Non-Resident Scholars

Non-Resident Scholars are career professionals that have dedicated their lives to understanding and addressing the most pressing security challenges facing the world today. These exceptional individuals are tasked with creating analytic products and presentations on mutually agreed topics that will be posted on the SRH and presented at workshops and events hosted by the SRH. Additionally, scholars will serve as part of a review board tasked with editing and examining other analytic products produced by scholars and Research Affiliates.

Look at the SRH calendar and look out for SRH announcements to keep track of when the next Non-Resident Scholar event will take place.

Ryan C. Berg
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Ryan C. Berg is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously, Berg was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he helped lead its Latin America Studies Program. He has served as a research consultant to the World Bank, a Fulbright scholar in Brazil, and a visiting doctoral fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Berg has lived and worked in Peru and Brazil and is an expert member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and the Urban Violence Research Network.In addition, Berg has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed academic and policy-oriented journals, including The LancetMigration and Development, the SAIS Review of International Affairs, and the Georgetown Security Studies Review. In the popular press, his articles have appeared in, Foreign PolicyLos Angeles TimesNewsweekThe Hill, World Politics Review, the National Interest, and RealClearWorld, among other outlets. He has appeared on Voice of America and National Public Radio and has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Berg obtained a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in political science and an M.Sc. in global governance and diplomacy from the University of Oxford, where he was a Senior Hulme fellow. Earlier, he obtained a B.A. in government and theology from Georgetown University. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has a working knowledge of French and Slovenian.


Berg specializes on issues pertaining to U.S.-Latin American relations, authoritarian regimes, armed conflict, strategic competition, and trade and development issues.
Lucia Dammert
Full Professor, University Of Santiago Of Chile
Lucia Dammert is a Professor of International Relations at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Her expertise has been widely acknowledged in Latin America. Among her most recent books in English are Fear of Crime in Latin America (2012, Routledge) and Maras (2011, University of Texas Press) edited with Thomas Bruneau. She has held key advisory positions in Chile, Argentina, México and Perú and has served as key advisor at the Organization of American States and other regional organizations. At the global level she has been invited to be part of the UN Secretary General´s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. She holds a Ph.D. from Leiden University, a Master’s Degree from University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina.


Lucia Dammert’s research interests lie in the field of public security, criminal organizations, and criminal justice reform.
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Alberto José Mejía Ferrero
President, Australia-Colombia Business Council
Alberto José Mejía Ferrero is the former Colombian Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand and a retired General in the Colombian Army. From December 2017 to December 2018, he served as General Commander of the Colombian Military Forces, one of many major posts he held in his 41-year career with the Colombian Army. He is considered an expert in irregular and asymmetrical warfare, as well as in fourth-generation wars, special operations, and civic action operations. He is recognized and the national and international levels for his distinguished efforts in the defense of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. As Colombian ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, Mejía worked for national interests in the Pacific Alliance and participated in the consolidation of the bilateral relationship. He also served as an adjunct professor at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia, and is currently honorary president of the Australia Colombia Business Council.
Louise Marie Hurel 
Digital Security Programme Lead at Igarapé Institute
Louise Marie Hurel is the Digital Security Programme Lead at Igarapé Institute, a think-and-do-tank focused on multidimensional security based in Brazil. Louise Marie is a member of the Advisory Board at the Global Forum of Cyber Expertise (GFCE) and Carnegie Endowment’s Partnership for Countering Influence Operations’ (PCIO). She is also a PhD researcher in Data, Networks and Society and holds an MSc in Media and Communications (Data and Society) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research focuses on social imaginaries, cybersecurity governance, and incident response. Her previous experience includes consultancy for technical bodies a UNESCO project on “What if we all governed the Internet”, and research on Internet governance, privacy, and security at the Center for Technology and Society at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (CTS-FGV). She has also published in main media vehicles such as CFR, Americas Quarterly, Open Democracy and others as well as journals such as the Journal of Cyber Policy and book chapters in the Routledge Handbook of International Cybersecurity and Rowman & Littlefield’s “Governing Cyberspace: Behaviour, Power and Diplomacy”.


Louise Marie is interested in areas such as cybersecurity and Internet governance, platform and infrastructure studies, cyber norms, non-state actors, computer-mediated communication, critical security studies, risk and STS.
Wazim Mowla
Assistant Director, Caribbean Initiative At Atlantic Council Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center
Wazim Mowla is a specialist on Caribbean public policy, foreign affairs, and the region’s integration. Mowla was originally born in Queens, New York and is also of Guyanese descent. Recently, he has worked for both the Guyanese Ambassador and Antigua & Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States. Mowla’s written work and commentary has been featured in Global AmericansDiplomatic Courier, the AULABLOG, The Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Advisor, and various Guyanese news outlets. He has a B.A. in both International Relations and History and an M.A. in Public History from Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs. At the moment, Mowla is pursuing an M.A. in Comparative & Regional Studies from American University’s School of International Service, where he also works as a Research Assistant. While a student, Mowla has interned for The Inter-American Dialogue’s Asia & Latin America Program and the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.


Wazim Mowla’s primary interests include U.S.-Caribbean relations, climate change, identity politics, the development of Small Island Developing States, and global governance.
Vladimir Rouvinski
Director, Center For Inter-Disciplinary Studies, Icesi University
Vladimir Rouvinski is Director, Laboratory of Politics and International Relations (PoInt), and Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, at Icesi University in Cali, Colombia. He graduated from Irkutsk State University, in Russia, majoring in history and international relations, and he also holds MA and PhD in International Development and Cooperation from Hiroshima University in Japan.Before joining Icesi University in 2007, Vladimir worked with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), education and research institutions in Russia, Japan, and Colombia, and he speaks Russian, English, and Spanish.


Vladimir Rouvinski’s area of expertise is Russian and Asian countries relations with Latin America.
Daniel Schaeffer
Senior Officer International Fisheries, Pew Charitable Trusts
Daniel Schaeffer leads Pew’s work on maritime security and military engagement by addressing illegal fishing where it intersects with other maritime crimes. Before joining Pew, Schaeffer served in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he reached the rank of commander and led the service’s fisheries and marine protected enforcement program. Schaeffer’s Coast Guard experience spanned the full range of fisheries enforcement efforts, including operational planning and oversight, policy development, intergovernmental cooperation, drafting of regulations, and boarding vessels. He worked on international fisheries enforcement and took part in multilateral meetings and treaty negotiations. Schaeffer holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a master’s in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island’s College of Environment and Life Sciences, and a professional diploma from the U.S. Naval War College.


Daniel Schaeffer specializes in topics pertaining to ocean conservation, international fisheries and ending illegal fishing.
Andrei Serbin Pont
Director, Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES)
Andrei Serbin Pont serves as the Director of the regional thinktank, Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES), as the Regional Representative for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), and as the Adjunct Director of Academic Journal Pensamiento Propio. He also holds several other positions: CARI Consulting Member, Senior Fellow at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, Fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Valdai Club expert and columnist for Perfil. He is undergoing PhD studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, holds a Master’s in International Relations from the San Tiago Dantas Program (São Paulo, Brazil), a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts with orientation in Public Policy from UNSAM and graduated from the National Defense School in Argentina.


Andrei Serbin Pont focuses on foreign policy, defense, security, human rights, regional integration, conflict and mass atrocity prevention.
Livia Wagner
Network Coordinator and Senior Expert, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Livia Wagner works as the Coordinator for the Network of Experts and Senior Expert at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. As Network Coordinator, she serves as the focal point for a variety of network activities of and engagement with more than 500 network members who are involved in analyzing or countering transnational organized crime. She has done extensive research on natural resource trafficking, such as illegal gold mining/illegal logging and related organized crime forms with a special focus on Latin America. She also coordinates the Responsible & Ethical Business Coalition against Trafficking (RESPECT) Initiative and coordinating GI-TOC’s Research Lead for the Tech Against Trafficking Initiative. Before joining the GI-TOC, she worked several years as international consultant and before that as Private Sector focal point for the United Nations Global Initiative Against Trafficking in Persons (UN.GIFT) and the Non-Governmental Organization ECPAT on child trafficking for sexual exploitation. She also worked as development official for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Mauritius. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Sociology and International Relations from the University of Linz/Austria and is based in Vienna/Austria.


Livia Wagner’s work covers mainly the issue of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation, specializing on responsible supply chain management.