Dr Kai Monheim is the Director and Managing Partner of the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations which he started in September 2015. Kai received his PhD from the London School of Economics on the topic of Multilateral Negotiations. He researched the key variables in the negotiation process contributing to the regime formation of climate change, trade, and biosafety.
Kai also holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a law/bar school degree from Humboldt Universität in Berlin, Germany. He previously worked as a Project Leader with The Boston Consulting Group and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE. He is trained as a mediator and works in political, business, and family mediation.
Dr Magnus Lundgren is the Deputy Director and Managing Partner of the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations. Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stockholm University, Magnus has 10+ years of practical experience from international organizations and research on International Relations. His research focuses on mediation, specifically in conflict contexts, and the conditions under which international organizations can reach effective decisions on global challenges.
He previously worked for the United Nations, focusing on political affairs and analysis, and has been a consultant for several international and national agencies, including UNDP, UNV, PRIO, and GIZ. Magnus also holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Laura Hanning Scarborough is an Associated Partner of the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations. The head of the Lithuanian delegation 2009-2010 in the UN climate process, and adviser to the government during the EU Presidency in 2013, Laura served as the vice chair of the UN Adaptation Fund board and the chair of the projects and programmes committee. She has extensive experience in multilateral negotiations both as a senior political adviser and negotiator from Copenhagen to Paris COPs as well as a broker in large commercial transactions.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sussex and Masters of Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge.
Dr Henrik Jepsen is a Senior Consultant at the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations. He holds a Master Degree in Political Science and a PhD from Aarhus University where he analyzed the dynamics of negotiating package deals in the UN climate change negotiations. Henrik has worked with the Danish Ministry of Climate where he was an advisor to the Danish Board member of the Green Climate Fund and part of the DK and EU delegations that negotiated the COP21 Paris Agreement. Outside his role at the Centre Henrik is a senior advisor at the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food.
Malin Hug is a Senior Consultant of the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations. She has studied Political Science and Business Administration at Stockholm University, and also holds a Diploma in Sales Management. Malin has worked in financial departments and as a Project Manager in Marketing Planning. Next to her role at the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations, she works an Account Manager for a leading Financial Clearing House.
Susanna Leesik is currently studying for a Masters degree in Political Science at Uppsala University and has a M.A. in Politics and History with Honours from the University of Glasgow. International politics in general, and EU external action in particular have been central focus areas throughout her studies. Before taking up her studies again, Susanna has worked at the Brussels-based units of both The Stockholm Region EU Office and The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.
Peter Martin is a graduate of the University of Hohenheim and holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration. His studies focused on international economics, more precisely on regional trade agreements and the WTO. Outside his role at the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations Peter received a grant from the development service agency Engagement Global, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, to work in a project on microfinance and cooperative banking in Ruanda.
Johanna Weberhofer holds a Master of Arts with Honours from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in Arabic-International Relations, where she wrote her diploma thesis on the evolution of UN peacekeeping. Johanna is also a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (6th Special Programme of International Studies). After a placement with the Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Department of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Johanna is currently with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in Vienna. Johanna is assigned to the Knowledge Hub of the project, where she contributes to the set-up of a database on best practices of multilateral negotiations. She has worked with the UN-system in New York, Geneva and Vienna.
Hayley Walker is a doctoral researcher at the Université catholique de Louvain and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She is also a member of the Belgian delegations to the climate and chemicals negotiations. Her research focuses on chairs, chairmanships and other facilitators of multilateral environmental negotiations and seeks to discover why, when and how they influence the negotiation process and final outcome. It employs a socio-psychological perspective to better understand the perceptions, attitudes and beliefs of individuals involved in the negotiations and the implications for those responsible for managing the process. She received her master’s degree from KU Leuven and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford.
Tabea Dorndorf is currently studying for a double bachelor degree in Economics at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and in International Economics and Trade at the Beijing Institute of Technology, China. Besides, she is actively involved in debating at university. Having lived and studied in five countries across the world, she enjoys exploring new cultures and learning about international relations.
Vera Bartsch studies Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany and currently conducts research at Princeton University.
Apart from improving scientific solutions, Vera loves working on projects which change the world in a very different way: solving problems by using communication and negotiation skills. She is eager to learn more about people and politics and therefore enjoys traveling, living in different cultures and debating.
Asgeir Barlaup holds a bachelors degree in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen and American University. He has previous experience from the National Endowment for Democracy and the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment. He is currently working as a trainee at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C., where he covers security policy issues.
We are in the process of assembling a board of long-time practitioners and expert academics to support the Centre with their expertise in multilateral negotiations.