Careers

EPU graduates have secured positions in a wide range of sectors. Approximately 60% work with governmental or nongovernmental institutions, while the remainder have gone into research or work independently. 

Participation in the EPU program offers a wealth of intellectual and human resources which prepares students for a successful and satisfying professional life.

The communal way of studying and living which the EPU cultivates allows for much more attention for student concerns than tends to be the case in traditional institutions and makes it possible to establish contacts which have in many cases been very fruitful in terms of career development.

Below are remarkable examples of careers 
that EPU graduates have embarked upon:

  • Irtaza Abbass, Pakistan, became founder of a peace institute (The Trust for Global Peace).
  • Kasule Abdul, Uganda, is Vice Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce in Uganda and is organizing refugee aid and peace campaigns.
  • Philomena Kaboa Aduama, Ghana, is fellow at the National Commission for Civic Education in Accra, Ghana.
  • Sacha Alderisi, Switzerland, was department officer and observer of the ceasefire in Sudan and is member of the expert group for civilian peace work in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.
  • Shahla Aliguliyeva, Aserbaidschan, is program officer of Oxfam in Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • Samuel Amfo, Ghana, is regional co-ordinator of the National Catastrophe Management Organization in Ghana.
  • Juanita Arango, Colombia, works with Leake and Watts Services in New York, where she is developing a project on mediation and conflict resolution among youths with drug problems.
  • Angelo Asimakopoulos, Canada, is project co-ordinator in the Global Governance Group.
  • Ligia Baptista, Brazil, is professor for Political Science and International Relations at the University of Brasilia.
  • Igor Bascandziev, Macedonia, was admitted at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Mussarat Bashir, Pakistan, is consultant for gender issues at the World Bank.
  • Col Jonah Isa Bawa, Nigeria, is Chief Research Officer at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Abuja, Nigeria.
  • Leanne Bayer, Canada, is employee at the Reconstruction and Development Support Unit at the UNO in Vienna.
  • Ramo Bernabe, Philippines, is a catholic priest and president of the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City, Mindanao, Philippines. He focuses on peace studies.
  • Oriana Bonfim, USA, works at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC.
  • Kai Frithjof Brand Jacobsen, Canada, is founder and director of the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), Romania.
  • Michael Brown, USA, is teaching philosophy at the University of Minnesota, including courses on ethics, non-violence and cultural diversity.
  • Barbara Burke, USA, works at the appellate court on building trade in Andover, Massachusetts.
  • Andreea Busa, Romania, is consultant at the Ministry for European Integration in Bucharest.
  • James Calleja, Malta, is chairman at the qualification council at the Ministry for Education, Youth and Labor. Before he was director at the College of Art, Science and Technology.
  • Perry Cammack, USA, works for the Committee on International Relations at the Senate in Washington DC.
  • Rocio Campos, Mexico, works at the International Budget Project in Washington
  • Alejandro Castillejo, USA, is Vice Director for Research and Education at the Center for Peace in South Africa.
  • Graeme Cheadle, Canada, works at Search for Justice on the Palestine Conflict.
  • Romani Anca Ciuca, Romania, is president of the Foundation for Democratic Change and is working on conflict resolution.
  • Roberto Cortes, Peru, is director for migration and participated in the peace process between Ecuador und Chile.
  • Lewis Dabeny, USA, is program director at the Key Bridge Foundation in Washington, a consulting enterprise for alternative conflict resolution, and works as a consultant for democracy and good governance.
  • Narcisse Yves Dabire, Burkina Faso, is teaching peaceful co-existing among the 60 different ethnic groups in her country.
  • Hailegebriel Debebe, Ethiopia, is director for civilian education in Ethiopia.
  • Nataliya Dimitrova, Bulgaria, works as an expert for the Red Cross.
  • Peter Edopu, Uganda, is chief consultant at the commission for justice reform in Uganda.
  • Theophilus Ejorh, Gambia, is project co-ordinator at a development project in Ireland.
  • Gabriela Enriquez, Mexico, is a researcher at CREFAL, a center for adult education in Latin America and in the Caribbean.
  • Silviu Erusencu, Romania, is national program co-ordinator of the Romanian police, to improve the living conditions of Gypsies and to prevent corruption.
  • Martha Eugenia Murcia, Colombia, works at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Colombia.
  • Cheshmak Farhoumand-Sims, Afghanistan, teaches political science and women´s rights at St. Paul University of Ottawa, Canada und coordinates courses in Afghanistan.
  • Arne Follerås, Norway, is Program Manager at the Norwegian NGO FORUT, in the north of Sri Lanka.
  • Emmanuel Fortunatus, Uganda, is director of Center the Peace Initiatives and Research in Lira/ Uganda.
  • Sabil Francis, India, is researcher at the Center for Refugee Studies at the York University, Canada.
  • Luis Galindo, Guatemala, is consultant for native people of Central America at the International Development Bank.
  • Mathew Gnanapragasam, India, is co-ordinator of the rural development society in Chengalpattu, a catholic organization for peace and justice.
  • Patricia Gomez, Nicaragua, is manager of an educational reform project .
  • Sandra Andra Erika Gomezo, Colombia, is co-ordinator of a project, that focuses on displaced refugees.
  • Tea Gorjanc, Montenegro, is director of the Center for Juristic Education in Montenegro.
  • Limota Goroso Giwa, Nigeria, is founder and director of the International Women's Communication Center in Kwara State/Nigeria. She was nominated as a candidate of the "1000 Women Noble Peace Price".
  • Walid Haggag, Egypt, works at the Egyptian embassy in Tokyo.
  • Yasmin Halim, India, is consultant of the UNICEF in Calcutta for a program on child labor and inoculation.
  • Atif Hameed, Pakistan, works for the Nonviolent Peace Force in Sri Lanka.
  • Lene Hansen, Denmark, is research fellow at the Peace and Conflict Research Institute Copenhagen.
  • Chris Hunt, USA, works for a project on sustainable agriculture at the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) in New York.
  • Serge Van Israel, Belgium, works for a development organization in DR of the Congo is producing documentaries about world peace and development co-operation.
  • Marjan Jukic, Croatia, is program manager for peace-building and conflict transformation in Southern Caucasus.
  • Warren Kennedy, Malawi, works for the national Youth Council, where he is training streetworkers and teachers.
  • Rasheed Khalid, Pakistan, is co-ordinator at the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at the Quaid-i-Azam University of Islamabad. He is also correspondent of the national newspaper The News.
  • Yayah Khisbiyah, Indonesia, is director at the Center for Social Change and Cultural Studies at the Muhammadiyah Surakarta University.
  • Janna Khloudneva, Ukraine, works at the "International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights" in Vienna.
  • Cissy Kinaawa, Uganda, is consultant at the TASO University and board member of the "Rule of Law Association".
  • Praweena Klinsrisook, Thailand, is consultant on war prevention at the army of Thailand.
  • Natsuko Kodama, Japan, works for the "International Program for Development Evaluation Training", a co-operation project of the World Bank and the Carleton University of Ottawa, Canada.
  • Nina Kolybashkina, Ukraine, works for UN volunteers at the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) on peace building and conflict resolution.
  • Vadim Korsinov, Ukraine, is an expert of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • Subodh Kumar, Nepal, teaches conflict sensitive methods for members of relief organizations.
  • Dia Kei Kusumaningrum, Indonesia, teaches peace studies at the Gadjah Mada University in Jogyakarta and works as a mediator of ethnic conflicts in Indonesia.
  • Eduardo Santos Lafitte, Brazil, is founder of the Peace Studies Centre in Curitiba, Brazil.
  • Jennifer Lincoln Lewis, USA, is working for the International Helsinki Federation of Human Rights.
  • Andrea Licata, Italy, is president of the "Centro Universitario di Studi e Ricerche per la Pace dell' Universita di Trieste".
  • Muhwezi Martha Lunyolo, Uganda, is program officer at a Christian child foundation and trainer for staff members, who are working in the north of Uganda.
  • Kellen Maganga, Tanzania, co-ordinates the education in two refugee camps.
  • Stacey Makortoff, Canada, is an academic co-ordinator for "Education For Peace International" in Vancouver, Canada.
  • Salik Malik, Bangladesh, works at the "International Reading Association" in Washington as a program officer in South Asia.
  • Sara Margaryan, Sweden, works at the "Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research in Lund, Sweden.
  • Basil Massey, India, is expert for DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration) at the UNO in Afghanistan.
  • Yuki Matsuoka, Japan, is author of a book about historical memory und national identity, where she also recalls her experience with the EPU.
  • Irena Mega, Indonesia, is program manager for social development at ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations).
  • Javier Melvin, Nicaragua, is vice director at the Institute for Humanism Studies at the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua.
  • Irina Molodikova, Russia, is responsible for the development of curricula for migration studies in all republics of the former USSR and teaches at the Moscow State University and at the Central European University of Budapest.
  • Martha Montano Davalos, Mexico, is Third Secretary at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Mexico und co-ordinates the department for international co-operation.
  • Riefqi Muna, Indonesia, founded the "Research Institute for Democracy and Peace" (RIDEP) an participated in the development of a new law on national defense.
  • Leylya Mustafayeva-Strobl, Ukraine, was working for the European Development Bank in London and for the CARITAS in Eisenstadt/Austria.
  • Sarah Muzaki, Uganda, works at the "Innovative Vision Uganda" (INOVU) and is trainer on conflict resolution by peaceful means.
  • Gloria Mwenge, Uganda, works at the Ministry for Local Governance and focuses on peace negotiations and repatriation of refugees.
  • Philip Odida, Uganda, is Second Secretary at the embassy of Uganda in Brussels.
  • Salome Odisharia, Georgia works for a Catholic organization in Tbilisi at the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh-Conflict.
  • Adebayo Oguntayo, Nigeria, works as a journalist in Lagos.
  • Akpobibibo Onduku, Nigeria, works for the governance on a local level and founded the organization "Peace and Development Initiatives", spreading culture of peace in the Niger-Delta.
  • Oyvind Opland, Norway, works as a co-ordinator for refugees in the community of Mely.
  • Jennifer Oreta Santiago, Philippines, teaches political science at the Ateneo de Manila University and is doing research on „Women and Securtiy“.
  • Timothy Paulus, Liberia, is Assistant Minister for Youth Services at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Liberia.
  • Deki Penjor, Bhutan, is member at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Bhutan and at the Bhutanese embassy in Bangla Desh.
  • Fabio Lacerda Soares Pietraroia, Brazil, teaches Communication Studies and Sociology at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP).
  • Amy Rhoades, USA, works at the "New Community Project" in Chicago.
  • Samsu Rizal Panggabean, Indonesia, is founder and academic director of a masters program in peace and conflict resolution at the Gadjah Mada University.
  • Nyla Rodgers, USA, works at "Sail San Francisco", an organization that promotes international good will and understanding by multicultural events.
  • Vicky Rossi, UK, works for the Green Cross in Basel/Switzerland on the destruction of chemical weaponry.
  • Dessislava Roussanova, Bulgaria, works for "International Alert“ in London on Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East.
  • Diogenes Ruiz, Nicaragua, works as a consultant of the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs in Managua on projects for international co-operation.
  • Manuel Salamanca, Colombia, is fellow at the Foreign Ministry of Colombia, Bogota.
  • Thushari Samarawickrama, Sri Lanka, is program officer at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna.
  • Maria Elena Sandovici, USA, teaches international relations at the East Stroudsburg University.
  • Anderson Sant'Anna, Brazil, is an analyst at the Ministry for Social Security in Brasilia.
  • Sergei Sardanovsky, Ukraine, is director of the information and analysis center "Zlato Chernomoria", and vice director of the research group of the Black Sea.
  • Giovanni Scotto, Italy, teaches in the peace studies program at the University von Florence.
  • Abdunur Muhammad Sekindi, Uganda, works at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Uganda and participated in peace process on Darfur in Abuja, Nigeria.
  • Emira Shkurti, Albania, works for the USAID project in Albania on women´s rights and public relation.
  • Ilina Slavova, Bulgaria, works for EUROBALKANS in a project on co-operation between Serbs, Bulgarians and Macedonians.
  • Octavian Sofransky, Moldova, is administrative officer at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
  • Iosha Solomon, Cameron, is consultant for bilingualism (English and French) at the national Ministry for Education and co-ordinates the commission for peace and justice in Bafoussem, Cameron.
  • Alexander Stazhadze, Georgia, is program officer at CARE International in Caucasus.
  • Jürgen Störk, Switzerland, is fellow at the Peace Brigades human rights activist in Guatemala.
  • Julia Stupak, Kyrgyzstan, works at IREX (International Research and Exchange Board) in Bishkek.
  • John Sturtridge, Canada, teaches conflict resolution at the Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
  • Goran Svilanovic, Serbia, became Minister for Foreign Affairs of the FRY. Before he was Chancellor of the Council for Human Rights at the Center for Anti‑War Action.
  • Ildi Szonye, Hungary, works for the European Documentary Center at the Daniel Berzsenyi College in Szombathely, Hungary.
  • Abigael Teklu, Ethiopia, is co-ordinator in Ethiopia for the program "Pan African InterAction" at the British Council.
  • Gopakumar Krishanan Thampi, India, is fellow at the Centre for Management Development, a development NGO in Kerala, Southern India.
  • Peter Thomson, Russia, is vice director of a nature reserve in St. Petersburg.
  • Konstantin Tioussov, Russia, works for the Center for Global Nonviolence in Hawaii.
  • Tamara Tsikhistavi, Georgia, works as a mediator und teaches at the “International Center on Conflict and Negotiation".
  • Paul Turner, USA, worked for several projects on demobilization and reintegration of child soldiers and on disarmament and water supply in many African states.
  • Buyandelger Ulziikhuu, Mongolia, works for the "Japanese International Cooperation Agency" (JICA).
  • Felix Valdes Garcia, Cuba, is researcher and teaches peace studies at the Instituto de Filosofia in Havana.
  • Timo van Zandbrink, Netherlands, is a journalist working at several newspapers.
  • Kennedy Warren, Malawi, is fellow at the UNESCO Commission of Malawi.
  • Andria Wisler, USA, teaches peace studies at the Manhattan College in New York.
  • Veronica Wright, The Gambia, is fellow at the Ministry of Justice in Banjul.
  • Yumi Yasuda, Japan, works at the Japanese Ministry for Foreign Affairs for UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan).
  • Farah Zahra, Pakistan, teaches in courses on the United Nations about conventional and nuclear disarmament in Islamabad.
  • Alexandra Zayarna, Ukraine, works for DFID (UK Department for International Development) in Ukraine as a consultant for good governance.
  • Ralitsa Zhekova, Bulgaria, teaches international relations at the Free University of Varna and is co-ordinator of an NGO for sustainable development.

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