Research Faculty & Staff

  • Phil Dufty
    Phil Dufty Director of Research and Analysis View More
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    Phil Dufty

    Director of Research and Analysis

    Phil Dufty is 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 UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) as a senior advisor, and previously 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 Duffy was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University and earned his Master’s in Anthropology and Development Studies from the London School of Economics, UK.

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    Dr Saskia van Genugten

    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr Saskia van Genugten is Senior Research Fellow at Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA). As part of EDA’s Peace and Security in the MENA Region research programme, she examines threats to the region’s security and the role of international diplomacy in improving peace prospects. Her expertise spans Libyan history and politics, the future of Yemen, Europe and Islam, MENA youth unemployment, and the drivers of terrorism in the region.

    Before joining EDA, Dr van Genugten served in diverse roles including Political Affairs Officer at the UN Support Mission in Libya, Manager of the Government and Public Sector Advisory team at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Senate of the Netherlands.

    Dr van Genugten authored the monograph Libya in Western Foreign Policies, 1911-2011. Her other publications include book chapters and journal articles on Libya, Europe and Islam, and Italian politics. She regularly appears in the media to share her views on developments in the MENA region.

    Dr van Genugten holds a PhD in European Studies and Middle East Studies in addition to an MA in International Relations and International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in the US.

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    Dr Victor Gervais

    Senior Research Fellow

    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.

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    Dr N. Janardhan

    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr N. Janardhan is Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme, at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. With over 20 years of regional expertise, he analyzes 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.

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  • Sara Kazim
    Sara Kazim Research and Analysis Supervisor View More
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    Sara Kazim

    Research and Analysis Supervisor

    Sara Kazim is Research and Analysis Supervisor at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, responsible for the coordination of the Department’s activities and external stakeholder relations. She also regularly contributes to EDA’s research activities.   

    Previously, she worked as Research Assistant at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) with a focus on topics related to Emirati identity and society.

    She graduated with a BA in Political Science from UAEU.

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    Dr Mari Luomi

    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr Mari Luomi is Senior Research Fellow at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA). Specialising in politics and political economy of natural resources and the environment, she is an expert on international climate politics, and climate and energy policy in countries of the GCC region. 

    Dr Luomi has worked as Research Associate and Saudi Aramco Fellow at the Oxford
    Institute for Energy Studies in the UK, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Georgetown University in Qatar, and Researcher at the Finnish Institute for International Affairs. As part of a team of thematic experts, she has provided independent on-site reporting 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.

    Dr Luomi’s 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 Luomi holds a PhD in Middle East Politics from Durham University in the UK in addition to a master’s degree in Political Science and International Politics with a specialisation in Middle East Politics from the University of Helsinki in Finland.

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    Zakareya M. Salman

    Translator

    Zakareya M. Salman is Translator at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. He translates all publications of the Research and Analysis Department as well as EDA-wide communications with stakeholders from English to Arabic and vice versa.

    Mr Salman has 10 years of experience in translation and interpreting, and is a member of several professional translation associations.

    Before joining EDA, Mr Salman worked at the General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces, including acting as an interpreter for the Director of Training and interpreting at high-level meetings. During this time, he translated and edited several books on military training and professional development.

    Mr Salman has a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the Faculty of Modern Languages and Translation at Ain Shams University in Egypt, and is currently pursuing a degree in law.

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    Dr Seppe Verheyen

    Research Fellow

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

    Previously, Dr Verheyen 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 Verheyen 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 Verheyen is a frequent speaker at conferences 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 PhD from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and attended University of California, Irvine (UCI) in the US as a Fulbright Scholar. He also holds a double MA in European Studies and Political Science.

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    Ulrik Birk-Petersen

    Ulrik Birk-Petersen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), where he leads the Academy’s 21st Century Diplomacy Programme. The programme examines diplomatic best practices as well as skills, competencies and training required by a new generation of diplomats.

    Prior to joining EDA, Ulrik Birk-Petersen worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. in Dubai. Before joining McKinsey, he worked as a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark in different roles, including a posting to the Royal Danish Embassy in Moscow. Prior to joining the Danish Foreign Service, Ulrik Birk-Petersen served with the World Bank in Washington, DC, and with the European Union in West Africa.

    While pursuing his studies in Copenhagen, he worked as political secretary to a party leader in the Danish Parliament. His experience also includes working as a researcher with the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

    Ulrik Birk-Petersen was a Crown Prince Frederik Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School from where he graduated with a Master in Public Administration. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen.

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