About me

Keenly interested in issues pertaining to conflict, state fragility, and international development assistance, I have conducted post-graduate research, policy analysis, and consultancy work over the course of the past seven years. Thereby, my focus has chiefly been on Somalia, which has endured so many staggering challenges during the past decades. Yet, I have also worked on and in other fragile states, such as the DR Congo, Timor-Leste, and Nepal for a number of different national and international development organizations, including the World Bank, the United Nations, and the British Department for International Development.

Currently, I hold a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR, 2012-14), in the framework of which I have worked for and with the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House, London, UK), the United States Institute of Peace (USIP, Washington DC, US), and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EU-ISS, Paris, FR). Moreover, I am a development policy fellow with the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS, Mogadishu, SO). Previously, I was a teaching fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as well as the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where I taught post-graduate courses on war-to-peace transitions and development.

While having greatly enjoyed the teaching experience, it was research that made me tick over the past years. Consequently, I sought a number of different opportunities to critically engage with other scholars and broaden my horizon. While my affiliation with the Crisis States Research Centre (London, UK), the Graduate Institute (Geneva, CH), and the Science Po (Paris, FR) allowed for just this, my several months-long stints at the Academy for Peace and Development (Hargeysa, SO) provided me with great experience and insights.

That said, I also have an affinity for more practical, hands-on assignments. Having been a fellow of the Post-Graduate Program in International Affairs (now Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs) (2006-07) and the Global Governance Futures program (2012-13), I gained valuable insights into project management and scenario planning, respectively. More recently, I have conducted a number of negotiation trainings for African peacekeeping troops that are to be deployed to Somalia in Djibouti, Burundi, and Uganda in the framework of the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program (see e.g. here).

I have studied political science, geography, and cultural anthropology in Germany, Switzerland, and France, and hold an MSc and PhD in International Development from the LSE. In case you are interested in learning more about myself, please feel free to visit my personal website, or send me an email.


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