Deputy Director, Head of Policy & Research Department
Heiner Hänggi is Deputy Director and Head of Policy and Research Department at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). He is also an Adjunct Professor of political science at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.
Prior to joining DCAF, he held a number of posts in research and journalism, including member of the task force responsible for establishing DCAF, senior research fellow at the Geneva-based Modern Asia Research Centre, international affairs journalist and political editor for Swiss daily newspapers
Heiner Hänggi obtained his Doctorate and Licentiate in "Staatswissenschaften" (Political Science, Economics, Law) from the University of St.Gallen. He has served as a visiting scholar at the at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, the Graduate School of Policy Science, National Saitama University, Urawa, Japan, and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC.
Assistant Director and Head of Public-Private Partnerships Division
Alan Bryden is Assistant Director and Head of the Public Private Partnerships Division at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). He is responsible for the planning, implementation and management of the division's programmes. Issue areas addressed include the regulation of private military and security companies, business and security sector reform / security sector governance, and cyber security.
Prior to joining DCAF, Alan was a civil servant with the UK Ministry of Defence. He has held various policy and project management posts including the Ministry's focal point for international humanitarian law issues. Alan was also seconded to the UK Department for International Development, working as a project manager in the field of humanitarian demining.
Alan holds degrees in medieval history and international relations and a PhD from the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. He is a graduate on the International Training Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a member of the Advisory Board for the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. Alan is widely published in the field of security sector governance.
Assistant Director, Head of Policy & Research Division
Hans Born is Assistant Director and Head of the Policy and Research Division at DCAF. He has conducted policy research studies in the areas of human rights, accountability and security sector governance for the United Nations, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Furthermore, He has co-initiated the Inter-Parliamentary Forum for Security Sector Governance in Southeast Asia (IPF-SSG) and the International Conference for Ombuds-Institutions for Armed Forces (ICOAF).
He has published widely on security sector reform and governance. His latest publications include "Good Governance of the Security Sector in Southeast Asia: What Role for Parliament?"(Phnom Penh, 2016, co-edited together with Mario J. Aguja). "Making International Intelligence Cooperation Accountable" (2016, together with Ian Leigh and Aidan Wills), "Governing the Bomb: Democratic accountability and civilian control of nuclear weapons" (Oxford University Press, 2011, co-edited with Bates Gill and Heiner Hanggi), "Accountability of International Intelligence Cooperation" (Routledge 2010, together with Ian Leigh and Aidan Wills) and "Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector: ECOWAS Parliament-DCAF Guide for West African Parliamentarians" (ECOWAS, 2011). He is also the lead-author of the IPU-DCAF Handbook on Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector, which is DCAF's flagship publication for members of parliament and which has been translated into over 40 languages.
In his previous position as Deputy Head of the Research Division of DCAF, he has conducted operational capacity building activities in Southeast Asia at the regional level as well as in-country projects. These in-country operational projects included capacity building in the areas of police accountability (e.g. in Myanmar in the framework of an EU project to support police reform), parliamentary capacity building (in Cambodia, with support of the Swiss Development and Cooperation), SSR/DDR in peace processes (in the Philippines, on request of the Office of the Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process of the Philippines) as well as on SSR (as part of the National Defense College of the Philippines SSR workshop cycle) or support of multi-stakeholder dialogues on SSR in Cambodia, Philippines and Thailand. He holds an MA degree in Public Administration from the University of Twente and a PhD in social sciences from Tilburg University.
Assistant Director, Head of the Gender and Security Division
Daniel de Torres leads DCAF's Gender and Security Division. A native of Spain, Daniel has enjoyed a varied professional career which included emergency relief work during and after the war in Bosnia, an embassy posting in Washington, DC, service in the Spanish Marines, and over ten years of work on gender and security. During this time he developed and managed field projects; designed and delivered training for military and police personnel, prosecutors, judges, parliamentarians, development professionals, and civil society organisations; and provided policy analysis and advice. His work has taken him to Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia. A lively speaker, he regularly addresses a wide variety of audiences, from grass-roots civil society groups to Parliaments.
Deputy Head of the Policy and Research Division
Vincenza Scherrer is Deputy Head of the Policy and Research Division. She leads the Division's engagement with multilateral organizations on strengthening the development of their approaches to SSR. This includes supporting these organizations in reviewing their approaches to SSR support in the field or contributing to their policy and guidance development processes. Additionally, Vincenza manages the Division's programme on results-based management/monitoring and evaluation which seeks to identify approaches to strengthening the monitoring and evaluation of SSR support on the basis of empirical research. In this capacity, she also coordinates DCAF's organization-wide process of transitioning to results-based management at the corporate level.
During 2013-14, Vincenza was on a leave of absence from DCAF while on an assignment as an SSR advisor at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations / Security Sector Reform Unit in New York. Her role included drafting technical guidance on monitoring and evaluation, providing input to internal consultations on SSR-related indicators, and delivering SSR training. She was also part of the team that advised Nigeria on the drafting and negotiation of the first ever Security Council Resolution on SSR in 2014. Prior to this assignment, Vincenza was a Programme Manager in DCAF's Research Division, supporting the UN's initial efforts to develop its approach to SSR.
Prior to joining DCAF in 2006, Vincenza worked at the UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery on small arms/ light weapons and DDR issues, and at the UK Parliament supporting case-work management. Vincenza holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Deputy Head of Public-Private Partnerships Division
Anne-Marie Buzatu is Deputy Head of the Public-Private Partnerships Division. She is jointly responsible with the Head of Operations IV for the conceptualisation, implementation and management of the division's programmes. Issue areas addressed by Operations IV include the regulation of private military and security companies, business and security sector reform / security sector governance, and cyber security.
Before coming to DCAF, Ms. Buzatu practiced human rights law and worked with human rights and humanitarian organisations on rule of law and human rights issues. A member of the Texas Bar, she began her career working in private international commercial law.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Texas in Austin, a Juris Doctor in international law from a joint program with Tulane University and Paris II Panthéon-Assass, and an LLM in international humanitarian and human rights law from the Académie de droit humanitaire et droits humains in Geneva, Switzerland.
Programme Manager, Public-Private Partnerships Division
Jean-Michel Rousseau is a Programme Manager within the Public-Private Partnerships Division at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). Jointly with the Head of Division, he is responsible for general management processes as well as a variety of programme management processes. He also leads the divisional engagement to strengthen private security regulation in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Prior to joining the Public-Private Partnerships Division, Jean-Michel Rousseau was Head of the North Africa desk at DCAF’s Middle East and North Africa Division, a position in which he coordinated DCAF’s operations in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. He previously worked as a global strategy, governance, and organisational development consultant, and for German development agency GIZ in Colombia.
Jean-Michel Rousseau studied at Sciences Po Paris, Georgetown University, and the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. He has taught at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and at the Universidad Externado de Colombia.
Project Coordinator, Gender and Security Division
Alain Laferte joined DCAF in 2015 as a Project Coordinator for the Gender and Security Programme in Eastern Europe. His work focuses primarily on designing and coordinating capacity-building projects aiming at providing gender-related technical assistance to security institutions.
In 2000, Alain was the first male ever appointed as Departmental Delegate for Women's rights and Gender equality within his homeland administration, in France. He was in charge of integrating gender perspective into all State policies implemented in the district of Pas-de-Calais (an area of 1,5M inhabitants). Since then, he has enriched his experience while working as a researcher at the University of Lille II (France), where he was responsible for evaluating the inner-city public policy from a gender perspective, and as a long-term Resident Gender Advisor in the framework of EU projects aiming at enhancing gender equality in Slovakia (2005-06), in Estonia (2007-2008) and more recently in Azerbaijan (2011-2013).
Alain holds post-graduate degrees both in political science and in organizational consulting. He also obtained a 'gender audit facilitator' certificate by the ILO in 2009.
Alain speaks French, English and some Slovak.
Deputy Head, Gender and Security Division
Ann Blomberg is Deputy Head of the Gender and Security Division, with a special focus on research and policy. She joined DCAF in 2017, bringing her experience from a long and varied professional career in international diplomacy with her.
For more than 20 years Ann was a Swedish diplomat serving in Stockholm, as well as in Harare, Zimbabwe and in Geneva, and she has worked for UNHCR and UN Women in Geneva as well as for international NGOs, also based in Geneva. Ann's main focus has been humanitarian affairs, gender equality, human rights, development cooperation as well as donor relations and fundraising.
Ann speaks English and French fluently, in addition to her mother tongue Swedish.
Project Officer, Public-Private Partnerships Division
Anna Marie Burdzy is a Project Officer in the Public-Private Partnerships Division at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces. She provides conceptual, practical and content support to the Montreux Document on pertinent international obligations and good practices related to operations of PMSCs in armed conflict, initiated by Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Prior to joining DCAF, Anna Marie completed internships at Amnesty International in Vancouver, Canada focusing on raising awareness and support for the Arms Trade Treaty.
Anna Marie holds a Master in International History with a specific focus on Russian and Eastern European security from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She holds a BA International Relations from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Project Coordinator, Gender and Security Division
Callum Watson is a project coordinator in the Gender and Security Division. His work primarily focuses on teaching gender to the military in NATO and Partner countries as well as on gender and justice reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this role he conducts research, develops educational resources, delivers courses and provides technical assistance on gender and security in collaboration with both Gender and Security Programme staff and external partners, such as the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes. His main research interest is in men and masculinities.
Callum previously worked for DCAF's UN and Security Sector Reform Programme within the Research Division, focusing especially on UN support to National Security Policy-making. Prior to joining DCAF, he worked as a civil servant at the Fukuyama Board of Education in Japan. His work included English language syllabus development, teaching and promoting cultural exchange. He also has voluntary experience in rural development projects in Tamil Nadu, India and in Human Rights with Amnesty International.
Callum holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics where he specialized in political science. During this time he was involved in academic exchanges in the Middle East and the Western Balkans. He also completed a master's degree in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute for International Affairs and Development in Geneva where he specialised in gender and foreign policy.
Callum speaks English, French and Japanese.
Project Officer, Public-Private Partnerships Division
Emmylou Boddi is Project Officer within the Public-Private Partnerships Division at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). She provides conceptual, practical and content support to projects in the field of private security governance, in particular on the regulation of private military and security companies.
Prior to joining DCAF, Emmylou interned for the International Commission of Jurists within the Europe & CIS Programme and the Global Security & Rule of Law Program. Before that, she worked at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs as an assistant to the Task Force in charge of the 2014 OSCE Chairmanship.
Emmylou holds a Master in Public Law from the University of Zürich and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Geneva.
Finance Officer, Public-Private Partnerships Division
Ivana Pattee is the Finance Officer within the Public-Private Partnerships Division at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). She is responsible for the financial reporting and oversight of the Security and Human Rights Implementation Mechanism (SHRIM) Fund. In addition, she provides finance and budget management support to the Division.
Prior to joining DCAF, Ivana worked as a Senior Project Accountant for a non-profit organization in the Washington, DC area, focused on research aimed at improving children’s lives.
Ivana holds a Master of Accountancy degree from the George Washington University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Geneva.
Research Assistant, Gender and Security Division
Léa Lehouck joined the DCAF Gender and Security Division in 2017. Among her current projects, Léa is involved in a NATO-SPS project facilitating an organisational climate assessment in the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Georgia. She has also contributed to the design and delivery of training on Gender and Security for different audiences and has done research on the deployment of uniformed women in peacekeeping operations. Prior to DCAF, Léa worked on prevention of violence and discrimination against women in the Special Procedures Branch of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Léa holds a Master’s Degree in European and International Affairs from the Institute of Political Studies of Lille (Sciences Po Lille), France, where she focused on conflict resolution and development studies.
Programme Manager, Gender and Security Division
Lorraine Serrano is a Programme Manager for the DCAF Gender and Security Division. She supports strategic oversight and management of the division. She also provides technical assistance on gender and security, develops resources and tools, delivers training, and conducts research as required by the division. Some of Lorraine's work at DCAF includes support to the Liberia chapter of the Mano River Peace Women's Network (MARWOPNET), and to the Gender Unit of the Sierra Leone Police, and a survey on the integration of gender within the security sector in Mali.
Prior to joining DCAF, Lorraine was a Project Officer and Acting Project Manager at Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Canada from 2006 to 2013. She contributed to a number of projects focused on strengthening the capacity of police organizations in Africa in managing their deployments to peacekeeping operations. Her work included support to the Peacekeeping Department of the Sierra Leone Police on gender and working with the South African Police Service to strengthen the role of women in peacekeeping. She also managed the final phase of a pre-deployment training program to better prepare African UNPOL deployed as Gender Officers to UNAMID.
Lorraine was also a short-term consultant at the International Bureau for Children's Rights in Montréal and contributed to a mapping study of the child protection system in Chad and needs assessment on training for Chadian security forces on children's rights. In addition, Lorraine was a peer-support worker at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa for survivors of sexual violence, as well as a member of the collective/Board of Directors.
Lorraine holds a Combined (Hons.) Bachelor of Arts in International Development and French Studies from Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She also has a post-graduate certificate in International Project Management from Humber College - Business School in Toronto.
Lorraine joined DCAF in 2014 and speaks English and French.
Project Assistant,Gender and Security Division
Marta Ghittoni is a full time Project Assistant for the DCAF Gender and Security Division.
Before joining DCAF, Marta worked at the International Committee for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on gender and sexual violence in the Protection of Civilian Populations unit. In addition, she also worked for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom on advocating for women's rights in conflict in the Human Rights programme.
Marta holds an MA in Applied Human Rights from the University of York, UK where she focused her dissertation on care work policies and their influence on gender equality.
Gender and Security Fellow, Gender and Security Division
Megan Bastick has worked with DCAF's Gender and Security Division since 2005. Her work aims to support the integration of gender perspectives and the promotion of women's rights in good governance of the security sector. Megan has written or edited many of DCAF's publications on gender and security, including the Gender and SSR Toolkit, Gender and SSR Training Resource Package, Gender Self Assessment Guide, Women's Guide to SSR, gender and oversight guidance notes and Gender Complaints Guide. Megan has also trained and worked with the UN, OSCE, NATO and government officials, armed forces and local women's organisations in a range of countries and contexts. Megan joined DCAF after working in Geneva with the Quaker United Nations Office's Human Rights and Refugees Programme, where she undertook research and advocacy concerning women in prison. Previously, Megan worked in Australia as a commercial lawyer, and as an International Humanitarian Law Officer with the Australian Red Cross.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales (Australia) and a Masters in International Law from the University of Cambridge. She is currently undertaking doctoral research on military responses to sexual violence in conflict, at the University of Edinburgh.
Melissa Silverstein is an Administrative Assistant in the Asia-Pacific Unit and the Policy and Research Division at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). She provides administrative assistance to the Unit, including general administration, finance, communication and publication support.
Prior to joining DCAF, she has held various positions in the capacity of administrative assistant in the private sector (bank, hotel, medical practice, law firm). Melissa is bilingual in English and French.
Administrative Officer, Public-Private Partnerships Division
Séverine Arroyo-Dunand is an Administrative Officer within the Public-Private Partnerships Division at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). She is in charge of the administrative support for the Division's Head and programme team.
Prior to joining DCAF, Séverine has held various positions in the private fiduciary sector as well as in NGOs. She has worked for one year for a local organisation in Ecuador, Latin America and has travelled extensively. She is fluent in English, in Spanish and in French, and has a good knowledge of German.
Séverine holds a MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies of Geneva, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Project Management from the Department of Economics of the University of Geneva. In addition, she has completed trainings in fields as diverse as finance management, human resources and gender studies.
Project Officer, Public-Private Partnerships Division
Teresa Hatzl is a Project Officer within the Public-Private Partnerships Division at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). She provides conceptual and practical content support to DCAF’s wider cyber security governance work.
Prior to joining DCAF, Teresa worked at the Department of International Law and International Relations at the Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria. She also interned with a number non-governmental organizations and research institutes, for example, Caritas Austria and the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.
Teresa holds a Diploma Degree in Law from the Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria and an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy, Switzerland.
Project Officer, Policy and Research Division
William McDermott is a Project Officer in the Policy and Research Division, where he oversees the ombuds institutions programme. His primary responsibilities include organizing the International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces, an annual conference which gathers ombuds institutions from over 50 countries to share good practices and lessons learned, and to develop increased cooperation, as well as coordinating and publishing research on the topic. William has published numerous resources, including the “Handbook on Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces.” William also contributes to DCAF’s programme on democratic governance, focusing on issues such as intelligence oversight, parliamentary oversight of the security sector, and human rights and fundamental freedoms of armed forces personnel.
Prior to joining DCAF, William worked in a variety of positions in the field of disarmament and security issues, including the secretariat of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the United Nations Institute of Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and interning in Human Rights Watch's Arms Division. William received his Master's Degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of Geneva (IHEID), concentrating in security and conflict management. William received his Bachelor's degree with honors from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.
Elodie Convergne is a Project Coordinator in the Policy and Research Division of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). Her work investigates the way in which peace processes address post-conflict security arrangements, so as to inform future international mediation efforts. Prior to joining DCAF, she was a research fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). Elodie served as an adviser on policy and mediation support at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the UN’s Policy and Mediation Division. In this framework, she contributed to the Oslo Forum, a leading international network of conflict mediation practitioners, and she participated in the design of UN policy on conflict prevention and on the recruitment and training of senior field leaders. She has been a consultant for the International Peace Institute, the Center on International Cooperation’s Crisis Diplomacy and Global Peace Operations Program, and the European Union’s External Action Service, and she has conducted field research in Africa and Latin America. Elodie is the author of several publications, notably in International Peacekeeping, International Negotiation and the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. Her doctoral studies focused on the politics of knowledge production and management in peace processes, at Sciences Po Paris – Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI), where she also served as a lecturer. In this framework, she was a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Organizations from Sciences Po Grenoble and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Edinburgh.