Staff Bios

Karin Landgren

(Sweden) joined Security Council Report in May 2018 as its Executive Director. Ms. Landgren served with the United Nations for over 35 years, and is the first woman to have headed three UN peace operations mandated by the Security Council. She was until 2015 a UN under-secretary-general and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), a peacekeeping operation, and led UNMIL’s response to Ebola through the height of the epidemic. Prior to this, she led two political missions, the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) and the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). She was UNICEF’s first chief of child protection, in 1998- 2008.  While with UNHCR from 1980 to 1998, Ms. Landgren served in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eritrea, Singapore, the Philippines, India, and at its headquarters in Geneva. She is a founding member of the Nordic Women Mediators’ Network, and has taught at Columbia University and Central European University.

Shamala Kandiah Thompson

(Singapore) has been with Security Council Report since 2006. As Chief Operating Officer, she provides overall operational oversight and oversees the organisation’s administrative, financial, and donor activities, as well as its capacity-building training programmes, As a research analyst Ms Thompson covered a range of topics, including Asian and European issues, non-proliferation, the Secretary-General’s selection process and children and armed conflict. From 2011 to 2017, she was the editor of What’s in Blue. She has worked with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. She has also worked as a journalist: in television in Singapore, as a newspaper foreign correspondent in New York and as a media and communications consultant and trainer. Ms. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the National University of Singapore and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She speaks English, Malay and Indonesian.

Paul Romita

(United States) joined Security Council Report in September 2011. As Managing Editor, he oversees all SCR publications, including What’s in Blue, the Monthly Forecast, and thematic research reports. From 2017 – 2020 he was the Editor of What’s in Blue. He is also responsible for covering Israel and Palestine, conflict prevention, climate change and emerging issues. Mr. Romita previously worked as a policy analyst in the State Fragility and Peacebuilding program at the International Peace Institute. He also has several years of experience in the communications and fundraising field. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College (Connecticut), a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and PhD in International Affairs from CUNY Graduate Center.

Alina Entelis

(Ukraine, Israel) joined Security Council Report in December 2019. As Deputy Managing Editor- What’s in Blue, she oversees and coordinates the day-to-day editorial functions of What’s in Blue. In addition, she is responsible for covering Afghanistan, Lebanon, Colombia and Venezuela, as well as Children and Armed Conflict and Youth, Peace and Security. Prior to SCR, Ms. Entelis served as a political advisor at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN. She has also previously worked at the National Security Council at the office of the Prime Minister of Israel. Ms. Entelis holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy (PEP) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master’s degree in International History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics. She is fluent in Hebrew and Russian.

Tiffany Jenkins

(Germany, United States) joined Security Council Report in April 2021. As a Policy Analyst she is responsible for covering the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Somalia, Western Sahara as well as sanctions matters and will also follow the situation in Ethiopia. Prior to joining Security Council Report, she has worked as a Political Advisor at the German Permanent Mission covering Libya sanctions and CAR. Ms. Jenkins also worked in UN field missions in Somalia and Haiti, as well as for a human rights NGO in the Philippines following a position in the private sector as a Media Analyst. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian and Oriental Studies from the University of Bonn, Germany, as well as a Master of Arts in International Relations from Hult International Business School, UK.

Lindiwe Knutson

(South Africa) joined Security Council Report in 2013. As a Policy Analyst she is responsible for covering South Sudan, Sudan and Abyei. She also covers human rights-related developments and the Human Rights Council, across all country-specific issues on the Security Council’s agenda as well as some legal issues. She has worked as an attorney in South Africa and as Program Coordinator at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She is an admitted attorney in South Africa and holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in international and human rights law from Columbia University Law School as well as Bachelor of Social Sciences and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees from the University of Cape Town.

Robert Schupp

(United States) joined Security Council Report in February 2020. Prior to SCR, Mr. Schupp worked with Crisis Action, leading its work at the UN on Yemen, South Sudan and the Sahel. As a Political Risk Specialist with UNICEF from 2016-2018, he assisted the organization to enhance its political analysis capacity. From 2011-2015, he was International Crisis Group’s Senior UN Analyst, leading UN-focussed research and advocacy and developing policies on peacekeeping operations in Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic and other countries on the Security Council agenda, including Libya, Yemen and Syria. Previously, Mr. Schupp served for a decade with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe – in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, at its Secretariat, and as Senior Adviser to the High Commissioner on National Minorities, where he led the High Commissioner’s conflict prevention efforts in Central Europe and the Balkans. He has also worked at the European Centre for Minority Issues and International Peace Institute. He holds a B.A. from The American University in Washington, D.C. and the University of Copenhagen and an M.I.A. from Columbia University.

Vladimir Sesar

(Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States) joined SCR in October 2013. As Development and Outreach Manager he is responsible for overseeing SCR’s external outreach, including promotional material, social media, publications, and support for capacity development activities. His current research portfolio includes Belarus, Cyprus, Kosovo and Ukraine, as well as non-proliferation including the DPRK and Iran. Prior to joining SCR, Mr. Sesar served as a Policy Advisor at the Permanent Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the UN. Mr. Sesar holds a Master of International Affairs from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Drake University. In addition to his Bosnian/Serbo Croatian native language proficiency, he has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Benjamin Villanti

(United States) joined Security Council Report as a Policy Analyst in September 2013. He is responsible for covering Yemen, Mali, the G5 Sahel Joint Force, UNOWAS, Lake Chad Basin,  peacebuilding, conflict and hunger and pandemics. Prior to joining SCR, Mr. Villanti was a staff reporter, covering the UN for the Japanese newspaper, The Asahi Shimbun. He has also worked as an adviser at the Japanese Mission to the UN and as a public information assistant at the UN. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is fluent in Spanish.

Audrey Waysse

(United States) joined Security Council Report in January 2016 as Operations Manager after providing consulting services since October 2012. She is responsible for the organisation’s finance and budget operations, office administration, human resources, and IT and site management. In her prior career in the affordable housing sector, she was involved in all facets of housing development from finance and construction to management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Sciences from Colorado State University and a master’s in Management and Urban Policy from The New School.

Anna Haven

(United States) joined Security Council Report in April 2019. As Publications Assistant, she manages the Quality Control process by supervising fact-checking, copy-editing, and preparing the text of SCR’s Monthly Forecasts, Research Reports and What’s in Blue articles for web and hard copy publication. Prior to SCR, she was a Policy Research Fellow at NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security. She holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The New School with a concentration in Conflict and Security and graduated Magna cum Laude in History from Hunter College. She is fluent in French and has a working understanding of Spanish.

Matthew Blainey

(Australia) joined Security Council Report in June 2021. Prior to SCR, he worked as a lawyer and Senior Associate in the litigation departments of two leading international law firms and served as a judicial associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria. He also worked with a human rights NGO based in New York City, where he was responsible for developing and implementing its climate change strategy. Mr. Blainey holds an LL.M in International Legal Studies from NYU School of Law, as well as a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of International Relations from La Trobe University. While at NYU, he was a Human Rights Scholar at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. In this role, he researched and wrote about conflict prevention and human rights-based climate change litigation. He is an admitted lawyer in Australia and is currently applying for admission in New York.

Dawit Yirga

(Ethiopia) Mr. Dawit joined Security Council Report in April 2021. Prior to this, he was an Ethiopian career diplomat with nearly two decades of experience. He worked on bilateral and multilateral matters, including following closely the work of the African Union and the United Nations. He served in Ethiopia’s embassies in Beijing and Tokyo as well as its Permanent Missions to the African Union and the United Nations, in Addis Ababa and New York, respectively. Most recently, Mr.  Dawit served as Director for Neighboring Countries Affairs, Director-General for Asia and Pacific Affairs, and Director-General for International Organizations at the Foreign Office Headquarters in Addis Ababa. Career highlights include Ethiopia’s Chairmanship of the African Union in 2013 and its membership of the Security Council in 2017-2018; Mr Dawit was involved in supporting Ethiopia’s effective discharge of the responsibilities of these roles.  Mr. Dawit has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University and a Master’s degree in Governance and Development from the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Rodrigo Saad

(Brazil) joined Security Council Report in June 2021. His current research portfolio includes Cyprus, Kosovo, EU-UN and OSCE-UN relations, and non-proliferation of WMDs. As Research Assistant, he is also responsible for assisting in the production of policy reports and maintaining quality control of SCR’s Monthly Forecasts. Prior to SCR, he conducted research on issues related to conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and multilateralism at the International Peace Institute, the Universal Rights Group, and the International Crisis Group. He holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the Graduate Center and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Delaware. He is fluent in Portuguese and has a working proficiency in Spanish.

Sami Salloum

(Syria) joined Security Council Report in April 2021. As an intern, he assists with the production of SCR’s publications, including through fact-checking and proof-editing, and works on thematic research projects. He is currently a Columbia Global Center scholar obtaining his second Master’s degree in Negotiations and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University. Prior to SCR, Mr. Salloum worked as a UN Advocacy and Campaigns Associate at Crisis Action on issues related to protection of civilians in armed conflict. He also interned with the Security Council Affairs Division at the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs in New York. Mr. Salloum holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs and a master’s degree in International Affairs with concentration on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Politics from the University of Balamand, Lebanon. He is fluent in Arabic.