Andrew Sherriff, originally from Scotland, is Head of the Strengthening European External Action Programme at the European Centre for Development Policy Management. His expertise and publications are in European external action, conflict prevention, fragility, civil society, development, security and EU-Africa relations issues. Prior to joining ECDPM, in 2008 Andrew worked as independent consultant to a variety of European government agencies (DFID, Austrian Development Agency, Belgium DGDC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office UK, United Nations agencies), NGOs (Oxfam International, Saferworld, World Vision, SNV and think tanks (East West Institute, Geneva Centre on Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF), FAFO International) on different development and conflict policy issues. He was also a senior adviser to Williamsworks LLC, a strategic advocacy company. Andrew spent 5 years from 1999 to 2004 at International Alert, one of the leading organizations in the field of conflict prevention and peace building. He has undertaken assignments in over 30 different Western and Eastern European, African, and Asian countries and has a number of policy publications. He has also been a regular adviser, team leader and consultant to the European institutions and EU member-states. He was an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Service of American University in Washington D.C, has an MA in International Studies from the University of Limerick in Ireland, and a BA (Hons) in International Relations from Staffordshire University, England as well as being a Visiting Scholar at the University of Calgary in Canada.