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Design  Associate

After receiving degrees in Sociology and Conflict Resolution from Universities of Amsterdam, Berlin and Damascus, Amanda worked for various NGO’s that are involved in peace-talks and intercultural dialogue. She combines her academic background and resourceful mind in her work as a trainer and consultant on creativity, design and conflict resolution.


Programme Assistant

Albert Charara holds a MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Management from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He previously interned at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and currently collaborates with the Centre for International Historical Studies (CEHI) of the University of Barcelona.


Programme  Manager

Vlad Corbu holds a master’s degree (cum laude) in International Relations from the Amsterdam School of Social Sciences and bachelors diploma in Political Science from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest. He joined DAG in early 2011 and currently works as programme manager. He works on all aspects of DAG’s operations.


Special  Advisor

Juan Garrigues has worked in international organisations, NGOs, international relations think tanks and government, including at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, the Spanish Prime Minister’s office and ACTED Afghanistan, and has served as a consultant on mediation to the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and the European External Action Service (EEAS). His work at DAG is currently focused on facilitating talks with political actors and armed groups in Libya. He is also currently a Senior Research Fellow Associate at the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB).


Programme  Coordinator

Michelle Gehrig completed a Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne and holds a BA in International Studies. She previously worked in Australia and Ghana as a paralegal in the area of police accountability and human rights. She was also involved in human rights research and advocacy at UNICEF Pacific and the Fiji Human Rights Commission. She works as a programme coordinator on all aspects of DAG’s work.


Programme Assistant

Emily Ghadimi completed her Master’s degree in Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam and is admitted to the New York State Bar as an Attorney at Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from University College Dublin, which included an exchange at Charles University in Prague. Emily previously interned for a defence team at the ICTY and at HiiL Innovating Justice.


Financial Administrative Officer

Shaun holds a master’s degree (with distinction) in International Relations and Democratic Politics from the University of Westminster in London. His research paid particular focus to Russian political history. Shaun joins us from the private sector with experience in coordinating teams in finance, administration and project support. Shaun is in charge of DAG’s financial administration and office management, and assists in the management of DAG’s budgets and grants.


Programme  Coordinator

Lahib Higel holds a MSc in International Relations from LSE and a MA in International Security from SciencesPo Paris. She previously worked in Iraq, first as a Research Fellow at the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) in Erbil, and later in the humanitarian field as a Safety Advisor for the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) in Baghdad. She has also worked as a research consultant for Minority Rights Group (MRG) on security and displacement issues in Iraq.



Aileen van Leeuwen holds both an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights and a BSc in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (cum laude) from the Utrecht University. During her studies she did an exchange at the University of Hong Kong, researched the political involvement of Israeli and Palestinian diasporas and conducted fieldwork among former paramilitaries in Colombia. Before joining DAG she interned at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Dutch Council for Refugees.


Founder & Director

Ram Manikkalingam founded DAG and teaches politics at the University of Amsterdam. He is a member of the Special Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Previously, he was Senior Advisor on the Sri Lankan peace process to then President Kumaratunga. He has served as an advisor with Ambassador rank at the Sri Lanka Mission to the United Nations in New York. Prior to that he was an Advisor on International Security to the Rockefeller Foundation


Assistant  Director

Fleur Ravensbergen is the assistant director and co-founder of the Dialogue Advisory Group. Since 2009 she has been working in the field of conflict mediation, initiating and engaging in talks with leaders of armed groups to reduce violence in several conflict situations, including Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was part of a small team which disarmed groups in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country. Fleur also periodically teaches at the University of Amsterdam, speaks at events and appears in the media to discuss current affairs and issues related to her work at DAG. She previously worked for the Dutch Ministry of Development Cooperation, the Dutch Labour Party and a research agency.


Programme Associate

Sebastian Weinmann completed a MA in International Security from SciencesPo Paris following undergraduate studies in Political Science and Latin American Studies. He recently worked in El Salvador as part of the UN Special Envoy’s team in the facilitation of a political dialogue process. Prior to joining DAG, Sebastian interned at the UN Department of Political Affairs and later assisted the UNDP country office in El Salvador on matters related to citizen security.


Board of Directors


Former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

UN Under-Secretary-General for Management



Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam 

(Secretary and Treasurer)


Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh 

Board of Advisors


Former United Nations Envoy to El Salvador, Cyprus, Israel/Palestine 


Ely Place Chambers

Former Advisors


President of the International Committee of the Red Cross


Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Former UN Special Envoy to Syria