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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

Board of Advisors

H.E Ambassador Marc Otte


Ambas­sador Marc Otte, born April 26, 1947, is a Bel­gian diplo­mat. He has served in Wash­ing­ton DC and Kin­shasa (RDC) and was Con­sul Gen­er­al in Los Ange­les as well as ambas­sador to Israel. He was also direc­tor for strate­gic affairs and dis­ar­ma­ment and direc­tor for pol­i­cy plan­ning at the Bel­gian MFA. From 1999 to 2003, he was advi­sor for secu­ri­ty and defense pol­i­cy to the High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for EU for­eign and secu­ri­ty pol­i­cy and from 2003 to 2011, EU Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Mid­dle East Peace Process. He was direc­tor gen­er­al of the Roy­al Insti­tute for Inter­na­tion­al Relations/Egmont for the last four years. He is cur­rent­ly Bel­gian Spe­cial Envoy for Syr­ia and vice-Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Insti­tute for Peace. He has writ­ten sev­er­al arti­cles and con­tributed to books on Euro­pean defense and secu­ri­ty as well as on the Mid­dle East.

Dr. Kader A. Abderrahim


Dr. Abder­rahim worked for 12 years at the Insti­tute of Inter­na­tion­al and Strate­gic Rela­tions (IRIS Paris) where he was in charge of the Maghreb and issues relat­ed to polit­i­cal Islam. Held the posi­tion of Asso­ciate Dean at Cal­i­for­nia Uni­ver­si­ty from 2010 to 2013. His field of research focus­es on polit­i­cal sys­tems in the Arab world. His lat­est book is enti­tled “Daesh, His­to­ry, Issues and Prac­tices of the Islam­ic State Orga­ni­za­tion”.


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 a Mas­ters degree in Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions with a spe­cial­iza­tion in Migra­tion from 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 cen­tres and human rights orga­ni­za­tions. Kate speak­ers Eng­lish, Ger­man 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.

Yousif Al Kharoubi


Hold­er of a degree in jour­nal­ism and media in Brus­sels. He has more than five years’ expe­ri­ence in pro­gram coor­di­na­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, media and pub­lic rela­tions. He has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in the man­age­ment of mate­ri­als for media Cov­er­age and social net­work­ing pages. He worked as a TV pro­gram coor­di­na­tor for more than two years, and was involved in the diplo­mat­ic field as a pub­lic rela­tions offi­cer at the UAE embassy in Brus­sels. Yousif speaks Ara­bic, Eng­lish and French

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.

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 mem­ber of research depart­ment of the Brus­sels Inter­na­tion­al Cen­ter where she is focus­ing on EU-Gulf & Iran rela­tions and  Counter Ter­ror­ism.

Rafke is a native Dutch and speaks Eng­lish, French, Ger­man and Ara­bic.

Mohammad Sami


Mohammed Sami is a Pales­tin­ian nation­al resid­ing in Brus­sels. Hold­er of a bach­e­lor degree in Inter­na­tion­al Affairs from Vesal­ius Col­lege. As a Mid­dle East Ana­lyst, his field of focus is the Arab Spring with empha­sis on the Syr­i­an Cri­sis. Mohammed speaks flu­ent Ara­bic, Eng­lish and Dutch.

Brianna Hertford


Bri­an­na Hert­ford is cur­rent­ly under­tak­ing a MA in Inter­na­tion­al Migra­tion with a spe­cial­iza­tion in Human Rights Law at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent. She has a back­ground in psy­chol­o­gy and has worked in NGOs as an advo­cate for sur­vivors of sex­u­al and gen­der-based vio­lence. Bri­an­na is pas­sion­ate about empow­er­ing indi­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties through social jus­tice ini­tia­tives and a holis­tic, inter-sec­tion­al approach.


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 full-time as the Pol­i­cy and Advo­ca­cy Offi­cer for Glob­al Secu­ri­ty and Devel­op­ment for ONE, where he focus­es on state fragili­ty and devel­op­ment. He offers strate­gic coun­sel, and exper­tise con­cern­ing secu­ri­ty in Africa, to BIC as need­ed.
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.