OUR TEAM 2018-01-10T19:09:04+00:00


Board of Directors

Jean-François Fechino


After spend­ing many years in the world of high-lev­el pol­i­tics as an advi­sor in elec­tion mar­ket­ing strat­e­gy, Jean-François Fechi­no led a par­al­lel career in con­sult­ing for busi­ness devel­op­ment. This expe­ri­ence led him to become a spe­cial­ist in the field, par­tic­u­lar­ly in Cor­po­rate Social Respon­si­bil­i­ty.

For the past three years, he was the head of the Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute for Peace, Jus­tice and Human Rights in Gene­va, pri­or to head­ing the Brus­sels Inter­na­tion­al Cen­ter for Research and Human Rights. Lan­guages: French and Eng­lish.

Ramadan Abu Jazar


Ramadan whose inter­est lie at the pol­i­tics of the Mid­dle-East, North Africa and the Gulf, has built his exper­tise in a direc­tive and com­pre­hen­sive way, focus­ing on human rights, secu­ri­ty and devel­op­ment in the afore­men­tioned regions. He has been involved in a num­ber of projects per­tain­ing to elec­tions obser­va­tions and has also advised sev­er­al insti­tu­tions and pol­i­cy cen­ter in Europe.

In addi­tion to this, Ramadan enjoys an exten­sive polit­i­cal and par­lia­men­tary rela­tion in many inter­na­tion­al forums and is expert in Euro­pean Affairs to many Arab media. In addi­tion to his Bach­e­lor in Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mosta­ganem in Alge­ria and a spe­cial­ty in Civ­il Soci­ety Orga­ni­za­tions at the Uni­ver­sité Libre de Brux­elles. Lan­guages: Arab, French and Eng­lish


Fernando Aguiar


Fer­nan­do built his exper­tise in a mul­ti­fac­eted approach rag­ing from polit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and strat­e­gy, inter­na­tion­al pol­i­tics, gen­der and con­flict, in the Cen­tral-East African con­text. His expo­sure to pol­i­cy mak­ing and diplo­mat­ic rela­tions at the EU Insti­tu­tions (EEAS) has pro­vid­ed a sol­id basis for his ana­lyt­i­cal under­stand­ing of con­tem­po­rary issues, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the field of gen­der in con­flict pre­ven­tion and peace process­es in Cen­tral Africa and Mid­dle-East.

He has a mas­ter in Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions, with a spe­cial­iza­tion in Con­flict and Secu­ri­ty from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent. In addi­tion to his native Por­tuguese, Fer­nan­do speaks Eng­lish, Span­ish and French.

Kate Jackson


Kate Jack­son is a pas­sion­ate advo­cate for men­tal health, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and com­mu­ni­ty well-being. She has recent­ly com­plet­ed her Mas­ters in Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions and Migra­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent. Kate has a keen under­stand­ing of human inter­ac­tions and com­mu­ni­ty growth and devel­op­ment.

Before com­ing to Brus­sels, she worked as an Eng­lish teacher in Europe and Asia and has been involved in a num­ber of human rights and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives, she has worked in men­tal health clin­ics, cul­tur­al exchange cen­ters and human rights orga­ni­za­tions. Kate speaks Eng­lish, Ger­man and French.

Brandon Locke


Bran­don has spent five years work­ing in the fields of diplo­ma­cy, human rights, and devel­op­ment, and spe­cial­izes in research relat­ed to con­flict, migra­tion, and Inter­na­tion­al Human­i­tar­i­an law. He cur­rent­ly works as a Pol­i­cy and Advo­ca­cy Offi­cer for Glob­al Secu­ri­ty and Devel­op­ment for ONE, where he focus­es on pol­i­cy research on state fragili­ty and tar­get­ed advo­ca­cy to shape for­ward-think­ing EU, G7, and G20 process­es.

He grad­u­at­ed with a B.A. in Polit­i­cal Sci­ence from Duke Uni­ver­si­ty and a M.A. in Inter­na­tion­al Devel­op­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent. Bran­don speaks Eng­lish and French.

Monzer Monzer


After an exten­sive career as a high lev­el exec­u­tive con­sul­tant, Monz­er Monz­er has led as ful­fill­ing career in pub­lic rela­tions. He has exten­sive knowl­edge in the Mid­dle East and is cur­rent­ly in charge of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and pub­lic rela­tions at the Brus­sels inter­na­tion­al Cen­ter for research and Human Rights.

Aside from his native Ara­bic and French, Monz­er is flu­ent in Eng­lish and Span­ish.

Mariam Barhandi


Mari­am is cur­rent­ly work­ing to com­plete her Bach­e­lor Degree in Law, at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Charleroi. She has worked for many years with var­i­ous Inter­na­tion­al and local NGOs across Europe. From an ear­ly age she been very inter­est­ed in the way in which dis­crim­i­na­tion and human right are relat­ed to migra­tion. Through the years she has gained expe­ri­ence with advo­ca­cy and lob­bing through her work with Euro­pean Insti­tu­tion.

She was also involved with the “No hate Speech Move­ment” cam­paign cre­at­ed by the Coun­cil of Europe. Mari­am is pas­sion­ate about this field of research and has focused her legal stud­ies on this aspect. She is cur­rent­ly prepar­ing her the­sis on the legal per­spec­tive of refugee migra­tion.

Abdellah Bouhend


Abdel­lah Bouhend is cur­rent­ly under­tak­ing a dual degree between Sci­ences Po Paris and the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics in Euro­pean affairs. He holds two bach­e­lors from La Sor­bonne: one in Phi­los­o­phy and an oth­er one in Polit­i­cal Sci­ences (with Hon­ors). He also grad­u­at­ed in Inter­na­tion­al and Euro­pean affairs at Sci­ences Po Lille where he wrote a dis­ser­ta­tion on the diplo­mat­ic and busi­ness rela­tions between Alge­ria and the Euro­pean Union through an analy­sis of the Asso­ci­a­tion Agree­ment. He worked in var­i­ous sec­tors like NGO’s and pub­lic sphere (main­ly in Gene­va, Brus­sels and Paris) and has a strong expe­ri­ence in the Euro­pean civ­il soci­ety. He has been study­ing Ara­bic for years and is today work­ing for the Brus­sels Inter­na­tion­al Cen­ter for Research and Human Rights as an ana­lyst on the MENA region.

Rafke Risseeuw


Rafke Ris­seeuw stud­ied Ara­bic and Islam­ic stud­ies in addi­tion to a MA in Euro­pean Stud­ies. Hav­ing spent sig­nif­i­cant peri­ods of time in the Mid­dle East, her expe­ri­ence- based tra­jec­to­ry served as a motor for research and a quest for under­stand­ing. A spe­cial inter­est in issues regard­ing struc­tur­al inequal­i­ties, iden­ti­ty pol­i­tics en social cul­tur­al def­i­n­i­tion of gen­der roles; she  cur­rent­ly works  as an assis­tant in the research depart­ment of the Brus­sels Inter­na­tion­al Cen­ter where she is focus­ing on EU-Gulf rela­tions and  Counter Ter­ror­ism.
Rafke is a native Dutch and speaks Eng­lish, French and Ara­bic.

Ben Lowings


Ben Low­ings is a Master’s grad­u­ate in Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions with Inter­na­tion­al Con­flict and Secu­ri­ty from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent. Ben gained his Bachelor’s in Phi­los­o­phy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Durham, where he became inter­est­ed in issues of inter­na­tion­al ethics. He built expe­ri­ence work­ing with inter­na­tion­al devel­op­ment orga­ni­za­tions on voca­tion­al train­ing and edu­ca­tion pro­grams in Tan­za­nia and Chile, before acquir­ing fur­ther expe­ri­ence in civ­il soci­ety advo­ca­cy towards the Euro­pean Union in Brus­sels.

Ben main­tains a high inter­est in civ­il lib­er­ties and social cohe­sion, and is apply­ing this pas­sion to his cur­rent research on human rights issues in North Africa. Ben speaks Eng­lish and Span­ish.