Alexandra Amling is a gender and security consultant who specializes in providing technical support to governments and international organizations in their efforts to mainstream gender in the security sector and the maritime domain. During her time at OEF, her research encompassed the examination of gender considerations in Colombia's DDR processes and the status of the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Philippines, Serbia, and Sierra Leone, as well as an assessment of maritime security challenges in the Sulu and Celebes Seas for which she was seconded to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to joining OEF, Ms. Amling worked as a gender consultant in Cambodia for The Asia Foundation and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit as well as for ChildFund International in Indonesia. Ms. Amling holds a graduate degree in Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies from Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany and a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, USA where she also obtained a Certificate in Conflict Resolution. In addition, Ms. Amling is an Affiliated Fellow of the Southeast Asia Network at Goethe University Frankfurt.