Shyamal Singaravelu

Shyamal joined IPIS as an intern in July 2024. He is a current Canadian Master’s student in the York University department of Political Science, while concurrently completing graduate diplomas in European Studies and Justice Systems Administration. Shyamal’s academic interests are in international relations and judicial politics, specifically in comparative studies of legal systems. Before joining […]

Gerard Keymeulen

Gerard started as an Office Assistant at IPIS in April 2024. He’s responsible for managing the expenses of IPIS’ international projects and partners, assists the team with the general administration of the organization, and is responsible for the office spaces. Previously, Gerard worked for the City of Antwerp, providing administration and organization support to the […]

Simon Schweitzer


Simon joined IPIS as a GIS and Data Analysis intern in September 2023. Currently enrolled at the University of Mainz (JGU), he is writing his Bachelor Thesis in Geography. Particularly interested in postcolonial relations, land redistribution and conflict minerals, his regional focus is Southern Africa. Throughout travels and excursions in this particular region, he gained on […]

Marieke Haagh

Marieke joined IPIS in June 2023 as a researcher working on natural resources and conflict analysis. Before joining IPIS, Marieke managed EU-funded projects and developed bids for the international development consultancy Adam Smith International and was based in Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam. She also worked for PAX Netherlands on peacebuilding projects in north-eastern DR […]

Stefaan Van wal

Stefaan provides data analysis and mapping services for IPIS’ research projects. This includes planning of data collection campaigns, performing statistical analyses, designing engaging maps, and creating visualizations and infographics. He previously worked as a researcher for international space agencies and holds a PhD in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder, where his […]

Loïc De Cannière

Loïc De Cannière co-founded Incofin IM, an independent impact investment management company that aims to create a positive social impact for SMEs, farmers and micro-enterprises. Formerly he worked at the dredging company DEME (1995-2000) and as chief of cabinet for Economy for the minister-president of the Flemish government (1992-1995). Since 2019 he is Chairman of […]

Eva Berghmans

Eva Berghmans is an expert in human rights and migration issues. Her professional career includes work at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR), the Catholic University of Louvain (KULeuven), the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), and Amnesty International Vlaanderen. At Amnesty, she started as a legal officer, and evolved into […]

Eric de Deckere

Eric de Deckere is Sustainability Manager at Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council. Formerly he was Sustainability Manager at the Port of Antwerp and academic researcher at the Institute of Development Policy (IOB) of the University of Antwerp.

Arnim Langer

Arnim Langer is Professor of International Politics at KU Leuven. He is the Director of the Center for Peace Research and Development (CRPD), UNESCO Chair holder in Building Sustainable Peace and Program Director of Political Science.  Prof. Arnim Langer conducts research on the causes and consequences of violent conflict as well as the challenges and […]

Lilian Ogolla

Lilian is a  human rights, governance, and development practitioner with more than 7 years of experience working in the East African region. She is also experienced in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, communication for development (C4D), women rights and migration and refugees. Before joining IPIS in September 2022, Lilian worked in Kenya with both local and international […]

Jan Leysen

Jan Leysen

Jan started as project manager at IPIS in May 2022. He oversees a portfolio of projects and supports project coordinators throughout the whole project life cycle. As project officer for the DRC, Jan works on capacity building of partners and supports them in the implementation of joint projects. Previously, Jan worked for 11.11.11 as a […]

Markus Fahlbusch

Markus Fahlbusch is a human rights researcher with a current focus on arms trade and business & human rights. He also worked in the field of migration. Markus studied law in Germany, France and Belgium. He holds a PhD in European human rights law and an LL.M. in International and European law.  He joined IPIS […]

Lisa Loeper

Lisa joined IPIS’ team as programme manager in February 2022. She is responsible for managing the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of all programmes and projects of IPIS and is the contact person for all programme-relevant networks and platforms. In her work, she focuses on conflict resolution in the Great Lakes region, encouraging a feminist and gender sensitive approach […]

Laure Gerig

Laure studied international relations at Sciences Po Strasbourg and holds a master’s degree in conflict and development studies form Sciences Po Lille. She has a strong interest in the mineral and human rights implications of the energy transition as well as in sustainable development dynamics in the central Africa region. In 2020, Laure interned and worked […]

Patient Birindiwa

Since January 2020, Patient BIRINDWA has been the focal point in the project “Improving social security and cohesion and human rights in mining areas in eastern DRC”, in consortium with International Alert, OGP and Eurac. From June 2018 to January 2020, Patient worked as an assistant to the focal point of IPIS and was responsible […]

Liliana Lizarazo Rodriguez

Liliana Lizarazo Rodriguez joined IPIS as an associate researcher in 2019. She is an expert in the areas of Business & Human Rights, law and sustainable development, international economic law and judicial adjudication. Liliana is attorney at law at the West Flanders Bar (Belgium), at the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (Spain) and in […]

Erik Gobbers

Erik Gobbers holds master degrees in Biology (University of Ghent), Biomedical Sciences (Free University of Brussels) and Political Science (Free University of Brussels). He is a voluntary researcher at the Department of Political Science of the Free University of Brussels, focusing on the socio-political dynamics of urban ethnic associations in the former province of Katanga, […]

Elard Mawala

Elard Mawala is a development professional with extensive experience in project management and research coordination for a number of local and international organizations. He joined IPIS in 2017, as project manager for the “Mapping of the socio-economic and human rights situation of artisanal and industrial mining in northwest Tanzania”. Prior to joining IPIS, Elard worked […]

Mieke Thierens

Mieke has a PhD in Geology (National University Ireland, Cork) and a Master in Political and Social Science (Conflict and Development studies, Ghent University). She has previously worked as an academic researcher on international palaeo-climate and marine sedimentology projects (AWI Bremerhaven and Columbia University New York) and as a project administrator for the Development Education […]

Saartje Boutsen

Saartje Boutsen joined the IPIS Board in 2016. Mrs. Boutsen is co-founder of Studio D, an agency that inspires, advises and supports companies and organizations in sustainably business management, to ensure that economic performance goes hand in hand with a positive impact on people and the environment. Before she worked as an advisor Sustainable Business at the […]