He has worked on conflict prevention & peacebuilding for well over decade both within the EEAS as Deputy Head of the Conflict Prevention Division and with the European Commission as Deputy Head of the Crisis Response & Peacebuilding Unit. His main domain of expertise lies with African countries, in particular the Great Lakes region where he worked in the eighties as a Belgian diplomat before joining the European Commission in the mid nineties.
In recent years, he conducted conflict analysis workshops and worked on dialogue and facilitation processes related to Africa, often in liaison with the UN and NGO partners. He also has experience with security sector reform and transitional justice processes in Africa.
He graduated in Law and Journalism before joining the Belgian Foreign Service in 1982.