Rory Keane - Head of Office 

Before his appointment as Head of the UNLOPS, Rory Keane worked for the United Nations Special Envoy for the Sahel Region and served as the security sector advisor to the UN Special Representative in Liberia. Prior to that, he was Team Leader of the OECD International Network on Conflict and Fragility, European Commission desk officer for the DRC and Great Lakes as well as the OSCE Spokesperson in the former Yugoslavia.

Rory Keane holds a PhD in International Relations and a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship on EU peace and security policy. He speaks English, French and German. 


Annick Hiensch - Political Affairs Officer

Before her appointment at UNLOPS, Annick Hiensch worked for the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs in the UN Secretariat in New York. Prior to that, she worked for the European Commission’s Development Directorate in Brussels, the World Food Program in Rome, and NGOs in London and Amsterdam.

Annick Hiensch holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. She speaks Dutch, English, French, and Spanish. 


Kamiel Mesie - Associate Political Affairs Officer 

Before his appointment, Kamiel worked as a fellow for the delegation of the European Union to the UN in New York, concentrating on the Third Committee and Security Council affairs. Prior to that, he worked at the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE and on consultancy basis for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Kamiel also has work experience with NGOs and was an intern at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kamiel holds a Bachelor Degree in European Studies and a Master Degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the European Institute for Human Rights in Venice, Italy. He wrote his Master Thesis on the crossroads between international human rights protection and counter-terrorism policies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Kamiel speaks Dutch, English, French, and Italian.  


Cecile Steverlynck – Administrative Assistant

Before her appointment at UNLOPS, Cecile worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency,  as Reintegration Assistance Focal Point in Brussels. Previously, she served in Guatemala with the Belgian development cooperation and several NGOs, working closely with indigenous populations and the United Nations Verification Mission (MINUGUA). She also has work experience in the Belgian public sector.

Cecile holds a Bachelor degree in Communication Science and a Master’s degree in Development studies from the Université Catholique de Louvain. She speaks French, Dutch, English, and Spanish.