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Nader Talebi

Nader Talebi was born in Iran and received his B.Eng in software engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology in 2006. Working as a volunteer and activist with Afghan refugees and labouring children in Tehran, he became more interested in social science. As a result of his activism, he continued his studies in sociology. In 2010, Nader graduated from Allameh Tabatabai University of Tehran with an MA in sociology. His thesis was on the relation of child labour and social reproduction of social class.

Nader Talebi is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology at Lancaster University. He is currently writing his thesis on the (trans-)formations of the national state in 1970's Iran and 1979 revolution with Prof. Bob Jessop.

Nader Talebi teaches at Humboldt University of Berlin since 2015 and works as a researcher in Berlin Institute of Migration and Integration Research (BIM). His seminar is on spaces of migration and refugee situation in Berlin. His research interest comprises State Theory, State Space, Migration, Historical Sociology, Political Sociology, Cultural Political Economy, Strategic-Relational Approach, and the modern history of Iran.

Ulrike Wiens

Ulrike Wiens is a psychologist and trained family therapist. Since May 2016 she is engaged in the work of the International Psychosocial Organistation (IPSO) where she trains people with migratory background to become psychosocial counselors. Furthermore she does psychological counseling of returning and traumatized employees of 'Engagement Global – The ASA Program' (formerly at the German Society for International Cooperation) who had been to conflict zones. Ms. Wiens also offers workshops to the employees including topics such as 'culture and identity, constructive conflict management/mediation and personal development through crisis and conflict'. Since 2010 she also offers seminars and workshops on trauma-therapeutic topics at different organizations, for instance the German Red Cross, Berlin Talks, TraumaJourFixe, or the Social-Therapeutic Institute Berlin Brandenburg e.V.

Johanna Winkler

Johanna Winkler is a specialist in psychiatry, psychotherapy as well as general medicine. Since 2012 she is a ward physician at a psychiatric outpatient clinic in Berlin with the focus on intercultural psychiatry, interpreter-mediated treatment of refugees and people with migratory background. Furthermore Ms. Winkler is trained in group psychotherapy which is based on depth psychological/psychoanalytical methods. She is a member and participant in several working groups such as the 'intercultural migration and health services research' working group and the 'psychotraumatology' working group which are affiliated with the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin CC15. She is also a member of the German Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapty and Neurology. Currently she conducts research on the symptomatology of asylum seekers in relation to their residence status.  

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Şebnem Korur Fincancı is a forensic physician and a university professor. Since 2009 she is the president of a human rights foundation in Turkey which treats torture victims free of charge and documents human rights abuses. In 2011 Şebnem Korur Fincancı received an award for medical peace work. She became known for her objective medical jurisprudence and exposure of torture and its consequences. She made significant contributions to the creation of the UN's standard work on the exposure of torture the Istanbul Protocol. Next to her medical engagement with torture victims she was never afraid to publicly pillory human rights abuses and cover-ups despite the threat of negative personal and professional consequences. 

Sarah Wilker

From 2005 to 2011, Sarah Wilker studied psychology at the University of Trier. In 2011, she continued to do her Ph.D. at the department for clinical and biological psychology at the University of Ulm. She focused on the topic “Gene x Environment interactions in the development and therapy of post traumatic stress disorder”. For her research she traveled to Uganda and South Africa on multiple occasions. Since January 2015, she has a postdoc position at the department for clinical and biological psychology at the University of Ulm. Her research was awarded the ‘Nachwuchspreis’, an award for up-and-coming academics, by the German Society for Psychotraumatology in 2015. Sarah Wilker is engaged in the work of Vivo International which strengthens local resources for prevention and treatment of post traumatic stress disorders. 

Salah Ahmad

Salah Ahmad is the founder and chairman of the Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights which is the only institution in Iraq that offers survivors of human rights violations comprehensive medical, psychotherapeutic and social support. Mr. Ahmad is a psychotherapist for children and youth as well as a family therapist educated in Germany. During his work at the Treatment Center for Torture Victims in Berlin he treated hundreds of traumatized refugees from various countries.

Salah Ahmad, who experienced flight and exile himself, has been committed for many years to fight human rights violations, support minorities, prevent violence and to improve the access to psychological support for victims of violence in Iraq. 

After the fall of the Saddam-Regime he returned to his hometown Kirkuk in Iraq and opened the first treatment center for survivors of torture and violence. Mr. Ahmad now regularly commutes between Iraq and Germany to do his work. The reputable work of the Jiyan Foundation allows him to influence political decision makers which has a positive impact on patients' living conditions. 


For his relentless commitment and valuable work in Iraq Mr. Ahmad was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, in February 2015.

Usche Merk

Usche Merk is responsible for psychosocial programs at medico international ( She is trained in education, community development and systemic counseling and has more than 20 years of professional experience with psychosocial and conflict transformation programs mainly in various (post)-conflict countries in Africa. In addition she works as a free-lance coach, supervisor and trainer around these topics. 

Carlotta Conrad

Since 2013, Carlotta Conrad is in the board of IPPNW. After finishing her medical studies in Dresden she continued with an advanced education to become an anesthetist at University Hospital Dresden. Between 2011 and 2013, Ms. Conrad was student representative at Medinetz e.V.. Her focus is on Medical Peace Work, migration and asylum. She is a member of AK Flucht und Asyl and represents the IPPNW in the BAG Pro Asyl and in the Medical Peace Work III – Project for which she has also authored a case study.

Olha Mala

Olha Mala, a certified psychologist living and working in Donetsk. Furthermore she is a certified Gestalt – therapist and a member of the Association of Psychologists of Donbas with 6 years of work experience. She received training in trauma therapy targeting children, adults and families who have been subjected to crises, war and other traumatic situations. She uses Gestalt Therapy, elements of art therapy, metaphoric conceptual cards, fairy tale therapy and CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) in her work, which also includes working with orphaned children at foster homes as well as children and parents at school. Furthermore, she is active as a volunteer in a project that offers emergency consultations via telephone.

Anna Tüne

For more than 30 years now, Anna Tüne works as freelance author as well as a developer and producer of complex projects including exhibitions, movies and (popular) scientific series of events. Within the last 20 years the focus of her work increasingly shifted towards the work of the association ‘Courage gegen Fremdenhass e.V.’ (Courage against Xenophobia) in which she also functions as the chairwoman. 

Her Project ‘Topographien der Menschlichkeit’ is rooted in the lack public display of positive examples of human resilience within our society. It has been developed over the course of several years. With her project she intends to make ‘Best-Practice’ examples from the past and present observable.

For her book ‘Von der Wiederherstellung des Glücks - eine deutsche Kindheit in Frankreich’ she was awarded the “Hommage à la France” prize by the Brigitte-Schubert-Oustry Foundation, in 2015.

Fatuma Musa Afrah

Fatuma was born in Somalia but was displaced as a child and grew up in Kenya. She studied developmental aid and worked with kids in a refugee camp in Dadaab, at the border between Somalia and Kenya. In 2014, she was forced to leave Kenya and found refuge in Germany where she continued her humanitarian work. Now Fatuma lives in Berlin and not only works as a motivational speaker promoting empowerment and experience sharing, but she is also engaged in several projects supporting refugees as well as raising awareness about their situation in Germany and beyond.

Jihad Suliman

For more than five years, Jihad Suliman worked for UNRWA ( United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinian refugees in the near east). Before that he was as a journalist for almost three years. He holds a bachelor in Media and Mass Communications and he is continuing my masters studies in Berlin in Media and Communications Management.

Liudmyla Lytvynenko

Liudmyla is a certified psychologist, researcher and counselor at the Laboratory for Consulting and Psychotherapy, the Institute for Psychology and the Academy for Education in the Ukraine. She has 10 years of work experience as a psychologist in political projects and she is trained in psychodrama therapy, psychodrama training and body - oriented therapy. Furthermore Ms. Lytvynenko is the founder of the Association of School and Psychodrama as well as the founder and director of psychotherapeutic theatre playback “Reflection”.

Yasser Almaamoun


Yasser Almaamoun is „Foreign minister“ of the Center for Political Beauty (CPB). Since the Syrian apocalypse he lives in Berlin. He works as architect in a Berlin architecture office.

The CPB is an assault team that establishes moral beauty, political poetry and human greatness while aiming to preserve humanitarianism. For several years now, the CPB has engaged in a parallel German approach to foreign politics that uses humanity as a weapon. From Bosnia-Herzegovina and Aleppo straight to the mountains of Melilla, the group’s interventions demonstrate how art can be a fifth state power.

Stefan Hilscher

Stefan Hilscher is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, certified supervisor, lecturer and trainer for intercultural communication. Currently he works for Medecins Sans Frontieres and gathered work experience in Kashmir (India), Darfur (Sudan), South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Bahrain.  

Peter Tinnemann

Dr. med. Peter Tinnemann is physician and health researcher at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin with particular interest in social medicine, access to health care and health in a globalizing world. He holds a Master degree in Public Health from Cambridge University and has more than 10 years work experience with various international humanitarian aid organisations, e.g. Doctors without Boarders (MSF). In 2012 he found the association "Certified Medical Independence" training doctors in rational drug therapy. 

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