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His Excellency Ambassador Jan De Bock is the President of the Executive Board of Ceris (since 2016). H.E. Ambassador Jan De Bock entered the Belgian diplomatic service in 1975 and served as a high-ranking official in Vienna, Geneva (UN Specialized Agencies, including ILO & WHO), Moscow, New York and Bonn until 1992. He was also Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU between 1992 and 1994 and later served as Chief of Cabinet to the Belgian Foreign Minister (1994-1997), Secretary General of the Belgian Foreign Ministry (1997-2002) and Permanent Representative to the EU (2002-2007). He subsequently served in Rome as Belgian Ambassador to Italy, Albania, San Marino and Permanent Representative to FAO (2007-2011) and in Madrid as Belgian Ambassador to Spain and Andorra (2011-2014). H.E. Ambassador Jan De Bock constantly contributes to the debate on European themes through articles and speeches. In June 2015 he was appointed International Secretary of the Flemish Socialist Party with the role of advisor for European and international affairs.

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Professor David Fouquet is the Vice President of the Executive Board of CERIS (since 2016). He had a long career as a journalist covering foreign, security and economic relations for leading publications, such as The Washington Post, Newsweek and Janes Defence Weekly in Washington, London and Brussels. He then became a consultant for major international companies, lecturer and writer concentrating on European-Asian relations since the mid-1990s. He has been involved in EU-sponsored international projects, lectured and participated in conferences throughout Asia and Europe. He has written and contributed to books on NATO and Asia and written and presented papers on various subjects revolving around EU-Asia relations and China’s foreign and security relations and policy. Professor David Fouqyet is the director of the Asia-Europe Project. He also collaborates with a number of European and Asian think tanks, universities and media organisations. 

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Mrs Nadia Karorero is the General Secretary of CERIS. She is responsible for the daily management of the institute. She is a graduate of Political Science & international relations from the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve. Sub-Saharan Africa is her favorite subject. She is the author of a brilliant thesis on the Great Lakes Region of Africa captioned: " The Forming Process of the Ethnic Split in Burundi ". She is responsable for the daily organisation of the courses and coordinates the tasks of the research and teaching assistants. Mrs. Karorero equally organizes the new Ceris training : " Executive Master in Governance & Development Policy " that she has initiated. She is also in charge of the management of marketing campaigns and the international recruitment strategies. Together with Mr. Cornil, she has made an outstanding contribution to the achievement of a socio-economic development program in Burundi


Mr Nicolas Cornil is the CERIS Project Manager. He is responsible for various internal development projects. He was responsible for organizing a number of educational programs in cooperation with the EU. Mr. Cornil is responsible for communications and Web development strategy of the Research Center. He is equally the initiator of the partnership between CERIS and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva-Switzerland. Together with Prof. Mohammad-Reza Djalili, he is the spirit of the review “Journal of International & Strategic Studies” published by Ceris. This journal is an innovative tool dedicated to the latest research in the field of international relations and development. Mr. Cornil has also developed a socio-economic development program in Burundi supported by CERIS