Alice Billon-Galland is a Research Associate in the Europe programme at Chatham House, covering security and defence issues. Prior to this she led the European defence programme at the European Leadership Network (ELN) in London. Her current work focuses on transatlantic burden-sharing, EU defence initiatives, EU-NATO relations, and French foreign and defence policy. Alice regularly comments on defence issues for international media from Deutsche Welle to the Wall Street Journal.

Alice can be followed on Twitter at @AliceBillon.

Alexi Drew is a research associate at The Policy Institute (King's College London), an associate fellow at the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET), and an executive manager at the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative (EECRI). Her work focuses upon emerging technologies, the international norms surrounding them, and their impact upon international relations and geopolitics. She has a specific interest in information operations, cyber security, and artificial intelligence. She blames her career path on too much Star Trek while growing up.


Alexi can be folllowed on Twitter at @CyberAlexi, and her personal website can be found at CyberAlexi.com.


Ulrike Franke is a Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), working on German and European security and defence, the future of warfare, and the impact of new technologies such as drones and AI. She has published widely on these and other topics, among others in Die ZEIT, FAZ, RUSI Whitehall Papers, Comparative Strategy, War on the Rocks, and regularly appears as commentator in the media. She hosts the German podcast 'Sicherheitshalber'.  

Ulrike can be followed on Twitter as @RikeFranke.

Ashlee Godwin is a Senior Committee Specialist working for the British Parliament, where she leads a team of international affairs specialists. She also provides policy analysis and manages inquiries for the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy and the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Ashlee is a Fulbright Scholar in national security policy-making and a Millennium Fellow with the Atlantic Council. 

Ashlee can be followed on Twitter at @ashleegodwin.




Laura Hamilton is Head of Intelligence Consulting at Falanx Assynt, a geopolitical risk and strategic intelligence advisory firm. Laura oversees Assynt’s strategic intelligence practice, providing clients with trusted insight and analysis that informs their ability to anticipate and mitigate risks, evaluate opportunities, and foresee outcomes when operating across global markets. Laura is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, with elementary knowledge of French and Arabic.





Chiara Libiseller is a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Her research looks at the rise and fall of fashionable concepts in the field of Strategic Studies since the end of the Cold War.


Chiara can be followed on Twitter at @CLibiseller.





Kristin Thue completed her MA in International Conflict Studies at King’s College London in 2020. Specialising in gender and terrorism, she participated in the Norwegian national debate on female ISIS returnees, and has published several pieces on gender and violence in the Middle East. Kristin has a background in activism and communications, and currently works for Agora think tank, a youth-led open forum for foreign policy.




Armida van Rij is a Research Associate at the Policy Institute at King's College London, working across security, defence and foreign policy. In addition to carrying out research in these areas, she has conducted projects looking at mitigating the threat of landmines and IEDs, and has examined attitudes to social cohesion and counter-terrorism policy. Armida is a regular contributor to British and international media, appearing on or providing comment to Channel 4, the BBC, CNN, the Atlantic and others.

Armida can be followed on Twitter at @armida_lm.

We want to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation for their efforts in supporting WIIS UK in the past to:


Sophia Besch

Johanna Moehring

Heather Williams

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