Nicolas is a governance specialist and trainer with over 10 years of experience in a variety of conflict-affected and fragile countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. He handles the development and implementation of training programmes in the areas of conflict, rule of law, human security, local security, inclusive governance and decentralisation. Nicolas holds a master’s degree in political and social sciences with a specialisation in international politics from the University of Ghent. He has worked as a trainer and advisor in several countries in Asia (Pakistan, the Philippines and Turkey) and sub-Saharan Africa (Burundi, DRC, Mali, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan). Currently, he manages a five-year training programme on disability inclusion in local decision making in Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. Furthermore, he is a senior trainer in programmes on inclusive governance and peacebuilding in Eastern DRC (Ituri, North and South Kivu) and the Bangsamoro (Mindanao, the Philippines). Prior to joining The Hague Academy, Nicolas worked as a programme manager for VNG International, the International Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities.