People

The CSG understands the value of investing in people and building a strong team. Our diverse, experienced and multi-disciplinary group of fellows, advisors and staff forms the bedrock of the organization. They combine strong research credentials with extensive experience in policy and practice.

Staff

Geoff Burt

Geoff Burt

Executive Director

Geoff Burt served as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Security Governance (CSG) from 2013 to 2016. He was co-founder and Vice President of the Security Governance Group (SGG) from 2012 to 2016 and remains an SGG Senior Associate. Prior to joining the CSG, Geoff Burt was a researcher at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and a member of CIGI’s Security Sector Governance project. Geoff is an experienced researcher and project manager whose work has focused on security sector reform, transnational organized crime, migration and counter human trafficking, with an emphasis on fragile and conflict-affected countries. Geoff is the Editor-in-Chief of Stability: International Journal of Security and Development.
Email: gburt (at) secgovcentre.org

Board of Directors

Nancy Regehr

Board Chair

Nancy Regehr is the former associate executive director of Project Ploughshares, a disarmament and peace-building research and policy organization in Waterloo.

 

Ernie Regehr

Board Member

Ernie Regehr, OC is senior fellow in Arctic security at The Simons Foundation of Vancouver and research fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Conrad Grebel University College, the University of Waterloo.

Fellows

Ibrahim Bangura

Fellow

Dr. Ibrahim Bangura has worked extensively in the fields of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, security sector reform, sustainable livelihoods, gender and conflict resolution.

Stephen Baranyi

Senior Fellow

Stephen Baranyi is an Associate Professor with the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Matthew Brubacher

Senior Fellow

Matthew Brubacher currently works with the United Nations Mission to Libya.

Marina Caparini

Senior Fellow

Dr. Marina Caparini conducts applied research and policy support on security and justice governance, with an emphasis on conflict-affected and post-authoritarian settings.

Sarah Dewhurst

Fellow

Sarah Dewhurst is a specialist in conflict prevention, and security and development effectiveness in fragile states with particular expertise in Early Warning, Early Response methodologies.

Timothy Donais

Senior Fellow

Timothy Donais is an associate professor in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he teaches in the area of peace and conflict studies.

Ross Fetterly

Senior Fellow

Col. Ross Fetterly has 32 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces and is currently the Royal Canadian Air Force Comptroller and Business Planner.

Eleanor Gordon

Senior Fellow

Eleanor Gordon is a full-time Lecturer in Conflict and Security Studies in the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester.

Dejan Guzina

Senior Fellow

Dejan Guzina is Associate Professor in Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo (Ontario, Canada).

David Last

Senior Fellow

David Last is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he teaches comparative politics and graduate courses in conflict management and peacekeeping.

David Law

Senior Fellow

David Law is a security and governance practitioner, with over 30 years’ experience as a policy advisor and advocate, facilitator, teacher, trainer, editor and writer.

Matthew LeRiche

Senior Fellow

Matthew LeRiche is a lecturer in international politics, conflict security and development.

Mark Sedra

Senior Fellow

Mark Sedra is President and Research Director of the Canadian International Council.

DB Subedi

Senior Fellow

DB Subedi is an expert and researcher in conflict transformation, peacebuilding and community security.

Yuji Uesugi

Senior Fellow

Yuji Uesugi is professor at the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University (Japan) and holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent (UK).

Michael James Warren

Senior Fellow

Michael James Warren is a practitioner and researcher whose areas of expertise include the urban context of security reform and peacebuilding, security pluralism, violence and social cohesion, and inclusive local governance.

Anthony Cleveland Welch

Senior Fellow

After leaving the British military as a Brigadier General, Tony Welch, has spent the last twenty years working in post-conflict and developing countries.

Nina Wilén

Senior Fellow

Nina Wilén is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerpen in Belgium.

Senior Fellow

Alix Valenti is an independent consultant and a freelance journalist focusing on issues of governance, defence and security.

Steven A. Zyck

Senior Fellow

Steven A. Zyck is an expert in the security implications of governance and development interventions in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

Michael Lawrence

Fellow

Michael Lawrence is an independent researcher who holds an MA in global governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and was part of CIGI’s Security Sector Governance project.

Branka Marijan

Fellow

Branka Marijan is a researcher specializing in peacebuilding and fragile states. She is a doctoral candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Gaëlle Rivard Piché

Fellow

Gaëlle Rivard Piché is a researcher specializing in security sector reform, policing, fragile states, and violence.

Sasha Jesperson

Fellow

Sasha Jesperson is a Research Analyst with the National Security and Resilience Studies programme at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), where she is leading research on organised crime.

Editorial Board

Marina Caparini

Marina Caparini is Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs where she has conducted applied, policy-relevant research in the area of international policing and security and justice governance in post-authoritarian and post-conflict environments. She was previously deputy head of SSR at the International Center for Transitional Justice, and prior to that was a senior fellow at DCAF. She holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London.

Thomas Dempsey

Colonel Thomas Dempsey, U.S. Army (retired) is the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) Chair for Security Studies. Professor Dempsey specializes in security sector reform, rule of law, post-conflict transitions and peace operations. He served as the Professor of Security Sector Reform with the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 2007 to 2009.

Timothy Donais

Timothy Donais is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, where he teaches in the field of peace and conflict studies. His research focuses on post-conflict peacebuilding, security sector reform, and state fragility, and he has conducted extensive field research in Bosnia, Haiti, and Afghanistan.

Filip Ejdus

Filip Ejdus is Assistant Professor in the Security Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, and a co-chair of the Regional Stability Study Group in SEE at the PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes.

Querine Hanlon

Querine Hanlon is the founding President and Executive Director of the Strategic Capacity Group, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing security and prosperity through education, cooperation, and institution building. Dr. Hanlon also serves as a Special Advisor for Security Sector Initiatives in the Center for Middle East and Africa at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). She currently leads projects on North African Security and Justice Sector Reform and North African Border Security.

Felix Heiduk

Felix Heiduk is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham. He has published on security sector reform, civil–military relations and policing in journals such as the Pacific Review, European Security, Cooperation and Conflict and Third World Quarterly. He recently edited a book, Security Sector Reform in Southeast Asia – From Policy to Practice, for Palgrave.

Andrew Rathmell

Professor Andrew Rathmell is managing director of Aktis Strategy Ltd and an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter. He is an experienced public policy practitioner and scholar who combines unique experience of interdisciplinary academic research, with strategy advice to the UK and US governments, and frontline delivery experience in the toughest of conflict-affected environments.

Yuji Uesugi

Yuji Uesugi is professor at the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University (Japan) and holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent (UK). He received his MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University (USA). His current research focus includes security sector reform, civil-military relationship and international peace operations.

Anthony Welch

After leaving the British Army as a one star general, Tony Welch spent seventeen years working in post-conflict and developing countries. His experience ranges from the Balkans to Africa and the Middle East. He has worked with the EU, OSCE and the UN. He holds a PhD in Security Sector Management, lecturing at Cranfield and Leicester Universities in the UK. He is a visiting lecturer with the Folke Bernadotte Academy and a member of the Panel of Experts for the 1325 Policy Group, Stockholm.

Shelly Whitman

Shelly Whitman took up the post of Executive Director of the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative in January 2010. Prior to this she had an academic career at Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University and the University of Botswana. From 2000-2002, Shelly worked as Head of Research on the inter-Congolese dialogue. From 1999-2000 she was a Research Consultant at UNICEF, NY and worked under the direction of Ambassador Stephen Lewis on the OAU Rwanda Genocide Report.

Nina Wilén

Nina Wilén is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the IOB- University of Antwerp in Belgium. She is also an invited lecturer at Sciences Po Paris. Her research interests include conflict resolution and various types of peace operations. She has done fieldwork in a number of African countries, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Liberia. Nina is the author of Justifying Interventions in Africa: (De)Stabilizing Sovereignty in Liberia, Burundi and the Congo and several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Sonja Wolf

Sonja Wolf is a researcher specialising in street gangs, security, and drug policy in Mexico and Central America. After obtaining a PhD in International Politics at Aberystwyth University she completed post-doctoral fellowships at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). She was a researcher at the Mexico City-based Institute for Security and Democracy (INSYDE) and is currently a researcher with the Drug Policy Programme at the CIDE-Región Centro in Aguascalientes, Mexico.