Former Interns


Starting January 2016, Ms Valeria Pozzessere (ITA) was conducting an internship within the Lessons Learned and Development Branch (LL/Dev). Her tasks particularly involved the development of the LL/Dev Integration Project, including mapping a community of interest and defining a marketing plan, and the launching of an interactive mobile application framework for collection and information sharing on mission at CIMIC level.

Ms Pozzessere has prior experience in the field of security and defense. Before joining the CCOE, she has worked in the Foreign Policy/Security and Defense Policy Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as Election Observer in Ukraine.

Throughout her Master’s studies, Ms Pozzessere specialized in conflict resolution in the post-soviet region. Due to her extensive knowledge of Russian foreign policy and political transformations in the post-soviet area, she therefore actively contributed to the development of a recently established Brussels-based NGO, where she could gain practical experience in post-conflict peacebuilding and civil society reintegration in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

Ms Pozzessere graduated from LUISS University (ITA) in 2013. Shortly after her graduation, she participated in the European Parliament Internship Program. For the purposes of her Master’s Degree, she conducted a research experience on post-conflict recovery at the NEEDS Project of the European Commission in Brussels. Her educational background also includes a Master’s Degree in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the European University in Saint Petersburg (RUS).

Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence

Mr. Enzo Sebastian Aguilera (GER) was conducting an internship at the Concept, Interoperability and Capabilities (CIC) Branch and the Legal Adviser (LEGAD) from March to April 2016. During this time he reviewed and proposed updates on the Rule of Law Make Sense publication. Next to that he developed the factsheet on Rule of Law as one of the Cross Cutting topics identified by the CCOE.

Enzo completed his Bachelor in Law at Maastricht University (NLD). He is currently studying Law and International Relations at Leiden University (NLD) with a focus on International Security.

Ziekenoppasser_LisaMs. Lisa Ziekenoppasser (NLD) conducted her internship in the Lessons Learned & Development Section (LL/DEV) from March 2015 to January 2016. During her internship, Lisa looked into CIMIC activities and courses with a special focus on Africa to analyse the development and practical implications of CIMIC within missions deployed in Africa.
Lisa studied at the University of Nijmegen (NLD) where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Her thesis focused on the establishment of the European Police Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo. In august 2014 she successfully finished the Master’s program Law and Politics of International Security (LL.M) at the Free University of Amsterdam (NLD).

Throughout both her bachelor and master Lisa has gained extensive work experience. Before joining the CCOE, Lisa has worked in Münster within the First German/Netherlands Corps. She worked within the branches G3 and G9, while writing a research paper about the “Comprehensive Approach”. During her time in Münster, she participated in the exercises Common Effort, Odyssee Sword and Peregrine Sword. She wrote her Master thesis about regional security institutions, with an emphasis on the League of Arab States, at the Royal Military Academy in Breda where she stayed for five months. From August 2014 till February 2015, she performed an internship at the Netherlands Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo. » read more