Team

Office of the Director

  • Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi
    Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi
    Director

    Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi

    Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi

    Director

    PhD Middle Eastern Studies

    MA Oriental Studies

     

    Since 2009

    ZIF Director 

     

    2006 to 2009
    Friedrich Ebert Foundation USA and Canada, Washington DC, USA
    Country Director

    2003 to 2005
    Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan
    Founding Director

    2000 to 2002 
    Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn and Berlin
    Desk Officer, Development Cooperation and Conflict Transformation,

    1998 to 1999 
    Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Project Assistant


    1994 to 1995 
    PhD at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin

    Working Languages

    German, English, Farsi, Spanish

     

    Honorary Positions

    • Member of the Advisory Board of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
    • Member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS)
    • Honorary Executive Director of the NGO "Mediothek Afghanistan e.V."

     

    Selected Publications

    List of Publications

     

     

  • Claudia Apel
    Claudia Apel
    Personal Assistant to the Director

    Claudia Apel

    Claudia Apel

    Personal Assistant to the Director

    c.apel(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Pedagogics

     

    Since 2016

    Personal Assistant to the Director

     

    Working Languages

    English, French

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Office Management
  • Christine Daul-Grahovac
    Christine Daul-Grahovac
    Event Management

    Christine Daul-Grahovac

    Christine Daul-Grahovac

    Event Management

    c.daul-grahovac(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Anglistics and Cultural Studies


    Since 2016

    Event management

     

    2008 to 2015
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ),
    inter alia event manager for international dialogues and conferences & project coordinator for the program „Capacity Building for the ASEAN Secretariat“


    2007 to 2008
    International School Villa Amalienhof,

    Special Assistant to the Director


    2002 to 2006
    Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF),

    Translator for academic publications


    1999 to 2000
    Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED),

    Desk officer

    Working Languages

    English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Organisation of conferences and events, support of participants
    • Contact maintenance to international partners
  • Stefan Köppe
    Stefan Köppe
    Special Assistant to the Director

    Stefan Köppe

    Stefan Köppe

    Special Assistant to the Director

    s.koeppe(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Political Science

    Since 2016

    Special Assistant to the Director

    2010 to 2015

    Project Manager, ZIF Analysis Division

     

    Working Languages
    German, English, French

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Public Relations
    • Focal point for ZIF's engagement in the Challenges Forum
    • Corporate Design, Web Administration, Online Editing
    • Event coordination
  • Simone Kreutz
    Simone Kreutz
    Student Assistant

    Simone Kreutz

    Simone Kreutz

    Student Assistant

    s.kreutz(at)zif-berlin.org

    B.A. Governance and Public Policy


    Since 2016

    Student Assistant

     

    Working Language
    German, English

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Event support
    • Research
  • Hannah Raithel
    Hannah Raithel
    Event Management

    Hannah Raithel

    Hannah Raithel

    Event Management

    h.raithel(at)zif-berlin.org

    BA Congress and Event Management

     

    Since 2017

    Event management

     

    2014 to 2015

    Event management for the project "Peace operations in fragile states: capacities and concepts"

     

    2011 to 2012

    Messe Berlin GmbH

    Project Coordinator

     

    2007 to 2009

    European Car-Transport Group of Interest in Brüssel, Belgien

    Events and Sponsorship Officer

    2007

    Nynas Belgium AB

    Sales and Logistics Assistant

    2005 to 2007

    Messe Berlin GmbH

    Desk Officer Protocol & Events

     

    Working Languages
    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Organisation of conferences and events, support of participants
    • Contact maintenance to international partners

Operations


  • Dr. Astrid Irrgang
    Dr. Astrid Irrgang
    Deputy Director | Head of Operations Division

    Dr. Astrid Irrgang

    Dr. Astrid Irrgang

    Deputy Director | Head of Operations Division

    a.irrgang(at)zif-berlin.org

    PhD History

    MA History, Psychology, Literary Studies 

    Since 2014

    Deputy Director

     

    Since 2012

    Head of Human Resources

     

    2010 to 2012
    Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main
    Head, Department of Administrative Services for Students

    2003 to 2010
    Berlin Office, German National Academic Foundation
    Head

    2008
    Private Office of the Secretary-General, NATO HQ, Brussels
    Visiting Officer

    2001 to 2003
    German National Academic Foundation, Bonn
    Desk Officer

    1999 to 2000
    German Federal Agency for Civic Education, Bonn
    Desk Officer

     

    Working Languages
    German, English, Polish

     

     

  • Bettina Renner
    Bettina Renner
    Head of Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    Bettina Renner

    Bettina Renner

    Head of Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    b.renner(at)zif-berlin.org

    Certified Translator for French and Portuguese

    Since 2002

    Deputy Head Human Resources

     

    1993 to 2002
    Carl Duisberg Society, Berlin
    Planning and Implementation of Work and Study Visits in Latin America

    1991 to 1993

    INKOTA-Netzwerk e.V., Berlin
    Desk Officer, Public Relations

    Working Languages
    German, English, Portuguese, French

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for UN and EU Missions
    • Personnel Support
    • ZIFdatabase Development and Support
  • Dr. Volker Jacoby
    Dr. Volker Jacoby
    Head of Team Training, Operations Division

    Dr. Volker Jacoby

    Dr. Volker Jacoby

    Head of Team Training, Operations Division

    v.jacoby(at)zif-berlin.org

    PhD Political Science

     

    Since 2013

    Head of Training

     

    2012 to 2013

    UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

    Human Rights Officer

     

    2010 to 2012

    OSCE Centre in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    Deputy Head ad interim, and Senior Economic and Environmental Officer

     

    2009 to 2010

    Long-term assignments as Political Analyst with ODIHR Election Observation Missions in Moldova, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and the UK

    Short-term assignments as Master Trainer with ZIF on election observation

     

    2007 to 2008

    Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Kunduz, Afghanistan

    Advisor Capacity Development

    2005 to 2007

    UN Tajikistan Peace-building Support Office (UNTOP), Dushanbe, Tajikistan

    Political Affairs Officer

     

    1998 to 2004

    OSCE Mission to Georgia

    Various Positions, a.o. Coordinator for Political and Military Affairs, Human Dimension Officer and Spokesperson

     

    1998 to 1999

    Conferral of a doctorate, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany

     

    Working Languages

    German, English, Russian

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Planning of preparation and specialization courses for civilian personnel in international peace operations
    • National and international outreach
    • European Training Network (ENTRi)
    • Development of tailored training courses
  • Sebastian Dworack
    Sebastian Dworack
    Head of Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

    Sebastian Dworack

    Sebastian Dworack

    Head of Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

    s.dworack(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Political Science

    Mediator

     

    Since 2012

    Project Manager of ZIF’s “The African Union Civilian Standby Roster” Project

     

    2010 to 2011

    Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Erfurt University
    Managing Director, Lecturer

     

    2009 to 2010

    OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM)
    International Education Consultant Serbia

     

    since 2008

    Policy Consultant, Mediator, Trainer on Conflict Resolution in Germany, Austria, Georgia, Moldova

    2005 to 2007

    OSCE Mission to Skopje

    Political Advisor, Head of Political Unit HoM Department

     

    2002 to 2005

    European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) Team Leader, Political Analyst EUMM Offices Tetovo and Skopje

     

    Working languages

    German, English

     

    Expertise/Responsibilities

    • Support of the African Union in the area of peace and stability
    • Advise on the development of AU Civilian Standby Roster
    • Consulting, Training/Coaching
  • Perle Baillard
    Perle Baillard
    Personal Assistant to the Head of the Operations Division

    Perle Baillard

    Perle Baillard

    Personal Assistant to the Head of the Operations Division

    p.baillard(at)zif-berlin.org

    LL.M. Business Law
    M.A. European Affairs


    Since 2016

    Personal Assistant to the Head of the Operations Division

     

    Working Language
    English, French

  • Louise Biermanski
    Louise Biermanski
    Team Training, Operations Division

    Louise Biermanski

    Louise Biermanski

    Team Training, Operations Division

    l.biermanski(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA International Studies/Peace and Conflict Studies
    BA European Studies


    Since 2016

    Training Officer, Team Training

     

    Since 2014

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

    2013 to 2014
    EXOP GmbH
    Risk Analyst Sub-Saharan Africa/ Crisis Response Operator

    2012 to 2013
    ZIF
    Desk Officer, Human Resources

    Working Languages

    German, English, French


    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT+)
    • Mentoring & Advising
    • Women, Peace and Security
    • United Nations Staff Officer Course (UNSOC)
    • Fundamentals of Operational Planning (NATO)
  • Kerstin Bröring
    Kerstin Bröring
    Deputy Head of Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    Kerstin Bröring

    Kerstin Bröring

    Deputy Head of Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    k.broering(at)zif-berlin.org

    Working Languages
    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for Election Observation Missions
    • Development and Support of Training Courses for Election Observers
    • Personnel Support


  • Sarah Degen-Heinemann
    Sarah Degen-Heinemann
    Deputy Head of Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

    Sarah Degen-Heinemann

    Sarah Degen-Heinemann

    Deputy Head of Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

    s.degen-heinemann(at)zif-berlin.org

    Fully Qualified Lawyer

     

    Since 2015

    Project Manager Training, ZIF project "Peace Operations in Fragile States"

     

    2012 to 2013

    Project Manager, ZIF project "Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management" (ENTRi)

     

    2011 to 2012

    Desk Officer, Human Resources


    2008 to 2010
    German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
    Desk Officer in the OSCE and Council of Europe division

    2008
    German Bundestag, Berlin
    Research Assistant to a Member of Parliament

    2006 to 2008
    Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD e.V.), Bonn
    Regional Coordinator Western Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia

    2004 to 2005
    Pielsticker and Partners, Law Firm and Notary Office, Berlin
    Attorney-at-law

    2001 to 2003
    Regional Higher Court
    Legal Clerkship („Referendariat“)
    (inter alia with the Office of the High Representative OHR, and the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils in Bosnia and Herzegovina)

    Working Languages
    German, English

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Strategies for Human Resource Management and Staff Development
    • Duty of Care
  • Françoise Donner
    Françoise Donner
    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    Françoise Donner

    Françoise Donner

    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    f.donner(at)zif-berlin.org

    Certified Translator (Certifié Traducteur)

    Since 2004

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

    1999 to 2002
    DBB Akademie, Berlin

    Desk Officer

    1999 
    GDL health services company, Berlin

    Desk Officer

    1994 to 1996 
    BVH Bank, Berlin

    Desk Officer

    Working Languages
    German, French, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for OSCE peace operations
    • Personnel Support
  • Susanne Evert
    Susanne Evert
    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    Susanne Evert

    Susanne Evert

    Team Human Ressources, Operations Division

    s.evert(at)zif-berlin.org

    M.A. International Business and Consulting: Human Resource Management
    B.A. Business Administration


    Since 2017

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

    2012 to 2015
    Axel Springer SE
    Human resource development and diversity management

    Working Languages
    English
     
    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for EU-Peace Operations
    • Personnel Support
    • Database management
  • Andre Hansen
    Andre Hansen
    Legal Adviser

    Andre Hansen

    Andre Hansen

    Legal Adviser

    a.hansen(at)zif-berlin.org

    Fully qualified lawyer, LL.M.

    Since 2016

    Legal Adviser

     

    2013 to 2016
    Law firm Jost, Berlin
    Lawyer

    Working Languages

    English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Labour Law
    • Social Insurance Law
    • Tax Law
    • Contract Design
    • General Legal Issues
  • Kristin Kasch
    Kristin Kasch
    Team Human Resources, Operations Division
  • Laura Korn
    Laura Korn
    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    Laura Korn

    Laura Korn

    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    l.korn(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Sociology, Communication and American Studies

     

    Since 2014

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

    Working Languages

    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for Election Observation Missions
    • Database and Application Support
  • Antonia Lampe-Traupe
    Antonia Lampe-Traupe
    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    Antonia Lampe-Traupe

    Antonia Lampe-Traupe

    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    a.lampe-traupe(at)zif-berlin.org

    Since 2017

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

    2016 to 2017

    Desk Officer, Training

     

    2009 to 2015

    Generali Lebensversicherung

    Sales Support

    Working Languages

    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for OSCE-Peace Operations
    • Personnel support
    • Database management
  • Silva Lauffer
    Silva Lauffer
    Head of ENTRi Secretariat, Team Training, Operations Division

    Silva Lauffer

    Silva Lauffer

    Head of ENTRi Secretariat, Team Training, Operations Division

    s.lauffer(at)zif-berlin.org

    Master Strategic Affairs
    B.A. Politics

     

    Since 2011

    Project Manager, "Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management" (ENTRi)

     

    2010
    Merlin (British NGO)

    Operations Coordinator in Haiti during the earthquake response

     

    2009 to 2012
    Company Director of a company supporting Latin American small-income generating projects

    2005 to 2008
    RedR UK

    Director of International Programmes (Leading teams and setting-up offices in Pakistan (Kashmir and NWFP), Sudan (Darfur), Kenya und Sri Lanka)

    2004 to 2005

    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Colombia and Ecuador

    Consultant

    2004
    Australian National University

    Tutor of ‘Diplomacy and International Conflicts’


    2000 to 2003

    Project coordinator for humanitarian emergency response and rehabilitation projects in Timor-Leste, Northern Uganda and Serbia for Action Contre la Faim and Cesvi

    Working Languages

    German, English, Spanish

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Planning and set-up of offices and teams in difficult environments
    • Creation and management of international networks
    • Humanitarian programmes, capacitiy-building

    Other activities

    United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team (UNDAC) Member

  • Rebecca Meier
    Rebecca Meier
    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    Rebecca Meier

    Rebecca Meier

    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    r.meier(at)zif-berlin.org

    B.A. Arabic-Islamic Culture and Religious Studies

     

    Since 2016

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

     

    Working Languages

    English, German

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Database and Application Support

     


  • David Meißner
    David Meißner
    Project Manager ENTRi, Team Training, Operations

    David Meißner

    David Meißner

    Project manager ENTRi, Team Training, Operations

    d.meissner(at)zif-berlin.org

    M.A. Human Security and Environmental Change

    B.A. International Relations

     

    Since 2016

    Project manager, "Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management" (ENTRi)

     

    2014 to 2016

    Senior Experts Service, Africa & MENA Department, Bonn

    Working Language

    German, English, French and Dutch

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Project management ENTRi
    • ENTRi App/Website
    • In Control-Manual
    • Statistics
  • Fabian Metze
    Fabian Metze
    Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

    Fabian Metze

    Fabian Metze

    Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

    f.metze(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Political Science, Islamic Science and Intercultural Business Communication

     

    Since 2016

    Project Manager Training, „African Standby Capacity“

     

    2012 to 2016

    German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, International Department, Bonn

    Working Languages

    German, English, Portuguese, French

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Support to the African Union in developing the AU Civilian Standby Roster
    • Training/Coaching
  • Anita Nuke
    Anita Nuke
    Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

    Anita Nuke

    Anita Nuke

    Team International Capacity Development, Operations Division

    a.nuke(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Society, Politics, Culture
    BA International Culture Relations


    Since 2014

    Manager of ZIF's project "German contribution to the Standby-Partnership Programme of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)"

     

    2011 to 2014

    Desk Officer, ZIF Human Resources

     

    2000 to 2009
    Ministry of Defence, Latvia
    Various positions within the International Relations Department

    Working Languages
    German, English, Latvian, Russian, Norwegian

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment and consulting for OCHA deployments
    • Personnel support
    • ZIFdatabase support
    • General requests
  • Dorlies Sanftenberg
    Dorlies Sanftenberg
    Team Training, Operations Division

    Dorlies Sanftenberg

    Dorlies Sanftenberg

    Team Training, Operations Division

    d.sanftenberg(at)zif-berlin.org

    Certified Translator for English and French

     

    Since 2003

    Desk Officer, Team Training

     

    2012 to 2013

    Monitor with the EU Monitoring Mission, Georgia

     

    1990 to 2002
    Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft, Berlin
    Associate for Scolarship Programs and Environmental Projects in West and Southern Africa

    Working Languages
    German, English, Russian

    Expertise | Responsibilities
    Planning and Implementation of:

    • Core Training Courses for Civilian Personnel in International Peace Operations
    • Specialization Courses
    • Election Observation Courses
  • Anja van Eickels
    Anja van Eickels
    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    Anja van Eickels

    Anja van Eickels

    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    a.vaneickels(at)zif-berlin.org

    BA Romance Philology and Economics

     

    Since 2002

    Desk Officer, Human Resources

     

    1997 to 2002
    Bankakademie International, Frankfurt/Main
    Project Coordinator for Training and Mentoring Activities

    Working Languages
    German, English, French

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Recruitment for Election Observation Missions
    • Personnel Support

  • Matthias Zeller
    Matthias Zeller
    Team Training, Operations Division

    Matthias Zeller

    Matthias Zeller

    Team Training, Operations Division

    m.zeller(at)zif-berlin.org

    Since 2015

    Desk Officer, Training

     



    Working Languages
    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Administrative and Organisational Support of Training Courses
  • Jennifer Riebe
    Jennifer Riebe
    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    Jennifer Riebe

    Jennifer Riebe

    Team Human Resources, Operations Division

    mailto: j.riebe@zif-berlin.org

    B.A. Major Italien, Minor Scandinavian Studies/Northern Europe Studies

     

    Since 2016

    Student Assistant, Human Resources

     

    2016

    Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

    Internship with the project "Institutional strengthening of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)"

     

    2013 to 2014

    UNESCO National Commission Uruguay

    Volunteer

     

     

    Working Languages

    German, English, Spanish

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Personnel Support


Analysis


  • Dr. Wibke Hansen
    Dr. Wibke Hansen
    Head of Analysis Division

    Dr. Wibke Hansen

    Dr. Wibke Hansen

    Head of Analysis Division

    w.hansen(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Political Science
    MA Peace Studies


    2010 to 2012

    PhD programme, thesis on Organized Crime in Peace Operations

     

    2010 to 2011
    UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS)
    Special Assistant to the SRSG

    2007 to 2009
    UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS)
    Special Assistant to the DSRSG (Political)

    Special Assistant to the SRSG

    Since 2002

    Head of Analysis

     

    2001 to 2002
    Postgraduate Program in International Affairs, Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart/Berlin
    Project Coordinator "Recruitment and Training of Civilian Personnel for International Peace Operations"

    2000 to 2001
    Fernuniversität in Hagen, Institute for Peace and Democracy
    Project Coordinator „Postgraduate Training in Interdisciplinary Peace Studies“

     

    1998 to 2000
    German Red Cross
    Project Coordinator for EU Projects on Refugees and Migrants

    Working Languages
    German, English

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Organized Crime in Fragile States
    • UN Peace Operations
    • Horn of Africa
    • Measuring Success in Peace Operations
  • Tobias von Gienanth
    Tobias von Gienanth
    Deputy Head Analysis Division

    Tobias von Gienanth

    Tobias von Gienanth

    Deputy Head Analysis Division

    t.vongienanth(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA History
    MA International Affairs

     

    Since 2002

    Desk Officer and Deputy Head, Analysis


    2000 to 2001
    Transparency International, German Section, Berlin

    Project Coordination

     

    Working Languages
    German, English

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Lessons Learned West Africa
    • US Politics and Transatlantic Peacekeeping Issues
    • Online Editor
    • Focal Point for Anti-Corruption
  • Tobias Pietz
    Tobias Pietz
    Deputy Head Analysis Division

    Tobias Pietz

    Tobias Pietz

    Deputy Head Analysis Division

    t.pietz(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Political Science
    MA Peace and Security Studies

     

    Since 2009

    Desk Officer, Analysis - currently Acting Head

     

    2007 to 2009

    Project Manager, "Local Ownership" (DSF-ZIF Cooperation)

     

    2003 to 2006
    Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
    Researcher focusing on Peacebuilding, Small Arms, CIMIC, and DDR

    2002 to 2003
    Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg
    Scholarship by the German Foundation for Peace Research

    2001 to 2002
    International Labour Organization, Bureau for Gender Equality, Geneva
    Carlo Schmid Scholar

     

    Working Languages
    German, English


    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Local Ownership in Post-Conflict Areas
    • EU Peace Operations within the framework of CSDP
    • Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and Security Sector Reform (SSR)
  • Monika Benkler
    Monika Benkler
    Analysis Division

    Monika Benkler

    Monika Benkler

    Analysis Division

    MA Political Science

     

    Since 2002

    Desk Officer, Analysis


    2001 to 2002
    Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

    Consultant for the Preparation of the Foundation of the Center for International Peace Operations

    1999 to 2001
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
    Desk Officer, Crisis Prevention and Conflict Management Unit

    1999
    Feasibility Study for the Federal Foreign Office "Training and Recruitment of Civilian Personnel for Conflict Prevention and Peace Operations"

    Researcher

    1998
    Worldbank/GTZ Research study on social and cultural evolution in the Central African Republic
    Researcher


    1995 to 1998
    German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Research Division Middle East and Afrika
    Researcher

    1989 to 1996
    Landshuter Zeitung / Straubinger Tagblatt
    Journalist

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Compilation of the weekly "Peace Operations Update"
  • Tanja Bernstein
    Tanja Bernstein
    Analysis Division

    Tanja Bernstein

    Tanja Bernstein

    Analysis Division

    t.bernstein(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA International Affairs und International Economics

    Since 2016

    Research Fellow, Analysis Division

     

    2009 to 2015

    United Nations, Office of the Secretary General

    Political advisor, Policy and Planning Unit


    2007 to 2009

    UN Mission Nepal

    Personal consultant SRSG

    2002 to 2007
    United Nations, Department of Peacekeeping Operations
    Political advisor

    2002
    UN Mission Kosovo
    Political advisor, Office of the Chief of Staff

    1999 to 2002
    OSCE Mission Kosovo

    Field Office Director, afterwards political advisor, Office of the Chief of Staff

    1997 to 2998
    OSCE Mission Croatia

    Political advisor, Field Office Vukovar, main focus on economic discrimination

     

    1995 to 1996
    German Bundestag

    Research assistant, deputy Klaus Franke

    Working Languages
    German, English, French

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Reform of the United Nations
    • Conflict prevention
    • Peace operations of the United Nations
  • Dr. Annika Hansen
    Dr. Annika Hansen
    Analysis Division

    Dr. Annika Hansen

    Dr. Annika Hansen

    Analysis Division

    an.hansen(at)zif-berlin.org

    Cand. Polit. (Political Science)
    MA Law and Diplomacy (International Relations)
    PhD (Political Science)

    Since 2016

    Senior Researcher, Analysis

     

    2008 to 2016

    UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
    i.a. Policy officer/adviser to the UN Police Adviser, Chief Evaluation Team
    Advisor for the Senior Security Sector Reform at the UN Stabilisation Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)


    1996 to 2016
    Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
    Project manager and senior analyst on security policy, especially peace operations led by the UN, the EU and other international organisations, rule of law and security sector reform and the role of police in crisis management

    2002 to 2003
    EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUPM BiH)
    Chief Political Adviser to the Head of Mission


    2000 to 2002
    International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
    Research Associate on international police operations

    Working languages
    English, Norwegian

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Collection and evaluation of experiences of civilian experts
    • UN peace operations
    • Deployment of police in international missions
  • Alischa Kugel
    Alischa Kugel
    Analysis Division

    Alischa Kugel

    Alischa Kugel

    Analysis Division

    a.kugel(at)zif-berlin.org

    MS International Affairs

    Since 2016

    Research Fellow, Analysis Division

     

    2010 to 2015
    New York University Center on International Cooperation (CIC)
    Senior Program Officer, Crisis Diplomacy and Global Peace Operations / Lead Researcher and Co-Author of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations


    2009 to 2010
    Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, UN Liaison Office
    Policy Analyst for peace and security issues

     

    2004 to 2007
    Global Action on Aging
    Program Coordinator for programs with a focus on poverty eradication, social protection and the inclusion of older persons interests in national social policy and wider development goals

    2003 to 2004
    Global Policy Forum
    Associate for the International Justice and UN Reform programs 

     

    Working Languages

    English


    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Multilateral Peace Operations
    • Humanitarian Aid and Peace Operations
    • Crisis Prevention and Mediation
    • Peacebuilding
  • Antonia Tilly
    Antonia Tilly
    Analysis Division

    Antonia Tilly

    Antonia Tilly

    Analysis Division

    a.tilly(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Political Science

    Since 2016

    Desk Officer for multilateral fora and dialogue

     

    2013 to 2015

    Assistant, Analysis Division

     

    2012
    Project Assistant, “Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management” (ENTRi)

    Working Languages
    German, English

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Research
    • Event coordination & management
    • Trained mediator
  • Diana Vuzic
    Diana Vuzic
    Student Assistant

    Diana Vuzic

    Diana Vuzic

    Student Assistant

    d.vuzic(at)zif-berlin.org

    B.A. Politics and Public Administration

     

    Since 2016

    Student Assistant, Analysis Division

     

    Working Languages

    English

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Information management
    • Library
    • Print / Shipping of products
    • Assistence Head of Analysis Division
  • Ulrich Wittkampf
    Ulrich Wittkampf
    Liaison Officer Ministry of Defense

    Ulrich Wittkampf

    Ulrich Wittkampf

    Liaison Officer Ministry of Defense

    u.wittkampf(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Pedagogics

     

    Since 2011

    Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Defense

     

    2009 to 2011
    Bundeswehr Centre for Transformation (Department for Security Policy and Military Strategy), Berlin
    Desk Officer Asia

    2005 to 2009
    Joint Force Training Centre, Bydgoszcz, Poland
    Staff Officer Training

    2002 to 2005
    Multinational Corps Northeast, Szczecin, Poland
    Staff Officer Deployment and Data

    1999
    KFOR – Multinational Brigade South, Prizren, Kosovo
    Provost Marshal

    1997 to 2001
    Military Police Batallion 801, Neubrandenburg
    Deputy Commander

    Working Languages
    German, English, Polish

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • National Training Partner Platform
    • Civil-Military Cooperation within the framework of international excercices
    • Online Editor www.civcap.info
  • Dr. Andreas Wittkowsky
    Dr. Andreas Wittkowsky
    Analysis Division, Head of Project Peace and Security

    Dr. Andreas Wittkowsky

    Dr. Andreas Wittkowsky

    Analysis Division, Head of Project Peace and Security

    a.wittkowsky(at)zif-berlin.org

    PhD Economy

    MA Economy

     

    Since 2011

    Project Coordinator "Peace and Security"


    2008 to 2010
    German Association for East European Studies, Berlin
    Executive Director

    2001 to 2008
    United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), European Union Pillar

    • 2006 – 2008 Deputy Head (Deputy DSRSG)
    • 2003 – 2006 Head of the Economic Policy Office
    • 2001 – 2003 Senior Economic Advisor


    1997 to 2001
    German Development Institute
    Research Fellow

     

    1992 to 1994
    Friedrich Ebert Foundation
    Country Manager Eastern Europe

    Working Languages
    German, English, Russian, French

    Publications
    List of Publications


    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Coordinator, Working Group on the Comprehensive Approach
    • ZIF-Member, Inter-Agency Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)
    • Peace Operations, Development and Security
  • Peter Wittschorek
    Peter Wittschorek
    Outreach Coordinator OSCE Chairmanship 2016

    Peter Wittschorek

    Peter Wittschorek

    Outreach Coordinator OSCE Chairmanship 2016

    p.wittschorek(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Political Sciences

     

    Since 2015

    Outreach Coordinator OSCE Chairmanship 2016

     

    2013 to 2015
    OSCE, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Warzaw, Poland
    Civil Society Advisor at Tolerance and Non-Discrimination department

    2007 to 2013
    Association MitOst, Berlin
    Executive director (2010 to 2013), Head, Active citizenship department (2008 to 2013), Head, Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg, a programm of Robert Bosch Foundation and Association MitOst (2007 to 2013)

     

    2005 to 2007
    Street children project Center “Our Kids”, Kyiv, Ukraine
    Executive director, Integrated expert by CIM – Centre for International Migration and Development


    2002 to 2004
    Heinrich Böll Foundation
    Regional manager Southeast Europe, East Europe and Caucasus

    1997 to 2000
    Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI)
    Research assistant

     

    1994 to 1997
    University of Freiburg, Department of Political Science
    Research assistant / Student research assistant

    Working Languages
    German, English, Russian, Italian

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    (in the context of the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016)

    • Outreach to civil society in Germany and in the OSCE region
    • Support and networking for civil society activities related to the Chairmanship
    • OSCE structures, topics, mechanisms, and events

Administration


  • Bernhard Jacob
    Bernhard Jacob
    Head of Administration

    Bernhard Jacob

    Bernhard Jacob

    Head of Administration

    b.jacob(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Public Administration

     

    Since 2008

    Head, Administration


    1996 to 2008
    Berliner Bäder-Betriebe
    Chief Information Officer

    1986 to 1996
    IT Consultant

    since 1982
    Lecturer for IT and Fiscal Accounting

    Working Languages
    German, English

    Expertise | Responsiblities

    • IT Services
    • Project Leader ZIFdatabase
  • Martina Schönfelder
    Martina Schönfelder
    Administration, Head of Finances

    Martina Schönfelder

    Martina Schönfelder

    Administration, Head of Finances

    m.schoenfelder(at)zif-berlin.org

    Qualified Export Clerk

     

    Since 2004

    Desk Officer / Deputy Head, Administration


    1993 to 2002
    B.R.A.S.S.T. Bau GmbH, Berlin
    Business Accountant

    1983 to 1992
    Heim-Elektrik GmbH, Berlin
    Export Clerk

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Chief Accountant
  • Annemarie Haida
    Annemarie Haida
    Administration / Project ENTRi

    Annemarie Haida

    Annemarie Haida

    Administration / Project ENTRi

    a.haida(at)zif-berlin.org

    Business Administration

    Management Assistant for audiovisual Media

     

    Since 2014

    Administration and Project ENTRi I - III

     

    2013

    Verband kommunaler Unternehmen e.V. (VKU),
    Department Assistant for Press and Communications

     

    2011 to 2012

    Technische Universität Berlin
    Project Assistant "Externes Mentoring" & "DeutschlandStipendium" at Career Service of the TU Berlin

     

     

    Working Languages

    German, English

     

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Finance Officer "ENTRi I - III"
    • Project accounting and controlling
  • Gabriela Kind
    Gabriela Kind
    Administration

    Gabriela Kind

    Gabriela Kind

    Administration

    g.kind(at)zif-berlin.org

    Bank Business Management Assistant

     

    Since 2011

    Desk Officer, Administration


    2009 to 2010
    The German Savings Banks Association (DSGV), Berlin
    Finance Staff

    1990 to 2008
    Gries & Heissel Bankiers AG, Berlin
    Head Technical Management/Asset Management

    Working Languages
    German, English

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Administrative Support
    • Procurement
    • Project accounting
  • Ute Neumann
    Ute Neumann
    Administration

    Ute Neumann

    Ute Neumann

    Administration

    u.neumann(at)zif-berlin.org

    Hotel assistant, foreign language secretary

     

    Since 2014

    Desk Officer, Administration, and receptionist

     

    2010 to 2014

    Salans FMC SNR Denton Europe LLP

    Receptionist / Facility Management

     

    2008 to 2010

    The Westin Grand Berlin

    Front Office Clerk

    Working Languages
    German, English

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Reception
    • cRM-Database Management
    • Procurement
    • Facility Management
  • Michael Tobaben
    Michael Tobaben
    Administration

    Michael Tobaben

    Michael Tobaben

    Administration

    m.tobaben(at)zif-berlin.org

    MA Public Administration (FH)
    MA Education


    Since 2016
    Desk officer, Administration

    Focus on organisational development


    2014 to 2015
    Medizinischer Dienst der Krankenversicherung Baden-Württemberg
    Head of human resources development

     

    2010 to 2013

    SBG Südbadenbus GmbH
    Head of human resources

     

    2004 to 2010

    DB Services GmbH

    Desk officer, process management & human resources development

     

    2001 to 2004

    DB Systems GmbH
    Consultant, process and quality management

    Working Languages
    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Consulting in development of new superstructure and operational structure