Making policies work

Andrew Sherriff

  • EU-Africa relations
  • European external action
  • Security-development nexus
  • EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding
  • Situations of fragility
  • Evaluation


Andrew Sherriff, originally from Scotland, is Head of the European External Affairs 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.


  • Member of the Senior Executive level with collective responsibility for leadership, strategy, quality, mentoring and fundraising
  • Coordinates and leads ECDPM work on European External Action

Pre-ECDPM assignments

  • Senior Consultant and Owner, IPAAR Bosnia-Herzegovina and Tacoma, USA
  • Senior Advisor, Williamsworks LLC
  • Adjunct Professor at the School of International Service of American University in Washington DC
  • Analytic Support Consultancy, Policy Division, DFID, London
  • Manager Development and Peace building Program, International Alert, London
  • Program and Research Officer, International Alert, London

External publications and contributions

    Supporting peacebuilding in times of change

    Publications | Published on 17-09-2018

    Aiming high or falling short?

    Publications | Published on 03-09-2018

    Andrew Sherriff

    Head of Programme European External Affairs


    Scottish, British




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