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Speaker Biographies Herbert Brown, Country Director, Democratic Republic of Congo, National Democratic Institute Herbert Brown has been the Country Director of the National Democratic Institute's program in DRC since February 2006. A career diplomat, he has over 20 years of management and administration experience throughout the world, including 16 years in developing countries, six of which were spent in Central and West Africa. Dr. Brown also has extensive democracy and governance experience: in Niger, he evaluated the electoral process and served as a pollwatcher; in Bolivia, he monitored political party campaigning. Caty Clement, Central Africa Program Director, International Crisis Group As Central Africa Program Director, Caty steers Crisis Group's activities in the Great Lakes, overseeing research and managing staff members. Together with the Africa Program Director and the program's analysts, she guides the research, analysis, policy prescriptions and advocacy activities relating to the Central Africa region. She acts as a point of contact on Central Africa. Caty joined Crisis Group in October 2005. She previously served as a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, as a Consultant to the World Bank and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Louvain Christian Hennemeyer, Director of Programs for Africa and MENA, IFES Chris Hennemeyer has more than 20 years of professional experience in sub-Saharan Africa, having lived in the west, central and north regions of the continent. He has lived and worked throughout the continent building the capacity of civil society groups, grassroots organizations, human rights groups, non-governmental organizations and faith-based organizations. Hennemeyer’s experience also includes running major relief operations in Rwanda during the genocide, and Burundi, Liberia, Congo and Sierra Leone during their various armed conflicts. He also managed Stankovic, the largest Kosovar refugee camp in Macedonia as well as directing a major relief and development program in Haiti. Michel Kassa, Country Coordinator, Initiative Pour un Leadership Collaboratif et la Cohesion de l’Etat en RDC Michel Kassa is Country Coordinator for the ILCCE and consultant to the Woodrow Wilson Center’s leadership training programs in the DRC. He previously served as Senior Emergency Officer and Associate Chief of Section (Southern, Central & North Africa, Middle East and Afghanistan) in the Coordination and Response Division of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. He previously served with the United Nations Development Program, and served in Zaire and the DRC with OCHA. He was head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières in Haiti and South Africa, and head of mission for Action Against Hunger in Baluchistan, Pakistan. Carmina Sanchis-Ruescas, Chief of Party, Democratic Republic of Congo, IFES Sanchis-Ruescas joined IFES in 2001 managing country-wide civic participation, community mobilization and advocacy projects in Kosovo. Last year, she provided technical advice to the National Elections Commission (NEC) on civic education, the enfranchisement of citizens with disabilities, internationally displaced persons and refugees in Liberia. She also authored voter and civic education manuals for the NEC and organized outreach education throughout the country. Sanchis-Ruescas previously served as director for a European Union-funded program on decentralizing local government working with local officials to develop public policy. In addition, Sanchis-Ruescas has consulted for the United Nations and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Herbert Weiss, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Herbert Weiss, Senior Scholar at the Wilson Center has been a student of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1959, and is also Emeritus Professor of Political Science at City University of New York, a Research Scholar at the Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, and Senior Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, CUNY. His research has focused mass mobilization, democratization, elections and foreign militia demobilization. He has been a consultant with the UN, the US Government and various US and international NGO’s on the Great Lakes Region. Howard Wolpe, Director, Africa Program and Leadership Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Africa Program Director Howard Wolpe is a former seven-term Member of Congress and served as Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region for President Clinton. A specialist in African politics, Dr. Wolpe chaired the Subcommittee on Africa of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for ten of his fourteen years in the Congress, and has taught at Western Michigan University and at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, he was a Visiting Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program of the Brookings Institution, a Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, and a consultant to the World Bank and the Foreign Service Institute.
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