Dr. 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. Her PhD thesis on material culture and socio-political change in Yemen in the field of social anthropology at the University of Bielefeld was successfully completed in 2015. Since 2008, she has also regularly worked as a consultant on development, peacebuilding 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. He holds an assigned lectureship at the Heinrich-Heine-University of Dusseldorf’s Institute for Social Sciences. As an Iran expert, Tabatabai is consulted by European policymakers and businesses on Iran’s domestic and external affairs. His analysis and commentary is regularly featured in international media. Furthermore Tabatabai has curated multiple publications and events on Iran. He is the author of the German book “Morgen in Iran – die Islamische Republik im Aufbruch” (2016, Edition Körber-Stiftung).

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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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Tobias Zumbrägel

Tobias Zumbrägel (Researcher)

Tobias Zumbrägel is a Phd candidate at the Chair of Middle East Politics and Society at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuernberg (FAU) (Germany). Before he studied History, Political Science and Middle East Studies in Cologne, Tuebingen (Germany) and Cairo (Egypt). In 2015 he received a Bucerius Pre-Doctoral Grant by the ZEIT foundation and between 2015 and 2018, he was a research associate in the project ‘Authoritarian Gravity Centers, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).



Julia Gurol (Researcher)

Julia Gurol studied Political Science, Sociology and Media Studies at the Universities of Düsseldorf, Bonn and Granada (Spain). Currently she teaches at University of Freiburg and writes her dissertation on EU-China security relations in the Middle East. Her areas of expertise are EU-China relations, foreign and security policy, social movements and peace and conflict studies with a regional emphasis on the MENA Region. 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 a freelance journalist.



Thomas Pietzsch (Executive Assistant)

Thomas Pietzsch is a 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 Peacebuilding 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.


Mirjam Schmidt (Project Assistant)

Mirjam Schmidt studies Asian studies with a focus on religious studies at the University of Bonn after finishing her Bachelor in International Relations at the Rhein Waal University of Applied Science. Earlier she worked as a student assistant at the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung) and is currently a student assistant at the International Office Department “European & International Networks” of the University of Bonn.


Franziska Frosch (Project Assistant)

Franziska Frosch is a M.A. student of „Modern Languages and Cultures of the Middle East“ at the Oriental Institute of University Cologne. She holds a Bachelor degree in Asian Studies with a focus on Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Vienna and Bonn University. After further Arabic Studies at Saifi Institute in Beirut, she gained further experience in a full time internship at „Center for International Security Studies“ (CISG). Mrs. Frosch is a member of „Kölner Forum für Internationale Beziehungen und Sicherheitspolitik“.

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