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CUNCR STAFF & FELLOWS

Kelci Wilford

Associate Program Manager

Princess M. Alegre

Client and Partner Relationship Analyst

Jennifer Froden

Volunteer

Etienne R. Bowie

Volunteer

Jamie M. Sommer

Resident Research Fellow

Hung-jen Wang

Resident Research Fellow

Aideé Saucedo

Resident Research Fellow

Mais Qandeel

Resident Research Fellow

Maria Vizdoaga

Resident Research Fellow

Dr. Antonios Kouroutakis

Resident Research Fellow

Boshko Stankovski

Resident Research Fellow

Kelci Wilford

Associate Program Manager

Kelci Wilford recently received her LLM with distinction in Human Rights Law with a specialization in International Law at University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies. Her main areas of interest are international criminal law, the ICC, and transitional justice. She also holds an honours degree in International Studies with a specialization in International Cooperation and Conflict from her home country of Canada.

Princess M. Alegre

Client and Partner Relationship Analyst

Princess Alegre is originally from the small town of Albay, Philippines, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2002 from Divine Word College of Legazpi, Legazpi City. Philippines. She was involved with several related groups in the past which have similar objectives to CUNCR when she was in college. She has done lots of volunteering work and extension services to those less fortunate in her country. She worked as an Assistant Secretary at the City Legal Office of Legazpi, then joined one of the subsidiaries of the leading Beverages Company in the Philippines as a Key Accounts Representative. After moving to Dubai, UAE in 2007, she learned the core foundations of administrative work and customer service while working as an Executive Secretary in a Foreign Exchange House. She now works as a Senior Sales Executive in Dubai, covering Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia, as well as helping CUNCR as a Client and Partner Relationship Analyst. She has a passion for justice and equality. Generally, she is interested to know more how NGOs like CUNCR can contribute globally in addressing poverty and equality among people.

Jennifer Froden

Volunteer

Jennifer Froden is a Swedish national educated in the United States of America, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminology and Human Rights at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. During her studies she conducted research for the Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) at John Jay to further develop her knowledge within human rights and global development. She is currently enrolled in a LL.M programme at the Brussels School of International Studies where she is studying International Law with a specialization in Foreign Policy. Alongside with her studies she is also working part-time at a Swedish law firm, Advokatfirman Vinge. She joined CUNCR in 2017 as a volunteer to improve her knowledge of global governance

Etienne R. Bowie

Volunteer

Etienne R. Bowie has a Bachelor of Science in business where he focused on studying business, economics, and finance. He has experience in administration in the non-profit sector, and has skills in research analysis, digital marketing, and development. He is also experienced in bookkeeping, customer relations, and database management.

Jamie M. Sommer

Resident Research Fellow

Meet CUNCR resident research fellow: Jamie M. Sommer who will receive her Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook this October. This fall she will be at Stockholm University for a postdoctoral position in the Department of Political Science. Jamie received her Masters in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and B.A. from Montclair State University. Her research and teaching interests broadly include the environment, health, gender, globalization, and statistics. During her fellowship at the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research, she will collect data and carry out research concerning global governance in forestry.

Hung-jen Wang

Resident Research Fellow

Meet CUNCR Fellow Hung-jen Wang, associate professor in political science at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and expert in China’s rising role in the field of global governance. Aside from his MA in International Security from Josef Korbel School at the University of Denver and Ph.D. in International Politics from ERCCT at the University of Tübingen, Germany, Wang is the author of The Rise of China and Chinese International Relations Scholarship and co-author of Balance of Relationships: China and International Theory. Now part of CUNCR’s Fellowship programme, Wang presented a research report, entitled “The Predicament of Global Governance Practices: Review COP23 Achievements and Chinese Policy,” at the Climate Justice Seminar II. During the event, Wang not only learned from other participants regarding their in-depth views on climate change and justice, but also realized the core values and interests of protecting our environment through activities such as hiking and rafting. Now back in Brussels, Wang will continue to conduct his research project regarding PRC China’s views on global governance reform, especially its position on UN Charter review.

Aideé Saucedo

Resident Research Fellow

Meet CUNCR Fellow Aideé Saucedo, who has worked the past 8 years to build a career in international development cooperation, providing policy and technical advice to high-level political actors from supranational, national and subnational governments. She has been passionately working on and researching areas such as South-South cooperation, climate change and migration. Furthermore, Aideé has actively participated in multilateral and bilateral forums with interventions regarding South-South cooperation, climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals and human rights that are linked either to the environment and/or migration. Based on this, and seizing the opportunity of being based in the political centre of the EU in Brussels facilitated by CUNCR’s Fellowship programme, she is specifically analysing the European Union’s agenda regarding climate change and energy, the assistance it provides to developing countries to limit climate change, and if this assistance is directed to non-state actors – such as private enterprises, research institutions, or NGOs. The research project is largely based on semi-formal interviews with EU’s public officials from relevant units such as the European External Action Service - EEAS and European Commission - Development & Cooperation - EuropeAid.

Mais Qandeel

Resident Research Fellow

Mais Qandeel is a lawyer with twelve years of experience in litigation and international public law, focusing on human rights and comparative constitutional law. Currently, she is working on the publication of her Ph.D. dissertation as a monograph, titled “Enforcing Human Rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Territory.” She completed her Ph.D. studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and her Master of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. Mais was a Guest Researcher (2013-2017) at the Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. She was the Head of the International Humanitarian Law Unit at the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and was teaching international public law at Al-Quds University in Palestine. For more than five years, she was a practicing lawyer in Palestine and was a legal advisor at the PRCS. As a Research Fellow at CUNCR, Mais is interested in conducting research on global governance and UN Security Council Reform through collaboration with EU public officials, diplomats and scholars in Belgium.

Maria Vizdoaga

Resident Research Fellow

Maria Vizdoaga is a recent graduate from Columbia Law School in New York where she got her LL.M degree in International Law and Humanitarian Law. Before joining the CUNCR, Maria completed three internships with the United Nations in New York in the Conduct and Discipline Unit, Management Evaluation Unit and the Office of Legal Affairs. During her service with the Office of Legal Affairs, Maria supported drafting a report on the criminal accountability of UN staff members and experts on mission. She is also the recipient of the Postgraduate Public Interest and Government Fellowship offered by Columbia Law School. Maria also has a Masters in European Union Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands and a Bachelors in Law from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova. Her academic and professional interests include criminal accountability of UN staff members in peacekeeping missions, the role of the United Nations in peacebuilding and peacekeeping, as well as the cooperation between the European Union and the United Nations. Previously, she worked for the East Europe Foundation in Chisinau, Moldova where she supported the implementation of gender equality projects that aimed at increasing women’s participation in decision-making in politics and other initiatives that aimed at furthering the democratization process in Moldova. As a fellow with CUNCR, Maria will focus on research and implementing projects on the Security Council Reform and the world’s Parliamentary Assemblies.

Dr. Antonios Kouroutakis

Resident Research Fellow

Dr. Antonios Kouroutakis is Assistant Professor at IE University in Madrid, Spain and he has taught a variety of law courses and conducted research at the City University of Hong Kong, the Free University of Berlin, FVG Sao Paolo, and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Kouroutakis received a DPhil in Law from University of Oxford and an LLM form UCLA School of Law. Dr. Kouroutakis’ research interests lie mainly in the field of constitutional engineering, public law and regulation.

In particular, Dr Kouroutakis is interested in the concept of separation of powers, rule of law, emergency legislation, and the regulation of new technologies; he has published widely on these topics in international and peer reviewed journals, and his work has been cited in numerous reports while his research on the constitutional value of sunset clauses was cited by the British Parliament.

Boshko Stankovski

Resident Research Fellow

Boshko Stankovski is a PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. His doctoral dissertation focusses on peace agreements on self-determination and secession disputes, and the engagement of the international community in the process. He also holds an MPhil in international relations from the University of Cambridge, where his thesis about the international legal aspects regarding the secession of Kosovo was awarded with distinction mark. Boshko Stankovski was a 2014/2015 research fellow at the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School where he studied the complexities of secession negotiations and the role of international law in regard to them. While at Harvard, he organised a research panel on the name dispute between the Republic of Macedonia and the Hellenic Republic. During 2015-2016 he was commissioned as an expert consultant for the Danish Refugee Council and produced a 40-pages report on the legal protection issues regarding the Georgian-speaking community residing in Abkhazia. Before coming to Cambridge, he worked for the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia. He is a co-founder and the first president of the Centre for Intercultural Dialogue, one of the most active youth NGO in the Republic of Macedonia, which focusses on conflict prevention and resolution by fostering intercultural dialogue and understanding. He was also the McCloskey Fellow at the Institute of Russian and East European Studies in Bloomington, Indiana, USA (2010), and a visiting scholar at the Sydney Law School, Australia (2012). He is a senior collaborator of NNEdPro, University of Cambridge, researching on international legal and political aspect regarding the right to food. He has presented at many international academic conferences and his work has been published in international peer-reviewed academic journals.



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