Stephanie Futter-Orel – Executive Manager
Stephanie is passionate about fighting Violence Against Women and has a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna as well as a Master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Austrian by birth, she has lived in London for the past 9 years and worked for over 7 years in women’s specialist organisations dedicated to fighting Violence Against women (frontline roles as well as Senior Management). She was responsible for a wide range of direct support services to women who experienced domestic and/or sexual abuse (DA/SA) including e.g. advice and advocacy, shelters, counselling services, representation of survivors in the criminal justice system, helplines, group programmes, awareness raising about DA/SA in the health care sector, prevention work with young people and specialist support services for women with complex needs, trafficked women and those from minority backgrounds. She has also volunteered for several community projects dedicated to empowering women and young people around the world amongst others in Brazil, India, Bolivia, Portugal, etc. Stephanie joined the WAVE Office in June 2017.
Andrada Filip – Project Coordinator
Andrada Filip joined the WAVE office in September 2015. She did her BA in International Politics at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom, and her MA in Political Science at the University of Vienna in Austria. She is also affiliated to a think-tank, the Human Security Centre, and to the Academic Council on the United Nations System. At the WAVE Office, Andrada has been working on the 2015 edition of the magazine FEMPOWER, as well as the WAVE Report 2015 on specialized support services for women victims of violence and their children in Europe. She has also been organizing multi-disciplinary trainings for professionals working in the field of preventing and responding to DV, and protecting survivors.
Anca Ciupa – Project Coordinator
Anca Ciupa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and a Master’s Degree in European and National Business Law also obtained in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Babes-Bolyai University. Additionally, Anca has obtained a postgraduate diploma in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in June 2014. Before working at WAVE, Anca was a co-author on a research project, “Analysis of the draft law to permit the Rosia Montana mining proposal”, where she was in charge with reviewing environmental legislation, decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and illustrating opinions in the report. Anca is a strong advocate of human rights and passionate about bringing her own contribution in this environment.
Lina Piskernik - Campaign Assistant
Lina Piskernik is Campaign Assistant to the WAVE Step-Up! campaign, supporting all campaign activities and also seeking fundraising and donor opportunities. She has a Bachelor degree in International Affairs & German from Florida State University as well as a Master of Science in International Relations & Environmental Technology from the Diplomatic Academy and Vienna University of Technology. Lina previously has worked at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the Austrian Energy Agency. She enjoys working in the communications field and is looking forward to contributing to making the Europe-wide campaign a success in every way possible.
Katarina Visnar - Campaign and Media Coordinator
Katarina Višnar comes from the small town of Lovran on the Croatian coast. She has a Degree in History and History of Art from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her early professional career took place in cultural heritage protection, where her interests and work focused on the complex connections between heritage, state and the general public. In the field of built heritage protection, Katarina finished a post-graduate specialization in Bratislava, Slovakia, and then did her MA at the University of York, UK, and a PhD at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana. By the end of that period, her focus shifted from built heritage to the wider environmental issues, thus leading her to deep ecology and feminism, where she continued her work from 2008 on. Before joining WAVE, Katarina worked as a sports coach while also being active in local and international environmental and feminist groups.
Elizabeth Spouse - Office Administrator & Project Assistant
Elizabeth Spouse has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and is currently completing her Master’s of International Development at the University of Vienna. She is passionate about volunteering and supporting social projects within her community and has experience volunteering in shelters for homeless women in the Seattle area. She joined WAVE in June of 2017.
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Elena has a Bachelor´s degree in Cultural Mediation from the University of Udine and a Master´s degree in International Relations from the Ca´ Foscari University of Venice. She recently graduated with a thesis regarding the legal protection of women´s rights in Africa with a focus on Tanzania, a country where she worked in the field of development cooperation. Thanks to her studies and many experiences abroad, she speaks English, German, French and Italian and is passionate about gender studies and women´s rights.
Teresa Iglesias Lopez
Teresa has a Bachelor in Media Communication from the Institute of Communication Studies of Brussels and a joint Master´s degree in Global Studies from the University of Wroclaw, Poland and the University of Vienna. She is particularly interested in gender and power structures, as well as migration issues and wrote her Master´s thesis on a topic combining both interests, the Women Porteadoras of Ceuta, for which she carried qualitative research in the field. Before being an intern at WAVE, she has been involved for several years in different organisations and projects promoting feminism and defending women´s rights.