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Educational Background


(Dr. phil.) in Political Sciences, Diss. Cttee. included Juergen Seifert, University Hannover; David Kennedy,  Harvard Law School; Rosemarie Rogers, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy


(LL.M.) International and Comparative Law, Brussels Free University, 1994


Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, 1987


Studies completed 1sem. Int’l. law, Grad. Prog. Universidad De Chile, Fac. de Derecho, 1984


Economics, Finance and Management, Webster University, St. Louis, 1983


Political Sciences and Germanistics, University of Hannover, 1976


De L’Institut Europeen Des Hautes Etudes Internationales (and Certificat Etudes CEE), 1977


Diplome de la Langue et Civilisation Francaise, Sorbonne, Paris, 1973, signed a.o. by Rene Cassins


D’Enseignement, Allemand, Teaching Degree, Universite de Paris VIII, 1973

Experience as UN practitioner
Headed Offices/Operations/Missions of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

2007 (Feb.)

Retired after nearly 30 years of UNHCR Service


Completed/published the last UNHCR sponsored research project on “Refugee Policy in EURASIA” at MIT


Representative, UNHCR Branch Office for Bulgaria, Sofia, periodically UN Resident Coordinator a.i.


(6-9) Senior Regional Legal Advisor a.i., Bureau for Europe, UNHCR Headquarters Geneva

2000 (1-5)

UNHCR Research Scholar,Graduate Institute of Int’l. Studies, Geneva, Department of Intl. Protection, UNHCR


Head of the UNHCR Office for Kazakhstan, Almaty/Astana, Kazakhstan


Head of the UNHCR Office in Portugal, Lisbon


Senior European Affairs Officer/PeriodicallyAting Regional Rep. Reg. Office to the EC/EU, Brussels;


Emergency Management Officer a.i (Early Warning Project), Headquarters Geneva; Switzerland

1989, 7 - 9 

Coordinator, Namibian Repatriation Operation o/m in Luanda Angola and missions to Windhoek, Namibia

1989, 1 - 7 

Acting Deputy Regional Representative o/m in Stockholm, for the Nordic Countries; Sweden


On study leave for completing postgraduate/doctoral work at Harvard University, USA


Deputy Representative in Tegucigalpa; Honduras (Central America)


Head of Sub-Office for Chile; Santiago


Area Desk Officer, Regional Bureau for Asia, Headquarters Geneva; Switzerland


Head of Sub-Office for Singapore; Singapore (co-created DISERO: Disembarkation Resettlement Offer)


Associate Resettlement Officer; Regional Office for South East Asia in Kuala Lumpur; Malaysia


O/m for implementing education programs for Southern African refugees in Sierra Leone and Senegal


Associate Program Officer, Education and Resettlement Section, Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland

Academic Honors

Doctor of Laws and Politology (honoris causa) from Shoumen University ‘Episkop Konstantin Preslavski’, Bulgaria, 2002

Visiting Scholar

Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006


Program on Human Rights & Justice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004-06

Research Scholar

Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI), UNHCR sponsored, Dep. of Intl. Protection, Spring 2000

Visiting Researcher

Harvard Law School, Dissertation: Preventive Action for Refugee Producing Situation, 1987-88


Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Jul 1988-Dec.’88


Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Nov. 1999-Jan. ‘00


Center for International Affairs (CFIA) Harvard University, 1987-88

Book Reviews include

´Calculated Kindness: Refugees and America’s Half-open Door, 1945 – Present; Loescher, G.; Scanlan, J.,
Free Press, 1986. 346 p Refugee Survey Quarterly. 1987; 6:85-87, with Tai Van Ta
Work in Progress: “Mobilizing for Refugee Protection, Intl. Standards and National Practice”
Forthcoming, Peter Lang,


Teaching:Semester courses or modules

  • Harvard University (HILR), Spring semester courses on UN and EU since 2009- present
  • Suffolk University, Govt. Dep., Spring semester courses on UN topics
  • Leibniz University Hannover, Summer semester courses on UN topics
  • Harvard Kennedy School, “Conversations with Practitioners” Series & Roundtables/Seminars on UN topics,2005- 07
  • NBU, New Bulgarian University, Dep. Pol. Sciences, Visiting Professor, 2004/5
  • KIMEP, Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research, Almaty, MPA Program, 1998
  • International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy, refugee law lecturer in English/French, session 1996
  • Boston University, two semester graduate courses in Intl. Relations, European Campus Brussels, 1993-94
  • Institute of Int’l. Public Law & Int’l. Relations, University Thessaloniki, in the Summer session of 1993
  • Institut Du Droit De La Paix Et Du Developpement, Universite Nice, Charge de Cours, 1992-97
  • Institut Europeen des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Universite Nice, Charge de Cours, 1989- 97


  • Nobel Peace Prize Certificate in recognition of devoted refugee service, 1981
  • UNHCR Gold pin in recognition of 25 years of distinguished refugee service, 2002
  • Outstanding Club Contribution Award by the Harvard Alumni Assoc.’s Club Cttee for outstanding service as Reg. Director Europe

Academic Conferences/Seminars, Colloquia include

  • ‘Famine in Ethiopia and the International Response’, Harvard University, May 1988,
  • ‘International Law and International Relations’,Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 2008-present
  • ‘Current Challenges to Humanitarian Action in Conflict Situations’, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and the International Committee of the red Cross (ICRC), June 2010



 Lecture on UN and Humanitarian Governance,CIFE, Summer Academy- Schloss Hofen, near Bregenz


Lecture at the Université de Paris 10 - Centre de droit international de Nanterre, CEDIN, Nanterre, Paris


Lecture on “Failed States”, “EU Foreign and Security Policy and Refugees” Leibniz University Hannover


Yale University, Interdisciplinary Bioethics Center &Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, Demography & Population


MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, lecture on refugee operation planning


Classes guest lectures on UN and Peacekeeping at Suffolk University, Boston Harvard


New Bulgarian University (NBU), South-West University, lectures on Intl. and European refugee law and policy


Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, Central Eurasian WG at Harvard, Fletcher School, CIS/CE & refugees


Academy of European Law, European Univ. Institute, Florence, session on EU Asylum Law


Sofia University, Center for European Studies, AUBG, University of National & World Economy, Lectures on refugees.


Berkeley University, Program Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies, Building national capacities for refugee protection, USA


Stanford University, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Lecture on refugees in Central Asia, USA


College of Europe Bruges (lectures and seminars on refugee law and policy), Belgium


Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Lecture in European Asylum Policy


European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), (lectures on refugee law); Netherlands


MIT, Inter-University Committee MIT/BUB/Harvard/Fletcher on Intl. Migration (Seminar on refugee policy)


Boston University, Dep. Intl. Relations (seminar on refugee policy and law), Boston; USA


European University Institute (EUI), Florence (seminar on European asylum policy and law), Italy


Universidade de Coimbra, (seminar on refugee law and policy at MA level), Coimbra, Portugal


9kme Ed. Concours Pictet on int'l. humanitarian law, lecturer and member of the Jury, Portugal;


Universite Quebec a Montreal (UQAM), Centre d’etdues sur le droit int’l., Lecture on refugee institutions, Canada


Kennedy School of Government (KSG), Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, presentations on refugee law and policy


Universidad de Chile, Faculty of Law, lectures on UNHCR and International Refugee Protection

Professional Development:

  • Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence, Summer sessions on Human Rights Law, 2002 and 2005
  • Institute of Int’l. Public Law & Int’l. Relations, University of Thessaloniki, 1993(as Tutor and on the examination board) and 1995
  • Hague Academy of International Law, Public International Law, Summer sessions 1996, 2004 and 2007
  • Int'l Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, Human Rights Study Session Summer session 1997
  • Centre International de l'Enseignement des Droits de l'Homme dans les Universites (CIEDHU), for Human Rights teaching, 1997

Professional Papers, Conferences, and Panels (last few years only,):


Panel Presentation “Builing Refugee Institutions &Capabilities in the CIS”, at Harvard, 4th CESS Annual Conf.


Panel Presentation “Refugees and Human Rights in Eurasia, 6th CESS Annual Conf (Central Eurasian Studies Society)


Panel presentation “Professionalisation of Humanitarian Aid” Intl. Dev. Conf. (IDC 2006), Harvard Kennedy School


Presentation at the “Fellows Round Table on World Affairs” UN Human Rights Council, Harvard’s WCFIA


Panel Presentation “UNHCR Refugee Protection in Kazakhstan”, ACUNS Annual MTG, PUC Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Panel Presentation “Responsibilitity to protect”, ACUNS Annual Meeting, New York


Panel Presentation “The ICC and refugee protetcion”, Model United Nations, Boston


Panel Presentation “Humanitarian Innovation with academic involvement”, Intl Studies Ass. (ISA), New Orleans


Panel Presentation “Humanitarian Pioneering”, ACUNS Annual Meeting, Vienna

Professional Service, National/International:

  • Steering Committee of the Inter-University Committee on International Migration, Center for International Studies at MIT
  • Int’l. Scientific C’ttee, Centre for European Refugees, Migration & Ethnic Studies (CERMES), New Bulgarian University, Sofia
  • Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), Davis Center for Russian and Eurasia Studies at Harvard University
  • Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), UN Studies Working Group/UN Studies Association, Advisory Board
  • German United Nations Association (DGVN)
  • American Association of International Law (ASIL)
  • Association of Attenders and Alumni (AAA), The Hague Academy of International Law
  • International Political Science Association (IPSA)/ Association internationale de science politique
  • International Studies Association (ISA)

Non-academic service :

  • Olympic Games, Aug 1972; Responsible for Sections in the International Information Center in several languages;

  • World Football Championship, 1974; Responsible for interpretation for international journalists in the Press Center,
  • Hannover; Carl-Duisberg Gesellschaft, 1974 – 1975,assisting foreign students from Latin America, Asia and Africa in their studies and work;
  • College of Adult Education (Volkshochschule) Hannover, 1973-76 (taught German as a second language and gave seminars for integration of refugees and migrants, translated documents for Chilean refugees); Amnesty International, 1970- present (starting work for South African Prisoners of Conscience)

Honorary Service Harvard University:

  • Co-Founder of the Harvard/MIT branch in Hannover, Germany 2007 - present
  • Member of the Kennedy School Alumni Association Board of Directors, ex officio, Harvard University, 2005-2007
  • Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Regional Director, Europe, 2004-2007
  • Elected Board Member-at-Large,Harvard Club of Bulgaria, 2004-2005
  • Elected President of the Harvard Club of Bulgaria, Sofia, 2002 – 2004
  • Co-founder and Elected Vice President of the Harvard Club of Bulgaria, Sofia, 2001 – 2002
  • Co-founder of the Harvard Club of Kazakhstan, Almaty, 1998
  • Elected Member of the Board, Harvard Club of Belgium, Brussels, served 1991-1994
  • Elected Member of the Executive Alumni Council of Harvards' J.F. Kennedy School of Government, 1990-1994
  • Elected President of the CFIA Fellows, Center for International Affairs (CFIA) Harvard University(1978-88),
  • Co-Chair of the Intl. Affairs and Security Working Group, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government 1986-1987



At Harvard University, Suffolk University and Leibniz University Hannover at BA, MA and Ph.D. level

Selected other initiatives include:
The Komitee

The Komitee Cap Anamur was founded in Germany, when Heinrich Böell André Glucksmann, Luise Drüke and Rubert Neudeck could no longer and watch refugees drown in the ocean around the island Pulau Bidong. This was back in 1979. Cap Anamur was the name of the ship they
chartered to help these people. Since then the volunteers of Cap Anam have been active in many regions around the world, where humanitary catostrophies have taken place. www.objectfarm.org/activities/Cooperations/index.html

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs : Harvard Fellows Program:

During the year 1987-88, serving as president of the Fellows we set up the Wednesday Breakfasts as a forum to present their research findings to their colleagues and to elicit their comments and suggestions. The value of this series of meetings lies, to a large extent, in the feedback that individual Fellows get from others in the program.

As UNHCR rep. we set up the Academic Refugee Studies Initiative (ARSIB) in 15 Universities in Bulgaria. Many of our coordination meetings have been held in the premises of the Council of Europe in Sofia in cooperation with institutions and Individuals contributing to the ARSIB, incl. he Regional Research Centre of European Refugee and Migration Studies (CERMS) and the Journal on European Refugee and Migration Studies (JERMS) founded in this context.