Julia Pickhardt joined CARPO in January 2020 as project manager/researcher and works on the Iran-Saudi Dialogue Initiative. Before joining CARPO, Julia worked in the mediation program of swisspeace and supported different mediation initiatives among others in the context of Syria in addition to working on ‘Multitrack Approaches in Peace Processes’. As associated researcher of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), she currently conducts her PhD on “Peace-making actors’ agency in multitrack peace negotiations”. In the past, she also interned with different organisations such as Geneva Call, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF).
She holds a Master of Conflict and Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva as well as a Bachelor in Arabic/Islamic Sciences and Politics from the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.