Michael Keating

Executive Director

Michael Keating is Executive Director of the European Institute of Peace, an independent body partnering with the European Union and European states as a resource to promote and provide practical support for more effective approaches to conflict prevention, resolution and mediation.

Until September 2018, he was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia.

His career has been divided between the private and public sectors. Until 2015, he was an Associate Director at Chatham House in London. Between 2010-15, he worked as an advisor to conflict mediation bodies, including Intermediate and Search for Common Ground. From 2008 – 10, he served as the Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, a policy group chaired by Kofi Annan.

His UN career has included assignments in Kabul as Deputy SRSG, in Lilongwe, Jerusalem/Gaza, New York, Geneva, Islamabad and Mogadishu. His private sector experience includes five years in financial publishing in the City of London; in television as Associate Producer on documentaries broadcast by the BBC, Channel Four; and running a management and communication consultancy.

He was born in Uganda, educated in the UK and has a Master of Arts in History from the University of Cambridge.

Stine Lehmann-Larsen

Director - Mediation, Policy and European Relations

Stine Lehmann-Larsen is the Director of the Mediation, Policy and European Relations Division at EIP, where she heads peace initiatives designed to strengthen European peacemaking, through operational support and comparative expertise. She manages EIP's overall relationship with the EU and European governments, ensuring that the Institute is responsive to overall political challenges in peacemaking and can be a strategic resource for its partners in handling these. This portfolio includes the Institute’s operational support to its European partners in Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and Latin America. She also oversees EIP’s strategic communications, which seeks to increase the influence and visibility of the Institute by weaving together operations with external relations. During 2018, Stine acted as EIP’s Executive Director, managing the Institute’s staff and operations on five continents.

Stine joined EIP in 2015, when she launched the Mediation Quality Programme - an initiative that sought to improve the quality of mediation by translating hard-won lessons in peacemaking into practical recommendations for the EU, European governments and other peacemaking actors. Stine has dedicated her career to advancing the way peacemaking and in particular mediation is carried out. Before joining EIP, Stine worked for eight years at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), where she led a wide range of activities that focused on support to peace processes, facilitating dispute resolution, and building strong and lasting partnerships with local and international actors in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Since 2017, Stine has been a member of the Nordic Women’s Mediator Network.

Monique van Es

Director - Programmes

Monique van Es, currently on maternity leave, is Director of Programmes, providing strategic direction and methodological guidance to the Programmes Division’s global engagements. As part of EIP’s preventive efforts, she oversees the interventions of the Preventive Diplomacy Group, the specialised interventions on preventing and countering violent extremism, and overall efforts to avert conflict including prevention of electoral violence and natural resources-based conflicts. 

Monique has been involved in rights-based programming since 2002, tackling poor governance, poverty, human rights abuses, and conflict. While serving as ACORD’s Programmes Development & Operations Manager she provided institutional leadership as part of the HQs Senior Management Team responsible for over 400 staff involved in conflict prevention, -resolution, and reconciliation; development; governance; human and women’s rights. She directed the organisation’s programme content, learning and innovation. In this capacity she oversaw the national and regional programmes in ACORD’s 18 countries of operation. With Oxfam she was Director of the Pan Africa Programme, influencing conflict prevention and peace efforts of the AU and Member States, as well as on issues of governance and accountability. Prior to this she led Oxfam’s country programme in Burundi on post-conflict recovery and reconciliation. Monique furthermore served with UNHCR in Sudan, Chad and Kenya. Throughout her career, she has managed large grants and consortia. From early on, Monique has sought to help citizens, in particular marginalised persons, raise their “voice” to take an active part in decision-making and set the political agenda to fight injustices affecting them which may lead to inequality or conflict.

Monique 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, ACORD and peacebuilding organisations in a bid to prevent future political violence.

Paul Seils

Director, Conflict Justice and Reconciliation

Paul Seils leads the Conflict Justice and Reconciliation programme at EIP. He is a lawyer by profession. For more than twenty years he has worked in conflict and post conflict situations around the world, working with victims, governments and international organizations, focusing on the relationship between sustainable peace and justice.

He lived and worked in Guatemala for five years after the end of the civil war there, designing and leading an investigation into the state’s genocide of Mayan groups in the 1980s. This proved a central element in the eventual prosecution of a former military dictator.

He has served, among other things, as the Head of Situation Analysis at the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC, the Chief of the Rule of Law and Democracy Unit at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and Vice President of the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York. He has written on human rights and justice widely over the last two decades. He taught on the advanced Masters course at Leiden University from 2015-2017. He is currently a Visiting Professor with the School of International Relations at St Andrew’s University, Scotland.

His primary focus today is on rights-based dividends in peace processes, and how practical, rights-based ideas of reconciliation can support peace processes in the short and medium term. 

Judy Gould

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.

Andrew Marshall

Senior Advisor

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

Programme Manager

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

Programme Assistant

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.

Esther Bijl

Policy Assistant

Esther joined the European Institute of Peace in April 2018. As a Policy Assistant with the Mediation, Policy and European Relations Division, she supports the Institute’s work on South Sudan, assists on the Institute’s Strategic Communications efforts, and provides assistance and advice to the Interim Executive Director. Prior to joining the European Institute of Peace, Esther worked at the Brussels-based think tank Friends of Europe. Here she was responsible for the project “Debating Europe”, a discussion platform that connects European citizens and policy-makers in online debates. Previously, she worked in the European Parliament and EU public affairs. Esther has an academic background in European affairs, and holds a Master’s degree in European Politics and International Relations from Maastricht University. She speaks fluent English and Dutch, and has a working knowledge of German and French.


Paula de Castro

Programme Officer

Paula de Castro is Programme Officer at the European Institute of Peace; working in the Mediation, Policy and European Relations Division and focusing on the Institute’s engagements in Latin America. She has previously worked as an assistant analyst on political and security issues at Spain’s Ministry of Defence (Division of Coordination, Security and Defence Studies), researcher and project manager for the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), and has collaborated with other European think tanks. Her areas of interest include mediation and conflict resolution, international security and transatlantic relations. She has worked on research and policy-oriented projects related to the conflict and peace process in Colombia, the dynamics of instability in the Sahel region, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the European Union Foreign policy towards the wider Atlantic region.  

Paula holds a Masters in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) with a particular focus on peace and international security. She speaks English, Italian, Spanish, and Catalan and is currently studying French. She is a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.


Dimitar Dermendzhiev

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.

Susana Fouto

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.

Ryan Grist

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

Programme Assistant

Arvid Hallberg is Programme Assistant with the Mediation Policy and European Relations Division  where he supports EIP’s work on Afghanistan, Venezuela 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.

Jeffrey Jonkers

Managing Adviser

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. 

Payton Knopf

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.

Olivia Lazard

Programme Manager

Olivia Lazard is Programme Manager at EIP focusing on the design and implementation of mediation and dialogue projects that aim to strengthen the role of Europe in mediation efforts (European Policy Support), and to enhance the quality of mediation as a field (Mediation Quality Programme).

 At the moment, Olivia is involved in developing the environmental peacemaking programme at EIP, alongside implementing and designing projects in francophone Africa (Gabon, Mali, the Great Lakes region).

Olivia has over ten years of experience working in mediation, peacebuilding and stabilization. Prior to working at EIP, she was running her own consultancy and undertaking deep field missions on behalf of the UN, the EU and various NGOs in the Middle East and in various parts of Africa. In her most recent missions, she has been working on developing the national PVE strategy in the Central African Republic as well as on research regarding the links between livelihoods, displacement and conflict in the Syrian refugee crisis. Throughout the last four years, she has also worked to create integrated approaches between environmental regeneration, and multi-track conflict mediation.​ Olivia holds a dual Masters’ degree in International Security and International Political Economy from Sciences Po Paris and from the London School of Economics. She holds a speciality background in the political economy of conflicts, and Middle Eastern Studies. She is fluent in French and English, has a working knowledge of Spanish, Italian and an intermediate knowledge of Arabic.

Marta Lomana

Programme Assistant

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

Policy Officer

Ingrid Magnusson is Policy 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

Programme Manager

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

Programme Assistant

Susanne Pfeil is Programme Assistant for the Horn of Africa at EIP. Previously, Susanne supported EIP’s projects on Colombia and South Sudan. Susanne 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 prevention, and speaks German, English and Spanish, some French and is learning Russian.

Camille Schyns

Programme Officer

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

Programme Officer

Ivan Shalev is the Programme Officer of the Conflict Justice and Reconciliation division at EIP. He currently focuses on the inclusion of Syrian displaced communities' perspectives into the post-conflict planning processes that affect them.

For three years prior, he coordinated EIP's preventive diplomacy projects in the Western Balkans, West/Central Africa and Eastern Europe. Before joining EIP, Ivan 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

Programme Assistant

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.

Evan Tyner

Programme Officer

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

Programme Manager

Lucas van de Vondervoort is a Programme Manager at the European Institute of Peace, where he works on the development and implementation of mediation and dialogue projects that aim to strengthen the role of Europe in mediation efforts. 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 leads EIP's work on South Sudan, where EIP supports European policy-development in the conflict. He also works on Afghanistan, where EIP's team in Kabul support Governments efforts at peace, and is developing work on the Red Sea and Great Lakes regions.

Prior to joining EIP, Lucas was a member of the inaugural UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan, reporting on arms flows, armed groups, and commodities to the UN Security Council. Lucas led 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

Inclusion Associate

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.  

Gérard Stoudmann

Senior Diplomatic Advisor

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.

Bruno Joubert

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.

Anders Bjurner

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