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    Katrina Abatis
    Program Assistant
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    Katrina Abatis joined the Mediation Support Team at the Center for Security Studies in May 2015. She supports the activities of the Mediation Team, and co-ordinates the Peace Mediation Course (PMC) and the Religion and Mediation Course (RMC).

    Katrina was previously working as a Welfare Officer for international students in the UK and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Master of Arts in Modern Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Leicester.

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    Jonas Baumann
    Program Officer
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    Jonas Baumann is a program officer in the Mediation Support Team. He is working within the Mediation Support Project (MSP) and within the Religion and Culture in Mediation (CARIM) program. He further coordinates the Mediation Support Network (MSN).

    Prior to joining the CSS, Jonas has worked for the Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding at the Ecole de Maintien de la Paix Alioune Blondin Beye in Bamako, Mali, and for the Swiss Armed Forces at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center in Accra, Ghana. He has previously also worked for the OSCE, and for the Uppsala Conflict Data Program of Uppsala University (Sweden).

    Jonas holds a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University (Sweden) and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

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    Danielle Furgler
    Associate Program Officer
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    Danielle Furgler holds an MSc Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in Social Anthropology and Economics from the Universities of Berne and Fribourg. Prior to her postgraduate degree, she lived in Cairo, Egypt, where she worked with UN Women and as Junior Project Assistant at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). She also spent some time in Quito, Ecuador, where she volunteered at the Fundación Sol de Primavera working with adolescents. Before joining the swisspeace Mediation Program, she was responsible for a center for asylum seeking people in the Canton of Lucerne. Danielle Furgler is fluent in German, French, English, Spanish and Arabic and supports the swisspeace Mediation Program in different projects.

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    Rachel Gasser
    Myanmar Coordinator & Senior Program Officer
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    Rachel Gasser studied at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and at UC Berkeley, USA. She holds a Master in International Relations from the Graduate Institute. After working as a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations in New York, she joined Swisspeace Mediation Program in July 2011. From 2008 to 2011, she was with the UN Department of Political Affairs, working on Myanmar, as part of the team supporting the UN Special Adviser, Mr. Gambari and then on Somalia, focusing on piracy. Previously, she was part of the Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations (CASIN) in Geneva, where she designed and implemented training programs for diplomats from Afghanistan, Iraq and DPRK. She has also lead research on global issues for CASIN. In 2006, Rachel was Adviser on human rights and humanitarian affairs for the Swiss Mission to the UN. She started her career by joining UNHCR where she worked in a refugee camp at the border between Iraq and Jordan in 2005.

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    Sara Hellmüller
    Senior Researcher / Senior Program Officer
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    Sara Hellmüller joined swisspeace in December 2009. She works as a senior researcher and senior program officer in the Mediation program. She is the regional focal point for Syria and co-leads a three-years research project on the role of norms in mediation. Sara holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Basel. Her doctoral research focused on how the interaction between local and international peacebuilding actors in DR Congo influences the effectiveness of their programs. In 2013, she was a visiting scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University in New York and an affiliate doctoral student at the University of Bunia in Ituri (DR Congo). Before joining swisspeace, she worked with the United Nations Development Program in eastern DR Congo, the Swiss Embassy in Nigeria and with local NGOs in Mongolia and South Africa. She holds a first MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and a second MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston. Sara has a certificate in mediation from Mediation Works Incorporated in Boston.

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    Anna Hess Sargsyan
    Senior Program Officer
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    In her capacity as a senior program officer within the Mediation Support Team, Anna Hess has been working on conflict settlement and inclusivity issues in peace processes with a regional focus on South Caucasus and the wider OSCE area. Through applied research and trainings, Anna Hess has been focusing her activities on Track 1.5 dialogue processes related to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement, on women`s involvement in negotiations and multitrack peace mediation in South Asia and Track Two academic initiatives in North Korea, among others.

    Anna Hess has advanced degrees in security studies from Columbia University in New York City, in political science from the American University in Yerevan, as well as certificates in peace mediation and conflict resolution from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Inmedio/Berghof Foundation in Berlin.

    Prior to joining the Mediation Support Project (MSP) at the CSS, Anna Hess worked as a training manager at the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) and a management consultant at the GAP International Inc., Philadelphia.

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    Simon J.A. Mason
    Head of CSS Mediation Support Team
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    Simon J. A. Mason is a senior researcher and head of the Mediation Support Team at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) ETH Zurich. He has been working in the "Mediation Support Project" since 2005 and in the "Culture and Religion in Mediation" (CARIM, supported by the Swiss FDFA) project since 2011.

    Simon holds a Doctorate in environmental science from ETH Zurich and is a trained mediator, accredited by the Swiss Mediation Association SDM. Between 2002 and 2004, he co-organized a series of dialogue workshops between Egyptians, Ethiopians, and Sudanese on cooperation in the Eastern Nile Basin. Simon has contributed to training workshops on conflict, negotiation, and mediation for people living in conflict contexts (e.g. Sudan and Palestine) as well as at various policy related and academic institutions (e.g. Addis Ababa University, the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta, the United Nations, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and at the ETH Zurich). Within MSP, he was involved in coordinating a conflict resolution training workshop for one of the Darfur movements. He also co-organizes the peace mediation course of the Swiss FDFA.

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    David Lanz
    Head of swisspeace Mediation Program
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    David Lanz is the head of the swisspeace mediation program. He was previously seconded by the Swiss Expert Pool of Civilian Peacebuilding and worked in the Mediation Support Team of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre in Vienna. In this capacity, he acted as adviser to the head of the OSCE National Dialogue Project in Ukraine in 2014 and he worked with different Special Representatives of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus. Previously he worked as a researcher at swisspeace and with the UN Mission in Sudan. He is a trained mediator and has experience as an election observer with the Carter Center in South Sudan.
    David Lanz completed a doctorate in political science at the University of Basel, examining the role of norms in international interventions in armed conflicts. He holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University as well as a licence from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. He has published on different aspects of conflict management, including in the Oxford Handbook of UN Peacekeeping Operations, International Negotiation, Global R2P, African Affairs, and the Journal of Modern African Studies.

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    Yosra Nagui
    Program Assistant
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    Yosra Nagui holds a MA in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a BA in Political Science from Cairo University. Before joining swisspeace, she was working with the UNHCR Syria Emergency Operation in Cairo. She has also interned with different human rights organizations in Geneva, Cairo and Beirut including Human Rights Watch and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. Her research interests include mediation and human rights, armed conflicts, SSR and transitional justice, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa region. Yosra joined swisspeace in 2015 as a Program Assistant in the Mediation Program focusing on Syria.

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    Julia Palmiano Federer
    Program Officer
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    Julia Palmiano holds a MA in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and a BA from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Before joining swisspeace in 2013, she held internships with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Human Rights Watch, and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. She has also worked as a Research Assistant for the Political Science Department of the University of British Columbia and as a Project Assistant for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Her research interests include mediation of internal armed conflict, humanitarian assistance & negotiation, and issues surrounding women, peace & security.

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    Valerie Sticher
    Senior Program Officer
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    Valerie Sticher works as a senior program officer with the Mediation Support Project (MSP) at the CSS. She focuses on mediation training and process support, with a current particular emphasis on Zimbabwe. She also coordinates the Mediation Support Network (MSN). Valerie holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University. She has previously served as Political Affairs Officer for the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. Valerie has been with the CSS since April 2011, working first as an editor for the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) before joining the MSP.

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    Mathias Zeller
    Program Officer
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    Mathias Zeller holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, where he specialized in International Security Policy and Conflict Resolution. He worked for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs as an intern from August 2011 until June 2012, supporting the mediation desk and the peace policy programs in Indonesia and Thailand. He joined the Swisspeace Mediation Program in July 2012 as assistant. From May 2010 until December 2010, he interned with the United Nations Development Programme in New York, where he worked on Eastern Europe, focusing mainly on EU accession countries.

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    Corinne von Burg
    Program Officer
    +41 (0)31 330 10 76

    Corinne von Burg holds a MA in Social Anthropology, Contemporary History and International Law from the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2010). Based on a six month research field trip, she wrote her master thesis on Community-based Reintegration of Former Child Solders in Nepal. After graduation, she interned eleven month for the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan, South Sudan and the Horn of Africa of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). Before joining the Mediation Program of swisspeace in April 2013, she worked a year for the Peace and Recovery Cluster of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.