Joëlle Jenny

Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard university

Joëlle Jenny has most recently served as director for security policy and conflict prevention at the EU's External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels, Belgium. In that capacity, she oversaw the EU's external security policies in the areas of non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament; counter-terrorism/countering violent extremism; cyber, maritime and space security; conflict prevention, peacebuilding and mediation; and EU sanctions. Prior to joining the EEAS, she worked successively as a Swiss and a British diplomat, covering international security issues, non-proliferation/arms control, conflict prevention and peace building, including at the UN. She has worked for the UK’s Department for International Development, the Swiss Foreign Ministry and the International Committee of the Red Cross. She has worked extensively in Iraq, Yemen and the Palestinian Territories, and has held postings in Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Belgium, Switzerland and the US (New York). She was also a research assistant at NATO. She holds a master’s degree in international security from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and is an honorary associate professor of the Institute for Strategy and Security, University of Exeter, UK.