Board

The GAPA Board is the team of volunteers behind GAPA. It is composed of eight members in the Executive Committee (ExCom) and several coordinators. Each member is responsible for varying aspects of running the organisation. We are all under 30 and work on GAPA in our free time on a pro bono basis.

The ExCom is wholly responsible for realising GAPA’s mission and aims in accordance with the Austrian law and the statute of GAPA.  All decisions within GAPA are made democratically.

The GAPA Board manages and provides the GAPA Community as a whole, organises the annual GAPActivist Events, runs the GAPA Think Tank, and runs the extensive GAPA Online Platform. All in all, we are the backbone of what you see and experience at GAPA!

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Wanda Tiefenbacher

Co-Founder, Chair

Born in Austria and raised in Singapore, Wanda recently completed her MSc in Political Sociology at the London School of Economics. Forever rootless, she considers herself a wanderluster, curious mind and revolutionary at heart. With a strong interest in student and political activism, civic/political education and human rights, Wanda is an avid researcher and aspiring civic educator who considers the world her playground. She enjoys the simple things in life: a tasty cup of coffee, a random but inspiring encounter, or a wild session of ukulele/guitar jamming with friends. Wanda is either found at airports/train-stations, or behind her particularly organised desk, where she tries to figure out pragmatic ways to fix the small things (like the GAPA website) and the big things (overthrowing the capitalist system).

Born in Austria and raised in Singapore, Wanda recently completed her MSc in Political Sociology at the London School of Economics. Forever rootless, she considers herself a wanderluster, curious mind and revolutionary at heart. With a strong interest in student and political activism, civic/political education and human rights, Wanda is an avid researcher and aspiring civic educator who considers the world her playground. She enjoys the simple things in life: a tasty cup of coffee, a random but inspiring encounter, or a wild session of ukulele/guitar jamming with friends. Wanda is either found at airports/train-stations, or behind her particularly organised desk, where she tries to figure out pragmatic ways to fix the small things (like the GAPA website) and the big things (overthrowing the capitalist system).

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Gana Comagic

Co-Founder, Chair

[temporarily unavailable] After her political science BSc studies, Gana got a specialisation in Journalism at the University of Montenegro. Putting her focus on investigative journalism and documentary directing, she is the author of an investigative radio show Lady Marijana and an editor at the Student’s radio KRS in Podgorica. She is very involved in the area of youth activism and is the founder of the Podgorica city chapter Films for Action. Currently she is working on her first independent political documentary in Montenegro and is attempting to continue her master studies in documentary directing abroad. She is a passionate tango dancer and enjoys great books, theatre and is inspired by people who carry the fire inside themselves.

[temporarily unavailable] After her political science BSc studies, Gana got a specialisation in Journalism at the University of Montenegro. Putting her focus on investigative journalism and documentary directing, she is the author of an investigative radio show Lady Marijana and an editor at the Student’s radio KRS in Podgorica. She is very involved in the area of youth activism and is the founder of the Podgorica city chapter Films for Action. Currently she is working on her first independent political documentary in Montenegro and is attempting to continue her master studies in documentary directing abroad. She is a passionate tango dancer and enjoys great books, theatre and is inspired by people who carry the fire inside themselves.

Florian is currently living in Graz, Austria, and was born with an enthusiasm for accounting, finance and related things. If he is not studying tax laws or sitting in the office, he enjoys good music, coffee and an interesting conversation.

Florian is currently living in Graz, Austria, and was born with an enthusiasm for accounting, finance and related things. If he is not studying tax laws or sitting in the office, he enjoys good music, coffee and an interesting conversation.

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Laurie Wdowiak

Secretary General

Laurie grew up in a family of musicians in the multicultural city of Lille, Northern France. Music, literature, and art in general have been big inspirations throughout her life, so much she began writing my own poetry and songs from an early age on. After studying Humanities with a specialization in Philosophy in French universities, she has worked in France and abroad. She has experience in media production and communication as well as teaching. Laurie is now studying on a master’s degree focusing on inequalities at the LSE in London while researching the implications of social disadvantage in young people’s path towards the drug market in Lille.

Laurie grew up in a family of musicians in the multicultural city of Lille, Northern France. Music, literature, and art in general have been big inspirations throughout her life, so much she began writing my own poetry and songs from an early age on. After studying Humanities with a specialization in Philosophy in French universities, she has worked in France and abroad. She has experience in media production and communication as well as teaching. Laurie is now studying on a master’s degree focusing on inequalities at the LSE in London while researching the implications of social disadvantage in young people’s path towards the drug market in Lille.

Sadie Hale

Head of Communications

Sadie currently lives in Brussels and works at the European Parliament, having recently completed her MSc in Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and a BA in English Language and Literature at King’s College London and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She travels widely, is an avid podcast listener, and loves being in the company of good storytellers. Sadie also works as a freelance writer and social media editor; she won the UK Clothes Show Live Young Journalist of the Year 2014 and is a finalist in the National Student Travel Writer 2016. Her academic interests include the study of masculinities and the construction of identities in relation to citizenship and the nation.

Sadie currently lives in Brussels and works at the European Parliament, having recently completed her MSc in Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and a BA in English Language and Literature at King’s College London and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She travels widely, is an avid podcast listener, and loves being in the company of good storytellers. Sadie also works as a freelance writer and social media editor; she won the UK Clothes Show Live Young Journalist of the Year 2014 and is a finalist in the National Student Travel Writer 2016. Her academic interests include the study of masculinities and the construction of identities in relation to citizenship and the nation.

Alexandra is a curious traveler and an ambitious student. Originally from Moldova, she had been living in Chisinau, Bilbao, Florence and at the moment she is based in Venice. Due to her genuine interest in Art and Culture, she is on the way to get her second Master's degree in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities in the Ca Foscari University of Venice. She has already obtained a Master’s Degree in Euroculture (University of Deusto) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Languages (Spanish and English). She also speaks Russian, Italian and Romanian. Alex loves International Exhibitions and projects (she worked for Florence Biennale, Art Marbella and The EU Pavilion at EXPO 2015), believing that they promote Development and contribute to the establishing of the Intercultural dialog, so important in today’s Globalized World.

Alexandra is a curious traveler and an ambitious student. Originally from Moldova, she had been living in Chisinau, Bilbao, Florence and at the moment she is based in Venice. Due to her genuine interest in Art and Culture, she is on the way to get her second Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities in the Ca Foscari University of Venice. She has already obtained a Master’s Degree in Euroculture (University of Deusto) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Languages (Spanish and English). She also speaks Russian, Italian and Romanian. Alex loves International Exhibitions and projects (she worked for Florence Biennale, Art Marbella and The EU Pavilion at EXPO 2015), believing that they promote Development and contribute to the establishing of the Intercultural dialog, so important in today’s Globalized World.

Bojana Popadic

Fundraising Coordinator

Born and raised on the coast of Montenegro, Bojana graduated from MA Art&Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016. She is a junior expert in sound financial management on projects financed by the EU. Fundraising coordinator by day, artist by night, Bojana’s personality is full of contradictions. Thus it seems she is always wandering between the darkness and the light, which she expresses in her butoh dance. She loves reading (and occasionally writing) the epic poetry of the Balkans. She is an alumna of Chevening, and the European Forum Alpbach.

Born and raised on the coast of Montenegro, Bojana graduated from MA Art&Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016. She is a junior expert in sound financial management on projects financed by the EU. Fundraising coordinator by day, artist by night, Bojana’s personality is full of contradictions. Thus it seems she is always wandering between the darkness and the light, which she expresses in her butoh dance. She loves reading (and occasionally writing) the epic poetry of the Balkans. She is an alumna of Chevening, and the European Forum Alpbach.

Kirsty Flockhart

Head of International Cooperation

Kirsty is originally from Sydney, Australia. She is a practising artist who works in a variety of mediums and loves anything generally creative and hands-on. Kirsty has been increasingly interested in international relations, politics and human rights, and is currently undertaking her MA in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has also competed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, and some modules at London School of Economics in Global Communications and Cultural Politics. Kirsty also has a very keen passion for travelling abroad and has spent years extensively travelling across East and South-East Asia, Europe, United States, Central America and the Caribbean. Most of all Kirsty loves meeting people, attempting to speak Spanish, connecting and experiencing everything first-hand. 

Kirsty is originally from Sydney, Australia. She is a practising artist who works in a variety of mediums and loves anything generally creative and hands-on. Kirsty has been increasingly interested in international relations, politics and human rights, and is currently undertaking her MA in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has also competed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, and some modules at London School of Economics in Global Communications and Cultural Politics. Kirsty also has a very keen passion for travelling abroad and has spent years extensively travelling across East and South-East Asia, Europe, United States, Central America and the Caribbean. Most of all Kirsty loves meeting people, attempting to speak Spanish, connecting and experiencing everything first-hand. 

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Anna Kevroletina

Head of Public Relations

Anna is currently in her second year of a BA (Honours) in Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University. Originally from Russia, she has been living in Prague, Czech Republic before receiving a full scholarship that enabled her to move to England in September 2015. She primarily holds a strong passion for geopolitics, environmental issues and their impact on the international system and arts. Anna enjoys learning new languages, reading, watching movies and swimming in her free time. Travel junkie by nature, she has lived in Russia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Spain and UK and is fascinated by exploring new places.

Anna is currently in her second year of a BA (Honours) in Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University. Originally from Russia, she has been living in Prague, Czech Republic before receiving a full scholarship that enabled her to move to England in September 2015. She primarily holds a strong passion for geopolitics, environmental issues and their impact on the international system and arts. Anna enjoys learning new languages, reading, watching movies and swimming in her free time. Travel junkie by nature, she has lived in Russia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Spain and UK and is fascinated by exploring new places.

Jasmin Lilian Diab

Head of Think Tank

Ms. Diab holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy and an M.A. in International Law from Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) in Lebanon, and is currently pursuing a Master of Advanced Study in Democracy and Human Rights at the Saint Joseph University of Beirut (USJ). The positions she holds include: Office Manager, Junior Researcher and Project Coordinator at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at NDU, Operations Manager and Youth Coordinator at the Lebanon Dialogue Initiative, as well as Research Assistant and Assistant Project Manager at the Lebanese Development Network. She is a former Direct Dialogue Team Leader at Greenpeace International, and is currently a Research Affiliate at the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies, as well as at the Carthage Center for Research and Information. Ms. Diab is experienced in her field both locally and internationally, having attended coursework, training and completed internships, consultancies and projects in Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Albania, Kosovo, Holland, Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Japan, the US, the UK, Germany, Austria, Ukraine and Macedonia, etc. Notably, she is the winner of the 'Mykhailo Verbytsky Award' for Most Interesting Debate Intervention awarded by the Parliament of Ukraine in 2016, as well as the 'Effective Presentations Award in International Criminal Law' awarded by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Government of The Netherlands in the same year. She is currently appointed a Global Youth Ambassador to A World At School, a global Theirworld Initiative based in the UK, for the years 2017-2020, as well as the Head of Think Tank of the Global Arts and Politics Alliance, an INGO registered and based in Austria. Her book 'International Migration and Refugee Law: Does Germany's Migration Policy Toward Syrian Refugees Comply?' is available for purchase or download on Google books and Amazon.
Ms. Diab holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy and an M.A. in International Law from Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) in Lebanon, and is currently pursuing a Master of Advanced Study in Democracy and Human Rights at the Saint Joseph University of Beirut (USJ). The positions she holds include: Office Manager, Junior Researcher and Project Coordinator at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at NDU, Operations Manager and Youth Coordinator at the Lebanon Dialogue Initiative, as well as Research Assistant and Assistant Project Manager at the Lebanese Development Network. She is a former Direct Dialogue Team Leader at Greenpeace International, and is currently a Research Affiliate at the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies, as well as at the Carthage Center for Research and Information.
Ms. Diab is experienced in her field both locally and internationally, having attended coursework, training and completed internships, consultancies and projects in Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Albania, Kosovo, Holland, Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Japan, the US, the UK, Germany, Austria, Ukraine and Macedonia, etc.
Notably, she is the winner of the ‘Mykhailo Verbytsky Award’ for Most Interesting Debate Intervention awarded by the Parliament of Ukraine in 2016, as well as the ‘Effective Presentations Award in International Criminal Law’ awarded by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Government of The Netherlands in the same year. She is currently appointed a Global Youth Ambassador to A World At School, a global Theirworld Initiative based in the UK, for the years 2017-2020, as well as the Head of Think Tank of the Global Arts and Politics Alliance, an INGO registered and based in Austria.
Her book ‘International Migration and Refugee Law: Does Germany’s Migration Policy Toward Syrian Refugees Comply?’ is available for purchase or download on Google books and Amazon.