The Small Arms Survey

The Small Arms Survey

The Small Arms Survey is an associated programme of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. It strengthens the capacity of governments and practitioners to reduce illicit arms flows and armed violence through three mutually reinforcing work streams: the generation of policy-relevant knowledge, the development of authoritative resources and tools, and the provision of training and other services.

Contact information

Small Arms Survey

Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2E, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

Tel.: +41 22 908 5777

E-mail: sas@smallarmssurvey.org

Website: http://www.smallarmssurvey.org

The team

 

ContactsResumeSpeciality
Marco BacciniMarco Baccini is a weapons and ammunition management (WAM) specialist in the policy and capacity support unit at the Small Arms Survey. He focuses mostly on issues relating to the oversight, accountability and management of arms and ammunition throughout their lifecycle. Before joining the Survey, he was a full-time officer in the Swiss Armed Forces serving under EUFOR. Prior to that, he served for several years as a Military Observer in peacekeeping operations in the Middle East, Western Balkans, Africa, and East Asia. Marco holds an MSc in security, conflict and international development from the University of Leicester.
Oisin DawsonOisin Dawson is a weapons and ammunition management (WAM) specialist in the policy and capacity support unit at the Small Arms Survey. His main areas of expertise are in WAM, physical security and stockpile management (PSSM), and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). He is an ammunition technical officer (ATO) with over 20 years’ experience, having served as an officer in the Irish Defence Forces. He also served in UN missions in Liberia, Lebanon, Syria, and Libya, as well as with NATO in Kosovo*.
Daniel de TorresDaniel de Torres is the director of the Small Arms Survey. In this role, he oversees the organization’s strategy and guides its vision and mission. Before joining the Survey, Daniel led the Gender and Security Division and the Sub-Saharan Africa programme at DCAF—the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance. His professional portfolio includes service in the Spanish Marines, research and advocacy at the Initiative for Inclusive Security in Washington DC, work at the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, and humanitarian assistance in Bosnia and Herzegovina during and after the war in the 1990s. Daniel holds an MA in international development from the American University in Washington, DC.
Anne-Séverine FabreAnne-Séverine is a data expert in the data and analytics unit at the Small Arms Survey, focusing mostly on topics like armed violence and indicators to monitor and assess progress in implementing arms control policies and programmes. Before joining the Survey, she interned at “Les Établissement de la Plaine de l’Orbe”, dealing with sentence management of offenders. Anne-Séverine holds a MLaw in criminology and security from the University of Lausanne and a BA in international relations from the University of Geneva.
Nicolas FlorquinNicolas is the head of the data and analytics unit at the Small Arms Survey as well as a senior researcher. He oversees projects and undertakes research on armed actors and illicit flows of arms and ammunition, with a particular focus on Africa and Europe. Nicolas previously worked for Geneva Call and the United Nations Panel of Experts on Liberia. He holds a MA in public administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Brighton’s school of applied social sciences.
Adrian FosterAdrian is the strategic adviser for the Small Arms Survey’s Making Peace Operations More Effective (MPOME) Project in the policy and capacity support unit at the Small Arms Survey. He focuses on policy advice and support; training design and delivery; and project coordination. Before joining the Survey, he served in the British Army for 39 years, reaching the rank of Major General. His last two postings were Deputy Military Adviser for Peacekeeping in the UNHQ New York, and Acting Force Commander/Deputy Force Commander of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO). He has received several national and international honours and awards, including CMG and MBE, and holds an MSc in security sector management from Cranfield University and a BSC in mathematics from Southampton University.
Dr. Paul Holtom
Paul is the head of the policy and capacity support unit at the Small Arms Survey, as well as a senior researcher. He works with governments, international and regional organizations, and NGOs to support policy development and build capacity to prevent and address diversion and the illicit trade in conventional arms and ammunition. He was the director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme during 2009–2013 and a senior research fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University in the UK during 2014–2017. He has served as the technical adviser to the 2013, 2016, and 2019 UN Groups of Governmental Experts on the UN Register of Conventional Arms. Paul holds a PhD and MA in Russian and Eastern European studies from the University of Birmingham and a BA joint honours in politics and philosophy from the University of Liverpool.
Emile Lebrun
Emile is a long-term consultant for the policy and capacity support unit at the Small Arms Survey and currently contributes to projects on weapons and ammunition management, gender and ammunition controls, and peace operations and sanctions monitoring. He previously coordinated the Making Peace Operations More Effective (MPOME) project and the National Small Arms Assessment in South Sudan, and has authored or co-authored numerous research publications for the Survey. He holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh.
Dr. Sigrid Lipott
Sigrid is an associate researcher in the data and analytics unit at the Small Arms Survey, where she focuses on illicit arms proliferation, illicit arms trafficking, arms embargoes, and peacekeeping. She holds a MA in international and diplomatic sciences from the University of Trieste in Italy, a post-master’s degree in international relations from the Institute for Research on Negotiation, and a doctorate in transborder policies from the International University Institute for European Studies. Previously, she has worked at the European Projects Association and at the European External Action Service. She was awarded the Swiss Government Excellence Post-doctoral Scholarship for Foreign Scholars in 2015/2016 and also worked as a research fellow at various universities in Switzerland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Austria.
Glenn McDonaldGlenn is senior researcher in the policy and capacity support unit at the Small Arms Survey. He currently leads an EU-funded project that strengthens the capacity of Arab countries to tackle illicit small arms in line with their priorities. His research at the Survey has focused on small arms control measures and processes. He has supported the small arms-related work of various international organizations and governments, including the chairs of UN meetings and negotiations, and has been a speaker at numerous courses, conferences, and workshops. His work experience prior to the Small Arms Survey includes UN peacekeeping in Somalia (1994–95) and post-conflict peacebuilding in Rwanda (1995). He holds law degrees from McGill University and graduate degrees in international law and international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Matthias NowakMatthias is a researcher in the policy and capacity support unit at the Small Arms Survey. He focuses on field research on illicit arms flows, and managing projects related to capacity development, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa. He led the Latin America office in Bogota between 2012 and 2018, during which time he coordinated and co-edited the 2015 Global Burden of Armed Violence Report. He holds an MA in development studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a Licence in economic and social history from the University of Geneva.
Mia SchöbMia is an associate researcher in the policy and capacity support unit at the Small Arms Survey and the Small Arms Survey’s gender focal point. She focuses mostly on gender-responsive approaches to small arms control. Before joining the Survey, Mia conducted fieldwork on ex-combatant reintegration in Colombia for her PhD dissertation at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She has worked with different organisations and foundations in Switzerland, Colombia, Spain, and Germany, among others on issues of private security governance and gender roles in armed conflict and organised violence. Mia holds an MA degree in international affairs from the Graduate Institute in Geneva.
Matt SchroederMatt is a senior researcher in the in the data and analytics unit at the Small Arms Survey, where he focuses on the illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons and strategies for mitigating the threat from illicit weapons. He previously served as the director of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project at the Federation of American Scientists. He holds a BA in history from Wittenberg University and a MA in international security policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Dr. Alaa TartirAlaa is a researcher in the data and analytics unit at the Small Arms Survey and coordinator of the Security Assessment in North Africa (SANA) project. He is also a research associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Amongst other positions, Alaa was a visiting professor at Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), SciencesPo, program director at Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, a fellow at The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), and a researcher in international development studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he earned his PhD.
Francis WairaguFrancis is a senior research consultant in the policy and capacity support unit at the Small Arms Survey. His area of specialization include research; Small arms and light weapons National Action Plans (NAPs) development, Arms management and control, policy development and advocacy, Conflict analysis, peace and security, (SSR), DDR, project management, capacity building and facilitation.  He Previously worked as team leader, programs and operations and head of research and gender at the Regional Centre on Small Arms in Great Lakes, Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA). Mr. Wairagu has published in the areas of small arms and light weapons, security sector reforms, ethics and conflicts in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa region. He holds a MA in peace and security management from Addis Ababa University, a Mphil in philosophy from Moi University and a Diploma in peace and security in Africa from Uppsala University.