Who we are

Ian Bancroft is currently EULEX’s coordinator for north Kosovo, having served as head of the Brčko Office of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ian was previously the executive director of TransConflict, an organization undertaking conflict transformation projects and research. Ian has written for The Guardian, UN Global Experts and Business New Europe on Western Balkan affairs, focusing primarily on Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and has provided analysis and insight to a variety of media outlets, including the BBC, Radio Free Europe and Voice of America. Ian applied his skills on political analysis and conflict transformation especially in the Western Balkans, by delivering trainings on conflict sensitivity to UN staff in south Serbia, teaching at the Singidunum University’s Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS) in Belgrade and by being part of a UN-funded research team exploring the drivers of conflict in south Serbia.

Boris Ajeganov is a Junior Research Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute – Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, based in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also Assistant Editor of the CACI Analyst. Boris is an MA candidate in Political Science at Stockholm University, Sweden and has a background in Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia and Ukraine area studies. He has previously worked with the Eastern Partnership countries as intern with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and with internally displaced persons as intern with UNHCR Ukraine. His research interests include European energy security, frozen conflicts, and the European integration of post-Soviet states.

Serghei Sadohin is a public affairs consultant in Brussels. Originally from Moldova, Serghei has experience in international organisations such as the United Nations and the OSCE with a specific focus on Eastern Europe. He also worked at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies in the Netherlands.

Dario D’Urso is an international affairs analyst and consultant with years of experience in both government and private sector. Following a year-long collaboration with the Democratization Department of the OSCE Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Dario worked as a researcher for the Rome-based think tank CeSPI, on conflict-related issues in the Western Balkans and on the EU capabilities in crisis-management. He then contributed to several Government, private institutions and media with his analyses on Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Turkey and Iran, before spending two years in Strasbourg as a Political Advisor at the Council of Europe. His research areas also include energy security, jihadism and geoeconomics.

Emiel Van Den Toorn has an academic background in human geography and Russian studies. He has fulfilled traineeships with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Council of Europe and the European Commission. During his academic and professional career Emiel has worked on energy policy, European Neighbourhood policy, Russian hybrid warfare and Russian identity.

Britta Daum is a doctoral candidate at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Her research focuses on European external energy policy towards North Africa. She holds a Master’s degree in Geopolitics and International Relations from Sciences Po, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. In her Master thesis she dealt with the internal debate on the shale gas development in the US and its impact on the national American interest in the Arabian Peninsula. Britta first discovered her passion for environmental and energy concerns whilst working on the concept of Sustainable Development at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva. During her work as a research assistant at the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris she later specialized in European energy and climate policies. Another field of research interest is the European Neighborhood Policy.

Emmett Strickland‘s primary research areas include the European Neighbourhood, terrorism, and international security, an interest he obtained while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds an MA in political science, which he earned in a joint programme between UNC and Sciences Po Paris. In the past, he has worked at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris, and the National Democratic Institute in Albania.