Thomas Wuchte – Executive Secretary
Mr. Thomas Wuchte joins the IIJ from his position as the Head on Anti-Terrorism Issues in the Organization 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 organization 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), Organization 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 Organization on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in both its Vienna headquarters and the Tashkent (Uzbekistan) Regional Office.
Patrick J. Ehlers – Director of Programmes
Patrick joined the IIJ as Director of Programmes in October 2019. A member of the IIJ Leadership Team, he supervises the Institute’s programmatic work – including developing and implementing counterterrorism programmes and workshops for justice sector practitioners, to advance operationalisation of GCTF and other internationally accepted good practices. Patrick supervises and mentors an outstanding team of Programme Managers and coordinates with donors who provide financial support for the IIJ’s programmatic work. Additionally, he works to refine and implement the IIJ Strategic Plan and Work Plan. Prior to joining the IIJ team, he served as the U.S. Department of Justice’s Resident Legal Advisor to Embassy Colombo, where he helped support coordination of the response to the April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. He has also served as a legal advisor to Embassy Nairobi. His justice sector capacity building work with international partners is informed by 25 years of practicing criminal law as both a prosecutor and defence attorney.
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 among 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.
Michelle Bunyan – Human Resources Officer
Michelle joined the IIJ in 2018 as Human Resources Officer and is currently developing and implementing the IIJ’s People Management function. She brings over 20 years’ managerial experience specialising in the development and implementation of human resource strategy. She previously served as Group Human Resources Manager for one of Malta’s largest hospitality chains where she designed, implemented and provided overall leadership of the group’s human resources functions. She also worked as Group Training Manager for CHI International, developing and leading bespoke training programmes for CHI staff. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration specialising in Human Resource Development and a Master’s of Arts in European Legal Studies specialising in EU Labour Law from the University of Malta.
Roksolana Burianenko – Programme Asssistant
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.
Sevil Bostancı – Senior Judicial Advisor
Sevil joined the IIJ team in 2019 as a Senior Judicial Advisor, seconded from the Government of Turkey, a founding member of both the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and the IIJ Governing Board of Administrators. Sevil was appointed as a Judge to the Ministry of Justice in 2014, having previously served as a prosecutor and as a rapporteur judge in the criminal chamber at the Court of Cassation. Sevil also worked in the Ministry of Justice’s Department of European Union Projects as part of the team working to strengthen Turkey’s Judicial System, with a focus on enhancing Turkey’s Notification and Notary Systems in accordance with European Union standards. After graduating from Selcuk University Faculty of Law, she received a Master’s in International and Commercial Dispute Resolution Law from the University of Westminster.
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.
Adrian 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 Organization 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.
Joe Connell – Senior Investigations Advisor
Joe serves as Senior Investigations Advisor, appointed to the IIJ in 2018 by the U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office as a Deployable Civilian Expert member (U.K. Stabilisation Group). Joe leads the IIJ Investigations Initiative, including U.K.-funded, multi-national programmes to develop intelligence and evidential investigation capabilities. During his 32-year career with London’s Metropolitan Police, he held senior strategic and operational positions in Scotland Yard’s Special Branch (Intelligence) and Counter Terrorism Command, with a further 12 years leading police capacity-building programmes to combat terrorism and organised crime projects globally. He also served as an adjunct faculty member of the George C. Marshall Center on European Security’s Programme on Terrorism and Security Studies.
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.
Soufiane El Hamdi – Programme Manager
Soufiane joined the IIJ team as a Programme Manager in September 2017 and is managing the IIJ Judicial Capacity Building Initiative, focused on capacity-building for prosecutors, trial level judges, investigative magistrates, judicial national training institutes and other criminal justice actors in Africa and the Middle East. He is also managing the IIJ Core Curriculum Initiative: Using Intelligence to Generate Evidence in Terrorism Investigations. Soufiane previously served as a Programme Manager and Coordinator with several international organisations, including Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and the Centre for Preventing Radicalisation in Europe and the Mediterranean Region, working on programmes related to countering and preventing violent extremism, counter terrorism, and conflict resolution and transformation.
Joanna Jebaili – Programme Assistant
Joanna joined the IIJ team in 2018 as a Programme Assistant and has supported various IIJ programmes, including the IIJ Investigations Initiative and IIJ Judicial Capacity-Building Initiative. She also supports the IIJ Advisory Board and other projects under the IIJ Communications Strategy, and leads IIJ coordination of the internal and external calendars. She previously interned at the Energy & Water Agency in Malta, working on the national impact of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RECAST), and worked as an Administrative Manager at an international gaming company. She has degrees in law and international relations, an LLM in Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Law from the University of Malta (with the University of Leuven), and an MPhil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin.
Maria Ladron de Guevara – Junior Assistant
Maria joined the IIJ team in 2018 as an intern and then Junior Assistant. As intern, she prepared internal communications products in support of the IIJ Communications Strategy, as well as other administrative and programmatic activities. As Junior Assistant, she supports internal coordination of a range of administrative and programmatic activities, and has supported programmes under the IIJ Investigations and Global Central Authorities Initiatives. She has degrees in Political Science and Public Administration, and Law, and a Master’s in International Relations specialising in European Integration from the University of Groningen.
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, focused on developing CT investigation strategies and inter-agency cooperation, and under the IIJ RFTFs Initiative, focused 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 counseling 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.
Michael Rodgers – Outreach Specialist
Michael joined the IIJ team as an Outreach Specialist in Spring 2018. He is responsible for the IIJ’s social media presence and content management system, coordinates input for the IIJ e-newsletter, and supports a range of external marketing, outreach and communication products, including the IIJ Annual Report, IIJ Factsheets, campaigns, and other multi-media products. Michael previously served as a Communications Assistant in the Communications Department of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and as an intern in the OSCE’s Transnational Threats Department, Action Against Terrorism Unit. He has degrees in Film and Television Broadcasting, and Media Production, and is an Adobe Certified Expert.
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 programming. 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, focused on aerospace and defense. He has a degree in international relations from Princeton University and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
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.
Benjamin Cassar – Programme Assistant
Benjamin joined the IIJ as Programme Assistant in October 2019 and supports various programmes, including the IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative and IIJ Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters Initiative. Previously he served as e-Resources Executive in an English school, focussing on the use technology in the classroom, as well as delivering training on non-formal education. He remains active in a European youth organisation, delivering training on media, youth advocacy, non-formal education, public speaking and debating. He holds a B.A. (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Malta.
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, focusing 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.