Damien Helly

Visiting professor, College of Europe

Damien Helly has been a specialist on the cultural dimensions of the external action of the European Union since 2006, which saw his first collaboration with Palmer/Rae Associates. He worked from 2008 to 2012 at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), where he coordinated and participated in the work on sub-Saharan Africa-Europe relations and security and defence policy. His research activities included conflict prevention and crisis management, and links between security, development and governance.
Before joining the EUISS, M. Helly was senior analyst and head of the International Crisis Group office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2006-2007). He also managed the Crisis Group’s regional South Caucasus office as project director in 2003-2004, before working as a consultant on Moldova/Transdniestria for the same organisation. In 2005-2006, he opened and ran Saferworld’s EU and advocacy office in Brussels.
Damien Helly holds a PhD in political science from Sciences Po, Paris.