Martin Konecny is EuMEP’s director. Before founding EuMEP, Konecny was Brussels director of Crisis Action, an organisation focusing on the protection of civilians from armed conflicts including in Sudan and South Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Congo and Israel-Palestine. Subsequently, he was a senior analyst at the Open Society Foundations covering the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. He is from the Czech Republic and has an MA degree in Sociology.
While having one permanent staff member, EuMEP relies on external consultants, including for research, specific advocacy projects and administrative support. As part of its cooperative model, EuMEP works closely with other organisations and experts.
The board provides organisational supervision and strategic advice.
Martin Siepermann is chair of EuMEP’s board. He is a co-founder and former director of The Rights Forum, a Netherlands-based network of former ministers and professors of international law who have joined forces to promote a rights-based solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Daniel Levy is the president of the U.S./Middle East Project (USMEP)*. He was director for the Middle East and North Africa at the European Council on Foreign Relations and an analyst for the International Crisis Group’s Middle East Programme. He was a senior advisor in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and to Justice Minister Yossi Beilin during the government of Ehud Barak (1999-2001).
Nathalie Tocci is director of Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and in that capacity a member of EuMEP’s board. She is also editor of The International Spectator and advises EU HRVP Federica Mogherini on the implementation of the EU’s global strategy in the area of security and defence. She is honorary professor at the University of Tübingen and has held research positions at the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Transatlantic Academy and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.
* There is no formal connection between USMEP and EuMEP; the similarity of names is coincidental.