Laura Birkman

Senior Strategic Analyst

Laura Birkman is a Senior Strategic Analyst at HCSS where she leads a range of projects in the field of security and defense. Before joining HCSS, she worked as Principal and Senior Consultant at Ecorys, an international research and consulting firm, where she helped establish the Security and Justice unit and focused on topics related to civil protection, crisis management, and innovation. Among other things, Laura led advisory and support services related to the building of a “Community of Users in Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies”, a European Commission initiative focused on reducing fragmentation and increasing impact of EU funded security research.

Prior to Ecorys, Laura worked for the Dutch government as key expert on international biodiversity policy (UN) and agricultural trade. She also served as Agricultural Attaché to the Netherlands Embassy in Moscow (2006-2009). Laura holds an MPA (Harvard Kennedy School, 2012), an Executive Master International European Relations and Management (University of Amsterdam, ASIR, 2001), and a Joint M.A. (Honours) International Relations, Philosophy (University of St. Andrews, 2000). She is a former NAF Fulbright Fellow and HSP Huygens Scholar (Harvard).

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