Christoph is a researcher and writer currently based at the University of Zurich’s Political Geography unit.

Under Security Council resolutions 2293 (2016) and 2360 (2017), he served as armed groups expert in the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow with the Congo Research Group of the New York University‘s Center on International Cooperation and an Associated Lecturer at University of Cologne’s Institute for African Studies. He has also worked for the Rift Valley Institute’s Usalama Projects I and II as well as for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Christoph co-founded suluhu, an emerging consulting and research collective and has been teaching at several Congolese universities. He does academic peer review for Geopolitics, Journal of International Development, Journal of Modern African Studies, Resources Policy, and Journal of Eastern African Studies, and occasionally reviews New York Times Magazine and National Geographic publications on Central Africa.

His own work is widely published in international newspapers and magazines, including various media and academia outlets such as Washington Post, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, The Economist, International Peace Institute, Africa is a Country, Social Science Research Council, African Arguments, Think Africa Press, Le Monde, openDemocracy, Mail and Guardian, and many others. His publications have been translated in various languages, including German, French, Arabic, and Dutch. For academic or journalistic publications, please check here and here, respectively. Christoph speaks English, French, Swahili, Spanish, German, Italian, and broken Lingala.

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