Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Vienna, Austria

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Monika Froehler

Chief Executive Officer

Monika Froehler worked in the team of the former Special Representative and UN Undersecretary General for Sustainable Energy for All, Kandeh Yumkella building up the international SEforALL Secretariat in Vienna. During her time with the Austrian Foreign Ministry she was advisor and press spokesperson for two Austrian State Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and advised several Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, in Geneva, Vienna and New York, specializing in disarmament, non-proliferation and environmental affairs. As part of the APM Ban Convention Secretariat she managed an EU Grant for the implementation of the Convention. Froehler is an alumna of the Mediterranean Diplomatic Academy and the Vienna Diplomatic Academy.

Katrin Harvey

Chief Operating Officer

Katrin Havey has over a decade’s experience in sustainability, climate change, clean energy and organizational management. Having lead business development, strategic growth and communications at REEEP, she combines her academic backgrounds in language studies and international development to enhance the impact of non-profit organizations. With her track record of project management in Africa and Asia, focussing on capacity building, market development and public-private dialogue she has been successful in creating lasting results in empowering local communities. Her focus has been on sustainability in agri-food value chains and in managing international knowledge exchange amongst experts in energy efficiency, energy regulation and international law.

Julia Zimmerman

Program Officer

Julia Zimmerman is an American national who has been living in Vienna since 2013. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in California, Julia moved to Vienna to work and complete her Master’s degree in International Relations. During her career, Julia has worked as a teacher, journalist and with the international NGO CARE on a project to end child marriage occurring in Nepal and Bangladesh. As a journalist, Julia has had articles published on In Depth News, SDGs for All, and East West Institute on topics related to gender equality, empowerment and security. She is a dedicated advocate and member of the V-Day movement to end gender-based violence globally, organizing events both in the USA and abroad.

Portrait Viola Christian, Oktober 2019 in Wien
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Viola Christian

Program and Organizational Associate

Being a multi-ethnic trilingual European and having lived in four different countries, Viola learned early on what it means to be a global citizen. As a bachelor’s student at the University of Munich, Viola received grants and scholarships for her research on multi-dimensional social and economic inequalities based on gender and ethnicity. At the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Viola was able to train her skills in multilateral negotiation in an international atmosphere. A changemaker at heart, Viola was able to gain professional experience in the public sector, the private sector, the startup, and the NGO scene, always developing and implementing projects for the common good on a local and global level.

Minji Kwag

Communications Officer

Minji Kwag is a Global Reporter of the Korean Government Broadcasting Service (KTV) and has reported news from more than 15 countries since 2015, for which she was awarded the “Reporter of the Year 2017” Award by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea. As a social entrepreneur, she co-founded the Seoul Young Leaders Club (SYLC) of Rotary and served as its Programming Chair. Kwag is also one of the co-founders of East Africa’s first talent incubator, MOM Entertainment, which aimed to empower women and youth in Ethiopia. Previously she worked at UNIDO ITPO Korea and with KOICA as its ODA Intern. She has dual-accredited master’s degrees in International Relations from the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies program.

Jessica Besch

Executive Assistant to Dr. Heinz Fischer

As a Luxemburgish citizen with Hungarian roots, Jessica speaks five languages, a tool with immense relevance for transnational communication. She has an academic background in Sociology and International Relations and specialized in the human rights abuses against women and youth in violent conflicts. Jessica started working within the framework of the SDGs as an intern at our partner organizations UNESCO and IACA and gained first diplomatic experience working for the Austrian EU-Presidency. As a board member of Women in International Security Austria, she is working towards gender equality in the fields of conflict resolution, humanitarian affairs and economic development.

Eunice Im

Intern

Eunice Yoonjin Im is an undergraduate majoring in International Relations with a specification in East Asia at Yonsei University in South Korea. She has studied abroad at the Department of Political Science of University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2018, she has served as an administrative volunteer and a translator at PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Throughout her high school and college, she has been in part of diverse youth empowerment mentorships and programs, including the ones by KOICA Global Mentoring and the Korea Student Aid Foundation.