Board

The GAPA Board is the team of volunteers behind GAPA. It is composed of an all-female trio in the Executive Committee (ExCom, as well as several coordinators who help out where needed. 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 is the backbone of what you see and experience at GAPA!

Wanda Tiefenbacher

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Wanda is the current Chairperson of GAPA, and co-founded the organisation in 2015. She holds an MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and is currently finishing an MSc in Social Justice and Community Action at the University of Edinburgh. Wanda works full-time as a political scientist and public relations officer at a human rights institute in Austria.

Forever rootless, she considers herself a wanderluster, curious mind and revolutionary at heart. The world is her playground, where 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). She spends her free time traveling, on stage with her local theatre group, or freelancing.


Laurie Wdowiak

Laurie has been part of GAPA since 2016 and is currently responsible for external communications and grant-writing.

Originating from Northern France, she comes from a family of musicians. After studying humanities and specializing in philosophy, her passion for criticality led her to study sociology. She has experience working in the public sector, research programmes, NGOs and as a freelance translator. Her research interests include social exclusion, informal political participation and territoriality.

When she is not striking up heated discussions about politics, Laurie is playing music, reading novels, cycling and hanging out at music shows and in parks with her friends. She is always wondering what her next adventure will be and has a passion for talking to random people.


Jasmin Lilian Diab

Ms. Diab is a Canadian-Lebanese researcher, author, manager and consultant in the areas of International Affairs, International Law, Migration and Refugee Studies, and Human Rights. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy she earned from Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) in Lebanon, as well as an M.A. in International Law she earned from NDU in Lebanon, complimented with coursework at both University of Pisa, and University of Palermo in Italy. She is currently pursuing a Master of Advanced Study in Democracy and Human Rights between the Saint Joseph University of Beirut in Lebanon, and the International University for Rabat in Morocco.
 
The positions she holds include: Office, Research and Project Manager 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 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 also the Editor of The International Journal for Arts and Politics, a journal published by the Global Arts and Politics Alliance in Austria.