Archives: Team Members

Amin Sofla

Amin joined IPIS in October 2022 as a financial manager. Previously he has worked as a management accountant, auditor, and financial manager in the auto-part and industrial construction industries. Amin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tehran, and a master’s and a Ph.D. from Umea School of Business Economics and Statistics in Sweden. …

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Jonatan Weenink

Jonatan is a student in Peace and Conflict Studies at the university of Uppsala. He has joined IPIS as a research and communication intern to learn more about IPIS’ research on conflict minerals. Jonatan is interested in understanding conflict dynamics and their implications for the peace process.

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 …

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Philip Knirsch

Philip is a student in Geography and African Studies at the University of Bonn and the Humboldt University of Berlin. He joined IPIS as an intern within the GIS team. Philip has a strong interest in methods of geospatial analysis and exploring fields of application for conflict research. He will stay at IPIS until February …

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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 …

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Ali Malik

Ali graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (KU Leuven) and is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in Information Management (KU Leuven).  He has a keen interest in finance and technology and has joined IPIS as student financial assistant in August 2022 to work on the integration of accounting and reporting …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Patrick Vanderstukken

Patrick Vanderstukken

Patrick started working at IPIS as a Financial Controller in October 2020 to support the financial processes. Previously Patrick worked for 34 years at KBC Bank & Insurances mainly in different IT functions, technical as well as management related with budget planning, follow up and reporting. He also worked for 4 years at the Belgian …

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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 …

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Thomas Muller

Thomas joined the IPIS team in September 2019 as GIS & Data officer. He provides a scientific support to projects related to the exploitation of natural resources and conflict mapping in Sub-Saharan Africa. This includes developing scientific research methods on data collection and analysis, conceiving and developing digital tools for data visualisation and managing the IPIS …

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Julien Marquet

Julien started working at IPIS as logistics and partners support officer in September 2019. Previously Julien worked as a logistician for Médecins sans frontières and Médecins du monde in Belgium, in the DRC and in Haïti. He also worked as a Technical Manager both for governmental actors and in the private sector. Julien is passionate …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Jean Reynaert

Jean Reynaert joined the IPIS Board in 2016. Mr. Reynaert is former Director of the Belgian/Flemish NGO Federation and former policy advisor and programme coordinator of 11.11.11.

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