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 programs 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.
Kathleen O’Connor – Director of Programs
Kathleen joined the IIJ as Director of Programs in August 2017. A member of the Senior Management Team, she is in charge of refining and implementing the IIJ Strategic Plan and Work Plan, while supervising the Institute’s programmatic work – including developing and implementing counterterrorism programs and workshops for criminal law practitioners that support operationalisation of GCTF and other international 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, she served as a career federal prosecutor for 29 years, during which time she tried more than 50 criminal trials, and served for 20 years as an attorney supervisor at the U.S Department of Justice.
Abibou Bello – Program Assistant
Abibou joined the IIJ team in 2018 as a Program Assistant. Previously, he served as Cultural Mediator and Program 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 programs for CHI staff. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration specialising in Human Resource Development from the University of Malta.
Roksolana Burianenko – Program Assistant
Roksolana joined the IIJ as an Executive Assistant then Program Assistant, and currently supports various programs 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.
Sarah Cachia – Program Assistant
Sarah joined the IIJ team in October 2017 as a Program Assistant, seconded to the IIJ by the U.S. Embassy in Malta. She assists the Program Managers with the implementation and overall logistics of many of the IIJ Core Initiatives, as well as the workstream on Battlefield Evidence and the IIJ Core Courses. She also supports the Director of Programs with her administrative obligations. Sarah has a Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta and was admitted to the bar as a warranted lawyer in Malta in March 2018. She is currently studying for a Master of Laws in International Law at the University of Malta.
Emerson Cachon – Program Manager
Emerson joined the IIJ as a Program 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 Program Assistant with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) West Africa Regional Program, 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 – Program Manager
Adrian joined the IIJ team as a Program 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 programs 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 programs 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 Program 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 Program 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 – Program Manager
Soufiane joined the IIJ team as a Program 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 Program 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 programs related to countering and preventing violent extremism, counter terrorism, and conflict resolution and transformation.
Joanna Jebaili – Program Assistant
Joanna joined the IIJ team in 2018 as a Program Assistant and has supported various IIJ programs, 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 programs 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 Program Manager
Gabriel joined the IIJ team in 2017 as an intern, then Program Assistant, and now Junior Program Manager. He has managed programs 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 – Program Manager
Miriam joined the IIJ team as a Program Manager in October 2018 and manages the IIJ Addressing Homegrown Terrorism Initiative, IIJ Parliamentarians Initiative, and programs on counter-terrorism financing. From 2012, she served as a Resident Legal Advisor Program 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.
Tamer Soysal – Senior Judicial Advisor
Tamer joined the IIJ team in 2018 as a Senior Judicial Advisor, seconded from the Government of Turkey, a founding member of the IIJ Governing Board of Administrators. Tamer is a Judge in the Ministry of Justice in Turkey, and previously served for ten years as a prosecutor, including terrorism-related cases. In 2012 and 2013, he worked in the Department of Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice as part of the team preparing the Government of Turkey’s responses to European Convention on Human Rights filings. As a rapporteur judge in the International Law Department at the Ministry of Justice, his work focused on cybercrime, human trafficking and extradition. After graduating from Ankara University Faculty of Law, he received an MBA from Erciyes University and a PhD in intellectual property law.
Hop Wells – Program Manager
Hop joined the IIJ team as a Program 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 program 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.
Marc Zimmermann – Construction Project Manager
Marc joined the IIJ team in 2017 in the capacity of Construction Project Manager, overseeing the restoration and conversion of the IIJ’s headquarters and conference facilities. Current projects include comprehensive improvements to their functionality and energy efficiency, as well as safety and security, in an effort to provide a best-practice work environment for staff, as well as IIJ course participants. He is a Bauhaus-trained Civil Engineer and heritage conservation specialist. As a former university lecturer, and as a Project Manager, he has consulted on key projects across Europe, ranging from foreign embassies to heritage landmarks, performing arts venues, and major refugee infrastructure.