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).
Anna McKenzie (Communications)
Anna completed her BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology with a thesis on hegemonic masculinity. She soon started working in the area of domestic violence for WAVE before moving from Vienna to Berlin to pursue an MA in Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt University. Since 2017, Anna has been working as the WWP EN Communications Manager. In 2021, she finished her Master's programme with a thesis focussing on pop culture and sexualised violence.
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.
Anna Sala Bubaré (Research & Projects)
Anna Sala Bubaré is a psychologist with a PhD in Psychology of Education. She has extensive experience in research and quantitative and qualitative methodologies in researcher development and domestic violence. She is currently involved in the development, implementation and analysis of the Impact Project (perpetrator programme monitoring and evaluation) and other research-related projects.
Email to: a.sala(at)work-with-perpetrators.eu
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.
Email to: berta.vc(at)work-with-perpetrators.eu
Bremni Thevarajah (Finances & Administration)
Bremni has a Master's in Business Administration (Global), specialising in Human Resource Management. She is a CIMA (Chartered Institute for Management Accountants – UK) passed finalist and has worked in the finance & accounting field for almost 5 years. She's experienced working for non-profit organisations in Sri Lanka and has worked on several projects as a Finance Officer. Bremni firmly believes every child deserves to live a safe, secure, peaceful childhood.
Daliah Vakili (GBV & Migration Expert MOVE 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.
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)work-with-perpetrators.eu
DurreSameen Mirza (Communications)
Since completing her MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2017, Durre has been working with gender rights´ organizations in Pakistan. She has worked on a variety of themes, including gender based violence in conflict zones, women´s access to reproductive health facilities and women´s political participation. At WWP EN she is part of the communications team with a focus on project communications. Durre wants to contribute towards the creation of a world free from all kinds of violence, including violence against women and children.
E-Mail to: d.mirza(at)work-with-perpetrators.eu
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)work-with-perpetrators.eu
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.
Marianne Hester, OBE, PhD (ISEDA Project)
Professor Dr Marianne Hester is recognized as a leading researcher of gender-based violence internationally and has written about many aspects of violence and abuse including domestic and sexual violence, child contact, domestic abuse in LGBT+ communities and forced marriage.
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)work-with-perpetrators.eu
Ola Kurowicka (Development & Reporting)
Since completing a Masters degree in Psychology Ola has been focusing on work in the field of domestic violence prevention. She is trained in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Non-Violent Communication and has three years of experience working as a consultant at the Polish National Hotline for Domestic Violence Victims. She also worked as a psychologist providing one on one psychological support for survivors of domestic violence and in a perpetrator programme before moving from Warsaw to Berlin and joining the WWP EN team.
Sandra Jovanović Belotić (Training & 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)work-with-perpetrators.eu