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 obtained his Master of Science in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies / University of London. As an Iran analyst, Tabatabai is consulted by European policy makers and businesses on Iran-related affairs. He holds an assigned lectureship at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf and is author of the book “Morgen in Iran – die Islamische Republik im Aufbruch” (Oct. 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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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 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 (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 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.

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