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).


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).

Allison Curtis

Allison joined the IIJ team as a Program Manager in 2016, and is currently managing the IIJ's Global Central Authorities Initiative and Homegrown Terrorism Initiative. 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 and journalism, and a masters in international relations/peace and conflict.

Valerio de Divitiis

Valerio de Divitiis has been working as Program Manager at the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) for over three years during which he has been conceptualizing, designing and implementing a variety of counter terrorism (CT) initiatives across IIJ portfolios addressing juvenile justice in CT context, parliamentarians’ responsibilities for national CT policies, the rehabilitation and reintegration of FTFs and violent extremism offenders, and the management of prisons for terrorism prevention. Valerio delivers and presents at various IIJ workshops as well as UN, EU and GCTF-level events – to date over 40 events within 15 fifteen countries while helping to raising the institute’s profile and disseminating its work for rule of law and justice practitioners. Previously since 2008 he’s been working at the multilateral level on CT, transnational organized crime prevention, and human rights through the Country Office in the I.R. of Iran of the UNODC and in its HQ in Vienna, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and the Action against Terrorism Unit of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). In 2013 and 2014 Valerio worked as independent expert on CT and Fundamental Rights for the European Union (EU), including the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network, and acted as an advisor for the NATO Center of Excellence Against Terrorism based in Ankara.

Kathleen O'Connor

Kathleen joined the IIJ Management Team as Director of Programs in late August, 2017. Kathleen works with the Management Team to refine and implement the IIJ’s Strategic Plan and Work Plan, while supervising the IIJ’s Programmatic Work - including developing and implementing counterterrorism programs and workshops designed for criminal law practitioners that are based on GCTF Good Practices. Kathleen supervises and mentors an excellent team of Program Managers and manages donor relations in relation to programmatic work. Prior to joining the IIJ team, Kathleen served as a career federal prosecutor for 29 years. She has tried over 50 criminal trials and served for 20 years as an attorney supervisor for the US Department of Justice.