Andreas Wenger is Professor of International and Swiss Security Policy and Director of the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Zurich and was a guest scholar at Princeton University (1992-94), Yale University (1998), the Woodrow Wilson Center (2000) and at the George Washington University (2005-2006). His main research interests are in security and strategic studies and the history of international relations. In the MACIS program, he teaches seminars on political violence and security politics. Dr Wenger has published monographs and scholarly articles on security policy and conflict history. He is the delegate for the Master of Advanced Studies in Security Policy and Crisis Management of the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences at ETH Zurich and responsible for the International Relations and Security Network.
Prior to becoming the Head of ISN Strategy and Operations in May 2011, Peter Faber was an Associate Professor of Security Studies at the US National War College and a part-time faculty member at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, DC. He also served in the United States Department of Defense for 30 years where he served in multiple positions, including as a strategic planner and a policy developer.
Peter holds five advanced degrees, including two from Yale University. In addition to strategic planning, his other areas of specialization include European security issues; US national security policy and planning; Western military history, theory and strategy; and global terrorism. He has taught at nine academic and professional schools over the years and has lectured in 24 countries.
Adam joined the ISN in September 2011 as Head of the Editorial Content Team. He holds a BA in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lancaster University and an MA in Intelligence and Security Studies from the University of Salford.
Adam has previously worked for the UK Defence Forum, the Transnational Crisis Project and for a defense and public affairs consultancy. While in these positions, he wrote extensively on defense and security issues for a wide audience, including UK Parliamentarians and those working in the defense industry. Immediately prior to his arrival at the ISN, Adam analyzed defense-industrial issues for Defence and Security Systems International Magazine, Defense Industry Daily and in his blog National Defence Industry Extra.
William joined the ISN in June 2011. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard University, where he specialized in political philosophy and international relations, and a Master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Prior to his arrival at the ISN, he worked for Habitat for Humanity International.
As one of our Content Editors, Vivian Fritschi is currently responsible for producing Security Watch. She was previously a research associate and Director of the Young Leaders program at the CSIS's Pacific Forum, which is a Honolulu-based research institute that specializes in Asian affairs.
Vivian has a Master's Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and received her Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and French Literature from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.
Andrea is a Student Editor who joined the ISN in August 2013. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Zurich and holds a Bachelor's degree in Multilingual Communication from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Previously, Andrea has worked as a research assistant for the Research Institute for the Public Sphere. She speaks English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and some Greek.
Andreas is a Student Editor who joined the ISN in August 2013. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Zurich and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva. Prior to his arrival at ISN, Andreas worked for the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs at the Swiss Mission to NATO in Brussels and interned with other organizations based in Geneva and Sydney. He speaks English, German, French and some Spanish.
Tania is a Student Editor who joined the ISN in April 2014. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Multilingual Communication at the University of Geneva. Tania has previously undertaken voluntary work at the Fourth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva. She speaks Spanish, English, French and some German.
Mattia joined the ISN in May 2014 as a student editor. He is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of Zurich and was recently a visiting student at Stanford University. Prior to his arrival at the ISN, he worked for Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) and in the social security sector. He speaks German, English, French and Spanish.
Charles joined the ISN in February 2009 and has been the Head of Multimedia Content since April 2013. He previously worked as a staff editor and was primarily responsible for the maintenance and expansion of the ISN's Digital Library. He holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from St Joseph's College in Tamil Nadu, India, and a second Bachelor's in philosophy from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth College in Pune, India. He speaks English, Hindi, Uraon, Nepali, Bengali and some German.
Michael Woods is a Multimedia Library Coordinator at the ISN. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Political Philosophy from the University of York and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Politics from Cardiff University. He speaks English and is busy building up his German.
Alexander Goddard is a Multimedia Coordinator at the ISN. He holds an MA in Intelligence & Security Studies from the University of Salford and a BA in Ancient History & Classical Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to working at the ISN, Alexander worked as a TEFL Teacher and as a Military Analyst.
Paulina Gruszczynski has over ten years of experience working in communications and external relations for international organizations. Before coming to the ISN, she worked for UNICEF in New York and Geneva as well as for the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Paulina holds a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (with a minor in Russian). Besides English, she speaks French, Polish and some German. Her thematic area of interest lies in international development and rights protection.
Carmen Mueller is a Student Library Coordinator at the ISN. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Zurich and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations and Governance at the University of St. Gallen. Previously, Carmen worked for four years at Swissport International AG. She has also completed two internships, one at the ISN and the other at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces'(DCAF). She speaks German, English, Italian, Spanish, French and some Portuguese.
Vanessa Di Giorgi joined the ISN in October 2014 as Student Library Coordinator. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich (UZH). Apart from her position at the ISN, Vanessa works as a research assistant at UZH's Political Science Department and is a youth representative at the Swiss Red Cross. She speaks English, German, Italian, French and Spanish.
Piotr joined the ISN in October 2012 as a Communities Coordinator and became Head of Communities in January 2013. He previously served as a consultant on media relations, strategic and crisis communications, stakeholder engagement and management, and e-activism in ‘high risk’ topics (human rights, energy, healthcare, etc.). Additionally, in 2011 Piotr worked for the Polish Presidency of the Council of the EU. He holds an MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BSc in Administration and a BA in Communications from Concord University, West Virginia. He is fluent in English, German and Polish.
Julia joined the ISN in October 2012 as a Communities Coordinator, which means she is our point of contact for all partner-related issues. Prior to her arrival at the ISN, she worked with the Public Information team of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna, Austria. She also interned with the German Mission to the United Nations in Vienna, the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania, and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin.
Julia holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in Politics and Economics from the University of Münster. Her research interests include the role of culture and religion in international relations and security, as well as environmental politics. She speaks German, English and French.
Marcus Klinge has been Head of ICT since May 2011. He joined the ISN in January 2008 as the Project Lead for Web Development and Services. Prior to that he worked as an index quality specialist for a European search engine firm and as an IT project manager for Credit Suisse.
Marcus has a degree in psychology and computer science from the University of Hamburg and has worked on web-related projects since 1998, with a particular focus on the development of content management systems for libraries and big information portals.
Mark joined the ISN as a Web Developer in April 2011. He previously built websites and interactive touchscreen kiosks for a digital media agency in London that specialized in architectural, development, and urban planning environments. Mark holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Liverpool, speaks English and is learning German.
Tim Wendel joined the ISN in July 2008 as a graphic designer for the Business Development and Outreach Team. He studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, the Zurich University of the Arts, and received his degree in graphic design from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 2007. Since then, he has supplemeted his work at the ISN by working as a freelance designer on various print and online graphics projects.
Sara Gerber brings a wealth of experience and skills to the ISN internal administration, marketing and public relations, and community building, to cite just three of them. She studied product development in the United States, served as a marketing coordinator for a major international manufacturer, and most recently worked as an information specialist. She speaks German and English.