Expert and Advisory Board

Emmanuel Bombande is co-founder and director of WANEP, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). He has extensive experience both as a practitioner and trainer in the areas of conflict analysis, prevention, and mediation. He has been an advisor to the UN as well as the government of Ghana on local conflict prevention. Furthermore, Mr. Bombande has instructed and facilitated peacebuilding courses in renowned institutions such as the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy  in Sweden. The WANEP network facilitates West-African peacebuilding efforts and advocacy by bringing together civil society, governments, and international partners. The organization has partnerships with ECOWAS, the African Union, and the UN Economic and Social Council, and is the regional chair of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).


TIDES Training & Consultancy is an established non-profit institution providing Conflict Management, Community Relations and Mediation training. The organization has almost 20 years of experience in the field and works with individuals, civil society organizations, communities, and businesses. TIDES is based in Belfast and draws from Northern Ireland experiences, but also works internationally in areas such as the Balkans, Africa, Asia and North America.


The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) was established in 2005 as a global member-led network of civil society organizations who actively work on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The network consists of fifteen regional networks of local organizations. These regional networks are represented in an International Steering Group, which jointly determines priorities and actions for conflict prevention and peacebuilding work. The Global Secretariat is located in the Hague. Key principles of GPPAC functioning include local ownership in peace and security, and capacity building and exchange. GPPAC also publishes valuable resources for field practitioners on conflict analysis, human security, and civil-military-police coordination, as well as policy briefs.


Conciliation Resources is an independent international organization working with people in conflict to prevent violence, resolve conflicts and promote peaceful societies. The organization is dedicated to ending the root causes of violence and promote conflict transformation. In cooperation with local and other partners Conciliation Resources sets up campaigns to promote peaceful conflict resolution and encourage dialogue between divided parties in conflict-affected regions in the world. The organization also provides long-term financial, organizational, and conceptual support to local peacebuilders. The organization is represented by Kristian Herbolzheimer, the Director of the Transitions to Peace Programmes (Philippines and Colombia).


Professor Steven Blockmans is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the EU Foreign Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). He is also  Professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam (part-time). He has published widely on the institutional structures for EU external action, the Union’s role in global governance, norm promotion, the EU enlargement policy, relations with neighbouring countries, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Common Security and Defence Policy, trade, development, and humanitarian aid. In his more than 15 years of experience in the field, Prof. Blockmans has combined his academic work with contract research carried out for EU and national donors, consultancy activities and training for professionals.


The Austrian Federal Ministry of Defense and Sports has joined the Expert & Advisory Board. The Ministry is highly active in the field of training for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding and has cooperated in several training initiatives and projects. Dr. Ingo Wieser will act as one of the representatives of the Ministry. He is active in the Armaments & Defence Technology Agency and has gathered considerable experience as representative in the EU-funded CAST project: A Comparative assessment of security-centered training curricula for first responders on disaster management in the EU. Col. Ernst Felberbauer will act as the second representative of the Ministry and is especially active in course development for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding.


Professor Luc Reychler is Emeritus Professor at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and was Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) from 2004 to 2008. Professor Reychler has published widely on sustainable peace-building architecture, planning and evaluation of violence prevention and peace-building interventions, and multilateral negotiations. One of his best known works is ‘Peacebuilding: A Field Guide’ (edited with Thania Paffenholz, Boulder, CO: Lynne Riener, 2001)