About.

Elva is a non-profit organization with offices in The Hague, The Netherlands and Tbilisi, Georgia. Founded in 2013, we provide products and services that bridge the gaps between citizens and decision makers worldwide.

Meet the team

Elva is built by a team of digital humanitarians from all corners of the globe, joined by a community of open source volunteers. Interested in helping us grow Elva's impact worldwide? Please get in touch.
  • Mark van Embden Andres

    Director

    Mark is the director of Elva. He has extensive experience in research and field work within conflict transformation and humanitarian action efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. Mark is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

  • Jonne Catshoek

    Advisor

    Jonne is a cofounder of Elva and remains active in an advisory position. He has extensive experience conducting research and field work for conflict transformation and democracy support organisations in Africa, Western Europe and the Caucasus.

  • Aneliese Bernard

    Lead Analyst

    Aneliese is a practitioner and consultant with over eight years of experience in U.S. government, NGOs and academia. She most recently worked for the U.S. State Department as a stabilization advisor in Niger, covering the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin. She has significant experience in DDR, SSR, stabilization and CVE in the Sahel. She has a Masters Degree from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

  • Lasha Tavartkiladze

    Lead Developer

    Lasha is a minimalism fanatic. A designer who loves programming and a programmer who loves design. He's an active open source contributor and drinks insurmountable amount of Americano.

  • Amit Arkhipov-Goyal

    Project Manager

    Amit manages projects for Elva's clients and helps apply Elva's expertise in new ways. He previously focused on analysing the impact of emerging technologies in conflict, security and defence. Amit holds an MSc in Crisis and Security Management from Leiden University.

  • Emma Cats

    Research Assistant

    Emma is an intern at Elva. She is focussing on project- and research related tasks. She holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Law. At the moment, Emma is finishing her MA in International Relations at Leiden University. Besides studying, she has gained experience through internships at a women's rights NGO and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Lennart Roos

    Research Assistant

    Lennart is an intern at Elva. He works on Elva’s visibility and helps with research-related tasks. He is also a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam’s political science department.