Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens


Vienna, Austria

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Monika Froehler

Chief Executive Officer – She/Her

Monika Froehler is CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and is a passionate change maker, advocate, founder and speaker. She was entrusted to create the BKMC after working at the UN in Geneva, NY and Vienna, the EU, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and in field missions around the globe. She is passionate about the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. Throughout her career she managed to support hundreds of women, young people and communities all over the globe e.g. working in Africa and Latin America to ban landmines; working to improve hospital care in rural Central Asia and Africa; assisting in eco-friendly city planning in Asia and bettering the living conditions of women in the Middle East and West-Africa.

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Katrin Harvey

Chief Operating Officer – She/Her

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.

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Julia Zimmerman

Program Officer – She/Her

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 Officer – She/Her

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 diplomacy and multilateral negotiation in an international atmosphere. A changemaker at heart, Viola has gained 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.

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Katre Olmez

Communications & Media Officer – She/Her

Katre Olmez is a creative communications professional with experience in the startup and NGO ecosystem. She holds both Turkish and British citizenship and can speak four languages. Passionate about diversity and cultures, she has lived in 5 countries and has travelled to more than 20. Her academic background is in International Affairs and Asian Studies; specializing in social entrepreneurship as a source of development. Starting her career at Endeavor, an international NGO enabling entrepreneurs, she worked on mentoring programs, workshops, and international outreach projects such as Global Entrepreneurship Week. Later on, living in Cambodia, she ran her own business in the gastronomy industry. Now, continuing her career in Vienna, she is dedicated to using her diverse skillset for the promotion of social empowerment and sustainable global movements.

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Jessica Besch

Executive Assistant to Dr. Heinz Fischer – She/Her

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.


Hansol Kang

Intern – He/Him

Hansol Kang is an undergraduate majoring in English Language and Literature at Yonsei University in South Korea. In 2019, he served as the Head of Department of Administration and Finance at Student Club Association of Yonsei University. A global citizen at heart, Hansol has been working towards SDGs since high school. He worked as the Editor in Chief at his high school’s newspaper, and Co-chair to a human rights watch group called ‘Youth New Action’ practising free-journalism and human rights activism.

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Jeehae Choi

Intern – She/Her

Jay Jeehae Choi is an undergraduate majoring in International Relations with a specification in East Asia at Yonsei University in South Korea. She served as an administrative volunteer and translator in Sadhana Forest(NGO) in India, Kenya, and Haiti. Throughout high school and university, she has been in part of diverse youth and women empowerment mentorships and programs around the world, mostly in local village schools in Laos and India.