is a theologist and specialist in communication and fundraising. In 1998-2002 she worked at the German Protestant Kirchentag as an Event and Project Manager. In 2002 she started focusing on social marketing and international development work and was responsible for communication and fundraising 2002-2008 at an international exchange program for the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity. Women and Gender issues have been her major interest since her studies. After earning her degree in fundraising at the University of Fribourg, Meike worked as a responsible for fundraising at a centre for homeless young women. After two years as a responsible for public fundraising at «Brot für die Welt» Meike became director of fundraising at the humanitarian organization mission 21 in Basel. Since October 2012 Meike is director of the international secretariat and responsible for fundraising.
is a social anthropologist and sociologist with a focus on integration, migration, development cooperation, gender, human rights, indigenous peoples, conflict transformation and peace building. Thanks to several long stays in Paraguay, Mexico, Cuba and Guatemala for research and peacebuilding, she has proven expertise on Latin America. In 2007 she completed a training course in conflict transformation according to the Transcend-method of Johan Galtung and she visited the certified course for development cooperation at ETH Zurich (NADEL). She has gained a lot of experience and knowledge in conflict transformation and dialogue facilitation. Previously, she has led a pilot project on peacebuilding in Guatemala and was office manager of a human rights organization for indigenous peoples.
has worked for twelve years in the humanitarian and human rights fields, both for numerous international organisations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations, as well as in advocacy against the use of child soldiers. With seven years of field experience in conflict affected regions stretching from West Africa, to the Horn of Africa (Sudan and Chad), Central Africa (Rwanda/Burundi), as well as the Middle East (Iraq) and Asia (Burma), she has managed humanitarian operations in complex emergencies in the field, as well as from the Department of Operations at ICRC Headquarters. Shazia earned a Masters in Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Geneva, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Middle East Studies from McGill University in Montreal. Shazia Islamshah is Project Manager at the International Secretariat for projects in Latin America, Indonesia and Sudan.
has been working in communication and public relations for the last five years. After finishing her Master degree in International Relations at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, she worked as an assistant in the public relations department of Amnesty International. For the following years she has been in charge of communication for different organisations such as Peace Brigades International and Interteam. Lisa holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies in «Communication for Nonprofit Organisations». She gathered working experiences in different cultural contexts, namely in Chile, Ecuador, Brasil and South Africa. As of July 2013 Lisa acts as manager of communication for PWAG.
studied Translation and Multilingual Communication (English, Spanish and Portuguese) at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Both before and during her studies she spent several months in Mexico where she worked, among other things, in a children’s home for indigenous children. These stays in the «land of machismo» matured her decision to advocate the empowerment of indigenous people and women in patriarchal societies.
In her free time she works as a volunteer translator and proof-reader for different non-profit organisations and for the international network Global Voices. Claudia started working as an intern at the International Secretariat in January 2013 and is concerned with administrative and organisational tasks.