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Aji Buchanan

Aji is DCAF’s Security Officer, supporting the Director and Head of Divisions to operationalise and implement DCAF approach to security risk management, including the development of DCAF’s approach to crisis management. Aji also provides training, support and assistance to DCAF staff on travel security and medical related issues.

She has previously worked within DCAF as Coordinator for ISSAT, supporting the Head of ISSAT in the financial management and oversight of resources, activity planning and coordination, human resources, in addition to, annual reporting and monitoring of ISSAT’s performance, as Coordinator for the Office of the Deputy Director (DDO), responsible for the planning and implementation of DCAF's activities in Indonesia, Nepal, the states of the former Soviet Union and Turkey, and before that as Coordinator of the Border Security Programme in the Western Balkans.

Prior to joining DCAF, Aji spent 17 years as an officer in the Royal Navy, and 4 years as a civil servant with the UK’s Ministry of Defence. During her time in the Royal Navy, Aji served at sea and worked in a number of international and joint service postings, including NATO HQ in SHAPE, Belgium, a variety of appointments in the Ministry of Defence, and a secondment to the OSCE Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Her final appointment was as an Arms Control Inspector, where she carried out inspections all over Eastern Europe and the Balkans under the CFE Treaty, Vienna Document 99, Chemical Weapons Convention and the Dayton Peace Accords. On leaving the Royal Navy, Aji continued working in the field of Arms Control spending 4 years as the UK's Representative in the Regional Arms Control Verification and Implementation Assistance Centre (RACVIAC), near Zagreb, Croatia.

Aji holds a Masters degree in Psychology.