Assistant Director, Head of International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT)
Victoria Walker is an Assistant Director of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), and is the Head of DCAF's International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT)
Victoria has been with ISSAT since 2008, when the team was first established, and has been intimately involved in its development. She was previously the deputy head, a senior SSR advisor, and the lead for ISSAT's advisory field support work. Her main areas of focus include strategic management and engagement, change management, risk, governance, national security strategies, and policy development. In addition she has extensive experience of assessments, programme design and M&E, having led ISSAT's development of guidance for assessments and programme design. Her country experience covers Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific, combined with direct experience of supporting national governments and non-state actors, bilateral donors, and multi-lateral and regional organisations such as the UN, EU, AU, Inter-American Development Bank, and OSCE.
Prior to joining ISSAT she worked with the EU in several ESDP/CSDP missions. These included political advisor to the head of the EU Rule of Law planning mission in Kosovo; working on crisis management, DDR and human rights in the Aceh Monitoring Mission in Indonesia, and head of the Albania country office for the Balkans EU Monitoring Mission. Before moving into civilian crisis management and development, she held a commission in the British Army. She has a law degree from Kings' College London, an MSc in Development Management and an MA in Social Sciences (focusing on environmental policy) from the Open University, as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Security Sector Management from Cranfield University. Victoria is passionate about participatory approaches to reform and supporting local ownership, as well as the political dimensions of justice and security sector reform.
Deputy Head, ISSAT
Thammy focuses on liaison between ISSAT and its Members on issues of SSR substance in order to understand their priorities and so to harness the assets of all ISSAT's service lines to meet Members' SSR needs. Additionally, she assists in cultivating the growth and value of the Community of Practice. In-so-doing, she leads on the co-ordination of ISSAT's outreach and communication. An SSR practitioner and advisor in her own right, notably in defence reform and governance, she contributes also to the development of operational tools ensuring their fit and integration into a coherent and holistic SSR methodology.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Thammy was Political Advisor for the Senior Military Representative of NATO HQ Skopje, and has a foundation in Public Relations and Qualitative Market Research. She has also served with the British Army.
A graduate in Chinese and German Studies from the University of Leeds, UK, she also holds a Master's of Science in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
Senior SSR Advisor, ISSAT
Adam Bycroft is a Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor with DCAF's International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT). In this role he provides strategic and technical advice and guidance in the areas of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice to ISSAT’s bilateral and multilateral Governing Board Members.
Adam commenced his career in Queensland, Australia as a Police Officer serving as a Detective in State Crime Operations Command, focussing on Vulnerable Persons Protection, investigating Organised Paedophilia and Child Sexual Abuse.
Adam later joined the Australian Federal Police, serving as a Federal Agent in both Serious and Organised Crime and People Smuggling teams. He completed several international deployment postings as a member of the International Operations Group, including team leadership roles within the Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLDPD) and the Regional Assistance Mission to The Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Adam also worked at the School of Peacekeeping Operations in Australia as a pre-deployment instructor.
Since his re-location to Europe, he has held Law Enforcement Advisory roles with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the United Nations, involving Security Sector Reform activities in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
Adam holds a Master of Terrorism and Security Studies from Charles Sturt University Australia, and a Bachelor of Policing (Investigations). Adam is passionate about Human Security and the protection of vulnerable populations.
Administrative Assistant, ISSAT
Andreea is an Administrative Assistant for the International Security Sector Advisory Team. Her role is to support the general administrative activities of ISSAT. As part of ISSAT’s Finance and Logistics team, her tasks include assisting team members both at Headquarters and in the field, administrating ISSAT’s SSR experts, office management and coordination of various actions with other DCAF administrative staff.
Andreea holds an MA in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Geneva and a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures (Italian-French) from the Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. Andreea also studied at the University of Rome Sapienza, the University of Salerno (Italy) and is certified as an accountant assistant. Prior to joining ISSAT she occupied a managing position within a Swiss watch manufacturing company. Andreea is fluent in Romanian, Italian, French and English.
Senior SSR Advisor, ISSAT
Anícia Lalá is Security Sector Reform Advisor at the International Security Sector Advisory Team in the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). She has worked in the field of international security cooperation for 15 years and has combined practitioner and academic experience in the fields of international politics, conflict resolution, development, and security.
She is a founding member of the African Security Sector Network and has served on its Executive Committee for a number of years. Previously she was Deputy Director for Africa at the Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform, when the project was based at Cranfield University in the UK. Earlier posts include a lecturing position in Conflict and Peace Studies at the Higher Institute for International Relations (Mozambique) and a civil servant placement at the National Directorate for Defence Policy in the Ministry of Defence of Mozambique.
Anícia holds an MSc in peace and development studies, from the University of Gothenburg, and has published in the fields of conflict resolution, democratisation, post-conflict reconstruction and security sector reform.
SSR Advisor, ISSAT
Antoine Hanin is an SSR Officer at ISSAT. He works on Advisory Field Support mandates and Knowledge Services activities. His main focus is on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of Security Sector Reform (SSR) projects, programmes and policies. He also supports ISSAT training activities related to design, monitoring and evaluation of SSR in post-conflict countries.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Antoine worked for a private consulting company in monitoring and evaluation. He was an evaluation expert on strategic level evaluations of development aid policies. He carried out several large scale evaluations for the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank, the UN and the World Bank. His last two major evaluations were on the EC support to conflict prevention & peace building and the EC support to justice & security sector reform worldwide over the period 2001-2010.
Antoine holds a B.Sc in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain and a Masters degree in International Relations and Conflict Management from the Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven in Belgium. He is fluent in French and English and has good knowledge of Spanish and Dutch. He has field experiences in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean.
Seconded Officer / Senior Police and Gendarmerie Advisor ISSAT
Seconded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bgen Bernard Bélondrade is in charge of strengthening the links between France and ISSAT and also providing his personal experience of gendarmerie policing at the disposal of DCAF.
Bernard served 37 years in the French Gendarmerie; he ended his military career with the rank of Brigadier General as reserve advisor of the Gendarmerie Director.
Throughout his career he was in charge of various field police responsibilities, among them the command of the South Indian Ocean Gendarmerie's forces in Reunion. He also held several staff officer positions, in the General Direction of Gendarmerie in Paris, principally in the human resources domain. His last post in this area was that of Training and Recruitment Sub-Director.
He has experience working in international affairs, firstly as a Gendarmerie Attaché to the French Embassy in Buenos Aires - responsible for Argentina and Chile; secondly in developing a technical and advisory relationship with the Malagasy Gendarmerie and the Mauricius National Police Force.
Professional Development and Training Officer, ISSAT
Catherine Violland is DCAF-ISSAT’s Professional Development and Training Officer. Her role includes the ongoing design, development and oversight of training courses on SSR and related topics, delivering face-to-face trainings as well as conducting research to support the development of SSR courses.
Before commencing with DCAF-ISSAT, Catherine has conducted capacity building programmes for professionals and humanitarian organisations in different African countries as well as in Europe with the Bioforce Institute from 2010 to 2016. She held various roles such as Human Resources Training Coordinator, Head of Management Training and Head of Learning and Development. From 2005 to 2010, Catherine held different positions from Human Resources and Finance Coordinator to Head of Mission with Action Against Hunger in Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic as well as at the NGO headquarters in Spain. She has also worked as a project officer with Sidaction in Paris in 2003-2004.
Catherine holds a Master's degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies of Toulouse (Sciences-Po), in Development Cooperation from the University of Granada in Spain and in Management from the ESCD 3A international business school of Lyon. She speaks French, Spanish and English.
Good Practice Coordinator, ISSAT
Eleanor is ISSAT's Good Practice Coordinator. Within ISSAT, she assists in the design and development of core training packages as well as SSR training material for multi-lateral organisations such as the UN. She is also responsible for developing a strategic plan to handover training packages to ISSAT members and to conduct ISSAT training in coordination with members of the Association for Security Sector Education and Training (ASSET).
Prior to joining ISSAT, Eleanor worked as a consultant at the Best Practices Section of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. She has also worked with the Department of strategic affairs of the French Ministry of Defence and at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) in Paris.
Eleanor holds a diplôme and an MA in political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po), Paris and a BA in international relations from the University of Colombo. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis at the department of international relations at Sciences-Po Paris. She has also studied at Kingâ' College London and at Princeton University. She is the author of several articles on ethnic conflicts, nationalism and mediation.
Project Assistant, ISSAT
Eleonora is a Project Assistant for the International Security Sector Advisory Team. Her role is to support ISSAT's Performance, Logistics and Finance team. Her main tasks include the planning and organisation of ISSAT's activities and mandates, the provision of logistical support for missions, as well as administrative and financial management support. She also provides support to thematic research on SSR and related issues, notably on gender issues.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Eleonora worked as Project Assistant for Merck's Access to Health Unit in Geneva. She also worked as a fund-raising volunteer for Emergency, an Italian NGO providing support to victims of war, landmines and poverty.
Eleonora holds a Master's degree in International Public Affairs from the LUISS School of Government in Rome, and a Master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the School of Political Science at the University of Bologna. Eleonora is fluent in Italian, English and French.
Performance Management and Reporting Officer, ISSAT
Before commencing with ISSAT, Elizabeth conducted research on Gender and Security as a Government Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Before moving to Geneva, she was a Policy Officer with the Australian Department of Defence, where she has worked in the Directorate of Operations and International Law and the Middle East Operations and South Asia teams within the International Policy Division. In these roles, she has developed strategic policy, facilitated intra- and inter-governmental relationships, and managed large security sector reform projects. She also worked for the Carter Center on the South Sudanese Independence Referendum.
Elizabeth holds a Master of Public Policy (International Policy) and a Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University. She also holds a Master of History, a Bachelor of History from Trinity College Dublin, and has qualified as a Barrister in Ireland through the Honorable Society of Kingâ's Inns, Dublin.
SSR Advisor and Head of Outreach, Advocacy and Knowledge Services, ISSAT
Elsa Dazin is an SSR Officer at ISSAT, supporting the organisation's efforts in implementing SSR programmes. She is responsible for research activities including the development of operational tools in the area of SSR programme design, assessment and monitoring and evaluation. She supports ISSATâs coordination, communication and knowledge management strategies. Elsa also contributes to ISSAT's field missions, focusing on capacity development for national authorities, and work on SSR policy development.
Elsa's relevant experience in the field of development has been, as a Chargée de Mission, with the French Ministry of Economy's mission to Vietnam (ADETEF). Part of an international public sector reform expert group, she has been responsible for supporting through research and field missions the objectives of reinforcing the economic governance of the country and facilitating its insertion into international trade prior to its WTO accession.
As a Research Analyst and Gender Focal Point within the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, Elsa was responsible for knowledge management activities servicing 18 Arab States, providing technical support through lessons learnt, comparative experiences and knowledge collection and codification.
On mission with UNDP Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit, as a Project Officer, Elsa was involved in the operations for the reconstruction and recovery of a refugee camp, mainly setting-up solid governance structures for conflict resolution and peace building among the concerned communities.
A graduate in Political and Administrative Sciences, Elsa has a Masters degree in Development and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Countries from Sciences Po. Bordeaux.
Project Assistant, ISSAT
Eren supports the work of the Advocacy and Outreach Team as well as Knowledge Services in developing and maintaining English content on the website, newsletters and social media and facilitating discussions in the Community of Practice of ISSAT. She conducts research on knowledge material as well as on country-specific and thematic issues and contributes to developing of advocacy material.
Before joining ISSAT, Eren has worked for UNESCO's International Bureau of Education (IBE) in the Knowledge Production and Management department developing IBE publications and annual reports and establishing partnerships for international cooperation. She has also worked as researcher and faculty member in the European Studies departments of Bogazici University and Bahcesehir University in Istanbul while conducting her doctoral studies on the westernization of education in Turkey and the impact of EU education policy on the member and candidate countries. Her research focus has been on democratization, civil military relations and Europeanization in Southeast Europe. She has carried out a Jean Monnet teaching module within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission in the area of Justice, Freedom and Security cooperation between the EU and Turkey.
Having a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University and a Master of Arts degree in European Studies from the Georg-August University of Gättingen, Eren is fluent in English, German, Turkish, Greek and has a good knowledge of French.
Head of Advisory Field Support, ISSAT
Guillaume Lacaille is a Senior SSR Advisor and the lead for Advisory Field Support in ISSAT. He has over 15 years’ experience working on security reform, peacebuilding and stabilisation mostly in conflict-affected countries in Africa. He has held various positions as field analyst, policy adviser and programme manager in EU and UN field missions, development agencies and a preeminent think-tank.
From mid-2014 to mid-2017, he was seconded by the UK Stabilisation Unit to EUCAP Sahel Mali as the Political Advisor of the Chief of Mission. Based in Bamako, he supported the reform of the Malian security forces and the implementation of the European security strategy in Sahel. From 2011 to mid-2014, he worked particularly on improving donor’s strategies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as an independent expert for the UN, the World Bank, the Swiss and British governments. Among other assignments, he was seconded by the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs to MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission, as a Stabilisation Adviser and he worked for DFID in Kinshasa as the Programme Manager of a £1,9m programme delivering political economy analyses and policy recommendations to the community of donors in Congo. From 2008 to 2010, Guillaume was the Senior Analyst for the DRC at International Crisis Group, based in Nairobi. He researched and authored several ICG reports covering a vast range of issues, including national politics and insurgencies in the Kivu. From 2005 to 2008, he served successively in the UN peacekeeping missions in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) and in Congo (MONUC). With the later, Guillaume was based in Goma as the Political Officer of the DDRRR unit tasked with disarming and repatriating combatants of foreign armed groups.
Prior to working in Africa, Guillaume was the Political Attaché at the Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington during the 2005 Luxembourg presidency of the EU. He also completed an 18-month military service in France as a Second-Lieutenant in the Army. Guillaume holds a MA in Security Studies from the School of Foreign Services at Georgetown University and a Master in Business Economics from the University of Paris Dauphine. He is fluent in English and French.
Senior SSR Advisor, ISSAT
Hervé Auffret is Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor in the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT). Hervé joined ISSAT 12 November 2018. His role includes the provision of strategic advice and guidance in the area of Security and Justice to ISSAT's core team, its Expert Roster and Governing Board members undertaking Security Sector reform activities. He also leads missions related to SSR strands of work.
Hervé served 33 years in the French Navy and ended his career in 2013 as navy captain heading the strategy and policy office in the cabinet of the chief of the navy. During his military career he filled successive operational, headquarters and command positions. He deployed often abroad, mainly in Africa. He was appointed in the French Prime Minister Cabinet (General Secretary for National Defence) where he contributed to addressing WMD proliferation and Small Weapons trafficking. He spent two years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Military and Defence cooperation) leading the development of SSR projects mostly with African countries. He also led the policy branch in the NATO Allied Command Transformation Headquarters (Norfolk Virginia).
Prior to taking up the function in ISSAT, Hervé was leading the Joint Mission Analysis Center in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA). This appointment came after 4 years spent at the United Nations Secretariat in New York where he was leading the military Policy and Doctrine development in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
He is fluent in French and English, speaks German and a little Chinese.
Justice Advisor, ISSAT
Jean-Philippe Kot is a Justice Advisor and provides support to ISSAT advisory field support missions.
He has experience in fact-finding and criminal investigative methods, legal empowerment and Criminal Justice Reform, knowledge management, M&E and impact assessment, technical assistance to national authorities and institutions as well as civil society stakeholders. His country experience covers Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA and South-East Asia.
Prior to joining ISSAT, he has worked as International and Transitional Justice Expert at Avocats Sans Frontières (Lawyers Without Borders). In this function he was responsible to assist field offices in strategy and project development, support knowledge management and learning, provide legal and thematic advice to field offices and supervise legal strategies in cases taken on before national and international Courts. Additionally, Jean-Philippe has worked as Visiting Professional at the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. In this position he provided support in the management and supervision of all activities undertaken by the Office of the Prosecutor and conducted legal analysis on various issues relevant to the Office. Lastly, he also has experience as lecturer and Research Coordinator in France and Palestine and as a consultant for national authorities and Civil Society Organisations.
Jean-Philippe holds a Ph.D in Public International Law from Aix-Marseille University in France.
SSR Officer, ISSAT
Mirko Fernandez is a member of ISSATâs Methodology Cell and an SSR Officer providing backstopping support to the Advisory Field Support (AFS) service line.
Mirko has an interdisciplinary background in human rights with diverse field experience in justice and security sector reform (JSSR); including monitoring and evaluation of SDC-funded police cooperation programmes, gender mainstreaming, capacity building, human rights/International Humanitarian Law fact-finding and forensic investigations of crimes against humanity, war crimes and feminicide.
Mirko holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law and specialises in the promotion and incorporation of rights-based approaches in JSSR. His past field JSSR experience includes working with COGINTA/PeaceNexus in Ecuador, OHCHR Colombia, OSCE Mission in Kosovo, UNFPA Maldives. Mirko has also several years of experience working on enforced disappearances/missing persons with NGOs in Guatemala and Colombia, and with the UN in Timor Leste (DPKO Peace Missions) and Bosnia & Herzegovina (ICTY and ICMP).
Mirko is also a certified member of the Justice Rapid Response (JRR) general roster and member of the UN Women-JRR SGBV Justice Experts Roster.
Designer and Web Developer, ISSAT
Rodrigo Amorim is Designer and Web Developer at ISSAT / DCAF. His role is to contribute to the ISSAT Knowledge Services and Advocacy and Outreach initiatives in the design, production and development of information, promotional, interactive and multimedia products.
Prior to joining ISSAT, Rodrigo worked for several years in graphic and web design and production in agency, in-house and freelance roles for the commercial, non-profit and education sectors. He uses a mix of creative, marketing and technical skills to help clients translate business concepts into effective and engaging visual materials. His experience includes working as Information Officer for the Institute of Development Studies, as Design Manager ( brand management) for FIFA, and as Creative Director for a design agency, I-Imagine GmbH.
Rodrigo holds a Bachelor Degree in Journalism from the Federal University of Pernambuco, in Recife, Brazil. He also holds a Master of Arts in Interactive Media from the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
SSR Officer, ISSAT
Shahrazad Chida is an SSR Officer within the Advisory Field Support branch in ISSAT. She has 11 years’ experience working on conflict resolution and Rule of Law dynamics in conflict-affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa. She has held positions of DDR and SSR Officer as well as political analyst in various United Nations Peacekeeping operations.
From 2015 to 2018, she was Chief Analyst on Signatory Armed Groups within MINUSMA’s Joint Mission Analysis Cell in Mali. Based in Bamako, she followed and liaised with the signatory armed groups following the signature of the peace process in 2015. From 2012 to 2015, Shahrazad was an SSR Officer at UNOCI in Abidjan where she assisted the launch of the national SSR process in collaboration with the National Security Council (NSC) and the Ivorian Government. From 2009 to 2012, she was an Information Analyst in UNOCI’s Embargo Cell where she worked closely with the Sanctions Committee on state and non-state armed groups and the circulation of arms before and during the 2010 crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. From 2004 to 2006, Shahrazad was a DDR/DDRRR Officer at MONUSCO where she conducted field operations with foreign armed rebel groups.
Shahrazad holds a MA in International Relations and Political Science from the Université d’Auvergne(Clermont-I) as well as two Bachelor’s degrees in History and Art History from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris-I). She is bilingual in English and French.
Project and Finance Officer, ISSAT
Vanessa is Project and Finance Officer with ISSAT. She is responsible for the management of ISSAT's finances, for managing ISSAT's finance and logistics team, and for the development and implementation of operational and financial procedures. Her role involves financial planning, accounts and budgets management and oversight, liaising with Governing Board Members on bilateral and multilateral funding agreements, and the development of procedures to ensure the transparency, sustainability, effectiveness and cost-efficiency of ISSAT's activities. Vanessa also contributes regularly to the development of ISSAT's SSR training and advocacy material, notably in Spanish and French.
Vanessa holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. Prior to joining ISSAT, Vanessa worked for the Operations 1 Division at DCAF. She also worked as a Programme Assistant for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Before this, she held a sales and marketing position in a multinational company. Vanessa is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Italian.
Chargée de projets et finances
Vanessa est Chargée de projets et finances auprès de l'ISSAT. Elle est responsable de la gestion des finances, de diriger l'équipe finances et logistique, et du développement et de la mise en oeuvre de procédures opérationnelles et financières. Ses fonctions incluent la planification financière, la gestion et supervision des comptes et budgets, les relations avec les membres du Comité de direction de l'ISSAT en matière de contrats de financement bilatéraux et multilatéraux, et le développement de procédures afin d'assurer la transparence, la pérennité, l'efficacité et la maitrise des coûts des activités de l'ISSAT. Vanessa contribue également de façon régulière au développement de supports de formation et de plaidoyer en matière de RSS, notamment en espagnol et en français.
Vanessa est diplômé du Master en relations internationales de l'Institut de hautes études internationales de Genève. Avant de rejoindre l'ISSAT, Vanessa a travaillé pour la Division des Opérations I de DCAF. Elle a également travaillé en tant qu'Assistante de programme pour le Programme des Nations Unies pour l'Environnement (UNEP) et pour l'Institut des Nations Unies pour la formation et la recherche (UNITAR). Auparavant, elle occupait un poste dans le marketing et la vente au sein d'une entreprise multinationale. Vanessa parle couramment français, anglais, espagnol et italien.
SSR Officer, ISSAT
Viola Csordas is an SSR Officer at ISSAT, where she provides support to ISSAT’s Advisory Field Support (AFS), Professional Development and Training (PDT), and Outreach, Advocacy and Knowledge (OAK) service lines. She is also a member of ISSAT’s Methodology Cell.
Prior to taking up this role, Viola has worked on the Africa desk of the German Foreign Office’s Humanitarian Task Force, with a focus on the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes region and Mali/ Sahel; at the World Bank, supporting DDR processes and particularly conflict sensitive reintegration activities in CAR, Uganda, DRC and RoC, financed by the MDRP/ TDRP, a multi-country trust fund; in Rwanda on good governance for GIZ; and in Ethiopia, running an NGO in support of girls’ education. Additionally, she has interned at the UNDPKO Situation Centre in New York, at LWF in their Rwanda/ DRC programme, and at the European Parliament.
Viola holds a Master’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Staatswissenschaften (Social Sciences, Law and Economics) from the University of Erfurt, for which she has also studied abroad at Hong Kong Baptist University.
She speaks German, English, French and basic Spanish.