Head of Operations Asia-Pacific
Albrecht Schnabel is Head of the Asia-Pacific Unit at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). He also serves as Senior Fellow in DCAF's Policy and Research Division, and as Research Associate at the Global Health Centre (GHC) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. From 2008-16 he served as Senior Fellow in DCAF's former Research Division, where he headed the Security Institutions Programme and the Human Security and SSR Programme.
Albrecht's research and operational work focusses on security sector governance and reform (SSG/R), particularly its development and post-conflict dimensions, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and the broader Asia-Pacific region. Having provided training and advisory services for the United Nations, regional organisations and Swiss government agencies during the past two decades, since 2011 he has primarily been engaged in DCAF's operational advisory and capacity-building activities in Southeast Asia, particularly in Myanmar (police reform), Thailand (media training), Philippines (SSR, DDR and peace processes) and Cambodia (SSG/R and external oversight), as well as in national and regional multi-stakeholder dialogues and parliamentary capacity-building on SSG/R.
His research and publications have focused on ethnic conflict, human security, armed nonstate actors, conflict prevention and management, peacekeeping, post-conflict peacebuilding, peace processes, health security, and conceptual, urban and development dimensions of SSG/R. He currently co-leads the GHC-DCAF project on "The Security Sector and Global Health Crises" (since 2015), and serves as an associated member in the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) projects on "How to Break the Gridlock in Global Health Governance" (2015-17, with GHC/IHEID) and "Civil Wars and State Formation: The Social Construction of Order and Legitimacy During and After Violent Conflictâ (2016-18, with the University of Geneva).
Before joining DCAF, Albrecht was a Senior Research Fellow at the Swiss Peace Foundation "swisspeace" in Bern, where he was responsible for the research programme on human security (HUSEC) and the Bern-based team of the early warning programme FAST International (2003-2008). From 1998-2003 he lived in Tokyo, Japan, where he worked for the United Nations as an Academic Officer in the Peace and Governance Programme of the United Nations University. Previously he served as an Instructor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University (1994); Assistant Professor at the American University in Bulgaria (1995-96) and the Central European University (1996-1998); Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (1997); Visiting Lecturer at Aoyama Gakuin University (2002-03); Lecturer in International Organizations and Conflict Management at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Bern (2004-2008); and Visiting Lecturer for the Master of Advanced Studies in Security Policy and Crisis Management programme at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) (2010-2014). He has recently been serving as an external faculty member on regional security sector development courses at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu (since 2011) and as co-director of an annual course on International Relations, Democratisation and Human Security for young professionals from Myanmar at GCSP/DCAF in Geneva (since 2013).
Further experiences include military service in the German Federal Armed Forces (1985-86), participation as an election observer in two OSCE election monitoring missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1997), training and teaching for the UN System Staff College course on Early Warning and Early Response (1999-2002) and a term as President of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (2001-02).
Albrecht studied comparative politics and international relations at the University of Munich, the University of Nevada, and Queen's University, Canada, where he received his PhD in Political Studies in 1995.
Senior Advisor (Legal Framework and Parliament), Operations Asia-Pacific (Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar)
Senior Advisor (Police Reform), Operations Asia-Pacific (Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar)
Research Assistant, Operations Asia-Pacific
Intern, Operations Asia-Pacific
Administrative Officer, Operations Asia-Pacific
Irena Dzajkovska is an Administrative Officer in Operations Asia-Pacific and a Project Coordinator in Operations South East Europe. She is mainly in charge of coordinating the implementation of the Swiss Regional Police Cooperation Programme in the Western Balkans (SPCP) as well as providing assistance to the Head of Police Programme and relevant DCAF staff in all project cycle management related tasks and responsibilities.
Prior to joining DCAF, Irena worked for 18 years in international humanitarian and development agencies in countries of Eastern Europe and Sri Lanka. Her core work has been in programme & financial management with a great focus on building the capacity of local partners in less developed countries, as well as accompanying partners in developing new programmes and acquiring and managing funds from institutional donors.
She has graduated in Economics at University in Macedonia with major in Planning and Analytics and she is fluent in English, Serbian and Italian languages.
Raphael is a Research Assistant in the Asia-Pacific Unit at DCAF. He mainly assists the Head of Unit on a police reform and a legal review project in Southeast Asia. His work also includes administrative and editing support as well as related research in the field of security sector reform (SSR), security sector governance (SSG) and global health crises and the security sector.
Prior to joining DCAF, Raphael interned at the Delegation of the European Union to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein and at the Embassy of Switzerland in Luxembourg. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy & Economics from the University of Bayreuth and is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of Geneva.
Raphael speaks fluent German, French, English and Spanish.
Susan is an Intern in the Asia-Pacific Unit at DCAF. She assists in the implementation of the EU project on the "Support to Reform of the Myanmar Police Force".
Prior to joining DCAF, Susan has worked as a researcher at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva and for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Myanmar.
Susan is finalizing her Master's degree at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, focusing on Conflict and Development.
She speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.
Project Officer, Operations Asia-Pacific
Youngchan Kim is a Project Officer in the Asia-Pacific Unit at DCAF. He is responsible for various Security Sector Governance and Security Sector Reform (SSG/SSR) projects in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on the EU project on the "Support to Reform of the Myanmar Police Force". Previously, Youngchan served as a Research Assistant in DCAF's Research Division, where he assisted the ombuds institutions programme.
Prior to joining DCAF, Youngchan worked at the Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW), the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), and the Institute for Health and Unification Studies (IHUS).
Youngchan holds a M.A. in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and a M.A. in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) from the University of St. Gallen. His Master's thesis addressed "The Role of the Security Sector in Transition to Democracy: Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Republic of China (Taiwan)".