I am Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria. I hold a PhD in International Relations (University of Kent) with a focus on asymmetrical negotiations between the European Union and Africa. I also have research interests in security and democratic governance, as well as the role of perceptions in foreign policy decision making. Previously, I worked at the Brussels-based European Policy Centre think-tank where I ran the EU-Africa Forum and the European Security and Global Governance programme. Prior to that, I was employed in Ottawa, Canada, as a political desk officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. I hold Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Carleton University (Ottawa).