Deputy Head of Mission of the Austrian Embassy and Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum
Born 14th January 1969, Graze/ Austria
Since Sept. 2021: Deputy Head of Mission of the Austrian Embassy in Cairo and Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum
2015-2021: Deputy Head of Mission, Austrian Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia
2011-2015: Deputy Head of Mission, Austrian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey
2007 – 2011: Head of the Task Force for Dialogue of Cultures and Religions
2004-2007: Head of Press Department of the Austrian Embassy in Berlin, Germany
Since 2000: diplomat in the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
1995 – 2000: Federal Chancellery, EU department.
1995-96: Advisor on EU affairs to the Austrian Minister for Women’s Affairs
Studies in political science at the University of Vienna (Mag.a phil.), Bosporus University, Istanbul/Turkey and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London /GB (MSc in Politics of Asia and Africa).
Studies in theology and comparative religious studies.
Training and workshops in creative writing and integrative therapy (Book and Poetry Therapy).
Researcher and consultant for the Vienna Integration Fund, the Institute for Conflict Research, Vienna, the Bruno Kreisky Archives and the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue, Vienna et al. Participation in several research and mediation projects.
Main research topics: conflict resolution/mediation, politics of ethnic/ religious minorities, inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue, socio-political organization of migrants in Europa and Austria, religion and migration, Turkish immigration and Islam in Austria and Europe
Publications in the research areas mentioned as well as literary publications (short stories)
Fluent in German, English, French and Turkish. Working knowledge in Serbian, beginner level in Arabic and Persian.