PS21 Staff

Peter Apps – Executive Director

Peter currently works as a Global Defense Correspondent at Reuters and joined on as Executive Director full-time from January 2015. He is a veteran reporter paralyzed from the shoulders down covering the Sri Lanka war in 2006.

Steph Baker – Chief of Staff

Steph graduated from King’s College London with a MA in War Studies, and is currently working in the Disarmament team of the UK Mission to Geneva. Her main interests include Middle East conflict and work across the humanitarian sector.


Lauren Greatz
Deputy Chief of Staff

Lauren completed her MA in international relations, political violence and counter terrorism. Her main interests include international politics and human rights.


Julia Thommessen
Deputy Chief of Staff

Julia is currently studying international relations at King’s College London. Her research interests include far-right extremism and radicalisation.

Sebastian Beyenburg

Sebastian is currently studying international relations at King’s College London and has a prominent interest in international law, human rights and grand strategy.

Amy Jimenez

Amy is currently completing her MSc in International Social and Public Policy at London School of Economics and is particularly interested in education, technology and social inequality.


Tomas Fiala-Price

Thomas graduated with his MSc in Conflict Studies and is particularly interested in politics, people, and the evolution of society.


Nikhita Swarnkar

Nikhita is currently studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at King’s College London, her research interests include contemporary British politics and global economic trends.


Rebecca Visser

Rebecca is a student of History and International Relations at King’s College London with a particular interest in American domestic politics and US-China relations.


Sakshi Rai

Sakshi is a LLM Candidate at the London School of Economics, specialising in Public International Law and particularly interested in transnational environmental law.


Florence Magalon

Florence is currently completing her MA in Geopolitics, her interests include cybersecurity and the impact of technology on territories, space, and people.


Hannah Bogaert

Hannah is currently studying International Relations at King’s College London, with a particular interest in the relationship between ethics, foreign policy, and human rights.


Governing Board


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Former British Army officer and now consultant for Deloitte






Political consultant and Former London Executive Director of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy




Jonn ElledgeJonn1-141x142

Editor, CityMetric; Journalist, New Statesman




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Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation





Sidney OlinykSidney

Former Chief of Staff, Mideast Policy, Office of the US Secretary of Defense





Metsa RahimiRahimi

Regional Head of Intelligence within Corporate Security & Business Continuity, Deutsche Bank




Ari Ratnerar91-edit-22

Founder and CEO of strategic communications firm Inside Revolution; Former Political Appointee, US Department of State




Monique Villa (Strategic Advisor to the Board)unnamed

CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation





International Advisory Group




Commodore Philip Thicknesse, RN

Former head of Futures UK Defence Concepts and Doctrines Centre





Gary Barnabo

Gary Barnabo

President, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP)




Graeme Lamb photo copyLt Gen Sir Graeme Lamb

Former Director, UK Special Forces and Commander, Field Army





Sultan Al QassemiSultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

UAE-based blogger and columnist





David Gujarat

David Sanderson

Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim




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Founder and Chief Executive, Institute for Economics and Peace





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Professor of National Security studies, US Naval War College





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Former GCHQ Official, now fellow at Oxford University




Richard Barrett


Former head UN al-Qaeda/Taliban monitoring team, current Senior Vice President of The Soufan Group





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Jack A. Goldstone

Professor of International relations, George Mason University





Marcuse NexGen HeadshotJoshua Marcuse

Founder, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy





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Former Director for Enlargement, European Union, previously Deputy Director External Relations, now senior advisor to German Marshall Fund.



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Chief Executive, Wilton Park




Global Fellows



Brittany Damora

Senior Operations Manager, Kidnap & Ransom, Aegis Response.




Caitlin Vito

Coordinator, Office of the Director of Studies at the International InstituteVito, Caitlin Image
for Strategic Studies (IISS); Formerly at NATO, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division 





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Gender and Sexuality Officer, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights





GreenbergErik Lin-Greenberg

Former US Air Force Officer, PhD candidate Columbia University





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Pediatrician, currently working on Ebola in West Africa





Frederic Ischebeck-Baum

Former UNODC Counter-Piracy Advisor,
Fellow of the King’s College London Sir Michael Howard Centre,
Fellow of the Cambridge Security Initiative





Untitled-8Margarita Noriega

Social media specialist, New York





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 Martina Fuchs

TV Business Reporter, CCTV News (China Central Television)





Untitled-8Christian Le-Miere

Security Advisor, Government of the United Arab Emirates. Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies





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Anthropologist, PhD candidate University of Pennsylvania




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Julia Clark

Senior Vice President, Ipsos (US), former Head of Political Research, Ipsos MORI (UK)


Anna Bowden

Senior Associate, Social Outcomes, Australia





066David Murrin

Author, Breaking the Code of History and chairman, Spartent Global Solutions




Kate Thomas

Kate Thomas

Editor of Ebola Deeply, experienced Africa correspondent






Steve Pritchard

United Nations Programme Manager, Landmine Clearance and Weapons Management





Profile pictureJohn Drake

Head of Global Intake, Mideast Analyst, AKE Group





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Africa peace and conflict consultant





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Adjunct, RAND Corporation and contributing analyst, Wikistrat





Peter Liebert PhotoPeter Liebert

Special Assistant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy





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Political Analyst, former humanitarian worker (Muslim Aid); consultant on peace building





Elass headshotRasha Elass

Former Reuters, NPR reporter, Damascus





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Hayat Alvi

Professor, Middle East studies, US Naval War College





MilenaRodbanMilena Rodban

Independent Geopolitical risk consultant





Gwenn Laine

Former French Navy officer turned documentary filmmaker





P1030724-2Rebecca Bunce

Researcher at Human Rights Consortium and Campaigner





KM picLinda Tirado

Activist, author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America





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Consultant and writer





BrahimiAlia Brahimi

Visiting Research Fellow at University of Oxford





photoTom Bruxner

Brittish Army officer, Defense Concepts and Doctrine Center





FloydKathryn Floyd

Professor of international relations, College of William & Mary





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Serb activist, specialist in nonviolent revolutions





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Former Associated Press Africa Correspondent, US-based writer





TimHardyTim Hardy

Technical writer, commentator and activist with a special interest in the political and cultural consequences of new technology. 






Lara Fatah

Former journalist; co-founder, Zanraw Consulting, Kurdistan





FASBoardPhotoFrank Spring

Independent consultant for innovation, politics and security issues





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Former advisor to the UK’s Special Envoy & Head of the British Embassy Office in Benghazi. Director, Middle East Business Development KBR UK Ltd.





Alexey Dolinskiy

International relations and public policy scholar and consultant and partner at Capstone Connections




unnamed-2Darya Pilram

Field anthropologist/social scientist with US Military. Current lecturer at University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies, Fort Leavenworth




maria prentoulisMarina Prentoulis

London spokesperson for Greek ruling party, Syriza. Senior Lecturer at University of East Anglia




rob colvileRobert Colvile

News Director at Buzzfeed UK




sandy schumannSandy Schumann

Wiener-Anspach Post-doctoral Research Fellow in social psychology at the University of Oxford




unnamed-7Dr.Vasily Kashin

Senior Researcher, CAST.  Former deputy chief, RIA Novosti, Beijing.






alison wakefieldAlison Wakefield

Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth and Vice Chairman, Security Institute




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Executive Director, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy





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Former Captain in the British Army Royal Irish Regiment. Currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute




Bernie de Haldevangunnamed-3

Head of FINPRO International, Aspen Insurance





Chris Mackmurdounnamed-4

Director, Contest Global; former Head of Counter-Terrorism and National Security Analysis, Foreign Office




Frances Hudsonunnamed-5

Global Thematic Strategist, Standard Life Investments





Nigel Inksterunnamed-6

Former Deputy Chief, Secret Intelligence Service (MI6); Head of transnational threats and political risk, International Institute for Strategic Studies






Anne-Katrin Lother, Events Organiser

Anne-Katrin Lother, Events Organiser




PS21 - Adam



Adam Maisel – Contributor, PS21 Defence






PS21 - Will DuVal



Will DuVal – Contributor, PS21 Defence



PS21 - Linda



Linda Schlegal – Contributor, PS21 Terrorism 

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