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Executive Board

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. [read more]

Professor Guy Olivier Faure is the Vice President of the Executive Board of CERIS (since 2019). He is an expert in the field of International Negotiation. He was teaching Sociology at Sorbonne University. He is a senior researcher at CEIBS, Shanghai. He has also been visiting professor in a significant number of Universities all over the world. He has lectured in various countries in Europe, the US, China, and Latin America. Professor Guy Olivier Faure has authored, co-authored, and edited 23 books and over 140 articles. His works have been published in twelve different languages. He is referenced in the Diplomat’s Dictionary published by the United States Peace Press, Washington, 1997. His publications include: How people negotiate: resolving disputes in different cultures, Negotiating with terrorists: strategy tactics and politics (with W. Zartman), Culture and Negotiation (with J. Rubin), Escalation and negotiation (with W. Zartman), Jordanie: Une diplomatie arabe dans le monde, (with J. Al Shalabi and P. Blanc). He is a member of the editorial board of three major international journals: Negotiation Journal (Harvard, Cambridge); Group Decision and Negotiation (New York); International Negotiation (Washington). [read more]

Mrs. Nadia Karorero is the General Secretary of CERIS (since 2016), Co-Director and founding Member of the Diplomatic School. Prior to this, she was the Academic Manager of CERIS (2009-2016) and academic assistant at CERIS (2004-2009). She has more than 15 years of experience in the continuing education addressed to diplomats and international civil servants. Currently, she is responsible for the daily management of CERIS and coordinates the executive programmes organised by the School. Mrs Nadia Karorero has a solid expertise in the design and development of executive programmes in the field of international relations, development policy and diplomacy. She equally organizes the ” Executive Master in Governance & Development Policy ” that she has initiated in 2008 and deals with the participant recruitment strategy, the Alumni network as well as the relations with embassies, international organisations and universities. Mrs Nadia Karorero graduated in International relations from the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve (UCLouvain).

Professor Anne Weyembergh is Vice-Rector of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and President of the Institute for European Studies of the ULB – IEE (since 2014). She founded and co-coordinates the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN) since November 2004. She is a Member of the Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique (since 2017 – Classe des Lettres et des Sciences morales et politiques). Anne Weyembergh is Vice-Rector of ULB for External Relations and Development Cooperation since 2020. She has coordinated numerous research projects: IEE-ULB/Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, focusing on solidarity in the EU (Sept. 2016 – Sept. 2019); GEM-STONES (Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism – Sophistication of the Transnational Order, Networks & European Strategies), including Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (2016-2020). She is currently co-supervising (with John Spencer and Nicky Padfield, University of Cambridge) a project addressing the impact of mutual recognition in criminal matters on the right to liberty in Europe, financed by the Wiener-Anspach Foundation (2016-2018). She acted as an academic expert in various research projects for Committees of the European Parliament, most of them concerning EU criminal law. [read more]

Professor Theodore Trefon is the Vice President of the Scientific Board of CERIS (since 2016). Professor Theodore Trefon is the Director of the Belgian Reference Centre for Expertise for Central Africa E-CA — CRE-AC) and heads the Contemporary History Section of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium. He teaches at ERAIFT “Ecole Régionale Post-Universitaire d’Aménagement et de Gestion Intégrés des Forêts et Territoires tropicaux” at the University of Kinshasa. His area of expertise covers DR Congo and he focuses on the issues of state-society relations, forest-city links, urban anthropology and environmental governance. He is also a Research Coordinator for the Forest-City Interface dimension of APFT. Among his published books we cite: Goma: Stories of Strength and Sorrow from Eastern Congo, Zed Books Ltd 2018, with Noël Kabuyaya; Congo’s Environmental Paradox. Potential and Predation in Land of Plenty, Zed Books Ltd 2016; Congo Masquerade. The Political Culture of Aid inefficiency and Reform Failure, African Arguments, Zed Books 2011 [read more]

Professor Christian Olsson is Lecturer in International Relations at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Director of REPI (Recherche et Études en Politique Internationale) and affiliated of its REPI-ULB research unit. He is associate editor of French journal of international political sociology Cultures & Conflits. Drawing in particular on (critical) security studies and sociological approaches, his research focuses on the colonial genealogies of contemporary military doctrine, the historical sociology of security practices and the role of private military companies in recent overseas military interventions, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq where he has carried out field-research. His recent publications include: “Legitimate Violence” in the Prose of Counterinsurgency: An Impossible Necessity?’ (Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, May 2013). Field of interests: International Relations, War, Conflicts, Security, Political Sociology of the International. [read more]

Dr. Pierre Artois is Doctor in Political and Social Sciences from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) thanks to a scholarship from the FNRS, which allowed him to study the methods of professionalization and training policies. He is the Director of the Husci, the Continuing Education Center of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) for the humanities and social sciences. This function allows him to manage varied and very large projects and to anticipate economic, social and political developments to develop the ecosystems in which the University is involved. He is the author or co-author of several articles and editors of journal issues. He is also a member of the editorial board of the magazine “Travail Emploi Formation“. His doctoral research analyzes the processes of professionalization within the non-profit sector.

Mr. Nicolas Cornil is the Co-Director and founding member of the Diplomatic School. Prior to this, he was Project Manager of CERIS (2005-2016). He is responsible for the daily management of CERIS and its programs. He is the coordinator for various inter university or internal development projects. He was responsible for organizing a number of educational programs in cooperation with the EU. He is the project manager for the numerous partnerships of CERIS with other institutions. He is the initiator of the “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 socio-economic development projects for emerginig countries and supported by CERIS.

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Executive Master in Development Policy

Executive Master in International Politics

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