Paul Lauer is based in Graz and works as a consultant in the field of sustainability and diversity – currently facilitating seminars on Conflict Transformation for companies within the project div-in-co (diversity - inclusion – consulting, Caritas Steiermark). His research interests are focused on intrapersonal conflicts linked to social ecology.
Manon Roeleveld graduated in summer 2015 from the MA Program in Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck. She was born and raised in the Netherlands and traveled and lived abroad for internships or study exchange purposes in Luxembourg, Greece, Iceland and Indonesie starting when she was 15 years old. She moved to Vienna in spring 2015 where she started working with multiple (international) NGOs. She is currently working as a doctoral program coordinator at the University of Vienna.
Adham Hamed is a faculty member and University Assistant in the field of political theory and history of political thought at the Department of Political Science as well as APPEAR Project Co-Coordinator at the Unit for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck. He holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and studied at the University of Vienna, the United Nations mandated University for Peace and the University of Innsbruck. In 2016, he completed his second book project ‘Speaking the Unspeakable: Sounds of the Middle East Conflict’. In 2013 and 2014, he lived in Cairo where he edited the book ‘Revolution as a Process: The Case of the Egyptian Uprising’.
Juliana Krohn is a M.A. candidate at the MA Program for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in German Studies and Law. Currently based in Innsbruck, she works at the climbing centre and as a freelance photographer. She is a board member of the Peace Studies Fund e.V., an association focused on fundraising for scholarships for peace students. Juliana worked for the Munich Literature Festival, the Goethe-Institute Israel and volunteered with Refugio München, a counselling centre for refugees and victims of torture.
Theresa Gottschall graduated in summer 2016 from the MA Program in Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck. Since September 2016, she has been taking part in the basic TaKeTiNa rhythm teacher training led by Reinhard Flatischler, the founder of this method. Additionally, she continues her academic career as a PhD student at the Universitat Jaume I. Her research focuses on the significance of TaKeTiNa as a method in peace and conflict work. Being a passionate traveler, she is currently based in Innsbruck.
Alexa Cuello Miedzybrodzki is a child rights consultant focused on Latin America and currently working for SOS Children’s Villages International. She is also a board member of TIGRA, a Tirolean NGO committed to challenge everyday racism and discrimination in the society. Alexa has studied at the universities of Innsbruck, Jaume I Castellón and de la República in Montevideo. She holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Peace Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation.
Clara Maier is a journalist and MA student for Political Science at the University of Innsbruck. She studied in Vienna and Aarhus and holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and Communications. Her academic research has been focusing on international news flows, political communication and international politics. Clara has been working for newspapers and magazines such as GEO Saison, Biorama, Kurier and Tiroler Tageszeitung. While travelling abroad she is being engaged in the NGO Forum Via, conducting diverse projects in Myanmar, India and Nepal.
Fatma Haron studied at the Universities Bochum, Augsburg, Frankfurt/ Main and Granada. After graduating with the thesis ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Transitional Justice – Turkey and the Peace Process’ she moved to Ankara and worked as a Research Assistant in an independent Think Tank and researched on the Peace Process in Turkey. Currently she is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the University of Innsbruck. Her research tackles with social and political remittances.
Isabelle Guibert is a lecturer based in Innsbruck. She teaches languages (French, Spanish), peace studies and conflict transformation. As a facilitator, her deepest aspiration is to create a hospitable space for her students/participants to connect to their self and discover their potentials. For years she has taken part in diverse projects in South America and Africa. Among her research interests are language(s); writing as a means of (self-)exploration and expression; trauma and memory. She studied at the universities of Nantes, Oxford and Innsbruck, and holds an MA in English studies and an MA in Peace Studies.
Lena-Maria Drummer conducts her research on self-unfolding in Islam as part of her master thesis. She is currently pursuing her M.A. Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck. Lena-Maria lived and worked in the NGO sector in Egypt, where she became a cross-cultural facilitator. Her aim is to bridge differences and overcome misunderstandings using elicitive conflict transformation tools, such as theater. She focuses specifically on the relationship between Europe and the MENA region, as well as between Muslims and non-Muslims in her home country Germany.
Mayme Lefurgey is a Ph.D. Candidate at Western University in Canada. She is an alumni of the MA for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck and the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is currently pursuing a collaborative degree in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research & Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Her dissertation explores yoga as a method of elicitive peace work, examining community-driven rehabilitation and conflict transformation efforts. Mayme is currently engaged in a research fellowship with the non-profit research organization Dunna in Bogota, Colombia, where she is learning about alternative methods of facilitating peace and reconciliation.
Rana Haroun graduated from the MA Program in Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck in 2015. Her research focused on Aikido and Nonviolent Communication, and her thesis was published as a book: "The Embodiment of Nonviolent Communication Principles in Aikido: an elicitive approach to conflict transformation." Since her graduation, she has been working in the U.S., coaching high school students from all walks of life with developing the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully plan their academic and professional future.
Shibani Pandya graduated from the MA Program in Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck in November 2013. Her research focused on the ways myths and stories promote rape culture and gender stereotypes, particularly in Hindu mythology. She has since continued her work with challenging norms that encourage gender based violence through research projects, programmes and discussions through her work with UN Women and other grassroots, local organisations in Singapore.
Vlad Toma has just recently graduated from the MA Program in Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck. His passion lies in exploring the experience of being alive and in non-duality. Vlad holds weekly meetings in Toronto to create a space wherein such exploration can occur. He is currently doing research on technological means to explore mindfulness and forms of engagement beyond language and thought.