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 1 November 2016 of the following members:

Ahlam Chemlali, Program Manager, Dignity – Danish Institute Against Torture

Anders Kærgaard, Captain, Served prior in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Anne-Berit Larsen (representing the Danish UN Association, collective member), Member of the Danish UN Association Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee; member of the editorial, “Palæstina Orientering”; member of the Board, Mandela Center Denmark.

Annette Stubkjær, Student at University of Southern Denmark, Master of Social Sciences in International Security and Law, and holds a BSc in Peace and Conflict Studies, Malmö University. Vice Chair of the Board in RIKO.

Arne Strand, Deputy Director and Research Director, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen.

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

Claus Kold, MSc, PhD Senior Researcher, mediator and teacher. Author to ‘Krigen er slut – konflikterne fortsætter’, and numerous scientific articles. He is working with: peace operations, police- and military sociology, veterans, PTSD, management and task understanding and peace culture. Field studies in KFOR, Kosovo. Research in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.

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

Else Hammerich, Mediator, supervisor and instructor; MA in pedagogy and adult education; founded the Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution in 1994 and was Center Director for years.

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

Hans Branner, MSc in Political Science. Former Associate Professor in Political Science, external lecturer in International Politics, University of Copenhagen. Author to numerous  til adskillige textbooks in social science, international politics and history.

Isabel Bramsen, Master in Peace and Conflict Studies, PhD-student, Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC). Chair of the Council in RIKO.

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

Jonathan Oliver Bror Otto, studying International Politics and Politics & Administration, Roskilde University. Member of the Board in Consilium, Initiative of Dialogue and Democracy and RIKO.

Julie Wetterslev, 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 ressources conflicts.

Jørn Boye Nielsen, Former folk high school teacher, International People’s College. MA in Political Science, co-founder of RIKO and Chair of the Board. Vice Chair of the Council of RIKO.

Kirsten Bruun (representing Action Aid Denmark, collective member), Teacher, Flakkebjerg Efterskole; member of the Board, Action Aid Denmark and also member “Efterskoleforeningens internationale udvalg”.

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

Kristian Dalsgård Svendsen, 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.

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

Leila Stockmarr, PhD-student at Roskilde University focusing on Palestine. Debater in the media on Palestinian and Middle Eastern relations.

Lone Loklindt, Politician and and former member of parliament.

Mads Silberg, Captain in the army. Debater.

Maja Greenwood, PhD-candidate, CRIC and DIIS. Specialising in religion and conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East. She is currently writing her PhD thesis on Danish foreign fighters in Syria.

Maria Stage, Research Assistant, Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC), University of Copenhagen. MSc in Political Science with specialisation in peace building and the UN. Maria has a professional certificate in UN studies from Columbia University.

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

Mie Marcussen, Mediator, Marcussen & Co

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

Poul Villaume, Dr.Phil., Professor in Contemporary History, University of Copenhagen; author to numerous works on history. Co-founder and member of the Board in RIKO.

Poyâ Pâkzâd, Political consultant at Action Aid Denmark, commentator and analyst specialised in Middle Eastern relations.

Rasmus Nørlem Sørensen, 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.

Simone Molin Friis, PhD-student, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. Her thesis discussed political violence, terror and visual media with a specific focus on the war agains the Islamic State.

Søren Friis, MA in International Studies, PhD-student, Aarhus University with a specialisation in Danish and Nordic development- and security policy.

Søren Riishøj, Associate Professor Emeritus with a specialisation in Eastern Europe, University of Southern Denmark. Specific focus on Central- and Eastern Europe, EU security policy and Russia/Ukraine. Former member of parliament, Socialist People’s Party.

Thomas Appelquist, MA in Middle Eastern Studies. Entrepreneur, analyst and Project Coordinator at RIKO.

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

Trine Pertou Mach, Blogger and former Chair of Action Aid Denmark.

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

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

The Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution, collective member represented by Palle Bendsen. Specific focus on climate conflicts.

PRIO, Peace Research Institute Oslo. Collective member.

Nordic Mediators. Collective member represented by Mie Marcussen, MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, MA in Mediation, University of Copenhagen. Head of the Conflict Navigator Training, Marcussen & Company.

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