Jan Koehler: (founding member of ARC) received his first degree from Freie Universität Berlin in Social Anthropology and his PhD in Political Science. He has been consulting for the past years, including assignments for the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), the German Ministry for Development, the German and Dutch Ministries of Defence, The World Bank, World Vision Germany, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), and BeTbi ltd. and as tutor for the German Foreign Office and the Deutsche Stiftung für Internationale Entwicklung (DSE).
His experience includes extensive fieldwork in the successor states of the Soviet Union and Afghanistan. He has focused primarily on conflict and peace processes in the South Caucasus, in Central Asia and in Afghanistan. The results of his work are available in various publications. He is, together with Christoph Zürcher, the editor of Potentials of (Dis)Order: Conflict and Stability in the Caucasus and in Former Yugoslavia. Manchester UP and, together with Sonja Heyer, editor of Anthropologie der Gewalt: Chancen und Grenzen der sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung.
Kristóf Gosztonyi: Before re-joining the ARC-team, Kristóf was a senior consultant for a multi-national business risks consultancy (Control-Risks Group Berlin). He specialised in supporting multi-national companies in identifying their corruption risks by working with them too build up preventive systems to counter these risks. Regionally he predominantly focused on countries of the Western Balkans, but also participated in projects based in Nigeria. Previously, Kristóf worked as part of the ARC-team on projects for the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Afghanistan, as well as for projects of the German Reconstruction Credit Institute (KfW) in Albania as well as for UNHCR. Kristóf has also worked for international organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (European Administration of Mostar and OHR) and Sri Lanka (UNHCR). Kristóf is a social anthropologist and political scientist and wrote his Ph.D. evaluating negotiation strategies applied by international organisations when working in conflict zones. He has extensive field work experience in the Balkans, Afghanistan and in Latin American and Southeast Asian (Vietnamese) migrant environments. His main research interests include empirical conflict research, negotiations and corruption studies as well as IDP returns, economic development, good governance and local government capacity building.
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Alexey Gunya : Received his PhD in Geography at Moscow Lomonossov State University. His main field of research is development and conflict in mountain regions. He is the author of more than 80 publications. During the last 20 years he carried out field investigations in Central Asia (in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan), in the Caucasus and in the Altai region. He participated in projects of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. At present he is taking part in the elaboration of development strategies in North-Caucasian republics of Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachai-Cherkessia and Adygeia. He is affiliated with the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Science, with the University of Peoples’ Friendship (Moscow). Currently, he is a senior researcher at Free U Berlin.