Stefano Manservisi and Jean Marie Guéhenno appointed by the Paris Peace Forum as Senior Advisers and Mentor for ECES to scale up its EURECS approach!

ECES is very grateful to have the possibility to collaborate with the two High Level Senior Advisers matched with us by the Paris Peace Forum (PPF) as part of ECES selection as one of the 10 best projects of the 4th Edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which entitled us to enter the PPF Scale Up Programme (SCUP).

The ECES projects in Ethiopia, funded by the EU and Germany, and implemented following our copyrighted approach titled “European Response for Electoral Cycle Support (EURECS)” have been matched with these two high-ranking SCUP members who will act as ECES senior mentors to scale up our EURECS approach worldwide.

They will do so by providing regular and targeted support in the areas of policy and advocacy, resource mobilisation, networking as well as communication and visibility.

The SCUP is composed of high-level personalities selected by the PPF for their exceptional contribution to global peace and democratic governance issues and their long-term experience with programme management and growth at the most senior level in international organisations such as, for instance, the European Commission and the United Nations.

It is therefore our pleasure and honoured to announce that our Senior Mentors and Advisers for the year 2021 are Stefano Manservisi and Jean-Marie Guéhenno.


Stefano Manservisi is currently serving as Special Adviser to EU Commissioner on Economic Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni, he is also President of the Global Community Engagement Resilience Fund, Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Political Science of the Sorbonne University, distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Global Development and Senior Adviser at the European Institute of Peace.

Mr Manservisi has had a long and distinguished career as a top political adviser dealing with development policies and multilateral institutions. He has served in the European Commission as Director-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), where he led efforts to reshape EU development policy, deliver the Millennium Development Goals and work towards realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to that he was Head of the Private Office of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Commission Vice-President. He has also served as Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs, the EU Ambassador to Turkey, and headed the Private Office of the European Commission’s President Romano Prodi.

A lawyer by training, Stefano enjoys teaching and has been a visiting professor at various universities and research centres, as well as advising UN agencies and other multilateral institutions.


Jean-Marie Guéhenno in 2000 was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to serve as under-secretary-general for peacekeeping, and in that position he became the longest-serving head of peacekeeping in UN history, leading an unprecedented expansion of operations from 2000 to 2008. He worked again with Mr. Annan in 2012 when the then former secretary-general was attempting to broker peace in Syria. After leaving the United Nations, Mr. Guéhenno became a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and then joined Columbia University as a professor of professional practice in international and public affairs from 2010 to 2014.

From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Guéhenno was the president and CEO of the International Crisis Group. Currently, he is a member of the High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation created by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.Mr. Guéhenno enjoyed a  distinguished career as a senior civil servant in France before joining the UN. He was head of the policy planning staff at the Quai d’Orsay when the Cold War ended, ambassador to the Western European Union, and chairman of the Institute for Higher National Defense Studies (IHEDN) in Paris.

A frequent contributor to newspapers and periodicals, Mr. Guéhenno is also the author of several books, including an account of his years at the United Nations, The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century. As a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, he is presently completing a book on the crisis of democracy, continuing the exploration of issues he addressed in his first book, La Fin de la Démocratie (1993), published in English as The End of the Nation-State.

Mr. Guéhenno is an officer of the Légion d’Honneur and a commander of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He serves on the boards of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, his alma mater. A frequent participant in international conferences, he is also the chair of the scientific committee of the IHEDN.