Team

Our team of permanent staff and seconded national experts brings together the expertise and experience needed to achieve the CoE’s objectives and help maximise the potential of European Civilian Crisis Management. 

National experts are seconded by their governments, i.e. CoE members. Should your country be interested in seconding staff to the CoE, please contact us here.

Permanent Staff

Dr Volker Jacoby

Founding Director
Volker is the Founding Director of the CoE. Before, he was Head of Training at Germany’s Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF). He looks back at more than 20 years of work experience in international cooperation.

Marie Wellmann

Special Assistant to the Director
Marie is the Special Assistant to the Director, supporting him in his daily duties, matters of operations and strategy as well as in organisational development and team coordination. Marie also works within the CoE’s operational portfolio.

Ilka Eisenträger

Head of Administration
Ilka is Head of Administration at the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management (CoE). Before, she was Head of the Grant Department at the Caritasverband Berlin e.V.

Leila Pietiläinen

Administration Assistant
Leila is the Administration Assistant at CoE. In the last five years before Leila joined the CoE, she was working in refugee shelters in Berlin.

Stefanie Mavrakou

Junior Policy Officer for Civilian Crisis Management
Stefanie is Junior Policy Officer for Civilian Crisis Management at the CoE. Her background is in international security and crisis management.

Daniela Dietmayr

Policy Officer for Knowledge Management
Daniela is Policy Officer for Knowledge Management at the CoE. She is responsible for knowledge management and internal workflows at the CoE. Before joining the CoE, she worked at the Federal Foreign Office.

Ariane Bonnier

Junior Policy Officer for Knowledge Management
Ariane is Junior Policy Officer for Knowledge Management at the CoE. Previously, Ariane was in charge of knowledge management processes at GESCOD, a French NGO working on international cooperation projects.

Estela López-Hermoso

Policy Officer for Public Relations
Estela is Policy Officer for Public Relations at the CoE. Before joining the CoE, she worked as Director and Policy Analyst for EU Cohesion Policy at the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR).

Franziska Žibert

Junior Policy Officer for Public Relations
Franziska Žibert is the Junior Policy Officer for Public Relations at the CoE. Franziska has a background in communications, PR and marketing and has worked for the editorial department at the University of Cologne.

Seconded National Experts

Taina Järvinen

Seconded National Expert from Finland
Taina is a Seconded National Expert at the CoE. Her background is in International Relations and International Law and she holds a Master’s degree from the University of Helsinki.

Elisabetta Spoti

Seconded National Expert from Italy
Elisabetta Spoti is a Seconded National Expert from Italy at the CoE. She is a Major of the Arma dei Carabinieri and upholds a wide range of experience on an operational and investigative level.

Vincenzo Tagliaferri

Seconded National Expert from Italy
Vincenzo is Senior Full Colonel of the Italian National Police and has recently concluded four years as Head of Mission of the civilian CSDP Mission EUBAM Libya.

Hanneke Brouwer

Seconded National Expert from The Netherlands
Hanneke is a Chief Superintendent with the National Police of the Netherlands where she has most recently worked as a senior strategic adviser on International Police Cooperation. She has 39 years of experience in policing in various positions, mainly in executive roles.

Patrick van de Coevering

Seconded National Expert from The Netherlands
Patrick van de Coevering is a Seconded National Expert from The Netherlands at the CoE. During the last 10 years he has held various positions in civilian crisis management missions in Georgia and Ukraine, including in the areas of capacity building and management.

Lisa Buijsse

Seconded National Expert from Sweden
Lisa is a Seconded National Expert from Sweden at the CoE, with expertise within the area of secondment. Before joining the CoE, Lisa has worked as a human resources professional in both the private and public sector for about 10 years.

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