Natalia Sineaeva-Pankowska & Maria Vittoria Gargiulo
Primary Language: Polish, Russian
Other Languages: English, Romanian/Moldovan, Khmer (intermediate)
Born in Moldova and a citizen of Poland, I come from a background in social sciences and Holocaust studies. I have also studied Peace Studies at Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand). I have extensive experience in the field of reconciliation and genocide education for diverse audiences in post-conflict societies. My recent experience includes work at the POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland, as well as cooperation with the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and other museums and sites of memory. I've also worked with organisations countering racism such as the NEVER AGAIN Association. In 2022, I co-chaired the Rotary Peace Projects Incubator, a gathering that aimed to develop peace projects addressing urgent community needs all over the world.
I have many years of experience as an educator working with difficult subjects. I worked in the Education Department at the POLIN Museum where I designed educational programmes and conducted workshops, lectures, and guided tours for various groups of visitors who wanted to learn and understand conflicting historical narratives. I have also participated in numerous events on the topic of dealing with the past as a coordinator, speaker, and facilitator in the region of South- and Southeast Asia. I facilitated dialogue on difficult history and its relevance today among various groups, in support of the rebuilding of relationships, trust, and preventing repeated escalations.
My background and professional experience, as well as knowledge of several languages and cultures, put me in an excellent position to deal with intercultural/international conflict as a mediator.
Also, I have an interest in fostering the pillars of positive peace through mediation and integrating mediation into peace projects.
Maria Vittoria Gargiulo
Other Languages: English
My research activity develops around two main branches: i) Multi-risk analysis and risk pathways identification; ii) Science Communication and its evaluation, particularly focused on risk perception. I have almost a decade of experience in teaching from high school to University. Furthermore, I organized the S4CE project summer school NO RISK NO ENERGY for the University of Salerno. Finally, I am a Positive Peace Activator trained by Rotary International and the Institute of Economics and Peace.
I have always been very interested in cross-cultural confrontation and mediation even though, as you can see from my curriculum, my chosen field of study and research is hard-science. On the other end, my field of professional intervention concerns not only the applicative aspects of research but also the area of cultural "absorption" of scientific notions. In other words, I deal with social representations and cultural mediation. Moreover, being involved in EU funded project I work every day with colleagues from all over Europe, with different backgrounds and interests, that I have to meet. A situation that is replicated in my associative life that places me in a series of international and intercultural relations that in fact requires mediation skills.
The added value of my associative life is precisely this: striving to combine differences and make them into resources: personal, relational, and community.
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