We are happy to introduce our Speakers for the 2024 Summer School soon. We will be continuously updating this list!

Maria El-Safti

Maria El-Safti is a certified trainer from the Berlin Institute, specializing in trauma education and family-oriented counseling. With over twenty years of experience in educational and family counseling, she has been employed by the Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus Berlin for twelve years, where she's a child protection specialist and co-founder of the trauma education curriculum. Maria spent two years working with refugee families in Tempelhof hangars, organizing trauma education groups for children and staff training. Since 2012, she has led trauma education groups, focusing on refugee families since 2016. As a freelance lecturer, Maria offers seminars and training on trauma-related topics, especially for educators and psychosocial professionals. She's deeply committed to working with refugee families, having worked in Egypt and Jordan and maintaining connections with women she's met in places like Zaatari. Marias work is a contributing to peace efforts by promoting understanding of trauma and its healing possibilities in society. She is a mother to three girls/ women and a grandmother to two children.

Fatim Selina Diaby

Fatim Selina is a Berlin-born writer, political educator, and poet of German-Guinean descent. Formally trained in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Economics and International Politics, she works in the field of peace and conflict research, international policy design and youth organizing. As part of several Black/BIPoC* collectives Fatim Selina organizes and advocates at the intersection of health, climate and racial justice. Writing is another tool they use to disrupt spaces and structures of oppression. Her work has been published by Karl Dietz Verlag, Nomos and Liberolethi among others.


Julia Manek

Julia Manek is a speaker for psychosocial work at the critical aid and human rights organization medico international. Within this frame, she works on how, in a troubled world, psychosocial work means not simply enduring the conditions in the world that make people ill. As a psychologist and human geographer a spatialized understanding of violence and potential traumatization is central for her to relate transnationally with medico's partner organizations in the so-called Global South.

Dennis Opondo

Dr. Dennis Opondo is a medical doctor and global health leader with a focus on public health programs for PLHIV, refugees, and asylum seekers. Currently a resident medical officer at the Kenya Red Cross Society in Kakuma/Kalobeyei Refugee settlement, he oversees healthcare for over 70,000 refugees in collaboration with organizations like UNHCR, WFP, and USAID. Beyond his role, Dennis has been active in peace activism with IPPNW for eight years, supporting communication strategies and hosting the first IPPNW World Congress in Africa. He's a member of the IPPNW Climate Working Group, focusing on the Climate-Health nexus, particularly in ASAL counties in Kenya. Additionally, he's part of the Emerging Leaders Network at Pegasus Institute and facilitates Peace through Health courses at the McGill Summer Institute of Global Health. Dennis is an alumnus of the Global Health Summer School 2023 in Berlin, where he conducted a workshop on "Technology Advancements in Healthcare in African War Zones."

Stefan Wagler

Stefan Wagler is a psychologist and licensed psychotherapist specializing in psychosis psychotherapy at a psychiatric hospital in Berlin. He is the Chairman of the Board of the German-speaking Chapter of the Association for for Contextual Behavioral Science (DGKV/ACBS), trainer for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), coach for development professionals and trainer for community mental health approaches in the context of development cooperation.

His perspective is nourished by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and is underpinned by his experiences as a community mental health consultant in the Middle East, freelance trainer, psychotherapist in acute psychiatry and in outpatient care. The methodological approaches he uses are rooted in mindfulness-based approaches, methods of ACT and interpersonal behavioral therapy, feminist psychotherapy, Schema therapy, the Do-No-Harm approach and others.


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