THE TEAM BEHIND AKTION REGEN

The imple­men­ta­ti­on of our pro­jects, the accom­p­animent of the Rain Workers in the Afri­can pro­ject coun­tries and the fur­ther deve­lo­p­ment of the Akti­on Regen — Edu­ca­ti­on Pro­grams is only pos­si­ble thanks to the gre­at com­mit­ment of our vol­un­te­ers! Thank you for dedi­ca­ting a lar­ge part of your heart to Akti­on Regen
for so long and con­ti­nuous­ly and for beeing invol­ved in all aspects of Akti­on Regen!
Thank you to the staff at our head­quar­ters in Vien­na — you not only work — you ful­fill your tasks with pas­si­on and dedication!

BOARD

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Prof. Dr. med. Maria Hengstberger
Pre­si­dent

Doc­tor of Gyne­co­lo­gy and Obstetrics, with 40 years of expe­ri­ence prac­ti­cing medi­ci­ne. Trai­ned blind women to per­form bre­ast can­cer exami­na­ti­ons. Foun­der and chair­wo­man of Akti­on Regen, and deve­lo­p­ment worker. Under­took lec­tures throughout Aus­tria offe­ring know­ledge in exchan­ge for dona­ti­ons to build up Akti­on Regen.

MAJutta Reisinger
Dr. med. Jutta Reisinger
Rain Worker Trainer

GP in pri­va­te prac­ti­ce in Lienz, Tyrol. Medi­cal con­sul­tant for various deve­lo­p­ment pro­jects, and Rain Worker Trai­ner with Akti­on Regen. Worked on pro­jects in India, Ban­gla­desh and the Phil­ip­pi­nes and mana­ges pro­jects for Akti­on Regen in Kenya, Sudan and Senegal.

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Mag. Dagmar Ransmayr
Rain Worker Trainer

Psy­cho­lo­gist, Social worker, and orga­niz­a­tio­nal con­sul­tant. Con­duc­ted nume­rous pro­jects abroad and worked as an edu­ca­tio­nal con­sul­tant in India and South Afri­ca. Foun­ded and directs the mul­ti­cul­tu­ral thea­ter group “Die Frem­den”. Mana­ges Akti­on Regen’s pro­jects in Ethiopia.

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Christa Ölsböck
Depu­ty Cashier

Tax advi­sor until reti­re­ment in 2012, sin­ce then vol­un­teer with Akti­on Regen. Respon­si­ble for pay­roll accoun­ting for the NGO.

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DI Wolfgang Hitschmann
Vice Pre­si­dent

Indus­tri­al and mecha­ni­cal engi­neer. Mana­ged the Aus­tri­an branch of an inter­na­tio­nal elec­tro­nics com­pa­ny until 1999, reti­red in 2000 and has been vol­un­tee­ring with Akti­on Regen sin­ce 2012.

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Mag. Joachim Frank
Cashier

Full-time finan­cial, dona­ti­on and pro­ject mana­ger for the NGO Ami­na (Akti­on for Men­schen in Not, Vien­na).

HEAD OFFICE

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Mag. Nina Gruy-Jany
PR, Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, Fundraising

Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on spe­cia­list, life and social coun­selor, fami­ly and health coach, his­to­ri­an. Expe­ri­en­ced in mar­ke­ting acti­vi­ties at Aus­tria. Red Cross; Psy­cho­log. Con­sul­ting and coa­ching prac­ti­ce for fami­lies, women, child­ren. Estab­lish­ment and manage­ment of the fami­ly cen­ter “Men­schen­gar­ten” .

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Anne-Marie Krammer
Ppro­ject Staff Member

I was born in Zam­bia and grew up in Aus­tria and have always been very inte­res­ted in inter­cul­tu­ral and huma­ni­ta­ri­an issu­es. I have been invol­ved in nume­rous pri­va­te initia­ti­ves for “my” peop­le in Zam­bia, e.g. through the orga­ni­sa­ti­on of edu­­ca­­ti­on- and hygie­­­ne-aid-deli­­ve­­ries; it is clo­se to my heart to do some­thing for the peop­le in my con­ti­nent of ori­gin and I am hap­py to now learn more about DC work through Akti­on Regen and to per­so­nal­ly make posi­ti­ve con­tri­bu­ti­ons to Afri­ca; why Akti­on Regen? I have known Maria Hengst­ber­ger sin­ce the foun­da­ti­on of AR and — final­ly — have the chan­ce and oppor­tu­ni­ty to actively participate!

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Dr. Ines Kohl
Gene­ral Secretary

Social anthro­po­lo­gist, from 2005 to 2015 employ­ed as a rese­ar­cher at the Aus­tri­an Aca­de­my of Sci­en­ces and guest lec­tu­rer at natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal uni­ver­si­ties. Rese­arch in Libya and Niger and aut­hor of several books and nume­rous arti­cles. Chair­wo­man of AMINA, co-foun­­­der of IMARAN, Aoo­cia­ti­on Autri­che-Niger. Employ­ed as Pro­ject Coör­di­na­tor at Akti­on Regen sin­ce 2018 and Pro­gram­me Mana­ger sin­ce 2019.

 

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Mamadou Koné, MES
Rain Worker Trai­ner, net­wor­ker of the dia­spo­ra in Austria

Hono­ra­ry Con­sul of Mali, Akti­on Regen Trai­ner and Pro­ject Mana­ger for Mali. Respon­si­ble for net­wor­king among the Afri­can Dia­spo­ra Com­mu­nities in Vien­na. Mas­ter of Euro­pean Stu­dies and PhD stu­dent at the Insti­tu­te for Poli­ti­cal Sci­ence and Inter­na­tio­nal Rela­ti­ons at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vienna.

 

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Angelika Lackner
Accoun­tancy

Mana­ged the secre­ta­ri­at from 2000 to 09/2020, in addi­ti­on to admi­nis­tra­ti­on, accoun­ting and cor­­re­­s­pon­­dence-sup­­por­­ting for Dr. Hengst­ber­ger in imple­men­ting her visi­on. “As a long-time employee, I have wit­nessed the steady deve­lo­p­ment of our asso­cia­ti­on. It is won­der­ful for me to see what Akti­on Regen has achie­ved over the years and to obser­ve how initi­al small ide­as even­tual­ly grow into lar­ge pro­jects that posi­tively influ­ence and impro­ve the lives of thousands of women in Afri­ca. It fills me with pri­de to be able to make a small con­tri­bu­ti­on to this.” The cor­rect com­ple­ti­on of the book­kee­ping is also a mat­ter clo­se to her heart in retirement.

RAIN DOCTORS AND TRAINERS

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Francis Mukoya
Rain Worker Trai­ner in Kenya

Expe­ri­en­ced Com­mu­ni­ty health and medi­cal labo­ra­to­ry tech­no­lo­gist with over 20 years’ expe­ri­ence in medi­cal labo­ra­to­ry tech­no­lo­gy and over 5 years over­all expe­ri­ence in lec­tu­ring, trai­ning, faci­li­ta­ting in both public and pri­va­te uni­ver­si­ties in Kenya. Con­sul­tant on sexu­al repro­duc­ti­ve health among  young peop­le, and for pri­va­te and Non-Gover­n­­men­­tal Organizations.

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Rhodah Katasi
Rain Worker Trai­ner in Uganda

Heb­am­me und Lei­te­rin des Mirem­be Medi­cal Cen­ters in Ssumbwe, Ugan­da. / Mid­wi­fe and head­mas­ter of the Mirem­be Medi­cal Cen­ter in Ssumbwe, Ugan­da / Sage-femme et directri­ce du cent­re médi­cal Mirem­be à Ssumbwe, Ouganda.

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Samuel Douglas Bbosa
Rain Worker Trai­ner in Uganda

Stu­dent der Medi­zin, Akti­on Regen Rain Worker Trai­ner seit 2019 in Ugan­da / Stu­dent of Medi­cal Stu­dies, sin­ce 2019 Akti­on Regen Rain Worker Trai­ner in Ugan­da /  Étu­di­ant en méde­ci­ne, Akti­on Regen Rain Worker Trai­ner en Ougan­da depuis 2019.

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Admasu Mentire
Rain Worker Trai­ner in Ethiopia

Expe­ri­en­ced pro­gram spe­cia­list, and moni­to­ring and eva­lua­ti­on focal per­son in KMG ETHIOPIA (www.kmgselfhelp.org) with skills in pro­gram­mes deve­lo­p­ment and manage­ment, com­mu­ni­ty and social ser­vices. Cur­r­ent­ly mana­ging pro­jects focu­sing on gen­der, child­ren, youth and other mar­gi­na­li­zed socie­ties in Ethio­pia. Sin­ce 2015 working as lead trai­ner of Rain Workers and pro­ject focal Per­son for Akti­on Regen pro­ject in KMG Ethiopia.

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Joan Khamala
Rain Worker Trai­ner in Kenya

Reti­red ban­ker and with a spe­cia­li­ty in mar­ke­ting. Foun­der mem­ber of  “Tog­e­ther in Action” (CBO) focu­sing on Girl child-women and Gen­der Based Rights issu­es. Civic Educator/trainer with 20 years expe­ri­ence. Worked with FEMNET and UN women on advo­cacy, civic edu­ca­ti­on plat­forms. Sin­ce 2020 trai­ner for Akti­on Regen in Kenya.

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Dr. Edith Kaslatter
Rain Worker Trai­ner in Sudan

Aca­de­mic health and cli­ni­cal Psy­cho­lo­gist; Psy­cho­the­ra­pist, Super­vi­sor and Coach, Self-employ­ed sin­ce 1980 in her Psy­cho­the­ra­peu­tic office; Sin­ce 2007 huma­ni­ta­ri­an sup­port in Sudan as Con­sul­tant; 2014 foun­da­ti­on of EMoti­onNGO for Social Deve­lo­p­ment in Aus­tria; Akti­on Regen is the pro­ject part­ner of EMoti­on in Sudan sin­ce 2017.

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Mamadou Koné, MES
Rain Worker Trai­ner, net­wor­ker of the dia­spo­ra in Austria

Hono­ra­ry Con­sul of Mali, Akti­on Regen Trai­ner and Pro­ject Mana­ger for Mali. Respon­si­ble for net­wor­king among the Afri­can Dia­spo­ra Com­mu­nities in Vien­na. Mas­ter of Euro­pean Stu­dies and PhD stu­dent at the Insti­tu­te for Poli­ti­cal Sci­ence and Inter­na­tio­nal Rela­ti­ons at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vienna.

 

MAJutta Reisinger
Dr. med. Jutta Reisinger
Rain Worker Trainer

GP in pri­va­te prac­ti­ce in Lienz, Tyrol. Medi­cal con­sul­tant for various deve­lo­p­ment pro­jects, and Rain Worker Trai­ner with Akti­on Regen. Worked on pro­jects in India, Ban­gla­desh and the Phil­ip­pi­nes and mana­ges pro­jects for Akti­on Regen in Kenya, Sudan and Senegal.

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Mag. Dagmar Ransmayr
Rain Worker Trainer

Psy­cho­lo­gist, Social worker, and orga­niz­a­tio­nal con­sul­tant. Con­duc­ted nume­rous pro­jects abroad and worked as an edu­ca­tio­nal con­sul­tant in India and South Afri­ca. Foun­ded and directs the mul­ti­cul­tu­ral thea­ter group “Die Frem­den”. Mana­ges Akti­on Regen’s pro­jects in Ethiopia.

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Dr. med. Regina Steiner
Rain Worker Trainer

Doc­tor of Gyne­co­lo­gy and Obstetrics in Mis­tel­bach. Vol­un­teer at Akti­on Regen sin­ce 2012. Rain Worker Trai­ner, advi­sor and edu­ca­tio­nal con­sul­tant on fami­ly plan­ning and con­tracep­ti­ves in various area, mana­ger of Akti­on Regen’s pro­jects in Uganda.

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Margaret Bachlechner
Rain Worker Trainer

Social worker. Work with various NGOs in Kenya, whe­re she was born, sin­ce 1980. E.g. the “Green Belt Move­ment” and “The Nest” a pro­ject for homeless youth in Limu­ru. Co-foun­­­der and board mem­ber of the NGO TUKUTANE. Deve­lo­ped a pro­ject for the pro­tec­tion of Maa­sai Girl’s from FGM and ear­ly mar­ria­ge in 2000, in Kajia­do, Kenya. Pro­ject manage­ment for Kenya and Rain Worker trai­nings in Kenya (in Akam­ba, Kikuyu, Kis­wa­hi­li, Eng­lish, Ger­man) sin­ce 2011.

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Dr. Edith Kaslatter
Rain Worker Trainer

Psy­cho­the­ra­pist, coach and orga­niz­a­tio­nal con­sul­tant. Foun­der of Emoti­on, Insti­tu­te for per­so­na­li­ty and orga­niz­a­tio­nal deve­lo­p­ment, psy­cho­the­ra­py, body psy­cho­the­ra­py and body work, and chair­wo­man of the part­ner asso­cia­ti­on EMo­ti­on, asso­cia­ti­on for social deve­lo­p­ment. Rain Worker and Pro­ject Mana­ger of Akti­on Regen’s pro­jects in Sudan.

operational staff

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Ines Mueller
Vol­un­teer: pro­ject deve­lo­p­ment, edi­t­ing and research

Trai­ned as a social pedago­gue and social anthro­po­lo­gist, I work part-time in mobi­le sup­port for child­ren and young peop­le at HABIT; I also sup­port AMREF on a vol­un­ta­ry basis; I gai­ned important DC and socio-cul­­tu­ral expe­ri­ence as a vol­un­teer in an orpha­na­ge in Gha­na and with Masai in Tan­za­nia; I am social­ly invol­ved in several are­as becau­se it is important to me that every sin­gle per­son in this world can lead a self-deter­­mi­­ned and hap­py life. Through Akti­on Regen, I can make a signi­fi­cant con­tri­bu­ti­on to this for girls and women in Africa.

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Sita Weinrich
Vol­un­teer: for­mer secreta­ry, Eng­lish trans­la­tor, HIV/AIDS Expert

For­mer libra­ry clerk at the secre­ta­ri­at of the United Nati­ons Depart­ment of Inter­na­tio­nal Tra­de Law (UNCITRAL). Spe­cia­list in HIV/AIDS. Under­took the U.N. HIV / AIDS Faci­li­ta­ti­on Trai­ning in Vien­na in 2005 and the Encha­da HIV / AIDS trai­ner cour­se in 2008. Sin­ce 2008 con­sul­tant for HIV / AIDS pre­ven­ti­on for employees at the United Nati­ons in Vien­na. Has been vol­un­tee­ring to teach HIV / AIDS pre­ven­ti­on and sexu­al and repro­duc­ti­ve health edu­ca­ti­on in Eri­trea year­ly sin­ce 2001.

 

 

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Otto Hofmannsrichter
Vol­un­teer: Web Design

Cer­ti­fied web desi­gner, self-employ­ed in the are­as of adver­ti­sing gra­phic design and office ser­vice, among other for Loun­geFM and Tonio.

Interdisciplinary Advisory Board

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Sieglinde Maria Mar
reti­red ban­king expert, trainer

Pro­fes­sio­nal care­er as an invest­ment expert in a bank; sin­ce 2006, imple­men­ta­ti­on of several huma­ni­ta­ri­an pro­jects, e.g. with Cari­tas Upper Aus­tria for peop­le with disa­bi­li­ties, trai­ning for manage­ment and care insti­tu­ti­ons, pro­ject SPAR-Cari­­tas Markt Wels for women re-ent­­e­­ring the labour mar­ket with a migra­ti­on back­ground and older unem­ploy­ed peop­le, pro­ject after­noon care for pupils in the lear­ning café; “Akti­on Regen” I have known sin­ce the mid-90s — as a new advi­so­ry board mem­ber, I want to actively con­tri­bu­te my ide­as to brain stor­ming pro­ces­ses. My hus­band Alfred and I reco­gni­se fami­ly plan­ning as the most effec­ti­ve mea­su­re to fight pover­ty world­wi­de.  Over­po­pu­la­ti­on is also the most important trig­ger for cli­ma­te chan­ge — that’s why we are acti­ve for Akti­on Regen!”

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Univ.Lektor. kDI Alfred Mar
Food- and biotechnologist

After gai­ning expe­ri­ence in the food and feed indus­try and as head of a tech­ni­cal col­le­ge, sin­ce 1990 uni­ver­si­ty lec­tu­rer for cere­al and bak­e­ry tech­no­lo­gy at the BOKU, Insti­tu­te of Food Tech­no­lo­gy, cur­r­ent­ly pro­ject focus on cli­ma­te chan­ge and cere­al manage­ment; Pre­si­dent of the ICC — Aus­tria, INTERNAT. GES. FÜR GETREIDEWISSENSCHAFT U. TECHNOLOGIE — AUSTRIA; acti­ve in the Rota­ry Club Wels Nova and in huma­ni­ta­ri­an pro­jects; board mem­ber and hono­ra­ry mem­ber of the Aus­tri­an Socie­ty for Nut­ri­ti­on; “As a mem­ber of the advi­so­ry board, I want to pro­vi­de net­wor­king sup­port, espe­cial­ly by lin­king the Rota­ri­an Action Group for Popu­la­ti­on and Deve­lo­p­ment with Akti­on Regen.”

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Mag. Viktoria Neuner, MBA
Lawy­er

Spe­cia­list in con­tract, com­mer­cial and civil law; in her office: Vik­to­ria Neu­ner she sup­ports peop­le with com­mit­ment and legal expertise.

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Dr. Herbert Hengstberger
Che­mist

Akti­on Regen foun­ding mem­ber and board mem­ber until 2013; has been a com­mit­ted con­tri­bu­tor to the deve­lo­p­ment and growth of Akti­on Regen along­side his wife, Maria Hengst­ber­ger, sin­ce 1989, con­tri­bu­ting his orga­ni­sa­tio­nal know­ledge as a for­mer exe­cu­ti­ve in a che­mi­cal com­pa­ny. He is Akti­on Regen’s in-house spe­cia­list for com­pa­ny orga­ni­sa­ti­on, sta­tu­tes, agree­ments and con­tracts. Herbert’s mot­to: “There’s not­hing good unless you do it!” is some­thing he has lived by every day for Akti­on Regen for over 30 years.

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Prim. Dr. Peter Neuner
Spe­cia­list in gynae­co­lo­gy and obstetrics
Spe­cia­list in gynae­co­lo­gy and obstetrics at the Frei­stadt Spe­cia­list Medi­cal Cent­re, Medi­cal Direc­tor of the Depart­ment of Gynae­co­lo­gy and Obstetrics, Frei­stadt Regio­nal Hos­pi­tal; aut­hor of aca­de­mic papers and publi­ca­ti­ons on topics inclu­ding “Redu­cing Mater­nal Mor­ta­li­ty” and “Obstetric Fis­tu­la Tre­at­ment and Pre­ven­ti­on Pro­ject”; natio­nal­ly and inter­na­tio­nal­ly acti­ve mem­ber of the Rota­ri­ans — focus: deca­des of DC expe­ri­ence in Afri­ca, main­ly Nige­ria; focus: Polio vac­ci­na­ti­on pro­gram­me, fis­tu­la ope­ra­ti­ons, mid­wi­fe­ry training.

expertise / Consultation

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Dr. Elena Jirovsky
FC / FGM Expert

Medi­cal anthro­po­lo­gist and FGM Expert at the Cen­ter for Public Health at the Medi­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Vien­na. Aca­de­mic rese­arch topics inclu­de sexu­al and repro­duc­ti­ve health, fema­le geni­tal muti­la­ti­on (FGM / C), migrant health, com­mu­ni­ty enga­ge­ment health initia­ti­ves, and the lives of health workers. Lead rese­arch in the EU Hori­zon 2020 pro­ject SoNAR-Glo­­bal: A Glo­bal Social Sci­en­ces Net­work for Infec­tious Thre­ats and Anti­mi­cro­bi­al, and pre­vious­ly worked for MSF and WHO (Ebo­la Respon­se). Coope­ra­ted in EU pro­jects at the Medi­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Vien­na, such as HURAPRIM — Human Resour­ces for Afri­can Pri­ma­ry Health Care, and EUR-HUMAN: Euro­pean Refu­gees — Human Move­ment and Advi­so­ry Network.

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DI Georg Matuschkowitz
Orga­niz­a­tio­nal Development

Aca­de­mi­cal­ly cer­ti­fied orga­niz­a­tio­nal con­sul­tant, coach and super­vi­sor. Pre­vious­ly head of the inter­na­tio­nal pro­grams (deve­lo­p­ment coö­pe­ra­ti­on and reha­bi­li­ta­ti­on) depart­ment at the Aus­tri­an Cari­tas Head­quar­ters. Self-employ­ed sin­ce 2018, working in inter­na­tio­nal pro­ject con­sul­ta­ti­on, inter­na­tio­nal deve­lo­p­ment, mode­ra­ti­on, and coa­ching. E‑mail: coaching@matu.at

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Fatima Steinberger
Geo­lo­gist, Ori­en­ta­list, Trainer

Trai­ner and youth coach, social coun­sellor, aca­de­mic ori­en­ta­list and geo­lo­gist; born in Alge­ria — has been living and working with fami­ly in Aus­tria for many years; Fati­ma sup­ports Akti­on Regen with French trans­la­ti­ons for the edu­ca­ti­on sec­tor; her pas­si­on lies in the empower­ment of women and girls and the goal of achie­ving true gen­der equality.

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Horst Haslacher
Lay­out, Cor­po­ra­te Design

Horst Has­la­cher Iden­ti­ty Design, Expert in Visu­al iden­ti­ty deve­lo­p­ment and gra­phic design, as well as sys­temic design. Mem­ber of Design Aus­tria, clim­bing trainer

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Umyma el Jelede, Bakk.a
FC / FGM Expert

Paediatri­ci­an and health con­sul­tant. Medi­cal trai­ning at Alfa­tih Uni­ver­si­ty in Tri­po­li and the Uni­ver­si­ty Hos­pi­tal in Sebha, Libya. Health trai­ner at the women’s health cen­ter FEM Süd sin­ce 2007 and deve­lo­per of the pro­ject “Health pro­mo­ti­on for Afri­can and Arab women with a focus on fema­le geni­tal muti­la­ti­on (FGM)”.

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Sita Weinrich
Vol­un­teer: for­mer secreta­ry, Eng­lish trans­la­tor, HIV/AIDS Expert

For­mer libra­ry clerk at the secre­ta­ri­at of the United Nati­ons Depart­ment of Inter­na­tio­nal Tra­de Law (UNCITRAL). Spe­cia­list in HIV/AIDS. Under­took the U.N. HIV / AIDS Faci­li­ta­ti­on Trai­ning in Vien­na in 2005 and the Encha­da HIV / AIDS trai­ner cour­se in 2008. Sin­ce 2008 con­sul­tant for HIV / AIDS pre­ven­ti­on for employees at the United Nati­ons in Vien­na. Has been vol­un­tee­ring to teach HIV / AIDS pre­ven­ti­on and sexu­al and repro­duc­ti­ve health edu­ca­ti­on in Eri­trea year­ly sin­ce 2001.