Office of the Director

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

    Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi

    Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi

    Executive Director

    PhD Middle Eastern Studies

    MA Oriental Studies

     

    Since 2009

    ZIF Executive 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

     

    Selected Publications

    List of Publications

     

     

  • Claudia Apel
    Claudia Apel
    Personal Assistant to the Executive Director

    Claudia Apel

    Claudia Apel

    Personal Assistant to the Executive Director

    MA Pedagogics

     

    Since 2016

    Personal Assistant to the Executive Director

     

    Working Languages

    German, English, French

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

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

    Christine Daul-Grahovac

    Christine Daul-Grahovac

    Event Management

    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

    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Organisation of conferences and events, support of participants
    • Contact maintenance to international partners
  • Wanda Hummel
    Wanda Hummel
    Public Relations Manager

    Wanda Hummel

    Wanda Hummel

    Public Relations Manager in the Office of the Executive Director

    MA European Ethnology and Cultural Communication

     

    Since 2017

    Public Relations Manager

     

    2012 to 2016

    Special Assistant to the Executive Director

     

    2010 to 2011

    Desk Officer, ZIF Analysis

     

    2009
    Center for International and Intercultural Communication, Technische Universität, Berlin
    Project Coordinator „Reconstructing Higher Education in Afghanistan and Iraq“

    2009

    Achtung Berlin - New Berlin Film Award
    Event Manager

    2007 to 2008
    German Bundestag, Berlin
    Research Assistant to a Member of Parliament

    2005 to 2008
    Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Berlin
    Facilitator and Conference Assistant

    Working Languages

    German, French, English

    Expertise | Responsibilities

    • Public Relations
    • Corporate Design, Web Administration, Online Editing
    • Project Coordination
    • Event Management
  • Andreas Jödecke
    Andreas Jödecke
    Special Advisor to the Executive Director

    Andreas Joedecke

    Andreas Joedecke

    Special Advisor to the Executive Director

    Colonel (General Staff)


    Since 2018

    Special Adviser to the Executive Director

     

    2016 to 2018

    Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

    Director Northern Region

     

    2015 to 2016

    Ministry of Interior

    Member of the Coordination Element for the Reception of Refugees

     

    2014 to 2015

    Federal Academy for Security Studies

    Director of Studies

     

    2009 to 2014

    United Nations HQ, New York

    Chief Assessment Team

     

    2006 to 2009

    NATO Joint Forces Command, Brunssum

    Chief Strategic Assessment Group

     

    1977 to 2006

    Federal Armed Forces

    Various staff- and leadership-assignments on troop-, headquarters- and MoD-level, both domestically and abroad. Various operations abroad under both national and international command.


    Working Languages
    German, English

     

    Expertise | Responsibilities

      • Security and Risk Management
      • Digital Transformation
      • Network-centric thinking and acting
      • Mediation Afghanistan

       

       

    • Filip Medunic
      Filip Medunic
      Student Assistant

      Filip Medunic

      Filip Medunic

      Student Assistant

      BA Management, Philosophy & Economics


      Since 2018

      Student Assistant at the Office of the Executive Director

       

      Working Languages
      German, English, Croatian

       

      Expertise | Responsibilities

      • Research
      • Event support
      • Public Relations
      • Support to the Office of the Executive Director
    • Hannah Raithel
      Hannah Raithel
      Event Management

      Hannah Raithel

      Hannah Raithel

      Event Management

      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
    • Dr. Marlien Schlaphoff
      Dr. Marlien Schlaphoff
      Special Assistant to the Executive Director

      Dr. Marlien Schlaphoff

      Dr. Marlien Schlaphoff

      Special Assistant to the Executive Director

      PhD in International Relations

      LL.M. in Law and Politics of International Security


      Since 2018

      Special Assistant to the Executive Director

       

      2017 to 2018

      Freie Universität Berlin, Research Fellow and Scientific Coordinator

       

      2016 to 2017

      WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Research Fellow

       

      2013 to 2017

      WZB Berlin Social Science Center / Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, PhD thesis on regional organizations and counterterrorism

      Working Languages
      German, English, French, Spanish

       

      Expertise | Responsibilities

      • Networking with ministries and governing bodies
      • Internal coordination
      • Preparation of meetings
      • Focal point Challenges Forum
      • Groups of visitors
      • Press inquiries to the Executive Director

       

       

    • Karl Rüdiger Tillmann
      Karl Rüdiger Tillmann
      Liaison Officer Ministry of Defense

      Karl Rüdiger Tillmann

      Karl Rüdiger Tillmann

      Liaison Officer Ministry of Defense

      Lieutenant colonel

      MA Pedagogics

       

      Since 2017

      Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Defense, Member of Analysis and Team Training, Operations

       

      2014 to 2016

      United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

      Military and political consultant

       

      2005 to 2014

      Exploratory and evaluation trips (DR Kongo, Sudan, South Sudan, Mali, Eritrea, Ethopia, Uganda, Indonesia, Caukasus, etc)

       

      2005

      Development and implementation of a licenced course for UN-military observers and consultants of the Argentinian Army

       

      2003

      United Nations

      Training and Consultancy, focus: support of future staff of the African Union

      1999 / 2001
      Trainer for the Partnership-for-Peace-Program in the Czech Republik

      1995 / 1996
      UN-Military Observer in Georgia/Abchasien (UNOMIG)

      Since 1984
      Military use i.a. "Zentrum Innere Führung"; BMVg; German Armed Forces United Nations Training Centre in Hammelburg; Bundeswehr Operations Command

       

      Working Languages

      German, English

       

      Expertise | Responsibilities

      • Planning, implementation and support of trainings to "safety and security"
      • Development of strategies to implement work processes regarding DDR and SSR
      • Planning, preparation and organization of training moduls for peace operations