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.
Eva Huber is 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. 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. In addition to having headed the ACP´s project portfolio in Sudan and South Sudan, the peace process in Colombia is currently her area of expertise.
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.
Mercedes Corrales 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.
Augustin Nicolescou is Senior Project Manager for the Holy Land Project and serves as co-director of the Herbert C Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Resolution, a partner of the ACP. He also contributes to the ACP's research and training activities, with thematic expertise in conflict resolution, 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 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.
Head of Research
Adham Hamed is Head ofResearch at the ACP. He is a diplomat and peace and conflict researcher and previously served at the German Foreign Office in Berlin, where he worked as Desk Officer for the Protection of Journalists, Media Makers and Free Speech Defenders in Crises and Conflicts.
Head of Capacity Development
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.
Susanne J. Györög
Susanne J. Györög is the Senior Project 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.
Astrid Holzinger is Senior Project Manager of the International Civilian Peacebuilding Training Programme and has multiple years of experience with the UN, OSCE and EU as well as the Austrian civil service. Capacity-building, crisis management and programme coordination within the UN Mission in South Sudan, protection of civilians in armed conflict, the promotion of the women, peace and security agenda and international security are among her areas of expertise. She holds a master’s degree in international relations.
Head of Finance & Operational Support
Melanie Konrad is Head of Finance and Operational Support at ACP. She studied business administration and business education and gained professional experience in corporate controlling and as an assistant to the management, especially in the areas of finance, subsidies, accounting, projects and administration.
Mohammad Mahmoud Farghal
Mohammad Mahmoud Farghal is Senior 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.
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.
Fatou Ndour is Senior Project Manager of the Capacity Development for Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa (HAWA) project. Trained in international relations, international crime and justice, and human rights law, she possesses a vast experience in post-conflict justice. She previously worked for UN entities and NGOs, supporting capacity-building programs and research studies in the fields of human rights (including children’s rights, gender, and migration). Furthermore, has knowledge of the development sector and a good understanding of challenges at the local, national and regional levels in developing countries.
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 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 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.