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Speaker Biographies Speaker Biographies Herbert Brown Country Director Democratic Republic of

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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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