Andrea Zemskov-Züge studied Eastern European History and Slavic Studies in Berlin and St. Petersburg. She completed her doctorate in 2011 on the war commemoration of the Leningrad Blockade. In parallel, she worked for OWEN e.V. in projects on conflict transformation and dialogue. Between 2012 and 2017, she worked for the Berghof Foundation on the conception and implementation of a historical dialogue on the Georgian-Abkhazian and Georgian-South Ossetian conflict. Since 2018, she has been working freelance and for OWEN e.V. in the supervision, conceptualisation and monitoring of dialogue projects. Her work focuses on: war remembrance and memory, biographical storytelling, historical dialogue and dialogue work with conflict narratives between conflict parties.
Edita Štulcaitė was born and raised in Lithuania. She graduated in Political Science and Cultural and Social Anthropology at the Universities of Tübingen and Marburg. Since 2017, she has been working in the field of civic and political education, focusing on emancipatory education and global learning including the topics (forced) migration, environmental and social justice and gender equality. She has also organized youth exchange programs for young people from Germany, Israel and Poland focusing on culture of rememberance. Edita Štulcaitė joined the team of OWEN – Mobile Akademie für Geschlechterdemokratie und Friedensförderung e.V. in 2023 and is now working on strengthening the civil society actors across national borders in context of war and conflict with main focus on the South Caucasus.
Prof. Kapilashrami is an Interdisciplinary social scientist trained in Sociology and Public health and Professor in Global health Policy and Equity in the School of Health & Social Care at University of Essex.
Her work lies at the intersections of health politics and development praxis, with particular interest in understanding their interface with equity, human rights, and social justice. She has longstanding research interest and experience that spreads over twenty years in both academia and civil society/ development sector in South Asia and the UK. Her current work focuses on advancing an intersectional approach, conceptually and empirically, to examine health inequalities and structural determinants of health and well-being. She has published widely in these areas of health policies and inequalities (100+ publications) and led Knowledge exchange and capacity building initiatives in South Asia, Central Asia, the UK and Europe. She is advisor to the UK-REACH study into Ethnicity And COVID-19 outcomes in healthcare workers and leads the ICOPE consortium set up to examine health workers’ experiences of covid-management from an intersectional lens. She has also undertaken human rights assessment of the pandemic for the WHO and IPPPR, and developed technical guidance for engaging communities in priority setting processes.
She a is longstanding member of the People’s Health Movement, and convened its Scotland chapter (until 2019), Trustee on the board of Health Poverty Action and Founding Chair of the MigrationHealth South Asia network. Kapilashrami is on the Gender Advisory Panel for WHO’s Human Reproduction Programme, and the Editorial advisory board for the BMJ, PLOS Global Public Health and Lancet GRaCE.
Fatim Selina Diaby is an Afro-German Feminist who has worked and researched in the fields of peace and conflict resolution, international policy design and development assistance in Germany, South Africa and Burundi. Through both her studies and her activism, Fatim Selina aims to grasp the world through the lived experiences of the most marginalized, particularly Black people.
Her personal, professional and academic pathways are guided by a strong desire for justice and the mission to eradicate inequality. She holds a B.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Tübingen and a M.A. in International Security from Sciences Po Paris. Fatim Selina uses writing and research to disrupt spaces and structures of oppression. As part of several feminist anti-racist collectives, she also advocates for decolonial practices and thoughts - at the intersection of health, climate and racial justice. Most recently Fatim Selina co-authored a book chapter on decolonial feminism and feminist foreign policy.
She is currently working as a climate justice project manager at Young Friends of Earth Germany (BUNDjugend).
Franca Brüggen is a young doctor in training, currently working in the paediatric department in a Hospital in Brandenburg. She studied medicine and social sciences in Berlin. She has been an active member of IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) and ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) since her early years at university. She was one of the International Student Representative of IPPNW from 2017 to 2021.
She is particularly interested in medical peace work. She has worked with the medical peace work courses on different levels, including peer teaching classes, international workshops and exchange programmes. Last year she put the theory into practice by working in the medical team of the ROSA project in Greece. ROSA (Rolling Safespace) is a non-profit organisation that addresses the particular situation of women on the run by creating a saferspace. They have converted a truck into a mobile contact point, offering sports workshops, discussion groups, medical consultations, childcare and a space for mutual support.
Yudit Namer is a clinical psychologist and researcher in mental health. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. She worked as a psychotherapist in Istanbul for ten years; her practice was rooted in relational psychoanalytic, as well as existential psychotherapy traditions. With a number of LGBTQ+ non-governmental organizations in Turkey, Yudit Namer has contributed to developing training programs for mental health professionals in providing mental health care for LGBTQ+ clients to improve access to mental health care. She focused on marginalisation and health during her time at Bielefeld School of Public Health.
She currently works as an assistant professor at the University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands.
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.
Dian Maria Blandina, Global Health Governance Programme Advisor, People’s Health Movement (PHM). She is an Indonesian primary care doctor and a PhD Candidate at the Laboratory of Primary Health Care, General Medicine and Health Services Research, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece. Her research centers on exploring the intricate connections between the policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and their impact on health. She possesses a keen interest in delving into the intersection of global health governance and policy, while also examining the dynamics of community-based primary care and macroeconomic policies. Dian is a Board Member of the International Association of Health Policy in Europe (IAHPE) and contributes to Global Health Watch and People's Dispatch.
Frank Dörner lived in Hamburg before he moved to Berlin 1987. Frank studied human medicine at the Free University of Berlin, specialised in general medicine and gained a doctorate in the field of tropical medicine. Today he works as General Practitioner in Berlin Wedding, teaches Humanitarian Medicine in a private university and engages strongly in humanitarian situations.
He started working in the field of Humanitarian Action with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 1998 and went for several years overseas to work in health projects. From 2008-2014 he was General Director of MSF Germany. Frank was also part of the German MSF board till mid 2021. His last MSF project was in Iraq to coordinate the medical work in March/April 2023.
In 2015 he became part of „SeaWatch“, a private organisation involved in rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean. Frank is a founding member of Sea Watch and went several times as doctor on board of the rescue ships to assist people in distress close to Libya.