About me

I am a coach with a background in peacebuilding. I have dealt with peace as an academic for a long time. I love the topic because I find it meaningful and important, and because I am fascinated to see time and again how a well led conflict does not necessarily lead to destruction but can instead create releasing change.  

I have a PhD from the Department of Peace Studies of the University of Bradford (U.K.), and did extensive research on violence and public security in Central America. I have lived and worked in Germany, the U.K., El Salvador, and Honduras. As a researcher, I have worked with academics and practitioners from numerous countries, including Pakistan, South Africa, Argentina, and Northern Ireland. 

At some point, I realised I was not satisfied with thinking, researching, and teaching about conflicts; instead I wanted to shape and experience transformation processes myself. Thus, I continued my education by training as a coach and conflict consultant for two years. Also, I have two children who have taught me a lot about constructive arguing. Since 2020, I use not only my knowledge but my practical experience and my perception to coach changemakers. I live in Leipzig, Germany, but I like travelling and I work in Germany, internationally and online. 

Qualifications

  • Conflict Consultant and Coach according to A.T.C.C. (Group Relation, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Counselling, Systemic Constellations, fears and needs in conflicts, aggression and violence in conflict, behavioural patterns, leadership in social organisations, biography work, power spaces)
  • PhD in Peace Studies (University of Bradford)
  • M.A. in Political Science, Sociology and Intercultural Business Communication (University of Jena)
  • CAT-Training (Civic Action and Transformation)
  • Summer Academy on the Art of Conflict Transformation (IICP)
  • Training in didactics in teaching peace and conflict
  • Training in field research at sites of violence
  • Summer Schools on conflicts in Subsaharan Africa and Latin America

Experience

  • Individual coaching of over 30 clients in more than 120 hours
  • Facilitation of workshops with civil society groups, political parties, and security actors
  • Extensive training workshops for phone counsellors 
  • Couples counselling 
  • Team coaching 
  • International workshops and trainings for Master and PhD students on peacebuilding, security politics, and research strategies as well as for volunteers for anti-discrimination work
  • University teaching assignments
  • Conference talks 
  • Coordination of research projects 
  • Editorial and publishing work
  • Interviews with security actors (police, prisons, military, civil society, politicians) 
  • Election observer at the Salvadorian presidential elections
  • Research Analyst for a democracy project