Lennart Nikolei is a civilian expert focusing on peace operations, the Sahel region and inter-organizational cooperation. As a member of the German Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) Expert Pool, he is currently seconded to the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Mali as a Reporting Officer. Previously, he served with the Political Affairs Division of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali and with the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels. He also gained experience in international cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the Federal Parliament in Berlin, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in Geneva, and the German Development Agency in Ecuador. Lennart holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs, Political Science and Security Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, Münster University and Sciences Po Lille respectively. He is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish and has basic knowledge of Italian and Arabic.