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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. 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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Sebastian Sons (Senior Researcher)

Sebastian Sons, M.A., studied Islamic Studies, History and Political Sciences in Berlin and Damascus. Prior to that, he trained as journalist in print, TV and radio media at the Berlin School for Journalists (Berliner Journalisten-Schule). After finishing his studies, he worked as Head of Research and Editor-in-Chief of the academic magazine Orient at the German Orient-Institute from 2009-2014 and as a project researcher at the Program Near East and North Africa at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin. At the moment, he is Associate Fellow at the DGAP and is finishing his Ph.D. thesis on “labor migration from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia”. His book Built on Sand. Saudi Arabia – A Problematic Ally (in German) was published in November 2016.

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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.

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Thomas Pietzsch (Executive 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 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.

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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.

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