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.

Tess Dobek

Head of Administration
Tess is the Head of Administration 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.

Kathrin Czirr

Administration Assistant
Kathrin is an Administration Assistant at the CoE. She is experienced in accounting, working with a managing board and a board of trustees, and is also experienced in company crisis 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.

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.

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.

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.

Kaisa Kopsa

Political Assistant
Kaisa is a Political Assistant at the CoE and is currently pursuing her Masters in Communication for Development.

Nicholas Höhns

Political Assistant
Nicholas is a Political Assistant at the CoE and supports the Head of Sector for Internal Project and Process Management. He holds a master’s degree in European Studies with a specialization in International Relations from Maastricht University.

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.

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.

Hildegard Buitink

Senior Advisor from the Netherlands
Hildegard is a Senior Advisor at the CoE and worked most recently in the EU CSDP Mission in Ukraine.