As Programme Head for Research and Policy, Jan forms part of the IJR’s core management team and serves on the Senior Advisory Team of Afrobarometer, a continental public opinion survey initiative that is located in IJR. A seasoned political analyst, with Masters Degrees in Political Management and Futures Studies and an Honours Degree in Journalism, Jan has extensive experience in the coordination of multi-country research projects on democratisation, governance reform, peacebuilding, transitional justice, and political economy, in partnership with major international donors and multilateral organisations. He forms part of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s International Transformation Thinkers Network, as well as the German International Cooperation Agency’s (GIZ) Global Leadership Academy International Fellows Network.