Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Vienna, Austria

Monika Froehler

Chief Executive Officer

Julia Zimmerman

Program and Organizational Associate

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.

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Viola Christian

Program and Organizational Associate

Being a multi-ethnic trilingual German-American 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 and Media Associate

Minji Kwag has served as a Global Reporter of Korean Government Broadcasting Service (KTV), reporting on global affairs in more than 15 countries since 2015, for which she was granted the Minister’s Award from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. She co-founded Seoul Young Leaders Club as a branch of the Rotary Club of Seoul and served as a Programming Chair. She is also one of the co-founders and board members of East Africa’s first talent incubating company, Moment of Music Entertainment, and conducted various projects to empower women and youth in Ethiopia. Previously she worked as an intern at the UNIDO ITPO Korea and as a KOICA ODA Intern at Seoul National University.

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.