SeeD’s inter-disciplinary and international team brings together scholars and practitioners who have worked extensively in peacebuilding, advanced data analysis, sociology, psychology, international relations and security studies. The passion and dedication of our staff drives us to find ever better ways to understand peace and conflict. We draw strength from the diverse experience of our staff members and we are committed to investing in the growth mind set of team members through constant learning. This is what helps SeeD to strive to be an innovation hub for sustaining peace.
Dr. Ilke Dagli Hustings
Head of Partnerships and Growth
Ilke has been a peace practitioner and researcher for over 15 years and a peace activist for over two decades. She has an MSc in Security and Development from the University of Bristol and a PhD on Security, Identity and Peacebuilding from the University of Warwick. Before her academic career at Warwick and Exeter Universities, where she taught World Politics and International Principles of Business respectively, Ilke worked as a project coordinator, project developer, consultant and facilitator for CSO and SME projects in partnership with UN and EU agencies as well as a consultant for polling companies in Cyprus. She co-authored and coordinated myriad peacebuilding programmes such as The Civil Society Dialogue, Cyprus Community Media Centre, Access Info Cyprus, Play for Peace and ENGAGE Do Your Part for Peace. Ilke, who joined SeeD as a Senior Security Researcher in 2016 transitioned into the role of Head of Programmes and Field Operations in 2017, overseeing SeeD's global programmes and research efforts as well as R&D work on constructive citizenship and economic resilience. Ilke also sits on SeeD’s Board and acts as the chair of the organisation’s Executive Branch.
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Head of Research and Operations
After working in astronomy, media analysis and wooden toy-making, Alexander has turned his attention to quantitative research and data analysis. His past work includes analysis of observational data from the CHANDRA X-ray space telescope and of textual data from Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot newspaper articles about the Syrian refugee crisis, which strove to introduce quantitative methods to the humanities. Alexander is exploring the use of new data streams from both traditional and social media into SeeD’s work. He is passionate about quantitative research, data analysis and visualisation, political engagement and activism, and Cypriot rapprochement.
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Administration & Finance Manager
Spyros Christou studied Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He previously worked as research executive for Nielsen, performing research in North Africa, Central Eastern Europe and Middle East. Spyros has been an executive board member of the Association for Social Reform (OPEK) and the Secretary of Cyprus Peace Council – Limassol Branch.
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Ruslan has a Master in World Politics and International Relations from the University of Pavia, Italy. He speaks Ukrainian, English, Italian, and Russian. In SeeD, Ruslan’s work focuses primarily on Transforming Communications Activity in Ukraine, while at the same time he supports SeeD’s work in on Democratic Governance in the East and Azov Sea Area Resilience. His focus research areas include EU integration, international relations, peace and conflict studies, public policies, border and migration management, and media. Ruslan’s previous work experience includes policy analysis, research, project management, journalism, and TV programmes production.
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Abdon Dominique Koko
Africa Programme Specialist
Abdon has an MSc from the Ritsumeikan University (Japan), which focused on the relationship between social capital and economic development. Passionate about evidence-based thinking, he regularly publishes on local economic dynamics to contribute to informed and sustainable local development initiatives in Ivory Coast. He is an active member of the Ivoirian civil society, where he leads multiple civic initiatives that work on democracy, civic behaviour and livelihoods. His conviction that strong and resilient social cohesion and peace is essential for sustainable development led him to SeeD. Since 2019, he has been working on SCORE efforts focused on violence prevention and education reform in partnership with Interpeace, INDIGO, UNICEF and the EU.
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Data Analyst & Researcher
Marian Machlouzarides completed her BSc in Pharmacology and MSc in Biochemical Engineering at University College London. She has worked in health systems strengthening at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in Geneva and as a data analyst at Cancer Research UK. This sparked her interest in using evidence-based practices in development, leading her to her current position as an analyst at SeeD.
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Amie finished her degree in International Tourism Management and Consultancy after which she pursued her studies in Sociology. Currently, she is following a master's in Conflict Resolution and Governance at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She received the Multatuli Thesis Award for her dissertation titled “The Contribution of Tourism to Social Cohesion in Ukraine” where she explored the relationship between tourism and peacebuilding as well as the influence of cultural heritage on reconciliation. During her studies, she worked in educational tourism in Myanmar building a network between the tourism sector, universities, ministries, and NGOs to stimulate capacity building for underprivileged groups. Following her internship with SeeD, she joined the Ukraine team full time and is currently based in The Netherlands focusing on data analysis and visualization for SeeD's engagements in Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Dr. Bertrand Baldet
Bertrand holds a PhD in Sociology from the University Toulouse Capitole, where he focused on flood risk management and adopted a multidisciplinary approach that married sociological and political science approaches to better understand and investigate environmental conflicts and environmental public policies. His research covers various topics such as resilience approaches, poverty traps, large-scale land appropriation, sustainable livelihood framework, climate change stakes, smart and sustainable agriculture practices and natural resource management. Bertrand joined SeeD in 2018 to help design measurement metrics to better understand the effect of environmental challenges on social cohesion and peace-building before transitioning into the senior researcher role for Cote d’Ivoire and West Africa efforts.
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Data Analyst & Researcher
Christoforos completed his BSc degree in Mathematics at the University of Nottingham and a MSc degree in Computational Mathematics at the University of Derby. His focus on the concept of optimisation led him to his first employment as a software engineer in the industry of Planning and Scheduling Optimisation in the UK where he conducted statistical analysis on the performance of a multi-tier architecture optimisation software. He later worked as a data analyst in Cyprus in the field of wholesale distribution of technology solutions and services. His strong desire to utilise his knowledge and skills he acquired for the prosperity of communities and societies via data driven policy making, guided him to the SeeD family in which he works as a data analyst.
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Kando Serge Gbagbeu
Kando Serge holds a PhD in economics at Kyonggi University (South Korea) which focused on the relationship between economic transformation and economic growth in Africa. He has previously a Master degree in applied economics at the Interuniversity Graduate Program (Côte d’Ivoire). He is passionate about quantitative and qualitative research and policy advice for positive change in Africa. Before joining the SeeD’s Team as Data Analyst, his has been working as independent researcher in economic transformation and related thematic areas.
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Sonia holds an Advanced Post Graduate Degree in Development Economics from Félix Houphouet Boigny University of Abidjan (Ivory Coast), and is preparing a doctorate thesis in Economics. She has been working in a think tank in Ivory Coast for more than three years in research projects implemented in the country and in Burkina Faso and Kenya. She has previous experience in working as a Researcher in international research projects, in quantitative data analysis, Randomized Controlled Trial and Policy impact analysis. She would like her work to contribute towards more innovative and sustainable solutions, for a more equitable and inclusive society where peace and social cohesion reign.
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Nadiia completed her master’s degree in Sociology at Lund University, Sweden. Before joining SeeD she worked in international NGOs in Sweden and Ukraine where she assisted with research activities, event coordination and internal policy development. Her academic and professional background encompasses women’s political participation, civil society and international development. Nadiia provides programming and administrative support to SeeD’s Ukraine team.
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Dr. Orestis Panayiotou
Data Analyst & Researcher
Orestis holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Kent, where he focused on the cognitive and motivational underpinnings of envisioning positive social change. Throughout his academic studies Orestis has been involved in a number of research projects focusing on social identity processes and their role in civic engagement. Before joining SeeD he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences investigating political polarisation in Europe. His interest in applied social research has led him to join the SeeD family as a data analyst.
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Dr. Kateryna Ivashchenko-Stadnik
Country Team Lead and Senior Researcher
Kateryna is a multidisciplinary researcher with degrees in History (Donetsk State University), Sociology (Central European University, Prague and Warsaw) and International Development (University of London). Before joining SeeD she was a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Sociology (Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences) and the Ukrainian team lead and country expert within a number of international research projects. In the 2000s she worked as a Social Policy Advisor in UNDP, Ukraine. As a parallel professional track, Kateryna has also spent several years in film production and distribution (Arthouse Traffic, SOTA Cinema Group) and was a magazine editor (The Ukrainian: Life and Culture). She is an alumna of the Aspen Institute Kyiv (Responsible Leadership Program).
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Project Engagement Officer
Sıla is an interdisciplinary practitioner. She finished her BA Hons. Arts and Media in University for Creative Arts, she pursued her interest in film making by doing an MA in Digital Media and Film in Eastern Mediterranean University. Currently, she works as a freelance art director, photographer and communications specialist. Up until recently she was a member of academic staff in Cyprus International University, teaching Basic and Advanced photography. In the past she also worked as a communications specialist with various NGO’s in north of Cyprus to increase the visibility of NGOs, organising events, working with the press, social media management and general representation of NGOs. She still dwells in artistic practices and focusses on socially engaging art practices.
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Project Engagement Officer
Marina is a believer in arts-based practices, the use of digital technologies and grassroots approaches. With these ideals at hand, she helped build one of the most groundbreaking civil society peacebuilding initiatives in Cyprus. Taking the lessons learned from her experience in strategy, operations and campaign to other post conflict societies, she hopes to make a positive and lasting change in the lives of youth. Marina holds an MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology and a BSc in Operational Research/Management Sciences from the University of London School of Economics and Political Sciences in London. She has over 15 years’ experience as a director, managing a varied number of teams and projects. She has a demonstrated history of working in the CSO, media, consulting and advertising industries. Her experience spans the areas of business development, management, strategy, digital media, communications and consulting.