Johannes Claes is a Research Fellow with Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit. He focuses on matters of political economy and governance in the Sahel.
From 2017 to 2019 he lived in various countries in West Africa working on migration and displacement issues. Johannes worked for the Mixed Migration Center in Dakar where he led a regional data collection and analysis project on mixed migration flows and before that for Médecins du Monde in Niger, where he worked on humanitarian projects mainly in the regions of Agadez and Tillabéri.
Prior to his field postings he worked for several years for the International Crisis Group in Brussels. Johannes holds a MA in History and an MSc in Economic Policy from the University of Leuven (K.U.L.).