Executive in Residence at the Geneva Center for Security Policy
He has an experience of more than twenty years of work in conflict areas or in countries under strong political tensions. His areas of expertise include EU external action, Russia, North/South Caucasus and Central Asia; Brazil and the Andean countries; West Africa; conflict assessment and conflict resolution; democratic reforms, humanitarian assistance. His professional background includes: Vice-President at the International Crisis Group (2002-2013); Director, Open Society Institute, Tashkent, 1998–2002; Delegate, International Committee of the Red Cross, Moscow, 1994–1998; Adult literacy and capacity building, Peru, 1986–1991.Read more
Head of Advocacy, Save the Children, Brussels
Jacqueline Hale leads the organisation's policy advocacy towards the EU around humanitarian crises, as well as multilateral processes such as the post-2015 framework and G20. Prior to joining Save the Children Jacqui worked for the Open Society Foundations as a Senior Policy Analyst overseeing work on EU external policy relating to human rights, Central Asia and the EU's Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood and supporting a network of local civil society organisations dedicated to human rights, democracy and accountability. Jacqui worked at the European Parliament from 2002-2006 in various positions for the Labour party. She has frequently been invited to speak on EU policy, both in Europe and the field, and has been a guest lecturer at the universities of Oxford, Ghent and Tbilisi. She holds a MA in International Relations from Sussex.
Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies and Director of the Central Asian Studies Center (CASC), KIMEP University, Almaty
Her areas of research include Central Asian politics and security, Eurasian geopolitics, energy security, and Kazakhstan’s foreign policy. Among her recent publications are: ‘Kazakhstan’s Policy Toward Afghanistan: Context, Drivers and Outcomes’ in Afghanistan and Its Neighbours After the NATO Withdrawal, edited by Christian Bleuer, (2016); and ‘The EU Strategy for Central Asia: Imperatives and Opportunities for Change. A View from Kazakhstan’, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, EU Papers (September 2015). She holds an MA and PhD in Political Science from Nagoya University, Japan. She is also a member of the Academic Council of the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC).
Director of Studies, Conflict and Peace, SIPRI, Stockholm
Neil Melvin is Director of Studies (Conflict and Peace) at the Stockholm International Research Institute (SIPRI). He is also the Programme Director of the Russia and Euro-Eurasian Programme at SIPRI. Previously, he was the senior adviser to the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter, where he worked on energy, including in the Central Asian states. From 2001-2005, he was senior adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. He has worked in leading policy institutes in Europe, including Chatham House and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). Dr. Melvin has published extensively on security and conflict issues in Euro-Eurasia.Read more
Executive Director, Public Committee for Development of Tajikistan
Project coordinator of one of the projects of International Alert office in Tajikistan, member of the Board of the OSI, Tajikistan; specialized in conflict resolution, political and oriental studies. Former member and a member of organizing team of the Inter- Tajik Dialogue (1997-2004), former member of the EUCAM expert group (2009-2010), worked for a number of international organizations and projects as employee and consultant such as Human Rights Watch/Helsinki, UNHCR, UNDP, ADB,UNDP, GTZ. Author of a series of publications in the field of political science, conflict resolution and Islamic studies.Read more
Marie Curie Fellow at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
Shairbek Juaraev previously served as Deputy Director at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek in 2012-2015. He also worked at the American University of Central Asia between 2007 and 2012 in the positions of Director of the Central Asian Studies Institute, Dean of Academic Development and Chair of the International and Comparative Politics Department. Shairbek holds a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics (2005). He is currently working on his doctoral dissertation on foreign policies of Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.Read more
Research Professor and Head of the Energy Programme at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
Indra Overland has worked on Central Asia since 2001, and previously headed the Russia and Eurasia Research Group at NUPI. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in the year 2000 and is co-author of among other publications: The Caspian Sea Region Towards 2025: Caspia Inc., National Giants or Trade and Transit? (Eburon / Chicago University Press) and Caspian Energy Politics (Routledge).Read more