Our team of permanent staff and seconded Senior Advisors combines the expertise and experience needed to achieve the CoE’s objectives and help maximise the potential of European Civilian Crisis Management.

Senior Advisors 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. Previously, he was Head of Training at Germany’s Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) and looks back at more than 20 years of work experience in international cooperation.

Marie Wellmann

Head of Director’s Office
Marie is the Head of Director’s Office, supporting the Director in managing the strategic and operational business of the CoE, including with a view to personnel and resource management, organisational development and stakeholder relationships.

Kathrin Czirr

Head of Administration
Kathrin is the Head of Administration at the CoE. She is experience in accounting, working with a managing board and a board of trustees as well company crises management.

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.

Tess Dobek

Administration Assistant
Tess is an Administration Assistant at the CoE. She has around 25 years’ experience in engineering consultancy in the coordination, management and implementation of International Financial Institution (IFI) and donor-financed infrastructure development projects.

Tigran Hovhannisyan

Tigran is the secretary at the CoE. His academic background is in International Relations and Political Science and he has lived and worked in Russia, Ukraine and Armenia.

Daniela Dietmayr

Head of Sector / Strategic Coordinator for Internal Project and Process Management
Daniela coordinates operations together with the Head of Sector / Strategic Coordinator for Political Content and Focus Management. Before joining the CoE, she worked at the Federal Foreign Office, Division S03 for Crisis Prevention, Stabilisation and Peacebuilding.

Stefanie Mavrakou

Junior Policy Officer for Civilian Crisis Management
Stefanie Mavrakou is currently on a short-term assignment and is thus not regularly checking her CoE email. During this period, she is also not reachable via the indicated phone numbers.

Ariane Bonnier

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

Susan Flynn

Junior Policy Officer for Knowledge Management
Susan is a Junior Policy Officer for Knowledge Management at the CoE. Before joining the CoE, she worked as a lawyer in Melbourne where she also worked with victims of crime and advised non-profits.

Aspa Giannopoulou

Policy Officer for Public Relations
Aspa is the Policy Officer for Public Relations. Her background is in policy communications and project management with a special focus on governmental organisations.

Aishwarya Tripathi

Social Media and Communications Assistant
Aishwarya Tripathi is the Social Media and Communications Assistant at the CoE. Aishwarya is currently pursuing her Masters in International Affairs at the Hertie School.

Mary Walle

Event Manager
Mary is the Event Manager at the CoE. Her professional experience includes working for US NGO's in the areas of strategic development and policy change.

Patrick von Rakowski

Political Assistant
Patrick is a Political Assistant at the CoE and is pursuing an International Affairs Master's degree at the Hertie School.

Senior Advisors

Taina Järvinen

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

Hanneke Brouwer

Senior Advisor 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.

Marianne Flach

Senior Advisor from the Netherlands
Marianne has worked for 30 years with humanitarian agencies such as the UN, international NGOs and with the Dutch government. Gender and human rights have been an important focus throughout her work.

Lisa Buijsse

Senior Advisor from Sweden
Lisa is a Senior Advisor 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.

Tomas Meškauskas

Senior Advisor from Lithuania
Tomas’ professional career spans over 30 years of service in the Lithuanian Public Prosecutor‘s Service. Additionally, Tomas has worked in several EU CSDP missions.

Karin Limdal

Head of Sector / Strategic Coordinator for Political Content and Focus Management
Karin's experience in civilian CSDP spans more than 15 years, both in EU CSDP missions and in the EU’s External Action Service (EEAS).