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Alumni event

Alumni event BSc Security Studies & MSc Crisis and Security Management

Thursday 6 May 2021

Are you an alumni of the BSc Security Studies or MSc Crisis and Security Management? Then sign up for the first alumni event on Thursday 6 May. 

This Online Alumni Event is a cooperation between ISGA and the L.S.A. Custodia study association. We aim for an event that will be inspiring and refreshing: You will have the opportunity to meet former classmates, to attend interesting lectures by guest speakers from the professional field and to be back in the classroom again for a short update lecture by staff from the Security Studies and Crisis and Security Management programmes.

The event theme will be Peacekeeping in the 21st Century. We have specifically chosen this theme, as it touches upon many aspects of security, and also bridges the realms of global affairs and crisis and security management.


  • 17:00 – 17:15 hrs - Opening ceremony by Daan Weggemans, Programme Director of the Bachelor Security Studies. 
  • 17:15 – 17:45 hrs - Update lecture by Joery Matthys, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, lecturer of the Master Crisis and Security Management.
  • 17:45 – 18:15 hrs – Keynote speech by Sven Koopmans, Former member of the House of Representatives. 
  • 18:15 – 19:00 hrs - Alumni Panel with 2 CSM alumni (Tiê Franco Brotto and Nicolas Castellon) and 2 BaSS alumni (Louise Larsen and Giel Verhagen). They will be tackling the statement: ‘Peacebuilding in the 21st century should be approached through an interdisciplinary lens’.
  • 19:00 hrs - Closing ceremony by Daan Weggemans, Programme Director of the Bachelor Security Studies.

About the speakers

Daan Weggemans is the programme director of Security Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University/Campus The Hague. He is also a research fellow at the International Centre for Counter-terrorism. His research focusses on contemporary security problems and technologies. He studied, among others, the radicalisation and preparatory processes of Dutch Foreign Fighters and the influence of families in radicalisation processes. He also published on the re-integration of (former) extremist detainees. For his projects Daan interviewed dozens of security professionals and multiple (former) violent extremists and their peers.

Joery Matthys is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. He recently concluded a study on the supervision and monitoring of criminal investigations by State actors in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Joery Matthys has conducted research on multi-level regulation in the energy and communication sector, as well as on competence distribution in multi-level governance systems (municipality-province-region). He coordinated a research project on quality regulation in the private security sector, and recently concluded a study on the supervision of state actors in the criminal justice chain in Belgium and the Netherlands. Currently, he is involved in a research project regarding the current knowledge about crises and disaster risk reduction.

Sven Koopmans is a consultant in peace negotiations with experience as a diplomat, lawyer, writer and politician. From 2017 to 2021 he was a member of the House of Representatives (VVD) and spokesperson for legal affairs and foreign policy. He was also a delegation leader in the NATO Assembly. Koopmans was previously involved for the UN, EU and OSCE negotiations and constitutional changes in, among others, Cyprus, Darfur, Kosovo, Mali, Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela and South Sudan. Before that, he was a lawyer with Clifford Chance. Koopmans studied in Leiden and at Harvard and obtained his doctorate in Oxford. He is the author ofthe books: Koopman Dominee General (Boom, 2021); Negotiating Peace (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Diplomatic Dispute Settlement (TMC Asser Press, 2008).

Giel Verhagen is currently studying the Master Crisis and Security Management at Leiden University, specializing in the Governance of Radicalism, Extremism and Terrorism. He holds a Bachelor in Security Studies also from Leiden University, where he wrote a thesis on the naming and shaming of mass atrocities. His interests include international crimes, conflict prevention and international law.

Louise Larsen is a former Security Studies student, and currently a student of Crisis and Security Management (CSM) where she follows the specialisation Governance of Radicalism, Extremism and Terrorism. She also works as the Student Ambassador of CSM and as a student assistant for the specialization track Governance of Cybersecurity.

Tiê Franco Brotto is a researcher in the humanitarian field and previously worked in social development and peacebuilding. He is currently responsible for the management of a research team in Somalia that directly informs high-level humanitarian planning. Previously, he contributed to a variety of organizations in different countries, from civil society and democracy in Latin America to post-conflict reconciliation in Sri Lanka. He holds an MSc in Crisis and Security Management at the University of Leiden, and an MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance at the University of Amsterdam.

Nicolas Castellon is a Senior Manager leading the Cyber Defense team at Capgemini Netherlands. His main areas of expertise are Cyber Defensive Operations, Industrial Control Systems, and Cyber Security Capacity Building – linking business goals and technology innovation. Nicolas started his career as a researcher at NGOs and Think-Tanks and later took a technology deep-dive consulting for System Integrator firms. His interest for Cyber Security began in 2011, and the growing cluster of organizations focusing on this subject in the city of The Hague drove him to study the CSM Master’s program in 2013.


Please don’t miss the opportunity to register now for the Online Alumni Event. We are looking forward to seeing you May 6th!

L.S.A. Custodia

L.S.A. Custodia is the study association for the bachelor Security Studies and the master Crisis and Security Management. A young and dynamic association, we were founded on the 9th of May, 2018 to provide students of these programs with opportunities for a deeper and more engaging university experience. More information


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