While the WWP EN Office is based in Berlin, the WWP EN Team works from different European countries, namely Italy, Germany, Spain and Serbia. Take a moment to get to know our staff and please contact us with any questions you might have.

Alessandra Pauncz, PhD (Executive Director)

Alessandra has been working in the field of domestic violence for 20 years and has covered many areas of expertise. She advocated and worked for victims of domestic violence as a shelter worker, psychologist, researcher, manager, trainer, and in fund and conscious raising at a local, provincial, regional, national and European level. She founded and ran the first perpetrator programme in Italy (CAM – Centre for abusive men) and set up the national Italian network for perpetrator work (Relive). Additionally, Alessandra has published articles and books for the general public (Shifting power: Romano, 2012; Da uomo a uomo: Erickson, 2015; Dire di no alla violenza domestica: Angeli, 2016).

E-mail to: alessandra.pauncz(at)

Anna McKenzie (Communications)

While still living in Vienna, Anna completed her studies in Cultural and Social Anthropology with her thesis on hegemonic masculinity. She soon started working in the area of domestic violence before moving from Vienna to Berlin to pursue an MA in Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt University. She thinks that too many lives have been touched by patriarchal violence and wants to help end the spread of harmful societal ideals and men's violence against women.

Email to: anna.mckenzie(at)

Anna Trentin (Communications Intern)

Anna is based in a small town in Tuscany. She is currently a Master's student in European Studies with a specialization in Global Gender Studies at the University of Aalborg, DK. She strongly believes in intersectional feminism and dreams of an increasingly inclusive world. She will be assisting WWP as an intern in communications until the beginning of 2022.

Email to: anna.trentin(at)

Antonia Montanus (Membership & Reporting)

Antonia’s professional background is in the field of conflict, development and psychology. In her studies and later work, she dealt with diverse forms of violence and became interested in its psychosocial causes and effects, which led her to WWP EN. She has worked as a project manager in the area of peace development and psychosocial support to Human Rights defenders with a specific focus on Latin America. Prior to that, she was involved with children’s rights work in Nicaragua and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Antonia holds an MA in Conflict, Development and Security from Lancaster University, UK, and an MA in Social Psychology from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

E-mail to: antonia.montanus(at)

Berta Vall Castelló, PhD (Research & Development)

Berta Vall Castelló, PhD has joined WWP EN as the Research and Development Manager. Based in Spain, she is in charge of developing the IMPACT project, and coordinating the research on it. She is also responsible for the development of other projects and research areas. Berta brings great expertise to the team in project development and in research and data analysis in the fields of psychology, and intimate partner violence.

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Daliah Vakili (Researcher & Trainer FOMEN Project)

Daliah has a MSc degree in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African studies (SOAS, University of London) and has been working in the humanitarian field as a Gender Empowerment, Equality & Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) advisor, specialized on refugee assistance in Lesvos as well as Sahel and MENA region. She’s experienced in working with SGBV and human trafficking victims under heavy environments and uses an intersectional approach in her work where she aims for justice and equality for all.

Email to: daliah.vakili(at)

Dimitra Mintsidis (Finances & Projects)

Dimitra graduated in Economics with a specialization in development sustainability, and attention to social justice and well-being indicators. She is an expert in project design and management.

Familiar with research as well as uptake, the topics she deals with are related to innovation, both technical and social, with the objective to boost a paradigm shift in current growth models and to address today’s social challenges with creativity and a critical yet positive approach.

E-mail to: d.mintsidis(at)

Jeannette Bongé (Finances & Administration)

After studying business administration, Jeannette gained experience in assisting executives and in event management for more than 19 years. For over twelve years she worked as an administrative assistant to the managment of various associations and as a project manager in the organisation of events in the field of adult education. Her greatest concern is that children grow up healthy, educated and without violence in their lives.

E-mail to: jeannette.bonge(at)

Lorna Cannon (Communications)

Lorna has been living in Berlin for nearly nine years and working in the field of migration. In 2015, she founded an organisation called Refugee Voices Tours, where people living in Europe as refugees tell their stories through walking tours. Having recently graduated with an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lorna decided to consolidate her academic knowledge and past experience in women's rights.

E-mail to: l.cannon(at)

Lydia Sandrock (Institutional Public Relations)

Lydia Sandrock is a psychologist who, for more than three decades, has been counselling victims of sexual assault and rape, child sexual abuse, domestic violence and stalking. She tackles violence on several levels including networking, training multiple professionals, public relations work, organising campaigns and conferences, giving speeches and lectures. She has worked as a coordinator for women's shelters in the past, and has often been called upon as an advisor for local municipalities and ministries at a regional and national level. Since 2008 she has been cooperating with perpetrators programmes and has participated in developing standards for perpetrator work in Germany. She also illustrated two children books encouraging children to say "no" and call for help in cases of abuse.

Email to: lydia.sandrock(at)

Mahmoud Rihawi (Cultural Mediator & Communications FOMEN Project)

Mahmoud is Syrian based in Berlin. As a passionate activist for feminism and the reflection on toxic masculinity in the Middle East he supports WWP EN as a cultural mediator in the humanitarian sector at the first receptions of EU refugee camps. He is also a Cultural sensitivity capacity building trainer for professionals who work with refugees and supports the communication department. Mahmoud has experience working in fundraising, strategy development and community leading like for Thighs of Steel. In addition, he was one of the Co-founders and a project manager at the Khora Community Center in Athens.

Email to: mahmoud.rihawi(at)

Marc Gärtner, PhD (MiC Project)

Marc Gärtner lives in Berlin and works as a sociologist at the Institute of Men and Gender Research in Graz/Austria. He researches, teaches and advises mainly on the topics of work, organisation and gender. Marc cooperates with organisations in politics, science, business and NGOs in Germany, Austria and other EU countries. He regularly publishes on topics such as diversity management, work-life issues and organisations and is co-author of the first European comparative Study on the Role of Men in Gender Equality. His academic background is in cultural studies, history and social sciences, which he studied in Marburg/Lahn and Bremen. Marc holds a Ph.D. from Free University of Berlin.

E-Mail to: marc.gaertner(at)

Mirko Dehring (Finances & Administration)

Mirko studied Communications in Social and Economic Contexts at the Berlin University of the Arts. He managed logistics for advertisment agencies and wrote his thesis
on the topic of trust in Germany's labour unions. After graduation, he worked on various projects for migrant organisations and unions. He appreciated his time in Ireland, where he enjoyed watching traditional Irish sports. During the last couple of years, Mirko worked in the administration of a Berlin refugee shelter in a challenging but also very rewarding environment.
At WWP EN, he is responsible for financial and admistrative duties. He supports his local football team Union Berlin.

E-mail to: m.dehring(at)

Rafa Soto (Intern)

Rafa is a Spanish social worker who lives and works mainly in Andalusia. He began his work on masculinities 15 years ago at AHIGE collaborating on projects aimed at men of all ages in different fields. He has recently collaborated with addiction centers designing interventions with a gender focus aimed at the commitment of men to equality and the prevention of violence.

He has just finished a Master`s degree on interdisciplinary intervention in gender based violence, and he is very excited to do his internship at WWP EN.

Email to: rafa.soto(at)

Sandra Jovanović Belotić (Training and Capacity Building)

Sandra is a psychologist with ten years of experience in the field of domestic violence. She has provided psychological support for women and children exposed to violence, ran the first Serbian perpetrator group and founded the National Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Violence Serbia (OPNA). She has been working as an expert consultant in the field of perpetrator work, focusing on the standardization of perpetrator programmes, and their set-up in accordance with the provisions of the Istanbul convention. Additionally, she is supporting capacity-building of professionals through training and supervision. Sandra is based in Serbia.

E-mail to: s.jovanovic(at)

Last changed: 25.08.2021