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.
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.