Marie-Christine Heinze (President)

Marie-Christine Heinze holds a master in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, and International and European Law from the University of Bonn and a master in Peace and Security Studies from the University of Hamburg. She successfully completed her PhD thesis on material culture in Yemen in Social Anthropology at the University of Bielefeld in 2015. Since 2008, she has also regularly worked as a consultant on development and political change in Yemen.

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Adnan Tabatabai (CEO)

Adnan Tabatabai attained his master’s degree in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies / University of London. Since 2009, he consults German Federal Ministries, the Bundestag, political foundations as well as journalists on Iran affairs and publishes political analyses and op-eds in German and English speaking media.

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Jan Hanrath (CEO)

Jan Hanrath, Dipl.-Soz.-Wiss., studied political science, European law and psychology (focus on intercultural communication) at the University Duisburg-Essen. He is Associate Fellow at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) in Duisburg and coordinated in the recent years inter alia research and exchange projects with partners in the Middle East.

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Jasmin Khosravie, PhD (Head of Programs & Research)

Jasmin Khosravie has been trained in Near and Middle Eastern Studies (including Arabic, Persian, Turkish) and Comparative Religion in Cologne and Bonn. She completed her dissertation on a prominent Iranian women’s rights activist and journalist in 2010. Since then, she works and teaches at University of Bonn.

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Julia Gurol (Project Assistant)

Julia Gurol is an M.A. Student of International Relations at Bonn University. Her expertise lies on social movements, regime transformation and peace and conflict studies with a focus on the MENA region. She is currently writing her master thesis on the transformation of non-state armed actos and their strategies of legitimization with Hezbollah as an example. Before Julia started working as project assistant for CARPO, she has assisted in the project on arms export control at Bonn International Center for Conversion and worked as freelance journalist for the economic magazine WirtschaftsWoche.


Thomas Pietzsch (Project Assistant)

Thomas Pietzsch is an M.A. student at the Department of Islamic Studies and Near East Languages at the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA) at the University in Bonn. Next to his studies, he works as project assistant for the DAAD-funded project on ‘Academic Approaches to Peace-building and State-building in Yemen’ at the IOA of which CARPO is also a partner. Previously, he worked as a student assistant for a project on Middle Eastern travelogues to Europe and as a teacher of German language for refugee children.

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