Assistant Director, Head of Middle East and North Africa Division
Robert Watkins became Assistant Director and Head of the Middle East and North Africa Division on 15 October 2018. Robert has forged a long career in international organizations, beginning with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1989, then the European Commission, from 2000 to 2005, and the United Nations from 2006 to 2017. He began working at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in Geneva, in early 2018, at the Centre for Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, before joining DCAF.
His assignments over the past 20 years have taken him to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.
A British and Canadian national, Robert is married with three children, and speaks English, French, Spanish, and some Arabic.
Deputy Head of Middle East & North Africa Division
A Spanish lawyer of Syrian origin, Ayman Ayoub is the Deputy Head of the Middle East and North Africa Division. From 2011 to 2015 he served as the Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). His previous engagement with International IDEA extended over more than six years, where he served as Senior Programme Officer and Senior Adviser.
Ayman has more than 23 years of experience in democracy building and rule of law support. He has served as senior expert and adviser for the UN system, the European Union and a large number of international organiszations specialized in democracy development support. He provided his services in numerous countries across the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.
Since early 2011 he assisted and acted as adviser for most transitional and electoral/constitutional reform processes across the Middle East. Ayman has authored, co-authored and edited a number of handbooks, studies and related knowledge tools.
Logistics Assistant, DCAF Ramallah
Adviser, DCAF Tripoli
Project Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa Division
Dorte Hvidemose works in DCAF's Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division as Project Coordinator. She works on fundraising and donor relations for the Division. She also manages DCAF's Trust Fund for North Africa.
Prior to joining DCAF, Ms. Hvidemose worked with Saferworld in London, lastly as a Project Coordinator on its Europe and Central Asia team where she was working on conflict analysis and community safety, mainly in the Western Balkans. Previously, she worked for the international development NGO of the Danish trade union confederation (the LO/FTF Council), among other things assisting the organisation in developing its activities in the MENA region. She has also worked and studied in Beirut on several occasions.
Ms. Hvidemose holds a Master's degree in Human Geography from the University of Copenhagen. She is a Danish national and fluent in English and French.
Project Assistant, DCAF Ramallah
Project Manager, DCAF Tunis
Sami Badreddine is a Project Coordinator in DCAF's Tunis office, overseeing the âMedia and Security Sector Governanceâ programme. He is responsible for the internal and external communications of the office, especially press relations, editorial management of websites, and the social media strategy. He is in charge of the communications projects launched with various partners of DCAF, including the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior. He also runs projects involving journalists and the Tunisian media's role in overseeing the security sector.
Before joining DCAF, Sami worked for several years at the Tunis Afrique Presse News Agency (TAP) as French-speaking journalist, specializing in political and economic issues. He also worked as a communications specialist with organizations such as UNDP or MICT. He has extensive experience as a freelance journalist with various print and electronic Tunisian media, with a focus on topics about economic issues or ICT. Sami has also taught at the Institute of Press and Information Sciences of Tunis for 4 years as a teacher expert in electronic media.
Sami has a Masters in Public Communication from the Department of Communication at the University of Laval in Quebec (CANADA). He has also a Bachelor degree in business communication from the Institute of Press and Information Sciences (IPSI) of Tunis.
Research Assistant, DCAF Tunis
Project Assistant, Middle East and North Africa Division
Head of North Africa Desk
Andrea Cellino is the Head of the North Africa desk at DCAF's Middle East and North Africa Division. As such, he coordinates DCAF's operations in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Before joining DCAF, he worked with the OSCE missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as director of policy planning, and in Ukraine, recently leading a monitoring team in the conflict zone in the East of the country. Prior to that, he was Deputy Secretary General for Policy at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels, heading for 8 years the PA's outreach programs with parliaments in the MENA region as well as in Eastern Europe. Earlier in his career, he worked in media and communication.
Andrea Cellino has a degree and MA in Political Science from the University of Torino in Italy, and a Master in History from the University of California, San Diego.
Strategic Programme Advisor, DCAF Ramallah
Mrs. Eman Redwan is Project Manager at the DCAF Office in Ramallah. She is responsible for projects and cooperation with Palestinian civil society and executive authorities. Before joining DCAF in November 2009, Eman Redwan worked as Program Director at the Palestinian Centre for the Independence of Legal Profession and Judiciary (MUSAWA) and as Manager of the Human Rights Education Program in the occupied Palestinian territory with Amnesty Internation. Mrs. Redwan has also established the NGO 'The Palestinian Association for Teaching Human Rights and Democracy - Our Rights', which educates vulnerable groups in Palestinian society on human rights. Mrs. Redwan has participated in international human rights seminars in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Morocco and Egypt. She holds a BA in Media and Journalism from the Islamic University in Gaza.
Senior Programme Manager, MENA Ramallah
Project Manager, DCAF Ramallah
Finance Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division
Head of Office, Middle East and North Africa Division
Logistics Assistant and Driver, DCAF Tunis
Project Officer, DCAF Ramallah
Intisar is Research Assistant with the Project "Palestinian Territories" at the DCAF Office in Ramallah.
Prior to joining the Ramallah Office, Intisar Abu Khalef taught human rights at Hebron Polytechnical University and worked as public relations coordinator for Al-Ihsan Charitable Society in Hebron. Intisar Abu Khalef holds an MA in Peace and Development Studies from Goteborg University, Sweden, and a BA in Political Science, International Law and Philosophy from the American University in Cairo.
HR Consultant, Middle East and North Africa Division
Deputy Head of Office, DCAF Tunis
Maxime L. Poulin is the Deputy Head of the Office of DCAF in Tunisia where he spearheads the programmes with the Tunisian Ministry of National Defence and the Tunisian Parliament, l’Assemblée des Représentants du Peuple (ARP). Before joining DCAF, Maxime was a political and policy advisor with the Government of Canada, serving noticeably in the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and in the Cabinet of the Leader of the Official Opposition. He then joined the Washington based National Democratic Institute as a Senior International Field Advisor and, later, Rights & Democracy, a Montreal based organization, as Director of Development. Maxime has worked in advisory positions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Republic of Guinea, and in Iraq. He holds a B.A. in history from the Université de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Canada) and a M.A. in Public Communications from the Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada). He speaks French, English and conversational Spanish.
Documentation Assistant, DCAF Tunis
Head of Administration and Finance, DCAF Tunis
Senior Accountant / Administrator, DCAF Ramallah
Head of Office, DCAF Tunis
Stefan Buchmayer is head of the DCAF Office in Tunis. He is responsible for the programmatic and administrative management of the portfolio, through which DCAF supports the Tunisian authorities in their security sector reform efforts. Main issues of cooperation are the strengthening of parliamentary oversight and independent accountability mechanisms, as well as support to strategic planning and coordination processes within and among key ministries.
Prior to joining DCAF Stefan has worked in the fields of conflict prevention, rule of law and human rights reforms in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan) with the OSCE, for the ICRC as protection delegate in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and the Sudan, and recently for the German International Development Cooperation (GIZ) in police reform programs in Burundi and Ivory Coast.
Stefan studied in Vienna and St.Petersburg and holds an MA in history/Slavonic and Oriental studies and a PhD in Turkic studies/linguistics. He completed the one year diploma program of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and postdoc studies at London University, SOAS, Centre for Financial and Management Studies, in public financial management.
Project Officer, DCAF Tunis
Project Officer, DCAF Beirut
Zeina Assaad is a Project Officer at the DCAF office in Beirut. She is responsible for project implementation, office administration, media and press monitoring and event organisation.
Prior to joining DCAF, Zeina worked as an Operations Associate at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Programme on Governance in the Arab Region (POGAR). She was responsible for all logistical aspects of the activities organised within the framework of the project "Strengthening the Capacities of the Iraqi Council of Representatives". Her responsibilities included budgeting, organising conferences and preparing contracts for international and local experts.
Zeina holds a bachelor's degree in International Business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Wesford in Grenoble, France.