What is ACLED?
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated conflict collection, analysis and crisis mapping project. ACLED collects the dates, actors, types of violence, locations, and fatalities of all reported political violence and protest events across Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. Political violence and protest includes events that occur within civil wars and periods of instability, public protest and regime breakdown. ACLED’s aim is to capture the forms, actors, dates and locations of political violence and protest as it occurs across states. The ACLED team conducts analysis to describe, explore and test conflict scenarios, and makes both data and analysis open to freely use by the public.
- Prof. Clionadh RaleighExecutive Director
Prof. Clionadh Raleigh is the Executive Director of ACLED. She is also Senior Professor of Political Geography in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and an external senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Prof. Raleigh holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado. Her primary research interests are the dynamics of conflict and violence, focusing in particular on the role of formal and informal political structures.
Her work is based on African quantitative and qualitative case studies. Additional interests include Africa, political geography, social/political consequences of climate change, and GIS/spatial econometrics. Prof. Raleigh has conducted policy work with the OECD, World Bank, DfiD, United Nations, etc. She is based in Brighton, United Kingdom.
- Dr. Roudabeh KishiResearch Director
Roudabeh Kishi is the Research Director of ACLED. She oversees the quality, production, and coverage of all ACLED data across the globe; leads research and analysis across regional teams; aids in new partnerships with local sources and users; and supports the capacity building of NGOs and conflict observatories around the world. Dr. Kishi holds a Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland with specializations in international relations and quantitative methodology. She is fluent in English, Farsi, and basic French.
- Olivia RussellProgram DirectorOlivia RussellProgram Director
Olivia Russell is the Program Director of ACLED. In this role, she oversees the administration and management of ACLED's programming, including communications and publications, human resources, and finance, as well as providing support to business and partnership development.
Ms. Russell holds an M.A. in International Conflict and Security and has worked in program management, research and communications in peacebuilding in East and Central Africa. She is fluent in French, Spanish and English.
- Anthony SardainData ScientistAnthony SardainData Scientist
Anthony is Data Scientist at ACLED. He has a MSc in biostatistics from McGill University, and a strong interest in applying data science to social good, having previously worked on deriving data-driven solutions to complex problems in the fields of ecological invasion, sustainable development, land restoration, commodity trade, and maritime transport. Anthony is fluent in French, English, and Spanish, and is currently based out of Mexico City.
- Ramy KaufflerFinance and Grants ManagerRamy KaufflerFinance and Grants Manager
Ramy is the Finance and Grants Manager at ACLED. He has Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Studies and Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. His experience demonstrates his passion for learning, volunteering and working with international non-profit organizations focused on alleviating humanitarian crises and conflict through informed diplomatic policy. He has spent the last eight years working in financial management for international non-profits based in San Diego where he resides.
- Matt Batten-CarewGlobal Research Manager
Matthew Batten-Carew is the Global Research Manager of ACLED. He led the coding of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and all countries in the Middle East excluding Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, as the former Middle East Research Manager, as well as Associate Manager with ACLED's Asia project. Mr. Batten-Carew holds an M.A. in Geopolitics & Grand Strategy and a second M.A. in Eurasian Studies, with research focusing on regional governance and conflict management.
He has worked for the Canadian government's Departments of Global Affairs and National Defence, and for consulting firms in policy development and political risk analysis. He is fluent in English and French, and is based in Ottawa, Canada.
- Hilary MatfessResearch AnalystHilary MatfessResearch Analyst
Hilary Matfess is a Research Analyst with ACLED and a PhD student at Yale University. She received a BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in African Studies from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is the author of Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses.
- Tom HartMiddle East Research ManagerTom HartMiddle East Research Manager
Tom Hart is a Middle East Research Manager with ACLED, and a part-time brewer and genealogist. He received his BA in International History from Carleton University in Ottawa, where he focused on colonial relationships, intercultural interaction, and geocultural perspectives. Mr. Hart is currently based out of Ottawa, Canada, and is fluent in English and French.
- Charles VanniceAfrica Research ManagerCharles VanniceAfrica Research Manager
Charles Vannice is an Africa Research Manager with ACLED with a background in political science and education. His interests include insurgency and politically driven conflict with a focus on East Africa and Nigeria. Charles’ past research includes work with the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas, where his focus was on the Indian sub-continent and Afghanistan.
- Margaux PinaudAfrica Research ManagerMargaux PinaudAfrica Research Manager
Margaux has been with ACLED since 2015 and is now an Africa Research Manager. In this role, she oversees the coding of political violence and protests across all countries in Africa and analyses key trends in weekly regional overviews. She is also a PhD Candidate in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response at the University of Manchester. Her research looks at the role of civilian group actors in conflict transformation processes in intrastate armed conflicts, with a particular focus on ceasefires. More broadly, she is interested in conflict dynamics in East-central Africa as well as aspects of inclusivity and agency in peacemaking and peacebuilding initiatives.
- Matthias SulzMiddle East Research ManagerMatthias SulzMiddle East Research ManagerMatthias Sulz is Middle East Research Manager with ACLED. In this role, he oversees the coding of political violence and protest in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. He is pursuing his Master's degree in International Security at Sciences Po and holds a BA degree in Political Science and in Oriental Studies from the University of Vienna.His research interests include non-state-actors across the Middle East and North Africa, state fragility, geopolitics and security sector reform. He is fluent in German, English, French, Arabic and Italian, and is based in Paris, France.
- Melissa PavlikResearch AnalystMelissa PavlikResearch Analyst
Melissa Pavlik is a Research Analyst at ACLED studying overarching trends of armed conflict across and within ACLED’s regions of study. She has degrees in Statistics and Political Science from the University of Chicago, and is currently studying in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Her research focus include violent non-state actors and the intersection between the international political economy and political violence.
- Dr. Kars de BruijneSyria Senior ResearcherDr. Kars de BruijneSyria Senior Researcher
Kars de Bruijne is a Syria Senior Researcher at ACLED. He manages the Syria project and its nine researchers and conducts research on the quality of the data. Mr. de Bruijne holds a PhD (University of Groningen) in the field of Civil War carrying out fieldwork with leading commanders and vanguards of the Revolutionary United Front in Sierra Leone.
He also works as a research fellow at the Clingendael Institute (the Hague) and previously worked as a researcher for the OECD, DFID/Welcome Trust, CESS and as a lecturer at the University of Groningen. He is based in the Hague, Netherlands.
- Andrea CarboniResearch Analyst
Andrea Carboni is a Research Analyst with ACLED. He joined ACLED in 2014, and formerly managed the Africa and the Middle East desks. He is also PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Sussex and holds a Master's Degree in European and International Studies from the University of Trento. His research focuses on political elites and contentious politics in North Africa and the Middle East. He is fluent in Italian, English and French and is based in Brighton, United Kingdom.
- Muaz A.Syria Research ManagerMuaz A.Syria Research Manager
- Elliott BynumAsia Research ManagerElliott BynumAsia Research Manager
Elliott Bynum is an Asia Research Manager with ACLED. She manages the coding of political violence and protest events in Southeast Asia. She is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at American University.
- Daniela PollmannAsia Research ManagerDaniela PollmannAsia Research Manager
Daniela Pollmann is an Asia Research Manager with ACLED. In this role she oversees the coding of political violence and protests in South and Southeast Asian countries. Ms Pollmann holds a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Sussex with focus on peace processes. She has previous work experience in the social sector in Uganda and India where her work focused on women empowerment, child protection and anti-human trafficking. She is currently stationed in New Delhi, India.
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ACLED receives financial support from the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) at the U.S. Department of State, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Tableau Foundation, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the University of Texas at Austin and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID).
This project has also received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC grant agreement n° 283755 from 2013 to 2017.