Ottavia Brussino & Julius Kaut
Country of Residence: France
Primary Language: Italian
Other Languages: English, French
Field of Mediation: Commercial, Community, Environmental, Governmental, International, Intercultural, Labor
I have solid experience in the international governmental and non-governmental arena. I have worked on education and labor market policies with the OECD and the European Commission focusing on diversity, inclusion and environmental sustainability. I managed humanitarian and development projects for Italian and international NGOs, with experiences in rural Tanzania and refugee camps in Europe. I also developed a solid knowledge of for-profit social enterprises while collaborating as an impact evaluation consultant with an accelerator of startups in sub-Saharan Africa. I hold a Master’s degree in International Development from Sciences Po and a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Government from Bocconi University.
I was born and raised in Italy, and I pursued my education between Italy, Canada, France and the United States. Professionally, I also experienced diverse environments. From refugee camps to the headquarters of international organizations, I practiced the power of communication in our society. This pushed me to learn to communicate better and ultimately help others do so. I have collaborated with international organizations, startups, governments and non-profit organizations. This gives me a flexible mindset to understand conflict dynamics in different contexts. In my work, I also explored the role that social and emotional learning, biases and stereotypes play from education to the workplace. This makes me confident that I will be able to facilitate your communication consciously.
Country of Residence: Netherlands
Primary Language: German
Other Languages: English
Field of Mediation: International
I come from a background of conflict studies and disaster management. In recent years, I have been working on food security in settings of intractable conflict and protracted crises. I hold a master’s degree in conflict management from the University of Haifa and I run a consultancy firm offering services for development and humanitarian actors. Further, I am currently researching at a Dutch University on the impact of humanitarian aid on conflict. Working in the humanitarian sector in an international environment and across borders and having lived in different countries within and outside of Europe, has shaped my understanding for intercultural conflict communication. These experiences have motivated me to absolve a master’s degree in conflict studies and to become a certified Mediator.
I believe that in every-day conflicts and even in cases of intractable conflict and conflicts that have reached an impasse or mutually hurting stalemate, mediation and dialogue are the way forward to addressing conflicts on all scales. Only if all sides involved are granted the chances of being heard, of sharing their views and their respective narratives, finding an agreement becomes feasible.
Having lived and worked in areas that experience frequent conflict has further shaped my understanding of conflicts and I see mediation as the key component of any attempt for ‘partners in conflict’ to reach an agreement.
Being a European at heart and given my professional and personal background, I can best apply my knowledge and skills in cases of international, cross-border mediation.
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