Associates

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

  • Alix Valenti
    Associate
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    Alix Valenti is an independent consultant and a freelance journalist focusing on issues of governance, defence and security.
  • Ann Fitz-Gerald
    Senior Associate
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    Ann Fitz-Gerald is a Professor in the Department of Management and Security and holds a Chair in Security Sector Management at Cranfield University in the UK. She has degrees in Commerce, Political Science, and War Studies.
  • Anna Paterson
    Senior Associate
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    Dr. Anna Paterson is a political scientist who has worked for over twelve years in political research and analysis, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). She has field-level, academic, and policy-level background in conflict and security.
  • Brian Adeba
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    Brian Adeba is a journalist whose research interests focus on the nexus between media, conflict, and security. He supervised the coverage of the conflict zones of Darfur, Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Eastern Sudan for the Boston-based Education Development Center’s Sudan Radio Service project in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • David Law
    Senior Associate
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    David Law is a security and governance practitioner, with over thirty years' experience as a policy advisor and advocate, facilitator, teacher, trainer, editor and writer.
  • Eric Scheye
    Senior Associate
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    Eric Scheye is a consultant in rule of law; justice and security development; conflict management; statebuilding; monitoring and evaluation.
  • Frederic Labarre
    Senior Associate
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    Frederic Labarre is a strategic and security analyst who has managed a variety of projects specializing in the former Soviet Union.
  • Gaëlle Rivard Piché
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    Gaëlle Rivard Piché is a researcher specializing in security sector reform, policing, fragile states, and violence.
  • Geoff Burt
    Senior Associate
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    Geoff Burt was formerly the Vice President of the Security Governance Group. Geoff is an experienced project manager and a certified Project Management Professional.
  • Hannah Stone
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    Hannah Stone is a researcher and writer focused on crime, violence, counternarcotics policy and human rights in Latin America.
  • Janel Smith
    Senior Associate
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    Janel Smith is a researcher and consultant specializing in peacebuilding; conflict management, governance and security sector reform; restorative justice; civic engagement; and community development. She has over a decade of experience working with international organizations, governments, NGOs and civil society actors, and in academia in varied research, policy, training, change management, and curriculum development roles.
  • Joseph Derdzinski
    Senior Associate
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    Joseph Derdzinski is currently a senior international development and governance adviser, a visiting professor of political science, and an active member of organizations that promote the care of persons with developmental disabilities.
  • Marina Caparini
    Senior Associate
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    Dr. Marina Caparini conducts applied research and policy support on security and justice governance, with an emphasis on conflict-affected and post-authoritarian settings.
  • Michael Lawrence
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    Michael Lawrence is an independent researcher who is presently working on: drug wars and political formation; statebuilding and state formation; governance in areas of weak statehood; applications of complexity theory in the social sciences; innovative and unconventional security approaches; and the future of liberal peacebuilding.
  • Nina Wilén
    Senior Associate
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    Wilén is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Antwerpen in Belgium. Her current research focuses on the topic of post-conflict state-building with an emphasis on security issues. She has conducted research on a number of countries and regions, however, the bulk of her research in recent years has centered on the region of Central Africa.
  • Paul Biddle
    Senior Associate
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    Paul Biddle is currently a senior consultant specializing in security sector reform with an emphasis on policing and justice reform, following a 37 years career with the British Army and UK Prison service.
  • Robert Perito
    Senior Associate
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    Robert Perito was formerly the Director of the Center of Innovation for Security Sector Governance (SSG) at the United States Institute of Peace.
  • Sean Costigan
    Senior Associate
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    Sean S. Costigan is a strategist and technologist in diverse security and technology fields including cybersecurity and foresight. He advises governments and corporations on risk, cybersecurity and foresight.
  • Steven Zyck
    Senior Associate
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    Steven A. Zyck is an expert in the security implications of governance and development interventions in fragile and conflict-affected countries.
  • Timothy Donais
    Senior Associate
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    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.