Reinhard UHRIG

Reinhard started his assignment as Director of Administration and Outreach in October 2014 in charge of leadership, financial planning and management and has assisted with the development of a vision and strategic plan to guide the IIJ. Reinhard, a German national, acted before as Deputy Head in the Transnational Threats Department (TNTD/ATU) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) supervising programs in the area of countering terrorism and in charge of the management of a team of ten international staff members. Prior to joining the OSCE, Reinhard worked for the Representative Office of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) and started his career in 1999 with the United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in its headquarters in Vienna (Austria) as well as in the Regional Office in Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

Maryam El Hajbi

Joined the IIJ in March 2016 as Program Manager in charge of the design and implementation of programs and activities tailored to regional and country specific needs in addressing terrorism and related transnational criminal activities within a rule of law framework. Prior to joining the IIJ, she worked as a program manager and political analyst focusing on security issues and terrorism in a range of organisations and projects, including the Carnegie Middle East Center, the British Council and NATO Parliamentary Assembly. She holds a Master degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She speaks Arabic, English and French.

Suleyman OZAR

Has been seconded by Turkish Government to the IIJ as a senior advisor since October 2014. He had been rapporteur judge in the Ministry of Justice in Turkey and has also 5 years’ experience as a public prosecutor. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Law in Turkey where has published many articles. Suleyman speaks Turkish and English.


Joe Connell is seconded to the IIJ by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office as a Deployable Civilian Expert member of the UK Stabilisation Group. Joe's role at the IIJ as Senior Adviser on CT investigations and training includes leading on a UK funded multi - national programme focused on developing intelligence and evidential investigation capabilities. He also supports complementary IIJ activities and workstreams in Malta and overseas. Joe completed a 32 year career with London's Metropolitan Police where he held a number of senior strategic and operational positions in Scotland Yard's Special Branch (Intelligence) and Counter Terrorism Command. His law enforcement career was followed by a further 10 years of experience managing and supporting police capacity building and combating terrorism and organised crime projects globally, although mostly in Eastern and Western Europe and Africa, which includes the award - winning UK funded Somaliland CT and Police Reform and Development projects. Joe is an alumnus of the US-led George C Marshall Center on European Security having served as an adjunct faculty member of the prestigious Program on Terrorism and Security Studies (PTSS).