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Diplo administrators, staff and associates are a dynamic and diverse team, consisting of highly experienced diplomats, academics, learning specialists, and computer programmers. Diplo operates from three offices (Geneva, Belgrade, and Malta), but the majority of staff and associates work online, spread worldwide from the Pacific Islands to Latin America. Our approach is multidisciplinary and each of our staff members is involved in a number of activities. 

Board of Administrators

Dietrich Kappeler – Honorary President of DiploFoundation
Diplo Senior Fellow and former Director, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, Malta

Victor Camilleri – President
Ambassador and Executive Director, Ministry for European Affairs, Malta - Programming and Training Presidency of the Council of the EU 2017

Theodor Winkler - Vice-President
Ambassador and former Director of DCAF

Saviour F. Borg
Ambassador and former Permanent Representative of Malta to the UN

Isabelle Calleja Ragonesi
Professor, International Relations Department, University of Malta

Maud Dlomo
Ambassador of South Africa to Madagascar

Jovan Kurbalija – Secretary of the Board
Director of DiploFoundation

Senior Management Team

Jovan Kurbalija – Founding Director

Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the Founding Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform. He is a former diplomat with a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. In 1992, he established the Unit for IT and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. In 2002, after more than ten years of successful work in training, research, and publishing, the Unit evolved into DiploFoundation. Jovan directs online learning courses on ICT and diplomacy and lectures in academic and training institutions in Switzerland, the United States, Austria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Malta. His main areas of research are diplomacy and the development of an international Internet regime, online negotiations, and diplomatic law. He is the author of An Introduction to Internet Governance, which has been translated into eight languages and is now in its 7th edition.

Hannah Slavik – Educational Programmes Director

Ms Hannah Slavik has been the Educational Programmes Director for Diplo since 2003 and has worked with Diplo since 1999. She is currently responsible for designing learning methodologies, planning educational policy, cooperation with partner institutions, and online course development and implementation. She has also edited three Diplo publications: Language and Diplomacy, Intercultural Communication and Diplomacy, and Roma Diplomacy. Hannah has an academic background in linguistics, holding an MA from the University of Malta and a BA from the University of Victoria, Canada. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Open and Distance Education from the Open University, UK. Originally from western Canada, she currently lives in Bucharest, Romania and can be contacted at

Tereza Horejsova – Project Development Director

Dr Tereza Horejsova is from the Czech Republic and holds an MA in International Area Studies and a PhD in European Studies, both from the Charles University in Prague. Tereza has had an international career in academia and the non-governmental sector in the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, and Switzerland. During her stay in Geneva (2012-2016), she coordinated the activities of the Geneva Internet Platform. Currently based in Washington DC, she joined DiploFoundation in 2012 and serves as the Project Development Director. Tereza can be reached at

Stephanie Borg Psaila – Digital Policy Director

Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila has been working with Diplo since 2006. She is from Malta, and holds a Doctorate in Law (LL.D.), a Master's in Contemporary Diplomacy, and two law-related diplomas from the University of Malta. Currently, she works on Internet governance programmes, events, and activities, and is the Editor of the GIP Digital Watch observatory. Her areas of interest are legal issues related to Internet governance, including jurisdiction on the Internet; human rights; and e-diplomacy. Stephanie can be reached at

Senior Fellows

Geoff Berridge, Professor Emeritus, University of Leicester
Petru Dumitriu, United Nations Joint Inspection Unit
Christopher Lamb, former Australian ambassador and Humanitarian Diplomacy head, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Aldo Matteucci, former Deputy Secretary General of EFTA
Laurence Pope, former US ambassador
Kishan Rana, Professor Emeritus and former Indian ambassador
Alex Sceberras Trigona, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malta


Our faculty includes diplomats, academics, and other experts from all over the world. Please visit our faculty page to learn more.

Staff and Associates

Robert Aquilina, Finance Manager
Miodrag Badnjar, Media Developer Online Courses
Patrick Borg, Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy Coordinator; Malta Office Head
Jelena Dincic, Online Programmes Assistant
Katharina Hoene, Project Manager and Researcher for Online Learning
Jelena Jakovljevic, Web Manager and Designer
Arvin Kamberi, Multimedia Co-ordinator
Rade Kotur, Online Programmes Assistant
Nikola Krstic, Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Marília Maciel, Digital Policy Senior Researcher
Dragana Markovski, Online Programmes Assistant
Darija Medic, Web and Software Programmer
Viktor Mijatovic, Publications Designer
Mina Mudric, Publications Manager
Aleksandar Nedeljkov, Publications Designer
Tanja Nikolic, Course Admissions Co-ordinator
Aye Mya Nyein, Assistant Data Analyst
Virginia (Ginger) Paque, Internet Governance and E-diplomacy Programmes
Roxana Radu, GIP Manager, Internet Governance Associate
Vladimir Radunovic, Cybersecurity and E-diplomacy Programmes
Carmelo P. Romano, Clever Solutions Ltd, IT Support
Barbara Rosen Jacobson, Research and Projects Associate
Andrej Skrinjaric, Online Programmes Co-ordinator
Sorina Teleanu, Digital Policy Senior Researcher
Elena Tudorie, Geneva Office Administrative and Financial Officer
Vladimir Veljasevic, Illustrator
Milica Virijevic Konstantinovic, Belgrade Office Head; Travel and Workshop Coordinator

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