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International Secretariat

Team in Bern

Flurina Derungs, Director

Flurina Derungs has been Director of the PeaceWomen Across the Globe international office since February 2017. Her guiding principle, based on a commitment to gender equality, is to aspire to a life of peace and dignity, free from violence and discrimination for all women. She has worked for many years on women's rights and gender equality, at both the national and international level, for example, in development cooperation in East Africa, as an equal opportunities officer, as a social worker and in teaching and research. Flurina Derungs has a Masters degree in Social work and Social Policy and has a Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) in Gender, Justice, and Globalisation.

Mithra Akhbari, Senior Programme Manager

Mithra Akhbari holds a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and a CAS in Development and Cooperation and is also a trained mediator. She has many years of professional experience in the areas of migration, mediation, gender-specific conflict transformation and the facilitation of participatory processes and, in addition, is conversant with the conception, implementation and evaluation of projects. Since March 2018, Mithra Akhbari has been responsible for programme work for PeaceWomen Across the Globe. Previously, she coordinated various gender-sensitive projects and programmes in the field of migration in Switzerland and in international cooperation, in particular in fragile and conflict-laden contexts – with a focus on Latin America and the Middle East. She has also worked as a lecturer and gender and conflict transformation adviser in international cooperation.

Christa Bader, Administration

Christa Bader has commercial training and has much experience in administration. After several years working as a clerk in a trust office, she has been supporting PeaceWomen Across the Globe since May 2018, as the person responsible for administration.

Andrea Filippi, Programmes and Advocacy

Andrea Filippi holds a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology and Sociology from SOAS, University of London. Previously she studied Social Anthropology and Geography at the Universities of Zurich and Birzeit, Palestine. She has worked for PeaceWomen Across the Globe since August 2018, initially in advocacy and fundraising, and from September 2019 in programmes and advocacy. Andrea Filippi did project work for various NGOs in the fields of gender-sensitive migration politics, anti-racism, feminist peace work and gender justice. She has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Neuchâtel. She continues to engage, in her activist and professional work, with racism, gender, feminist and postcolonial theory, intersectionality, as well as urban development processes.

Caroline Morrissey, Network Coordinator

Caroline Morrissey’s background is in cultural relations; she was Director of the British Council in Switzerland for over thirty years. She has an Honours degree in Education and has considerable experience initiating, developing and delivering programmes in Switzerland and elsewhere, in areas such as education, the Arts, climate change, governance and youth engagement. She also has substantial experience developing and managing networks. Caroline has worked for PeaceWomen Across the Globe since 2015. She was awarded an MBE in 2000.

Annemarie Sancar, Network and Programme Manager

Annemarie Sancar holds a doctorate in social anthropology with a focus on migration and development cooperation. In addition to her many years of experience in feminist networks such as WIDE Women in Development Switzerland and the Gender Working Group of the OSCE's Civic Solidarity Platform, she is involved in gender projects with a focus on economic literacy, peacebuilding and migration. Since May 2020 Annemarie Sancar has been network and programme manager at PeaceWomen Across the Globe. Previously she was responsible for monitoring the National Action Plan "Women, Peace and Security" at swisspeace, for the implementation of the gender strategy at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, and for cfd - the feminist peace organisation for peace and migration policy. She works as a freelance lecturer at universities of applied sciences on gender and women's rights in migration, security and development policy.

Christina Stucky, Communications Manager

Christina Stucky began working as a journalist after graduating with a History degree in the USA. She has worked as a reporter on newspapers in the USA and Switzerland and as a freelance journalist in the Czech Republic, where she completed a semester programme in film production at FAMU. In 1994 she began working for national newspapers in South Africa, covering a range of topics and events, including the country’s first democratic elections, the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the genocide in Rwanda. From 2000-2002 she was the southern Africa correspondent for the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. In South Africa she began working as a trainer, running workshops for journalists from sub-Saharan Africa and later communication and media workshops for NGOs. After returning to Switzerland in 2007, she conceptualised communication workshops for the local staff of the Swiss Cooperation Offices of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). From 2007-2017 she worked in different communication roles at the SDC and FDFA in Bern. She joined PeaceWomen Across the Globe as communications manager in 2019 and continues to work as a journalist, and communication and intercultural competencies trainer.

Franziska Vogel, Fundraising

Franziska Vogel received a Joint Master's Degree in Religion, Economics and Politics from the Universities of Lucerne, Zurich and Basel. During her studies she focused on the Islamic financial system. She completed an advanced training in Fundraising at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and gained work experience in an NGO. She has been working as a fundraiser at PWAG since October 2019.

Carla Weymann, Programme Assistant

Carla Weymann holds a Master's degree in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA+) from the universities of Bochum (Germany) and Uppsala (Sweden). During a semester abroad in Colombia she focused on peace and post-conflict studies and conflict resolution. Previously she studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. From September 2019 she supported the PWAG team as an academic intern, since May 2020 she is programme assistant.