CERIS Outstanding Theses

Thesis : How has economic inequality between Israel and Palestine impacted the creation of a Two-State solution? Paul is an expert adviser in Strategic Planning and Capacity Building for reform. Paul is currently supporting UK FCO develop a HRM Strategy to assist a government in the Middle East. Before he worked in Iraq as NATO’s Senior Civilian (effectively its Ambassador in Baghdad) reporting directly to the UN Assistant Secretary General (Operations). This mission included the review and rebuild of a failing 26 nation led international programme of reform, that required a complete overhaul to ensure it delivered the agreed objectives and gap analysis to identify required additional support. Paul has acted in a number of strategic planning and senior management roles for NATO and other international bodies since 2000. Prior to this was a UK Army Officer serving in a variety of roles. Paul has a BSc in ‘Information Management Systems’ an MSc in ‘Designing Information Systems’, is a Graduate (and returned as an instructor) of the UK’s prestigious Joint Services Command & Staff College and a Senior Executive Coach (Level 7). After receiving his Executive Master’s in ‘Governance and International Development’ from CERIS-ULB, Belgium, he will apply his learning in a joint UNDP/UK FDCO project in Africa and then hopes to return in the autumn to study another Executive Master’s course at CERIS-ULB.

Thesis: Born on One Side of Partition: Reassessing Lessons of Northern Ireland's Conflict from a 21 st-Century Multidisciplinary Perspective. Jacqueline Nolan comes from Dublin, lives in Amsterdam, and works as a communication trainer and facilitator, and writer. She has a background in performance arts and broadcast journalism at Irish television and Dutch radio, and uses the creativity, curiosity and rigour of both disciplines in her current work during leadership, communication and intercultural programmes. Following the closure of Radio Netherlands Worldwide in 2013, she started collaborating with universities, writing teaching cases and articles to make theory and concepts more accessible and experiential; for example, in 2019, cases for Erasmus University MSc students on the Sustainable Development Goals’ ‘grand challenges’. Besides being the author of dozens of articles published for the radio’s website, and a number of teaching cases at the Case Centre global database, she is published in the Harvard Business Review, NRC Handelsblad and The Irish Times. Jacqueline is regularly commissioned as a storyteller at company events to tackle and present organisational challenges with humanity and humour. In 2019, with her children settling into university life, she decided to go back to school herself. Originally intending to do a master’s in psychology, she felt an intuitive calling for International Relations. She was awarded a Magna cum Laude in International Politics by CERIS-ULB Diplomatic School of Brussels in December 2020. She would like to branch into the field of International Relations, with a particular interest in conflict negotiation. For her master’s thesis, Jacqueline revisits Northern Ireland’s lessons from a multidisciplinary and 21st-century perspective, contending that to make sense of and resolve a conflict in a sustainable way, you have to not only understand it through substantive lenses, but also through emotional and behavioural ones ­– and likewise the interconnectedness between those lenses. Her thesis supervisor is Guy Olivier Faure, Professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Sorbonne University. Professor Faure is an active practitioner in the field, and a prolific author on negotiation and terrorism.

Mr. Krisztián Manzinger was awarded Alfred Cahen Prize 2019 for his thesis "The Current Peace Process in Colombia As Nation Building – Todos Por Un Nuevo País?". Mr Manzinger graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Szeged, Hungary in 2005, but he also studied at the Faculty of Law of the West University of Timişoara, Romania, during the academic year of 2007/2008. Between 2008 and 2019, he served as a Hungarian diplomat, working in Budapest at the National Assembly and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in missions in Bucharest, Romania at the Embassy of Hungary, and in Brussels, Belgium at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU. In 2018, he defended his Ph.D. titled ‘Territory-based Power-sharing as a Pre-requisite of Democratic Stability of Multicultural European States’, in Hungarian, at the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest. His academic focus has been minority policies, state stability in vulnerable societies, and nation building. Since 2019, he has been a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the Károli Gáspár University teaching international law and minority policy focusing on Hungary and other Central European states. Currently, he is also a postdoc at the National University of Public Service in Budapest, Hungary.


Executive Master in Governance & Development Policy Major of Promotion 2019 Thesis: Zambia’s pursuit of sustainable development: how far is it from realizing its Vision 2030.

Moses Ngulube is a Zambian citizen currently working with CARE’s global Inclusive Governance Team as Senior Governance Advisor - West and Central Africa. Moses has held similar regional roles with White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and World Vision International. In addition, he has also volunteered with Amnesty International in East Africa and the Middle East. Moses holds two masters: one in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (from the Humanitarian Aid Studies Centre, Spain) and in Governance and Development Policy (from CERIS, Belgium). His research interests include inequality and development, decentralization, transparency, accountability and participation. He communicates in two foreign languages: English and French.

 

Thesis : MERCOSUR-EU: A new "window of opportunity" for a complex trade negotiation.

Ramiro Velloso is an Argentinian diplomat who serves as Head of Economic & Trade Section at the Argentine Mission to the European Union. He entered in 1999 to the Argentine National Institute of Foreign Service (ISEN) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship and throughout his diplomatic career he worked mainly in Trade and Economic issues. Prior to his current position he also served abroad at the Argentine Embassy in India and at the Argentine Consulate in Toronto, Canada. He has a Degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and an Executive Master in International Politics from the "Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques" (CERIS).

Mr Joel Hirv was awarded Alfred Cahen Prize 2018 for his thesis ‘Evolution of Values of the European Union in the Treaties: A Comparative Analysis’ – an outstanding CERIS research paper of the academic year 2017-2018. Joel Hirv, born on 23 November 1985 in Estonia, graduated from the University of Tartu with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics in 2007, having written his thesis on ‘Correlation between Integration Theories and Political Integration of the European Union in the Framework of Historical Institutionalism’. Between 2007 and 2013, he was advising Estonian Members of the European Parliament, focussing on matters relating to foreign affairs, security and defence, human rights, and development. He was coordinating campaigning activities of the International Campaign for Tibet in the European Parliament from 2014 to 2015. From 2015 onwards, he has been working in the Directorate for Legislative Acts, Directorate‑General for the Presidency of the European Parliament. (Photo by Marian Lasak).

Thesis: Energy dimension of the Chinese Neighbourhood Policy, Vera Lipkovskaya

Vera started her career at international law firm CMS International B.V. in Moscow as a commercial lawyer and founder of the corporate Chinese desk aimed at establishing liaisons with the Shanghai office and producing exchange in the field of business and commerce. She also worked as an associate professor at Law Faculty of the Moscow State University by M. Sholokhov. Since 2014, she works as a senior expert at Gazprom Representative Office in Brussels being specialized in energy, environment and decarbonization issues, as well as EU affairs. She has numerous articles in various business and legal editions. Vera holds a PhD in laws and a Bachelor’s degree from the Moscow State University, a Master of Laws from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Master of Arts in International Politics from CERIS. She speaks Russian, English, French, Chinese, Spanish, and Dutch.

Thesis: The diplomatic potential of Canada: Soft power in Decline?, Honorable Iain Rankin

Iain grew up in Timberlea, formally from Mabou, Nova Scotia. Before entering politics in 2013 Iain gained experience working as an operations manager, and business analyst Iain was Director of Operations for Dymon Storage Corporation, in Ottawa, Ontario. After moving back to Nova Scotia, in 2011, Iain successfully managed the launch of Premiere Self Storage in Burnside Business Park, and went on to work as a Project Manager in the commercial division of Armco Capital, focusing on redevelopment assignments in Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Florida. While serving as the MLA for Timberlea-Prospect Iain previously served as the Government Caucus Chair, Vice Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Chair of the Nova Scotia section of the Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie, and as Minister of the Environment. He currently serves as the Minister of Lands and Forestry and is a member of the Treasury and Policy Board.

Thesis: “Deconstructing the Business of Terrorism”, Georges Ortmann

Georges started his career as a consultant with Ernst & Young (EY) Belgium. At EY, he focused on public sector and not-for-profit clients, successfully completing missions in the fields of public finance, economic analysis and organizational strategy for national and regional governments, as well as international institutions and not-for-profit foundations. After three years with EY, Georges decided to move into areas that would allow him to maximize the societal impact of his work. He recently joined Telos Impact, which is a small boutique advisory firm based in Brussels, active in the fields of Venture Philanthropy and Impact Investing. Georges holds a Master in Business Engineering from Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management and an Executive Master in International Politics from CERIS. As a native from the German-speaking community of Belgium, and having spent time in South America during his studies, he is fluent in German, French and English, and is conversational in Dutch and Spanish.

Thesis: A Comparative Analysis of Renewable Energy Prices in the EU and Oil Prices from 2006-2014. Can Ögütçü, outreach officer for the International Energy Charter Secretariat based in Brussels, works on the accession of new countries to the Energy Charter Treaty as well as investment reviews for countries. Can has been working in the energy sector for more than 5 years both as a banker and analyst in the private sector and as an international organisation staffer. At the International Energy Charter Secretariat, based in Brussels, he is currently in charge of relations with observer and non-member countries, particularly for investment climate issues. He supports non-member accession to the 54 member State Energy Charter Treaty. Can has actively participated in the G-20 Energy Sustainability Working Group Meetings in 2015 dealing with access to affordable energy and the need for investments in the energy sector despite commercially and legally challenging environments. Previously, he was working in the banking sector in the Emerging Markets Mergers and Acquisitions team of Rothschild & Cie in Paris, working on large scale energy projects in the MENA and the CIS régions. He is a law graduate of the LSE.