The Council

The Council of RIKO is the upper body of RIKO, consisting of a number of Danish experts on conflict related topics. It is an expert panel consisting of academics and practitioners dealing with a wide range of disciplines, and all supporting the values and ambitions comprising RIKO. The Council has two mandatory meetings annually, on which contemporary international conflicts are discussed.

 

In addition, the meetings comprise of reports from the Board and presentations from invited guests. The Council is elected every spring (the first time was in 2012) and is the foundation for the work of the Board. The Council is self supplying with a maximum number of members.

 

The Council of RIKO consists from January 2019 of the following members:

Ahlam Chemlali

Ahlam Chemlali

Council Member

Program Manager, Dignity – Danish Institute Against Torture.

Andreas Dybkjær-Andersson

Andreas Dybkjær-Andersson

Council Member

more info will follow.

Annette Stubkjær

Annette Stubkjær

Chair of the Council

Political Advisor, Amnesty International. Master of Social Sciences in International Security and Law, and holds a BSc in Peace and Conflict Studies, Malmö University.

Birgitte Rahbek

Birgitte Rahbek

Council Member

Mediator, North Zealand Police Department; specialist in the Middle East; PhD in Pedagogy; MA in Cultural Sociology; has also obtained psychotherapeutic and mediation training.

Clemens Stubbe Østergård

Clemens Stubbe Østergård

Council Member

Associate Professor Emeritus in International Politics, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. Specialist in East Asia, especially Chinese Foreign- and Security Policy. Senior Research Follow, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.

Dino Knudsen

Dino Knudsen

Council Member

MA in History (2008), PhD (2013) thesis on The Trilateral Commission and Transnational Diplomacy in the 1970s, postdoc, Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen.

Erling Dessau

Erling Dessau

Council Member

Former Senior Advisor to the Rector of the University of Peace (UPEACE and to the Director-General of UNESCO; Head of UNDP country missions in Afghanistan, Somalia, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Turkey. 

Gunnar Olesen

Gunnar Olesen

Council Member

Senior Advisor, MSc in Political Science and co-founder of RIKO.

Isabel Bramsen

Isabel Bramsen

Council Member

Master in Peace and Conflict Studies, PhD-student, Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC).

Jens Jørgen Nielsen

Jens Jørgen Nielsen

Council Member

MA in History, History of Ideas and Journalism. Instructor in conflict resolution, communication and intercultural competencies.

Julie Wetterslev

Julie Wetterslev

Council Member

Master in International Development, PhD-student in International Law, European University Institute. Has worked in Latin America with the peace process in Columbia, the US-Cuba relations and territorial and natural resources conflicts.

Jørn Boye Nielsen

Jørn Boye Nielsen

Vice Chairman of the Council & Board Member

Former folk high school teacher, International People’s College. MA in Political Science, co-founder of RIKO and member of the Board.

Karsten Møller

Karsten Møller

Council Member

Retired senior analyst at DIIS specializing in Russia and Danish security policy; former Head of the Defense Academy; former Defence Attaché at the Danish Embassy in Russia and former Head of Defence Research Service.

Katarina Ammitzbøl

Katarina Ammitzbøl

Council Member

Master’s degree from RU in i.a. international development; holds a degree from Warwick University in International Law; member of the Nordic Women’s Broker Network; former project manager Peace Nexus Foundation.

Kirsten Bruun

Kirsten Bruun

Representing Action Aid Denmark, collective member organization

Teacher, Flakkebjerg Efterskole; member of the Board, Action Aid Denmark and also member of “Efterskoleforeningens internationale udvalg”.

Kofi Dakinah

Kofi Dakinah

Council Member

MSc in International Security and Law. Member of the Board in RIKO.

Kristian Dalsgård Svendsen

Kristian Dalsgård Svendsen

Council Member & Board Member

MSc in Sociology, Roskilde University. Analyst and theorist with a focus on globalisation, conflicts and power in international relations. Project Coordinator, Human Rights in Action. Member of the Board in RIKO.

Kristoffer Nilaus Tarp

Kristoffer Nilaus Tarp

Council Member

Previously affiliated with The Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS), has published a large number of reports and articles on peace and security issues and is often used as a commentator in and of various media especially in relation to UN issues. Has worked directly with conflict and conflict dynamics, among other things, Afghanistan, Liberia, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, and Syria.

Lars Ehrenvärld

Lars Ehrenvärld

Council Member

Major and employed at the Department of Strategy at the Defense Academy. Primary research areas are special operations and strategy.

Lars Erslev Andersen

Lars Erslev Andersen

Council Member

Senior Researcher, Danish Institute of International Studies. Expert in terrorism and radicalisation focusing on the Middle East.

Leila Stockmarr

Leila Stockmarr

Council Member

Senior Advisor at Advice A/S and Political Leader of The Alternate Party. She holds a PhD on Palestine from Roskilde University. Debater in the media on Palestinian and Middle Eastern relations.

Line Engbo Gissel

Line Engbo Gissel

Council Member & Board Member

more info will follow.

Merete Koefoed-Johnsen

Merete Koefoed-Johnsen

Council Member

MA in Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University. Merete has lived in Egypt and Turkey for many years.

Mie Marcussen

Mie Marcussen

Council Member

MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, MA in Mediation, University of Copenhagen.

Mediator.

Head of the Conflict Navigator Training, Marcussen & Co.

Misha Zand

Misha Zand

Council Member

more info will follow.

Niels Hahn

Niels Hahn

Council Member

PhD, SOAS, University of London. Researcher in neoliberalism, military interventions and China-Africa-U.S. relations.

Poul Villaume

Poul Villaume

Council Member

Dr.Phil., Professor in Contemporary History, University of Copenhagen; author to numerous works on history. Co-founder of RIKO.

Rasmus Nørlem Sørensen

Rasmus Nørlem Sørensen

Council Member

MA in Philosophy and Social Science. Head of Secretariat and Senior Analyst, The Democracy in Europe Organisation (DEO), which provides a platform for debates on EU. Expert in European politics, power relations and decision making processes in the EU, trade agreements and the EU Neighbourhood policy.

Sara Dybris McQuaid

Sara Dybris McQuaid

Council Member

Associate Professor in British and Irish History, Society and Culture at Aarhus University; is a core Research Partner at the Center for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC).

Solveig Svendsen

Solveig Svendsen

Council Member

BA. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Malmö University, Street Director and Head of Youth Rehabilitation Project for Youth Red Cross in Malawi.

Søren Riishøj

Søren Riishøj

Council Member & Alternate Member of the Board

Associate Professor Emeritus with a specialization in Eastern Europe, University of Southern Denmark. Specific focus on Central- and Eastern Europe, EU security policy and Russia/Ukraine. A former Member of Parliament, Socialist People’s Party. 

Thorkild Høyer

Thorkild Høyer

Council Member

Lawyer. Chair of the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims. Has acted as a mediator on numerous occasions.

Trine Pertou Mach

Trine Pertou Mach

Council Member

Blogger and former Chair of Action Aid Denmark

Tue Magnussen

Tue Magnussen

Council Member

MA in History; MA in Geography and International Development; worked at the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims, 1999-2011.

Vibeke Vindeløv

Vibeke Vindeløv

Council Member

Dr. Jur. (thesis on mediation), Professor in mediation, the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.

Collective Member Organizations 2019: 

Action Aid Denmark

Action Aid Denmark

Collective membership represented by Kirsten Bruun.

The Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution

The Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution

Collective membership represented by Palle Bendsen.

Specific focus on climate conflicts.

The Danish United Nations Association

The Danish United Nations Association

Collective membership represented by Pernille Bojer-Larsen (RIKO) and Kurt Mosgaard (FN-forbundet).

Nordic Mediators

Nordic Mediators

Collective membership represented by Mie Marcussen.

The members of the Council of RIKO contributes voluntarily and unpaid and do not represent RIKO in their official workplace or in other organisations (with exception of the collective members of the Council).