Dr Jacobus Kamfer (Jakkie) Cilliers is the Chairman, ISS Board of Trustees and Head, African Futures & Innovation. He has a B. Mil (B.A.) from the University of Stellenbosch and a Hons. B.A., M.A. (cum laude) and DLitt et Phil from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Awards include the Bronze Medal from the South African Society for the Advancement of Science and the H Bradlow Research Bursary. He was born in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 16th April 1956. Dr Cilliers co-founded the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in 1990 and played an important role in the transformation of the South African armed forces and the institution of civilian control over the military in the period 1990 to 1996. At present most of Dr Cilliers` interests relate to the emerging security architecture in Africa as reflected in the developments under the banner of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union as well as issues around African long-term future. Dr Cilliers has presented numerous papers at conferences and seminars and published a number of books on various matters relating to peace and security in Africa and serves on the editorial boards of the African Security Review and the South African Journal of International Affairs. He is a regular commentator on local and international radio and television and has attended a large number of international conferences. He is an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences, Faculty Humanities at the University of Pretoria. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Switzerland, on the board of advisers of the Center on International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, New York and on the World Economic Forum`s Think Tank Leaders Forum.
Anu Klaassens joined the ISS in December 2013 as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Anu previously worked at the Embassy of Sweden, first as a PA to the Ambassador and later as a Management Officer. Before joining the Embassy, Anu worked in the logistics industry in various roles such as a Customer Relations Manager, Branch Manager and a General Manager for over 15 years during which time she also undertook some short projects in Finland. Anu is currently providing administration support to the Executive Director as well as to the African Futures and Innovation Section.
Julia Bello-Schünemann joined the ISS Pretoria office in January 2013 as Senior Researcher and Project Leader for African Futures and Innovation. From May 2016 she has been working as Senior Researcher from Lagos, Nigeria. Before joining the ISS, Julia was a consultant focusing on peace and state building, conflict prevention and early warning. She provided policy advice to the EU, UNDP, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others. She has worked as a researcher at FRIDE, the Madrid based think-tank and for the European Commission’s Directorate for External Relations in Brussels. Julia holds a PhD degree in International Relations from the Complutense University Madrid, Spain and an MA in Communication, Political Science and Economics from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich in Germany.
Zachary Donnenfeld joined the ISS in October 2015 as a researcher with the African Futures and Innovation Programme in Pretoria. Before joining the ISS, Zach worked at the Frederick Pardee Center for International Futures, as well as the Environment Food and Conflict Laboratory at the University of Denver. Zach received his MA in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration with a focus on human security and structural violence from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in June 2015.