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Rob de Wijk

Director of HCSS

Rob de Wijk

Rob de Wijk is the director of HCSS. He studied Contemporary History and International Relations in Groningen, and wrote his PhD dissertation on NATO’s ‘Flexibility in Response’ strategy at the Political Science Department of Leiden University.

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Michel Rademaker

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MARKET AND OPERATIONS OF HCSS

Michel Rademaker

Michel Rademaker is a senior policy analyst and deputy director of HCSS. He has a degree in Transport and Logistics, obtained at the University of Tilburg.

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Erik Frinking

Director of the Strategic Futures Program of HCSS

Erik Frinking

Erik Frinking is the Director of the Strategic Futures Program at HCSS. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University.

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Frank Bekkers

Director of the Security Program of HCSS

Frank Bekkers

Frank Bekkers is Director of the Comprehensive Security Program. He is also theme leader of the Strategy and Change Program.

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Stephan de Spiegeleire

Senior Analyst

Stephan de Spiegeleire

Stephan de Spiegeleire is senior scientist at HCSS. He has Master's degrees from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Columbia University in New York, as well as a C.Phil. degree in Political Science from UCLA.

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Artur Usanov

Strategic Analyst

Artur Usanov

Artur Usanov is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He is also currently finishing his doctoral dissertation in policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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Eline Chivot

Strategic Analyst

Eline Chivot

Eline Chivot is a strategic analyst at HCSS. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science with a major in Economics and Finance from Sciences Po Lille in France.

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Freija van Duijne

Strategic Analyst

Freija van Duijne

Freija van Duijne is a Strategic Analyst at HCSS. She holds a Masters degree from Leiden University in cognitive psychology, specialized in human error.

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Joris van Esch

strategic analyst

Joris van Esch

Lieutenant-colonel Joris van Esch is a strategic analyst at HCSS, where he focuses on strategic security issues, defense transformation, planning, and foresight.

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Joshua Polchar

Strategic Analyst

Joshua Polchar

Joshua Polchar is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He specializes in diversity and inclusion, governance, and resources. He created the LGBT Military Index, and is developing a strategic vision for inclusion in armed forces.

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Maarten Gehem

Strategic Analyst

Maarten Gehem

Maarten Gehem is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Philosophy and in Comparative and International Politics from the Catholic University of Leuven. Mr. Gehem graduated magna cum laude for both studies.

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Marjolein de Ridder

Strategic Analyst

Marjolein de Ridder

Marjolein de Ridder is a strategic analyst at HCSS. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Leuven and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and the Clingendael Institute.

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Peter Wijninga

Strategic Analyst

Peter Wijninga

Colonel Peter Wijninga (RNLAF) is a strategic analyst at HCSS where he focuses on international and national security issues, international relations and defence planning.

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Sijbren de Jong

strategic analyst

Sijbren de Jong

Sijbren de Jong is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He holds a PhD in EU external energy security relations from the University of Leuven. Prior to receiving his doctorate, he studied Economic Geography at the University of Groningen and Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at the University of Leuven.

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Tim Sweijs

Strategic Analyst

Tim Sweijs

Tim Sweijs is a strategic analyst. He leads HCSS’s security foresight efforts and is a core team member of the Strategy & Change Program.

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Willem Auping

Strategic Analyst

Willem Auping

Willem Auping is a strategic analyst at HCSS and external PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). He holds a master’s degree (MSc) from the TU Delft faculty Technology, Policy, and Management, with a specialization in modeling, simulation, and gaming. Next to his work, Mr. Auping is active as treasurer of the Mlambe foundation, aimed at preserving cultural heritage in Malawi.

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Willem Oosterveld

Strategic Analyst

Willem Oosterveld

Willem Oosterveld is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He holds a PhD in history from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and earned an MA in politics from New York University, where he was a Fulbright scholar.

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