University degrees

2001 Doctorate at the Faculty of Education, Technical University Berlin

1987 Masters in Adult Education, Free University Berlin

1977 Bachelor´s in Psychology, Georgia State University

Other qualifications

2004-06 Further education course in Organisational Development
Step, Berlin

Since 2000 Certified Mediator® and Mediation Trainer®
German Federal Mediation Association

1980-81 Training for Trainers in Nonviolent Action
Movement for a New Society, Philadelphia

Relevant work history

2017-20 Educational Consultant (2020: educational head) of the
Academy für Conflict Transformation
Forum Civil Peace Service, Cologne

2015-17 International Peace Advisor for Mediation & DoNoHarm in Ethiopia, GIZ Civil Peace Service

2004-18 Short-term assignments in the field of development cooperation Peace Education Appraisals in Sri Lanka (2004) and Afghanistan (2006-07) for GIZ

  • Project evaluations for ProNGO! EU-financed projects in Kyrgyzstan (2012 & 2014) and Turkmenistan (2013) on „Support for Subsistece Farmers” and “Development of Civil Society”
  • Mediation Training, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2018)
  • Training in Participatory methodologies & conflict resolution, Abuja, Nigeria (2018)

Since 2004 Mediator and Trainer for Cross-Border Family Mediation:
Concept developer and lead trainer, EU-funded project
Training for International Family Mediation (2010-2012)
Further in-depth trainings in Berlin, Kosovo and Australia (2012-14)

1999-2008 Head of MediationsBüro Mitte Berlin:
Lead trainer of eleven 200-hour professional mediation courses School mediation projects at numerous Berlin schools
Community mediation projects

1991-96 Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Technical University Berlin

1990-2001 Workshops, seminars, curriculum and project development, in-service training, further education courses and supervision for violence prevention and mediation in schools in Germany

1988-91 Project “Developing and piloting a model for teaching conflict skills” at the Heinrich-Zille Primary School in Berlin-Kreuzberg

Funded by the Academic Advancement Programme for Women,
Berlin Senate

1986-87 Study „Violence and Conflict Resolution in Schools” for the Quaker Council for European Affairs in Brussels in co-operation with the Council of Europe, Strasbourg

Networking and Memberships
2008 Co-founder of the International Mediation Centre for Family Conflict and Child Abduction, Board member (2008-2013)

2006-08 Co-founder and steering committee member of the professional group „Community Mediation“, Bundesverband Mediation e.V.

1993-97 Co-founder and steering committee member of the professional group „Education“, Bundesverband Mediation e.V.

1990 Co-founder of the European Network for Conflict Resolution in Education (ENCORE) in Brussels