The International Society for Military Ethics in Europe
Leadership. Ethics. Service.

Being the general directing body of the association, the Board sets the main direction for the activities of the association and gives guidance to its daily management.

The current Board of Directors (BoD) – as elected in May 2024 – is composed of the following members:

John Thomas President
Air Commodore (retd.) John Thomas served for over 30 years in the UK Royal Air Force, specialising in international relations at the political/military level. His main military ethics interests are the impact of good leadership on ethical behaviour and ethical decision making at the strategic level.
Stefan Gugerel Vice-President
MMag Stefan Gugerel is a Roman Catholic military chaplain and a lecturer in military ethics at the Austrian Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and the Theresian Military Academy. One of his specialities is the application of military ethical analysis to popular cultural phenomena. Neutrality and international institutions as facilitators of mutual understanding are a second pillar of his work.
Executive Directors
Ted van Baarda Dr. Ted van Baarda is a member of the Founding Board of EuroISME. Before being appointed Executive Director in 2015, he taught military ethics at the Netherlands Defence College, and he was a guest lecturer at the Rwanda Military Academy.
Daniel Beaudoin LtCol (Res.) Dr. Daniel Beaudoin is a professor at Tel Aviv University, where he teaches on humanitarian diplomacy, the politics of aid, and human rights. He delivers workshops on humanitarian crisis management and has significant experience in facilitating humanitarian operations in complex emergencies.
Magdalena Revue Dr. Magdalena Revue, PhD in Contemporary History, taught German history, language and civilization for 17 years at the training academy for officers of the French army in Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan. She is a researcher at the Saint-Cyr Research Centre (CREC) in military history and ethics.
Board Members (in alphabetical order)
Andrea Ellner Dr. Andrea Ellner is a Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College of London who holds a PhD in Political Science and IR of the Free University of Berlin. Her work focuses on gender and security, including the integration of women in armed forces, as well as civil-military relations and ethics with a particular interest in moral injury.
Daniel Messelken Dr. Daniel Messelken is a researcher at the Center for Ethics at the University of Zurich and leader of the Zurich Center for Military Medical Ethics. He is also Head Ethics Teacher of the ICMM's Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics.
Dragan Stanar Dr. Dragan Stanar is an associate professor of Ethics at the Faculty of International Politics and Security in Belgrade and Professor of Military Ethics at the Military Academy in Belgrade. Editor-in-chief of the online Ethics of Peace and War collection. SAF officer in reserve.
David Whetham Prof. Dr. David Whetham is Professor of Ethics at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College/UK Defence Academy where he coordinates the military ethics component of courses for about two thousand British and international officers a year.
Ivana Gosic Ivana Gosic is Euro ISME’s secretary since 2016 and at the same time engaged as a component manager on the project related to support to strategic management and EU integration capacity development of the Serbian Ministry of the Interior in Belgrade.

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