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Your conference team

Dr Georgina Holmes – Conference Chair

Georgina is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Her current research focuses on gender and global security governance, peacekeeping and security sector reform. Theoretically, her work advances understandings of how the UN’s equality, diversity and violence prevention norms are implemented at the national level in peacekeeping, taking account of intersecting logics of power, and emphasising the agency of marginalised actors. A second research interest concerns how states (UK, France and Rwanda) address gender in their foreign policy and international political communications practices to build legitimacy and manage reputational crises. She has published several academic articles including in Security Dialogue, International Peacekeeping, Millennium: Journal of International Relations and The RUSI Journal and is the author of Women and War in Rwanda: Gender, Media and the Representation of Genocide (I.B. Tauris, 2013; paperback 2020). Since 2020, she has served as an editor for Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal.

Professor Kurt Mills – Conference Chair

Kurt is Professor of International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Dundee. His research focuses on the development of international norms and institutions related to human rights, humanitarianism, international criminal justice, and the responsibility to protect, particularly in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including International Reponses to Mass Atrocities in Africa: Responsibility to Protect, Prosecute, and Palliate. He is Director of the Scottish Human Rights Defenders Fellowship, an Editor of the journal Global Governance, and a member of the Executive Committee of BISA. He is past Vice-Chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, past Vice-President of the International Studies Association (ISA), and founder of the ISA Human Rights section.

Juliet Dryden - BISA Director

Juliet has worked in the field of international relations for the last 25 years specialising in programme management, international development/humanitarian affairs and donor relations.

Juliet has previously worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the London School of Economics (LSE Ideas) and for 15 years with the United Nations in Cairo, Gaza and Jerusalem (UNRWA, UNOCHA, UNOHCHR). Her most recent position prior to joining BISA was at the West Asia - North Africa (WANA) Institute in Amman where she was the Director of Programmes. Juliet holds an MA in International Relations from the University of East Anglia.

Juliet was also elected as a member of the Chatham House Council in July 2021.

Outside of BISA, Juliet loves reading political biographies, outdoor swimming, spending time with her family and living a quiet life after years of living dangerously!

Eddie Cohen - Events and Conference Assistant

Eddie is a Liberal Arts and Politics graduate from the University of Leeds. He joined BISA in September 2020 as our Virtual Events Assistant and has since hosted dozens of events for our trustees and working groups. Having helped host and run the 2021 virtual conference, Eddie will be continuing as the Conference Assistant for the BISA 2022 conference in Newcastle.

Outside of BISA Eddie has a keen interest in music of all kinds – playing in a band and co-hosting a radio show on a local radio station.

Chrissie Elliot-Duxson - Communications Manager

Chrissie has worked in marketing communications for 10 years with experience of both the public and private sectors. Her most recent positions prior to joining BISA were at the University of Warwick and spanned marketing, communications, recruitment, student experience and project management.

Chrissie has also run her own business and was formerly the Chair of her local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses as well as Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire First Young Professionals.

Outside of BISA Chrissie is a singer/songwriter, reviews gigs for Birmingham Live and enjoys travelling.

Freya Jones - BISA Administrator

Freya joined BISA as Administrator in January 2021 on a part-time basis alongside her other roles as a School Bursar and a Ticketing Administrator for the Friends of Oxford Botanic Garden. Previously she worked as an Account Director for an Event Management agency for nine years, organising a variety of events across the globe.

Outside of BISA, Freya enjoys Pilates and reading (when time allows!), and has recently taken up playing the piano again after a 25 year hiatus.

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