Research Staff

Guillaume Nicaise

Senior Adviser

Anthropologist working on local public governance and corruption risk management

Guillaume Nicaise started his career in the security sector, working on the civil dimention of security for the civil society (Carnegie, International Crisis Group, Badil) and international institutions (the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, NATO). He then specialized on good governance, working for development agencies (the Belgian Cooperation, GIZ Rwanda and GIZ Togo) and teaching to civil servants (ENA Burundi) and university students. His PhD focuses on the transfer and implementation of good governance in Africa (Rwanda, Burundi), to understand how good governance norms are defined and negotiated by development agencies, and how actors at the local level may manipulate, circumvent, or divert instruments and measures during the implementation process. In his understanding, corruption is mainly a collective action problem, to be tackled by socio norms theory, rather than by principal agent methodologies. He also holds a Master degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the SOAS University (London) and a Master in Competitive Intelligence from Lyon 3 University (France), as well as an LL.M. on International Relations and Political Science from the University of Bologna (Italy).