KCL Crisis Team Members 2017


Riccardo Cociani – Chair

Riccardo Cociani is a third year BA War Studies student and Chair of the KCL Crisis Team, where he first joined as a Research Analyst. He is currently specialising in East Asian security, military strategy, and insurgency/counterinsurgency warfare. He also worked for the War Studies Department as an Undergraduate Research Fellow, and then as Project Manager for the ‘Japan-NATO Partnership’ project sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Growing up in Beijing, he attended Peking University and worked for the Beijing International Society, where he became passionate about China, international affairs, and diplomacy. Riccardo is 22 years old and from Italy.


Millie Dyos-Szlokowska – Head of Research

Millicent is in her third year of study for a degree international relations and has chosen to specialise in South Asian affairs. She has been involved with the research and design of all three KCL crisis simulations to date. During this time she has played the role of master-at-arms and during last years simulation oversaw the USPACOM committee. This year she is head of research for the simulation and will be researching the non-state actors committee.


Miranda Melcher – Head of Research

Miranda Melcher is a MA student at King’s College London in the Department of War Studies. As a member of the Crisis Team, she does research for the Kashmir committee and conducts Chair recruitment and training.


Ophelia Chou – Liaison Officer

Ophelia Yi-Hsuan Chou is a BA International Relations student at KCL. As an Liaison Officer of this year, she is responsible for facilitating communication between KCL and KCL Crisis partner schools abroad, all KCLCT social media and so on.


Sam Forsythe – Press

Samuel Forsythe is a 3rd year student at King’s College London, pursuing a Joint Honours degree in War Studies and Philosophy. Sam’s research interests draw an axis through the intersections of intelligence and statecraft, philosophy and cognitive science, technology and design. He has published online and in print, and was recently invited to lecture on modern intelligence power at the Berlin Biennial.


Ojasvi Goel – Press

Ojasvi Goel is a student of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has contributed to Jane’s Intelligence Review, and is most interested in Central and South Asia. He was chosen as the best journalist at last year’s Simulation, and this year will help organise the press element as well as research Indian policy.


Nick Reynolds and Dillian – Warfare Specialists

Nick Reynolds is a new member of KCL Crisis Team, working as a Warfare Specialist having participated in the previous two events; he is responsible for researching and constructing the operational and tactical side of the simulation, and with ensuring that it accurately reflects real-world dynamics. He has previously been employed in the defence and security industries, and is currently studying an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at KCL’s War Studies Department. In his academic career he has adopted an interdisciplinary approach, covering a breadth of subjects with no particular specialisation, including maritime strategy, intelligence studies, military science, military strategy, insurgency, and conflict simulation.


Wonbae Suh – Warfare Advisors

Wonbae Suh was born in Republic of Korea, completed BA History at King’s College London, currently pursuing MA War Studies at the same university. Specialty is in Aerospace & Defense. Experience in the ROK Air Force and F-35A procurement. A Python enthusiast and passionate about all things data. Current role as warfare advisor is to ensure realism of KCL Crisis Simulation.


Research Analysts


Pierre-Arman Dupont is a 2nd Year BA War Studies Student and research analyst for the KCL Crisis Team where he worked on the Taiwan committee during the 2016 Crisis Simulation and is currently working on the India committee for the 2017 Crisis Simulation. Having lived in multiple regions across Europe due to his Franco-Turkish origins, Pierre-Arman has acquired a taste for learning languages and has shifted his interest in diplomatic relations between countries.


Jessica Ju-Yi Hsu is a third year International Relations student at King’s College London and former intern at the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace and Swire Group. For the past two years she has helped Crisis as its international liaison officer. This year she will take on the role of policy researcher on the region of Kashmir.


Gen Kawasaki is a student of War Studies at King’s College London. He has written for STRIFE on topics such as the hypotheticals of a militarised Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands and the implications of combat drones in Kashmir. In his first year as Crisis Team member, he helped research and analyse the simulation’s Japanese committee while coordinating the Chinese military committee as a regional superintendent. He has since taken the role of Pakistan policy and military researcher.


My name is AMMAR Nainar and I’m a first year student studying BA International Relations in the department of War Studies King’s College London. I’m a keen follower of strategic affairs and foreign policy in the South Asian region. Consequently, as a research analyst in the India committee of the KCL Crisis Team, it is my role to work in unison with my colleagues on researching various dimensions of the India-Pakistan crisis and crystallise a comprehensive list of issues which look to be the core problems of this bilateral relationship. My team and I ensure that we have conducted an extensive research on this topic and look at the India-Pakistan relationship at various angles. I look forward to play a substantial role in my committee and also the KCL crisis team as a whole.


Lincoln Pigman is a student of War Studies at King’s College London and a commentator on Russian affairs featured in the New York Times, Bellingcat, and Jane’s Intelligence Review. In his first year as a Crisis Team member, he helped organise the simulation’s press element. He has since taken on the role of U.S. policy researcher.


Rukhmani Sarda is a third year International Relations Student. She is regional editor for South and Central Asia for International Relations Today.   She previously held the role of researcher for Japan in last years simulation, and is currently a researcher for the India civilian committee.


Ng Paul Seen is a first year student at King’s College London, and he is reading War Studies and History. He completed his mandatory military service in Singapore in an Armour Battalion before continuing to pursue his studies. In this year’s Crisis Simulation, he is taking on the role of Non-State Actor researcher.



Woody Yu is a  Third year   International Relations student  at  King’s War Studies Department from Shanghai, China. This is the  second  year  in the Crisis Team and have been the research analyst mainly responsible for the China Committee. Researches include China’s foreign policy making and relationship with its neighbors. Also provides support for operation and communication for the China Committee during KCL Crisis Simulation.



Dano Brossmann is a final-year student of International Relations at King’s College London. During his studies at Sciences Po he became passionate about International Law. For two consecutive years Dano co-organised the press committee and is now directing the simulation’s International Law element. He has work experience from Weil, Gotshal & Manges and worked as a reporter for Denník N.


Joan Prats i Amorós is a postgraduate student at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and a commentator on international politics for two Spanish publications. He has previously studied political sciences in Barcelona and Sciences Po Paris. Joan has worked for the Spanish Foreign Office in Côte d’Ivoire, where he produced several reports on the security situation of the country and on its post-conflict reconstruction. In this edition of the Crisis Simulation, he is a research analyst for the Pakistan Committee.

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