Security

Experts

Rob de Wijk

Director

Rob de Wijk

Rob de Wijk is the founder and non-executive 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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Paul Sinning

Executive Director

Paul Sinning

Paul Sinning is the executive director of HCSS. After graduating from the Dutch police academy (1985), he started his career in the police force in Amsterdam.

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Michel Rademaker

Deputy Director, Market and Operations

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

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

Frank Bekkers

Frank Bekkers is Director of the Program Security. 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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Alexander Klimburg

Director, Cyber Policy and Resilience Program

Alexander Klimburg

Alexander Klimburg is Director Cyber Policy and Resilience Program at HCSS, and an associate (and former research fellow) of the Science Technology and Public Policy Program and Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center.

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F.E. van Kappen

Advisory Board

F.E. van Kappen

Senator van Kappen was born in 1941 in Semarang, the former Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). He is married and has two sons. In 1964 he graduated from the Naval Academy in Den Helder and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps.

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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. Her research projects typically focus on horizon scanning and global trends related to broad security, defense, economic and societal issues.

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Hannes Rõõs

Project Assistant

Hannes Rõõs

Hannes Roos is a project assistant at HCSS. He has obtained a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Tartu, and holds bachelor's degrees in both Political Science and Sociology from the same university. He has also studied at the University of Oslo and at the University of Mannheim for a total of three semesters.

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Louk Faesen

Cyber policy expert

Louk Faesen

Louk Faesen is a Cyber Policy expert at HCSS. He holds a Master’s degree in Law and Politics of International Security (LLM) from the VU University of Amsterdam.

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Peter Wijninga

Subject Matter Expert

Peter Wijninga

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

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Pieter Bindt

Strategic Advisor

Pieter Bindt

Pieter Bindt is a retired Rear Admiral with extensive knowledge of and experience in intelligence and security, international affairs, and Joint and Maritime operations.

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Reinier Bergema

Project Assistant

Reinier Bergema

Reinier Bergema is a project assistant at HCSS. He holds a Dual Master's degree in Political Science (International Relations) and Public Administration (Crisis and Security Management), both from Leiden University. His fields of expertise include terrorism, (jihadist) foreign fighters, and radicalization.

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Rob de Rave

Strategic Analyst

Rob de Rave

Colonel Robert de Rave is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He focuses on international and national security issues and defence planning.

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Sijbren de Jong

Strategic Analyst

Sijbren de Jong

Sijbren de Jong is Strategic Analyst at HCSS and Lecturer Geo-Economics at Leiden University, Campus The Hague. His expertise includes energy security and Europe’s relations with Russia, Central Asia and the Caspian Sea Region; Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.

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Tim Sweijs

Strategic Analyst

Tim Sweijs

Tim Sweijs is a Senior Strategist. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for research projects in horizon scanning, conflict analysis, international and national security risk assessment, and capability development.

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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,

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Willem Oosterveld

Strategic Analyst

Willem Oosterveld

Willem Oosterveld is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He holds degrees in political science, law and history, having studied in Amsterdam, Leiden, Paris, New York and at Harvard.

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