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Management

Moritz Ehrmann

Director

Moritz Ehrmann is the Director of the ACP. He brings to the ACP his extensive experience from varied contexts, including Iraq, Colombia, Jordan, Ukraine, and Yemen, and through his previous work with the International Committee of the Red Cross and as an Austrian diplomat. He began his career with the Austrian foreign service, for which he was most recently deployed to the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship Task Force from 2016 to 2017. Since 2018, he has been engaged in informal international peace mediation.

Lukas Wank

Deputy Director

Lukas Wank is the ACP's Deputy Director and in this capacity is responsible, among other things, for the ACP's cooperation portfolio with the Austrian Ministry of Defence as well as other individual projects. His background is in peace research and conflict analysis, security policy and the military, development corporation and humanitarian aid.

Conflict Resolution

Anna Hess Sargsyan

Head of Conflict Resolution

Anna Hess Sargsyan is an international affairs professional with extensive experience in peace and conflict studies and peace mediation. Over the course of her career, Anna has designed and supported a number of formal and informal peace processes, as well as developed and led educational programs in the field of peace and conflict studies. Parallel to her practical work, Anna has authored a number of publications. Her research focuses on the impact of geopolitical tensions on the settlement of protracted conflicts, particularly in the OSCE area. In her capacity as the Head of Conflict Resolution, Anna is responsible for leading the team`s work in dialogue and mediation across the Middle East, Africa and Eurasia.


Mohammad Mahmoud Farghal

Mohammad Mahmoud Farghal is the Project Manager for ACP’s Iraq activities focused on mediation and the promotion of dialogue between political actors in the country. He has extensive experience in political, international and humanitarian affairs, having served with the League of Arab States, the  United Nations, the Government of Egypt, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.

 

Eva Huber

Eva Huber leads the ACP´s peacebuilding projects in South Sudan and Sudan. She has a background in political science, African studies, and public international law and more than 10 years of experience working for UN peace operations and agencies as well as NGOs. She has supported peace processes through political liaison, strategic planning, capacity-building, community engagement, and programme coordination and is an expert on the peace process in Colombia.


Augustin Nicolescou

Augustin Nicolescou is Project Manager for the Holy Land Project and serves as co-director of the Herbert C Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation, a partner of the ACP. He also contributes to the ACP's research and training activities, with thematic expertise in conflict transformation, dialogue processes, the HDP Nexus, conflict sensitivity and Do-No-Harm and geographic experience in Israel, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus.

 

Wolfgang Weilharter

Wolfgang Weilharter is the Project Manager for the project "Communal Peace and Conflict Work in Burgenland". His focus is on the implementation of mediation and dialogue processes on the communal level, in the areas of communal politics, housing and neighbourhoods and local coexistence of people of different origins.

 

Education & Training

Monika Psenner

Head of Training & Education

Monika Psenner is the Head of Capacity Development at ACP. She also coordinates the centre’s EU training portfolio including the EU Civilian Training Initiative (EUCTi), the EU Police and Civilian Services Training (EUPCST) and EU Aid Volunteers programme. Monika represents ACP. in the European Civilian Training Group (EUCTG). Her professional background is in development cooperation and humanitarian aid from an NGO perspective. She has many years of experience in training, project, and process development.


Samuel Bahlsen 

Samuel Bahlsen is a Project Manager in the EU Training Programmes at the ACP. His academic and professional background is in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, international development, human rights, and European external policy.

Ursula Gamauf-Eberhardt

Ursula Gamauf-Eberhardt is the Project Manager for the peace education portfolio. She is also responsible for the OSCE training programmes. Her thematic focuses include peace education, dealing with the past and the OSCE.


Susanne J. Györög

Susanne J. Györög is the Programme Manager of the training section of the cooperation programme with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and is in charge of managing the the specialisation courses in the framework of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). She brings 30 years of experience to the ACP, including some 20 years of field experience in humanitarian aid, post-conflict recovery, security sector reform in complex emergencies as well as peace missions with additional 10 years experience in development and conduct of specialised trainings in the framework of UN and EU peace missions.

Rebecca Trixa

Rebecca Trixa is Project Officer of the two projects „Capacity Building for Humanitarian Aid in West Africa" (HAWA IV) and "International Civilian Peacebuilding Training Programme" (IPT). Her professional background consists of experience in the fields of development cooperation, peace and conflict research as well as educational work. In this context, she can pool the perspectives of different levels of governmental organizations, NGOs likewise the private sector.


Mercedes Corrales

Mercedes Corrales (M.A.) is the Event Support Officer and Junior Project Manager working in the Conflict Resolution Programme. She previously completed a two-year traineeship at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, following her graduation from the Vienna School of International Studies.

Operational Support

Bettina Beiglböck

Head of Finance & Operational Support

Bettina Beiglböck is Head of Finance and Operational Support at ACP. Together with her team, she coordinates ACP's budget planning and accounting, HR issues, administrative management of the infrastructure, and logistical issues in Schlaining. Her academic and professional background is in the areas of organizational development and HR as well as marketing and sales.


Claudia Hofer

Claudia Hofer is the Administrative Assistant for research, peace education, OSCE and EU related trainings, as well as for the project Capacity Building for Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa.

Walter Hofer

Walter Hofer takes care of the ACP buildings with great diligence. His hobby is civil defence, and he uses this knowledge also concerning his activities at the ACP.


Elisabeth Horvath

Elisabeth Horvath is the Financial Manager and accountant in the areas of basic and project financing.

Silvia Polster

Silvia Polster is the Administrative Assistant for the "International Civilian Peacebuilding Training Programme" and other tailor-made courses.


Yerivan Pruscha

Yerivan Pruscha is the Programme Administration Manager for the Conflict Resolution Programme as well as the Vienna Office Manager.

Martina Tader

Martina Tader is the Administrative Assistant, she runs the ACP Secretariat and is responsible for personnel and project financial management.

Consultant

 

Raluca Csernatoni

Raluca Csernatoni is an Associate Research Expert at the ACP with a focus on Peace Tech. She is a Fellow at Carnegie Europe, where she specializes on European security and defence, with a specific focus on emerging disruptive technologies. Csernatoni is also a Team Leader on new technologies for the EU Cyber Direct - EU Cyber Diplomacy Initiative project. She is currently a Guest Professor at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy of Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) in Belgium, her research exploring topics at the intersection of International Relations and Science and Technology Studies. Csernatoni is also a Lecturer on technology, security, and high-tech warfare with the Department of International Relations of Central European University (CEU) in Vienna, Austria.

Abdussalam Elbelazi

Abdussalam Elbelazi is Senior Advisor at the ACP, particularly in the area of water and conflict in Libya. Since 2015, he has been an advisor on Libyan affairs at the CMI Foundation, where he acts as a mediator in many cases related to the conflict in Libya.


Olivia Lazard

Olivia Lazard is dedicated to environmental peacemaking as a mediator and is an advisor at the ACP. She is a fellow at Carnegie Europe. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of climate, the transition ushered by climate change, and the risks of conflict and fragility associated to climate change and environmental collapse.

Affiliates

Tamra Pearson d’Estrée

Tamra Pearson d’Estrée is a professor of conflict resolution at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Colorado, USA, and directs the university’s Conflict Engagement & Resolution Initiative.  Dr. d’Estrée’s research focuses on social psychological dimensions of intergroup conflict, negotiation and resolution, particularly on identity dynamics, framing, and conflict resolution capacity in processes of escalation and resolution. Her work on peacebuilding processes combines research with professional practice in divided societies and communities. She also studies the use of evaluation for the improvement of international, environmental and policy conflict resolution. 

Wilfried Graf

Wilfried Graf (Dr.phil.) is co-founder and co-director of the Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation, with which the ACP cooperates in the field of conflict transformation. His areas of expertise include conflict transformation and the facilitation of peace processes with a focus on complexity theory, critical realism, basic needs theories and socio-psychological aspects of peace and conflict. As a scholar-practitioner, he is particularly concerned with the transfer of theoretical insights into practice. 


Wolfgang Hofkirchner

Wolfgang Hofkirchner is retired professor of Technology Assessment at the Vienna University of Technology. His research aims at the transformation of societies into a Global Sustainable Information Society. His approach is transdisciplinary. He edited the first volume of Edgar Morin’s Method in German.

Gudrun Kramer

Gudrun Kramer was Director of the ACP from April 2017 to June 2021. Her thematic priorities include conflict transformation, support for peace processes, peacebuilding in the context of development cooperation, strengthening social and political participation, and psychosocial work.


Werner Wintersteiner

Werner Wintersteiner, retired professor from Klagenfurt University, was the founding director of the Centre for Peace Research and Peace Education; he is staff member of the master programme (further education) “Global Citizenship Education”.