How ENSURED Is Governed

In the ENSURED consortium, governing responsibilities are distributed among different partners within the project. ENSURED’s day-to-day coordination is managed by Maastricht University, with project coordinator Hylke Dijkstra and deputy coordinator Clara Weinhardt at the helm. Key decisions within the project are made during the yearly General Assembly, which includes all participants and project researchers. To keep up to date with the project’s progress, ENSURED’s Executive Board – made up of all the work-package leaders – meets three times a year. Together, they help to foster synergies between ENSURED's focus areas and ensure the quality of the project. Finally, ENSURED has an advisory board whose members contribute to the project events and provide input for the key deliverables, such as the conceptual framework and the strategic choices report.

Advisory Board Members

Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni
Professor, University of Cambrige
Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni is a Professor of International Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and a Fellow in International Relations at Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge. Mette's research focuses broadly on international organisation, international security, institutional design, and the role of non-state actors in global governance. Her specific topics of interest are the ecology of international organisations, international arms control and disarmament, and transnational environmental advocacy.
Richard Gowan
UN Director, International Crisis Group
Richard Gowan oversees Crisis Group’s advocacy work at the United Nations, liaising with diplomats and UN officials in New York. He has worked with ICG, the European Council on Foreign Relations, New York University Center on International Cooperation, and the Foreign Policy Centre (London). He has also worked as a consultant for organisations including the UN Department of Political Affairs, the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Rasmussen Global, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Global Affairs Canada. His areas of expertise include the United Nations system, peacekeeping efforts, European security, and early warning and conflict prevention.
Amrita Narlikar
German Institute for Global and Area Studies
Amrita Narlikar’s expertise lies in the areas of international negotiation, World Trade Organization, geoeconomics, multilateralism, and India’s foreign policy. Amrita served as the President of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies from 2014 to 2024, and simultaneously held a full professorship in International Relations at Hamburg University. Previously, Amrita taught at the University of Cambridge. She read for her M.Phil and D.Phil at Oxford University and held a Junior Research Fellowship at St John’s College, Oxford. Some of Amrita’s books include (co-authored with Aruna Narlikar and Amitabh Mattoo) Strategic Choices,Ethical Dilemmas: Stories from the Mahabharat; (guest-edited with DanielDrezner) The How Not To Guide for International Relations; Poverty Narratives and Power Paradoxes in International Trade Negotiations and Beyond; and (co-authored with Aruna Narlikar) Bargaining with a Rising India: Lessons from the Mahabharat.
Kalypso Nicolaidis
Chair in Global Affairs, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute
Kalypso Nicolaidis is Chair in Global Affairs at the School of Transnational Governance (EUI), where she convenes the EUI Democracy Forum. She is currently on leave from the University of Oxford and was a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and at Ecole Nationale d’Admistration, Paris. She has worked with numerous EU institutions, including as a member of the European Council’s reflection group on the future of Europe chaired by Felipe González (2008–10), and is a Council member of ECFR. Kalypso also served as advisor on European affairs to George Papandreou in the ’90s and early 2000s, the Dutch and UK governments, the European Parliament, the European Commission, OECD, and UNCTAD. Her research revolves around internal and external aspects of European integration as well as global affairs, theatres of recognition, democratic theory, and global governance.
Henne Schuwer
Former Dutch Ambassador to the United States
Henne Schuwer served a 42-year career with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he focused on the European Union and transatlantic relations. During his career, Henne was involved in all Dutch EU Presidencies, the last one as Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the EU and Chair of Coreper I. After this, he served as the Director of the Private Office of the Secretary General of NATO. He also has extensive knowledge of US politics and trade issues due to two assignments in the US, including a stint as the Dutch Ambassador to Washington DC between 2015 and 2019. Currently Henne is a senior advisor for Kreab Worldwide, the chair of the peace and security committee of the Dutch Advisory Council for International Affairs, and director for Europe at the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies.
Duncan Snidal
Professor of International Relations, Oxford University
Duncan Snidal is a Professor of International Relations and Fellow of Nuffield College at Oxford University and the British Academy. He researches problems of international cooperation and institutions – including international law and international organisations – with an emphasis on institutional design. His current projects focus on multi-partner governance of transnational production and the emergence of informal international organisations (such as the G20) as distinctive forms of international governance. He is also the co-founder and editor of the journal International Theory.