Thomas Wuchte – Executive Secretary
Mr. Thomas Wuchte joins the IIJ from his position as the Head on Anti-Terrorism Issues in the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Illinois. As the focal point for all OSCE counter-terrorism activities, he supported the political process within the OSCE’s 57 participating States to maintain and strengthen the role of the organisation as an effective framework for addressing the terrorist threat, in close co-ordination with the United Nations and the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). Before his duties at the OSCE, Mr. Wuchte served as the Special Coordinator for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 and received the U.S. Department of State’s Highest Award… read more
Reinhard Uhrig – Director of Administration and Outreach
Reinhard joined the IIJ as Director of Administration and Outreach in October 2014. A member of the Senior Management Team, he is in charge of IIJ administration, financial planning and management, and outreach, and has assisted with the development of a vision and strategic plan to guide the IIJ. Reinhard previously served as Deputy Head, Transnational Threats Department (TNTD/ATU), Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), supervising counter terrorism programmes and managing a team of ten international staff members. He previously worked in the Representative Office of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ramallah (Palestinian Territories), and the United Nations Organisation on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in both its Vienna headquarters and the Tashkent (Uzbekistan) Regional Office.
Marie Compère – Director of the Academic Unit
Marie joined the IIJ as Director of the Academic Unit in April 2020. A member of the IIJ Senior Management Team, she oversees the design and implementation of Core Courses on counter-terrorism and transnational crime for judicial practitioners delivered by the Academic Unit and leads the Academic Unit’s team of fellows and programmatic staff. She is also responsible for coordinating and collaborating with Academic Unit donors and partners to support the work of the Unit and the broader IIJ mission of building the capacity of criminal justice practitioners. Prior to joining the IIJ, she served at the French National School for the Judiciary (ENM) and was in charge of international training activities for practitioners in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and international criminal justice, in the framework of bilateral, European (EJTN, Council of Europe, EUROJUST, EUROPOL) and multi-sectoral projects funded by international donors in Europe, Africa, Asia and Central Asia. Marie also brings 15 years of experience as a prosecutor and examining judge in France.
Steve Sinnott – Director of Programmes
Steve joined the IIJ in September 2020 as Director of Programmes. A member of the IIJ Senior Management Team, he supervises the Institute’s programmatic work – including developing and implementing counter-terrorism programmes and workshops for criminal justice sector practitioners. Steve supervises and mentors a team of Programme Managers who lead delivery of programmes under the IIJ Core Initiatives and Workstreams. Prior to joining the IIJ team, Steve served as the U.S. Department of Justice’s Resident Legal Advisor to Tanzania and later Kenya, focusing on counter-terrorism training and case-based mentoring in terrorism cases. He has been a U.S. federal prosecutor for over thirty years and has been designing and implementing rule of law training programmes internationally since 2002.
Buğra Erdem – Senior Legal Advisor
Buğra joined the IIJ in July 2021 as Senior Legal Advisor. He is a secondee from the Government of Turkey and brings to the IIJ considerable expertise on Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) in criminal matters. One of the youngest judges to work at the Ministry of Justice of Turkey by both age and precedence, Buğra has been working as a judge since 2016 and has been with the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate General for Foreign Relations and EU Affairs since 2017. Buğra was also a part of the Turkish delegations to CDPC, PC-OC, and GRECO of the Council of Europe, and served as the rapporteur for GRECO’s fourth evaluation round of Czechia and Romania. He has represented Turkey at various international events at the Council of Europe and United Nations and helped create bilateral agreements on mutual legal assistance. Buğra holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Çankaya University and a Master of Law degree in Criminal and Criminal Procedure Law from Ankara University. He is also a student Bachelor of Arts in History and working on a Master of Law degree in the Law of the Sea, both at Ankara University.
Philip Tucker – Senior Judicial Advisor
Phil Tucker joined the IIJ as Senior Investigations Adviser in November 2020. As a British Police Officer for 31 years, he was Head of the UK Liaison Bureau at Europol, investigating transnational serious crime; he was a Senior Investigating Officer in the field of homicide and major crime, including kidnap; he was Director of Intelligence responsible for strategic intelligence issues as well as covert operations. He finished his operational career as the UK’s Counter Terrorism Liaison Officer in Southeast Asia.
Administrative & Outreach Unit
Anna Milovanovic – Grants and Resource Mobilisation Manager
Anna joined the IIJ in May 2021 as Grants and Resource Mobilisation Manager. In this capacity, she is responsible for the Institute’s fundraising efforts and donor relationship management. From 2014, Anna worked in communications roles in the peacebuilding sector, at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and Mediators Beyond Borders International in the United States. In 2018 she transitioned to working in Bangladesh’s news media sector. Anna holds an LL.M in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies and a degree in International Relations from University American College Skopje.
Pietro Princi – Human Resources Officer
Pietro joined the IIJ in August 2020 as a Human Resources Officer. He holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and a post-graduate Certificate in Business Administration from the Edinburgh Business School. Prior to joining the IIJ, Pietro worked for one of the largest tour operators in Europe, based in Malta, where he managed international recruitment and selection for the division as well as performance management, legal compliance, employee benefits, training and development. He led the implementation of a new HR information system, supporting the organisational change and the overall digitalisation of HR processes. Pietro also collaborated with the Faculty of Economics Management & Accountancy at the University of Malta on an exploratory study in the field of Organisation Management and Human Resources.
Allison Curtis – Senior Manager, Communications & Strategic Planning
Allison currently serves as the IIJ’s Senior Manager for Communications & Strategic Planning. She first joined the IIJ team in 2016 as a Programme Manager, where she managed the IIJ’s Global Central Authorities and Homegrown Terrorism initiatives. She previously served as a Policy Analyst for the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s (GCTF) Administrative Unit in The Hague, with portfolio responsibility for the Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-RoL) and Detention and Reintegration (DR) Working Groups. She joined the GCTF from the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C., where she was a Research & Liaison Officer, then Senior Policy Officer, working on the counterterrorism, national security, and legal portfolios. She has degrees in law, journalism, and a Master’s in International Relations – Peace and Conflict.
Abibou Bello – Programme Assistant
Abibou joined the IIJ team in 2018 as a Programme Assistant. Previously, he served as Cultural Mediator and Programme Assistant with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM Malta) for more than five years. In 1998, he was amongst a cadre of French foreign language teachers sent to Nigeria to provide technical support under a bilateral agreement between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. He has a degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Didactics), and post-graduate awards in Teaching French as a Foreign Language, and Commercial Translations.
Roksolana Burianenko – Programme Assistant
Roksolana joined the IIJ as an Executive Assistant then Programme Assistant, and currently supports various programmes within the framework of the IIJ Core Initiatives, including initiatives on Investigations and Prison Management. She also provides administrative support, including to the IIJ Governing Board of Administrators. She previously served as a Financial Assistant in the private sector, and as a Marketing Associate for a Legal Consultancy company. She also supported a University-led independent project providing sociological research and analysis for NGOs in post-soviet Ukraine. She has a degree in Political Science and International Business, and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security.
Pawel Tverskoi – Programme Assistant
Pawel joined the IIJ as a Programme Assistant in 2020 and supports various programmes, including the IIJ Juvenile Justice and Addressing Homegrown Terrorism Initiatives. He has previously worked as an Intelligence Analyst with international security consultancies in the private sector, focussing on travel risk management, risk communication and crisis response, and as a Lead Researcher for a conflict analysis publication. Pawel holds a degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in International Administration and Conflict Management.
France Lemaire – Programme Assistant
France joined the IIJ Team as a Programme Assistant in September 2019. She supports various programmes, including the IIJ Global Central Authorities Initiative and the IIJ Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters Initiative, while providing assistance to the Procurement Officer. She previously served as a Manager for international education companies offering study abroad and cultural exchange worldwide. She also acted as an Operations Team Leader during the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and for EU’s Fourth High Level Edition of the Our Ocean Conference. She has a Master’s degree in Intercultural Negotiations.
Cheibou Soumana Samna – Resident Fellow
Samna joined the IIJ as a Resident Fellow in the Academic Unit at the end of 2020. He is responsible for designing and delivering state of the art courses to successfully counter terrorism and transnational crime. As a member of the judiciary in Niger for 20 years, including 15 years in the Public Prosecutor’s Office, he brings his extensive national and international field experience in the fight against organised crime and terrorism. After serving as a judge, he continued his career at the Public Prosecutor’s Office and oversaw organised crime and terrorism proceedings as of 2011. He joined the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Niamey before becoming its Chief Prosecutor. In this capacity, he led the Judicial Unit specialising in the fight against terrorism and transnational organised crime, as well as the Financial and Economic Unit. He served as the focal point for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the West African Network of Prosecutors and Central Authorities (WACAP), and served as an expert and consultant for the UNODC notably in the field of firearms. He also initiated Niger’s Counter-Terrorism Coordination Committee. Samna has led numerous initiatives that have contributed to building the capacity of judicial practitioners in the fight against terrorism in the Lake Chad and Sahel regions. This included research and legislative efforts, training, meetings and exchanges conducted by the UNODC, United States, African and European judicial training institutes, and European projects. Samna is a Knight of the National Ordre du Mérite of Niger.
Dallin Van Leuven – Programme Manager
Dallin joined the IIJ in July 2020 as the Programme Manager for the Academic Unit, where he manages the Unit’s portfolio of courses and research tasks. From 2016, Dallin was a researcher and programme manager for Search for Common Ground, focusing on the organisation’s countering violent extremism (CVE) portfolio. He has authored several research studies on violent extremism as well as a book chapter on ISIL’s unprecedented use of gendered strategies to recruit foreign men and women, which was published in Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond. He has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a degree in justice studies from Westminster College.
Mohamed Sakran – Programme Assistant
Mo joined the Academic Unit team in August 2021. Mo is currently completing a master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action at the University of Malta.He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Calgary in Canada. Most recently, Mo completed an internship with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the International Commission on Missing Persons, and the International Organization for Migration. Mo has 5 years of experience as an Operations Supervisor in Logistics and Supply Chain and many experiences in humanitarian and volunteer work with a number of NGOs, such as the Red Cross and Jesuit Refugee Services in Malta, Canada and the United States.
Emerson Cachon – Programme Manager
Emerson joined the IIJ as a Programme Manager in 2018. He manages the IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative and the IIJ Core Curriculum Initiative: Successful Prosecutions of Terrorism Cases. Prior to joining the IIJ, he worked as Legal Advisor and Programme Assistant with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) West Africa Regional Programme, serving Benin and Togo. He joined OPDAT from the Millennium Challenge Account Benin where he was a Legal Advisor and, prior to that, a Junior Legal Advisor with Stewart Global Solutions working on legal and policy reforms. He has a Master’s in Business Law and Administration, degrees in Applied English Linguistics, and Business Law and Judicial Careers.
Adrián Carbajo – Programme Manager
Adrian joined the IIJ team as a Programme Manager in 2019. He currently manages the IIJ Global Central Authorities Initiative and supports work on the IIJ Juvenile Justice and Prison Management Initiatives. He previously worked with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), as a Junior Professional Officer with postings in Vienna and Bishkek and then as an Adviser on Passenger Data Exchange, providing support to States on issues related to Advance Passenger Information (API), Passenger Name Record (PNR) and biometric collection systems. He also interned with the UN Department of Political Affairs in New York and with Action Against Hunger in Madrid. He holds degrees in Law and Political Science from the Universidad Carlos III and a Master’s in EU International Relations from the College of Europe.
Miriam Emil Shafik – Programme Manager
Miriam joined the IIJ team as a Programme Manager in October 2018 and manages the IIJ Addressing Homegrown Terrorism Initiative, IIJ Parliamentarians Initiative, and programmes on counter-terrorism financing. From 2012, she served as a Resident Legal Advisor Programme Assistant for the Arabian Gulf within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), where she coordinated various judicial and rule of law capacity-building and development initiatives focusing on counter-terrorism, counter-terrorism financing, anti-money laundering, and mutual legal assistance in the region. She has a Master’s degree in International Law, Diplomacy and International Relations from the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.
Hop Wells – Programme Manager
Hop joined the IIJ team as a Programme Manager in 2018, where he is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impact of IIJ programing. He is managing the Battlefield Evidence Initiative, the IIJ Core Course on Using Intelligence to Generate Evidence for Terrorism Investigations and Prosecutions, and a programme on Judicial Capacity-Building on Evidence in East and West Africa, and supports the IIJ Core Course on Successful Terrorism Prosecutions. Before joining the IIJ, he served as Director of Planning and Assessment at Women without Borders, a PVE/CVE NGO working across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and as an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company, focussed on aerospace and defence. He has a degree in international relations from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
Gabriel Monterrosa – Junior Programme Manager
Gabriel joined the IIJ team in 2017 as an intern, then Programme Assistant, and now Junior Programme Manager. He has managed programmes under the IIJ Investigations Initiative, focussed on developing CT investigation strategies and inter-agency co-operation, and under the IIJ RFTFs Initiative, focussed on returning FTFs and their families. His previous roles have included temporary positions within the Political and Economic Section and Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, and training in victim support counselling from the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV). Gabriel has a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security from the University of Malta and a Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.