Phil Dufty

Phil Dufty is the Director of Research and Analysis at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), Abu Dhabi. He has extensive experience working with a variety of governments on both international and domestic policy matters.

Working closely with government leaders, he has taken on a wide range of roles, including chief of staff, senior advisor and consultant, for governments in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE as a senior advisor, and before that in the UK’s Cabinet Office, Treasury (Finance Ministry) and Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Prior to joining the EDA, he led a project in East Asia for Tony Blair Associates. He has also conducted short-term assignments as an external expert with the International Monetary Fund, advising the Portuguese and Greek governments.

Phil was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University and earned his Masters in Anthropology and Development Studies from the London School of Economics.


 Dr. Mari Luomi


Dr. Mari Luomi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), Abu Dhabi. Specialised in politics and political economy of natural resources and the environment, Dr. Luomi is an expert on international climate politics and climate and energy policy in the Gulf Cooperation Council nations. She holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and has worked for research institutes in the fields of international affairs, regional studies and energy studies in Finland, Qatar and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Luomi holds previous experience as the Vice-President of the Finnish International Studies Association, Researcher at the Finnish Institute for International Affairs, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Georgetown University in Qatar, and Research Associate with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies to name a few. As part of a team of thematic experts, she has provided independent reporting on-site from intergovernmental negotiations on climate change, and has written hundreds of news stories on multilateral developments in the fields of climate change and sustainable energy policy globally.

Her research publications include a broad range of working and briefing papers, academic journal articles, essays, books and book chapters. She is also the co-editor of the recently-published volume 'The Green Economy in the Gulf' (Routledge 2015).

Dr. Saskia van Genugten

Dr. Saskia van Genugten is a Senior Research Fellow at Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), Abu Dhabi. As a part of the EDA’s MENA Peace and Security Programme, she examines relevant threats to the region’s security and the role of international diplomacy in improving the prospects for peace. She has particular expertise in issues related to Libyan history and politics, the future of Yemen, Europe and Islam, MENA youth unemployment and drivers of terrorism in the region.

Before joining EDA, she has served in diverse roles, including as a Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Senate of the Netherlands, Political Affairs Officer at the UN Support Mission in Libya and Manager in the Government and Public Sector Advisory team at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dr. Van Genugten’s latest publication (2016) is a monograph on ‘Libya in Western Foreign Policies - 1911-2011’. Other publications include book chapters and journal articles on Libya, Europe and Islam and Italian politics. She appears regularly in the media to share her views and ideas on developments in the MENA region. She has received the Royal Inauguration Medal, in 2013, for duties related to the inauguration of H.M. King Willem-Alexander. Dr. Van Genugten has a PhD from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (2012).

Dr N. Janardhan

Dr N. Janardhan is Senior Research Fellow, Gulf- Asia Programme, at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. With over 20 years of regional expertise, he analyses and unravels the evolving multi-dimensional partnerships between the countries of the Gulf and Asia. His broad-based interests span politics, international relations, media, migration and human trafficking in the Gulf.

His academic publications include – ‘A New Gulf Security Architecture: Prospects and Challenges for an Asian Role’ (ed., Gerlach, 2014); ‘India and the Gulf: What Next?’ (ed., Gulf Research Center Cambridge, 2013); and ‘Boom amid Gloom: Spirit of Possibility in the 21st Century Gulf’ (Ithaca, 2011).

Dr Janardhan is also Honorary Fellow, University of Exeter, and Managing Assistant Editor of the ‘Journal of Arabian Studies’ (Routledge).

In his previous stints, he has served as a political analyst in government and private institutions in the United Arab Emirates – the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs, the Gulf Research Center and ‘The Gulf Today’.

With a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Dr Janardhan is a frequent speaker at conferences and contributes regularly to various media outlets.

Dr. Seppe Verheyen

Dr. Seppe Verheyen is a Research Fellow at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA). He is a part of the EDA’s 21st Century Diplomacy Programme, where he examines diplomatic best practices and skills, competencies and training required by the new generation of diplomats.

Previously, Dr. Seppe worked at American University in the Emirates (AUE) as Director of the Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Director of the International Office. He lectured on various topics such as Diplomatic Communication, Comparative Politics, International Law and Foreign Policy Analyses, for which he received the “Best Teaching Award” in 2015.

As a candidate for the Bernheim program, Dr. Seppe worked as an advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belgium in the European Affairs Department and at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU where he participated in the multilateral decision-making process. He advised various political parties in Belgium and Ireland on political campaigning, voter availability, and policies.

Dr. Seppe is a frequent speaker at conferences and has spoken on diverse topics including the skill sets of future diplomats, smart city policies, city diplomacy and the rising terrorism threats in Southeast Asia.

He received his Ph.D. from Trinity College in Dublin (2014) and attended UC Irvine as a Fulbright Scholar. He holds an MA in European studies (2006) and as well in Political Science (2005).

Dr. Victor Gervais

Dr. Victor Gervais is a Senior Research Fellow at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), Abu Dhabi. As a part of the EDA’s MENA Peace and Security Programme, he specialises in Middle Eastern regional security affairs, with a particular focus on Iraq, Iran and the Arab Gulf States.

Prior to joining EDA, Dr. Gervais was assistant professor at the Institute of International and Civil Security at Khalifa University and visiting researcher at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), Abu Dhabi. He also worked as a researcher for the Kuwait Program at Sciences Po and as a post-doctoral fellow at the Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire in Paris.

He received his PhD in 2011 from Sciences Po. His doctoral thesis focused on the development of the UAE armed forces, in relation to Abu Dhabi’s state-building strategies. His publications range from academic books, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles to policy briefs and reports.