mission in Syria. Martin was also one of the co-founders of Inter Mediate, a London based charity working on conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation.
Martin Griffiths worked in the British Diplomatic Service and for various international humanitarian organisations including UNICEF, Save the Children and Action Aid. In 1994 he became the Director of the Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva and served as Deputy to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator in New York. He has also served as UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Great Lakes and UN Regional Coordinator in the Balkans with the rank of UN Assistant Secretary-General.
Monique van Es
Monique van Es is Programmes Director at EIP and heads the implementation and methodological guidance to EIP’s programmes globally and to the interventions of the Preventive Diplomacy Group. She has been involved in rights-based programming since 2002, tackling poor governance, poverty, human rights abuses, and conflict.
Before joining the EIP, Monique worked in more than 20 countries in Africa; partnering with African NGOs and networks. As part of the senior management team of ACORD she was responsible for institutional leadership, strategic direction, learning and accountability in the agency’s bid to fight for justice and development in Africa. As its Programmes Development & Operations Manager she led its programme content and innovation throughout Africa. She served as country director for Burundi with Oxfam Novib, leading the team on its post-conflict recovery and reconciliation programme. She was director of the Pan Africa Programme, influencing conflict prevention and - resolution efforts of the AU and Member States, as well as on issues of governance and accountability. During 2002-2007 she served with UNHCR in Chad, South Sudan and Kenya.
While working with the ACORD and with Oxfam, she was extensively involved in strengthening civil society organisations and advocacy networks to help them carry the “voice” of citizens; seeking to ensure especially the most marginalised are able to leave their stamp on the political agenda. She authored numerous internal and external publications for UNHCR, ACORD and Oxfam on conflict transformation, human rights and refugee rights. Most notable was the ACORD-UNDP Handbook on Community Social Contract for Peace & Recovery (2011) used by the Kenya Government, UNDP and peacebuilding organisations in a bid to prevent future political violence.
Stine Lehmann-Larsen is the Mediation Director at the European Institute of Peace and an experienced mediation support practitioner. She heads EIP’s Mediation, Policy and European Relations Division, overseeing the Institute's strategy and policy development work, aiming to strengthen the peacemaking activities of EIP’s European partners. In complementarity to this context-focused work, Stine is in charge of EIP’s thematic mediation projects, which seek to improve mediation quality and preventive conflict dispute resolution efforts through innovative and pragmatic methodologies. Finally, Stine manages EIP’s partnership with the EU institutions and many key European partners, ensuring relevance and complementarity – including the development of strategic communications as a tool for influence and visibility for the EIP.
Between 2007 and 2015 Stine worked for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva (HD), where she developed and led a wide range of activities that focused on supporting and improving peace processes, facilitating dispute resolution, and building strong partnerships with local and international actors in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Through a number of senior management roles in Geneva, Nairobi and Singapore, Stine oversaw the implementation of over 20 large peace support projects.
Prior to that Stine worked at the Danish Defence Academy, the Danish Institute for International Studies, and the Danish Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. She set up a youth empowerment project in Cairo and founded a private international consultancy firm with a focus on corporate social responsibility and change management with offices in Copenhagen and Cairo. As such, she draws on 15 years of practical field, country office, headquarter, government and research experience on an extensive range of conflict resolution and developmental issues.
Stine holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from Bradford University (UK) and an MA in International Development from Roskilde University (Denmark).
Director, Finance, Administration and HR
Judy Gould is the Administrative Manager responsible for Finance and Human Resources at EIP. Before joining EIP, Judy was a strategic marketing and communications expert for the non-profit association sector. As a consultant she advised and helped European associations reach their goals and maximise on their growth and potential. She also worked as a Market Researcher for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Administration Manager in the Finance and Leasing industry. Judy speaks English and French.
As a Senior Advisor, Andrew brings with him 25 years of distinguished international experience with expertise in the mediation of armed conflicts and hostage negotiations, emergency humanitarian operations and advising governments and international organizations, including the AU, the UN and the World Bank on humanitarian and mediation policy and process. In 1999, Andrew was a co-founder of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HDC) in Geneva and was the Deputy Director and Director of Programs until 2010 and responsible for much their diplomatic and mediation work. Prior to HDC, he worked for the UN in East and Central Africa running humanitarian operations - Head of the UNOCHA Regional Office and Humanitarian Advisor to the SRSG for the Great Lakes Region, Senior Humanitarian Advisor and Head of Office for UNOCHA in Bujumbura, Program Coordinator, WFP, Mogadishu and Head of the Emergency Unit in Khartoum.
Malik Al-Abdeh is the EIP’s Programme Manager for Iraq and Syria. His role is to develop projects, set strategy, manage teams and maintain donor relations. Before joining the EIP Malik was a Consultant at the Humanitarian Dialogue Centre focusing mainly on Syria. Before moving into conflict resolution Malik was a journalist. He worked as a TV producer at Reuters and reported on the Syria conflict for Foreign Policy, the New Statesman, the Sunday Times and pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. In 2009, Malik co-founded Barada TV, a Syrian satellite TV channel that he ran for three years. His career in journalism began at BBC Monitoring where he covered Iran and North Africa. Malik holds a degree in War Studies and History from King’s College, University of London.
Anouk van den Akker
Anouk van den Akker is Programme Assistant with the Mediation, Policy and European Relations Division, managing EIP’s work on the state of mediation support and in charge of the overall financial coordination of the Divisions’ projects. In addition, she supports EIP’s work on South Sudan. Prior to joining EIP she worked at the Strategic Planning Division of the EEAS, focusing on a wide range of foreign policy issues and the creation of the EU Global Strategy. She moreover investigated terrorism financing and money-laundering when working for the Financial Intelligence Unit of The Netherlands. Anouk has an academic background in international crime and security, holding a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from University College London. She speaks Dutch and English, and is learning French.
Manu Bargues is Programme Manager on Colombia. Before his involvement on EIP’s work in Colombia and the region, Manu worked on Syria at EIP, liaising with armed groups on humanitarian issues. Before joining the EIP, Manu was Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations for seven years in Afghanistan, Lebanon and New York. In the last four years, he worked as the Middle East adviser to the Emergency Relief Coordinator and UN Humanitarian Chief. Previous to that he worked for the French Mission to the United Nations in New York. Manu is also the author of an article in Annuaire Français de Relations Internationales (June 2006), titled “Les Nations Unies face au défi de la consolidation de la paix sociale”.
Governance and Programme Officer
Dimitar Dermendzhiev is a Governance and Programme Officer working on a specific Track II initiative on Syria. He coordinates together with the President and the Senior Management the relations with the EIP Board of Governors.
Before joining EIP in 2015, Dimitar worked at the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) which mandate is to support local actors of democratic change, at the European Stability Initiative (ESI), and for a short time at the Administration of the President of Bulgaria. Prior to that, he gained advocacy experience in the EU energy sector at GPlus Europe, and co-managed a French Association (Bourgogne Balkans Express) promoting EU integration of the Western Balkans.
Dimitar holds a M.A. in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, and a M.A. in European Affairs and EU Law from Sciences Po Paris. He also holds a Bachelor degree from Sciences Po Paris focused on state-building and transition to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. Dimitar speaks English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Bulgarian.
Finance and Grants Manager
Susana Fouto is Finance and Grants Manager at EIP, supervising accounting and being responsible for the financial and grants control, and reporting. Prior to joining the EIP she worked for 8 years as financial controller and financial analyst for multinational organisations in telecom and retail sectors, reporting to Spain, Ireland and Belgium.
Susana holds a MBA from Catolica|Nova in collaboration with MIT and an Executive Master's degree in Corporate Finance. Her master thesis “European Foundations: strategic challenges, the opportunity and the process of engagement with the emerging field of Social Investment” focuses the field of impact investment. Susana speaks Portuguese, English, French and Spanish and is learning Finnish.
Team Leader, Kabul
Ryan Grist is EIP’s team leader on a project supporting the implementation of a recent peace agreement in Afghanistan and is based in Kabul. Ryan has served with a number of international organisations and missions in senior management positions (OSCE Deputy Head of Mission in Moldova and Georgia, EUMM Deputy Head of Mission in Georgia, UNDP Coordinator Southern Kyrgyzstan). He has also managed politically sensitive peace-building projects in other conflict contexts (in Nigeria and Ukraine). Ryan has previous experience working in Afghanistan in close cooperation with local government authorities and civil society. He holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent, and an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London (SOAS).
Arvid Hallberg is Strategic Communications Assistant with the Mediation Policy and European Relations Division, where he is responsible for the development of EIP’s outreach strategy and external communications. In addition, he supports EIP’s work on Afghanistan and preventive diplomacy. Before joining EIP in 2016, he worked for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs MENA Division, PwC in Jordan, the European Parliament and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. Arvid holds an MA in International Relations and Arabic from the University of St Andrews and a MSocSc in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University. His interests lie in the intersection between geopolitics and economics as well as peacemaking in general and mediation in particular. Arvid speaks Swedish, English, Spanish, some Arabic and is learning French.
Charlotte provides general administrative support at EIP. She is also interested in Peacebuilding, Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and cultural exchange. Before joining EIP, she worked with Heart for Change and the Ministry of Education in Colombia. She also interned at Protection International in Brussels, where she worked on the INGO’s yearly publication on public policies for the protection of Human Rights Defenders.
She holds an LLM in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent and an MA in International Affairs and Conflict Studies from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, Columbia University, and Sciences Po.
Charlotte speaks French, English, and Spanish fluently and has basic knowledge of Dutch.
Jeffrey Jonkers is Managing Advisor for the Afghanistan Peace Support Initiative and leads on the provision of support and advice to the parties in the peace process as well as potential outreach to, and dialogue with, other armed groups.
Jeffrey has designed, implemented and advised peacebuilding, mediation and stabilization programmes in some of the world’s most protracted conflicts, including in the Middle East, Afghanistan and South Sudan. Throughout his career he has specifically focused on inclusive participation in peacebuilding, locally-led mediation, and the practical translation of agreements into politically-owned, people-led processes towards conflict resolution or positive peace
He holds an MA in Public Administration (with distinction) from Leiden University, the Netherlands, for which he specialised in state-society relationships in conflict affected states.
Liaison Officer, Washington DC
Payton Knopf is EIP's liaison in Washington DC. Payton is a former U.S. diplomat with expertise in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East and was the first coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan. He was also formerly a senior advisor at the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI)/Martti Ahtisaari Centre and the PeaceWorks Foundation. Before leaving government, Payton was spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations under then-Ambassador Susan E. Rice, having previously served as a policy advisor to U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell. His other State Department assignments included in the Office of Egypt and the Levant, at the U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. From 2010-2011, Payton was an International Affairs fellow in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations where his research focused on diplomatic engagement with non-state armed groups.
Marta Lomana studied Journalism and holds an MA in International Relations from the City College of New York. Before joining the EIP she worked for different Spanish media and the cinema industry. She was also an intern at the European Parliament in Brussels where she worked for two different MEPs. Her research interests include geopolitics, the MENA region and Southeast Asia, the relationship between religion and politics, and democracy versus other political systems. Marta speaks Spanish, English, French and she studied Chinese for two years.
Ingrid Magnusson is Programme Officer at EIP, focusing on mediation quality and European peacemaking policy. She leads a number of projects on challenging areas in mediation, developing and refining the ways in which the peacemaking community can respond to these - both at the policy-level and in the field. Prior to joining the EIP she worked in the Swedish delegation to the Political and Security Committee at the Council of the EU, covering issues relating to peacemaking and stability, and the development of EU Global Strategy. She has analysed Iranian bilateral dynamics for the EEAS, and researched political risk in Pakistan and South Asia for the AKE group. Ingrid holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and has a business background in London’s start-up scene.
Delphine Michel is a Programme Manager at EIP, and oversees the implementation of some EIP geographic mediation projects as well as some horizontal activities. Delphine has been working in public policy for the last 15 years, as manager of European departments in think tanks, development agencies and consultancies, stationed mainly in Thessaloniki, London and Brussels. Her expertise covers local and regional policies, institutional and administrative building, research and innovation, fundraising, project and programme management, as well as international partnerships development.
She holds a Ph.D. in European and Greek law from the University of Poitiers, France, as well as Masters in International and European law respectively from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and Poitiers Faculty of Law. She is a native French speaker and in addition speaks English and Greek.
Susanne Pfeil is trainee with the Mediation, Policy and European Relations Division where she primarily supports EIP’s projects on Colombia and South Sudan. Susanne recently obtained a Master’s degree in International Relations (Diplomacy) from the University of Birmingham, focusing on mediation in German foreign policy and the Iran nuclear deal. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural European and American Studies from the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. She has a keen interest in conflict resolution and preventive diplomacy, and speaks German, English and Spanish, some French and is learning Russian.
Camille Schyns is Programme Officer for Libya and the Horn of Africa at the EIP. He has previously worked on EIP’s Addressing Radicalisation in Europe programme, and, prior to that, as a trainee with the European External Action Service in Brussels and the International Organization for Migration in Odessa, Ukraine.
Having obtained an M.A. War Studies (with distinction) from King's College London and a BSc Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, Camille’s interests include mediation and conflict resolution across Africa and in the Middle East, and the political engagement of non-state (armed) actors. Camille speaks English, French, and Dutch, and is learning Arabic.
Ivan Shalev is a Programme Officer at EIP coordinating preventive diplomacy efforts in the Western Balkans, West Africa and Eastern Europe. He recently joined the Syria programme to focus on conflict justice and the inclusion of Syrian displaced communities' perspectives into post-conflict planning processes. Prior to joining EIP, he assisted civil society organizations with their human rights advocacy at the United Nations. He also worked with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, with refugees and asylum seekers in Tunisia, and with minority communities in Kosovo.
Ivan holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Tufts University. His research interests include international soft law agreements, and he speaks English, French and Bulgarian.
Gabriele Tallone is a trainee with the Mediation, Policy and European Relations Division, supporting EIP’s projects in Afghanistan and Colombia, as well as the Institute’s work on Mediation Support. He studied political philosophy at the University of Turin and at the University of Warwick, and holds an MA in European Studies from KU Leuven together with an advanced MA from the College of Europe, where he specialised in EU foreign policy and conflict resolution. He has an interest in critical security studies, and he has worked before on Bosnia, Syria and Libya. He speaks Italian, English, French and is studying Spanish.
Hala Turjman is a Programme Assistant at EIP, covering its Syria programme and focusing on situations of conflict in the MENA region, including Iraq and Yemen. Prior to joining EIP, Hala was a Schuman Fellow at the European Parliament in the Directorate General for External Policies, Middle East Unit. She holds an MA degree in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe, specialised in security and justice, as well as UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Evan Tyner is a Programme Assistant at EIP. He is currently focussing on security issues and political violence. Before joining EIP, he gained experience at the International Organisation for Migration, the British Parliament and the United Nations (Economic Commission for Europe). He recently graduated with an MA in International Relations and an MLitt in Terrorism Studies (both from the University of St Andrews). He retains an interest in and continues to conduct research on terrorism and the activities of armed groups, with particular focus on the MENA region.
Lucas van de Vondervoort
Lucas van de Vondervoort is a Programme Officer at the European Institute of Peace, where he works on the conceptualisation, development, and implementation of mediation and dialogue projects that aim to directly reinforce European peacemaking and the role of Europe in mediation efforts. As such, he works closely together with the European External Action Service, as well EIP Board Members and EU Member States who share this objective. At the moment this means he works primarily on South Sudan and Afghanistan. He is also involved in EIP’s work in Colombia.
Prior to joining EIP, Lucas was a member of the first UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan, reporting on arms flows, armed groups, and commodities to the UN Security Council. Lucas managed projects in Mali and Sudan for the German Foreign Office and US Department of State and worked for local civil society organisations in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and in South Sudan. He was an advisor on arms control and community security to the Ministry of Interior in the years following South Sudan’s independence. Lucas holds master degrees in political theory and international law and has published on arms control, security sector reform, and conflict dynamics in the Horn of Africa, Mali and South Sudan.
Miriam Østergaard Pedersen
Miriam Østergaard Pedersen is an Inclusion Associate with the Mediation, Policy and European Relations Division at EIP. She focuses on the challenges of gender and inclusion in peacemaking and mediation, both internally within EIP and in external projects, in the field and at the policy-level. Miriam brings with her experience from UN Women in Copenhagen, where she assisted the Executive Director in developing policy and country strategies and took part in UN Women's outreach and advocacy work. Furthermore, Miriam holds a Gender Certificate from Copenhagen University, as a result of her specialization in Gender Studies as part of her Master of Political Science. Miriam speaks Danish, English and German.
Senior Diplomatic Advisor and Coordinator Preventive Diplomacy Group
Ambassador Gerard Stoudmann career spans both in the private sector and in the public service, including the Ministry of Foreign affairs, Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Economy. He also headed the Geneva Center for Security Policy (2002-2006) and the St-Gallen International Management symposium as well as the St- Gallen Foundation for International Studies (1993-1994).
Among his multilateral assignments, he was Director of OSCE/ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human rights-1997-2002), UN High Representative for the elections in Cote d'Ivoire (2006-2007), Special Envoy of the Swiss Foreign Ministry for Mali and Sahel (2012-2013), Special Envoy for francophone Africa (2008-2009), and Special Representative of the OSCE for Western Balkans. He was successively between 2009 and 2012 the Council of Europe Secretary General Special Representative for Freedom of the media in Turkey, as well as for organisational development and Reform. He has acquired a large experience in election management and observation, as well as in mediation and in human rights monitoring.
Senior Diplomatic Advisor
Ambassador Bruno Joubert is a French diplomat who joined the Ministry of Foreign affairs in 1978, after graduating from the ENA and Sciences Po (Paris). He has long experience within the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is specialised in European, African and strategic affairs. Among other postings, he has been Secretary of Foreign Affairs at the French Embassy in Washington, Ambassador to the OSCE (Vienna) during 2001-2003, Morocco during 2009-2012, and the Holy See during 2012-2015. He also served as advisor for African affairs to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy during 2007-2009, director of Africa and the Indian Ocean to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during 2003-2006 when he closely followed the Ivory Coast crisis, Chief of Staff for Minister of European Affairs Michel Barnier during 1995-1997.
He has been awarded with the Legion of Honor in 2011, named Merit Officer to the National Order, and upon ending his mission as ambassador to Morocco, the king Mohammed VI awarded him with the great cord of the Ouissam El Alaouite in 2012. In 2015 he received the title of Knight of the Great-Cross to the order of Pious IX. Bruno speaks English, Spanish and Italian.
Pieter C. Feith
Senior Diplomatic Advisor
Ambassador Pieter C. Feith is a senior diplomat and international crisis management expert from The Netherlands. His most recent mission was as International Civilian Representative for Kosovo 2008-2012, where he had wide-ranging authority based on a settlement proposed by Nobel Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, to oversee and assist Kosovo developing as a modern, multi-ethnic democracy with an open market economy. His career includes the position of deputy Director-General for Political-Military Affairs in the EU Council Secretariat, commanding the civilian ESDP Crisis management Operations in 2007-2008, heading the EU-led ACEH Monitoring Mission (AMM) in Indonesia in 2005 - 2006, and high-level postings with NATO in the Balkans in 1995 - 2001. In the service of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs he held postings in Damascus, Bonn, New York (United Nations), Khartoum and Brussels (NATO). Pieter holds an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, USA and studied Political Science at the University of Lausanne. Since 2013, he is a distinguished Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, part of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. Pieter fluently speaks Dutch, English, French, German and Swedish. In 2014 he published With a view to Peace, a memoir in Dutch covering twenty years’ experience in crisis diplomacy. He is a member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs of the Netherlands Government.
Senior Diplomatic Advisor
Anders Bjurner is a Swedish ambassador who began working in 1969 at the Foreign Ministry mainly with broad security policy issues related to Africa, Middle East, UN, OSCE and EU. He completed his service as ambassador to Rome (2006-2010) and was also accredited to Tirana (2007-2009), as well as to the Foreign Office, with a study on the EU's newly created European External Action Service (EEAS). Between the years 2003-2006 Bjurner was the Foreign Ministry’s Head of European Security Policy. In 2000 he was appointed Sweden's first representative in the EU's newly formed Committee for Political and Security Committee (PSC), a post he kept until 2003. Previously, he was Deputy State Secretary of Foreign Affairs in 1995-2000. Between 1992-1995 he was engaged in OSCE-issues first as Head of the Swedish European Committee Chairmanship and then as an OSCE- mediator in the Nagorno Karabach conflict. He was appointed as Deputy Director (ambassador) for the Political Department in 1990. Back in 1984 and until 1987 he served as Counsellor at the Swedish Representation to UN in New York. Anders is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences since 2004 and of the Advisory Board of the Swedish Institute for International Affairs from 2003. He was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Uppsala (Department for Conflict and Peace Research) and the Uppsala Forum between 2011 and 2014. He is the co-editor of the book “Regional Organizations: New Actors in International Peacemaking" and author of articles and booklets on anti-apartheid, Subregional Security, Conflict Prevention and Swedish Security Policy