THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE STORY
Team EUSGThe EUSG team has a longstanding expertise in the field of strategic management planning and an excellent reputation for its sensitive and intercultural experienced interaction in highly complex, uncertain, as well as post-conflict settings.
Dr. Stephanie Plön
Dr. Stephanie Plön is a marine biologist specializing in the biology, ecology and health of whales and dolphins (cetaceans). Stephanie has studied in Germany, the UK, South Africa and New Zealand, investigating various aspects of cetacean trophic ecology, life history, population genetics, health and anatomy.
Stephanie earned her PhD in 2005 and for the past 12 years she has collaborated widely, published numerous scientific articles, supervised a number of postgraduate students and gained work experience in a natural history museum, research institute and a university. Stephanie is currently the manager of the Ocean Health group at the Earth Stewardship Research Institute (ESSRI) at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. She is the co-founder of the Ocean Health lab.
Daniel Dick MA
Daniel Dick is a cultural and social anthropologist, consciousness researcher and consultant for integrative systems. He studied in Austria and Switzerland, specializing in religion and consciousness studies, worldviews, cybernetics, cultural materialism and system change. He holds the Young Scientist Award of the European Meeting of Cybernetics and System Research 2016, has worked for several research institutions and co-founded the independent Consciousness Studies Academy Vienna in 2015.
Currently, he is editing a forthcoming anthology on perspectives of consciousness studies, and since 2017 he is also engaged at the European School of Governance as Research Director and Fellow of the Cultural Health Lab. His main professional efforts are characterized by the bridging of mindsets, people and cultures towards a transformative, peaceful and healthy future.
Kendra Rosencrans MS, M.Div.
Kendra Rosencrans is an award-winning former journalist, organizational researcher, and consultant specializing in complexity, constructive narratives, and systemic change. In 2017, she received the Margaret Mead Memorial Student Award from the International Society for the Systems Sciences, which recognizes work that addresses contemporary challenges within communities in ways that empower agency with integrity, imagination, and well-being. She has also served as the topic editor for the Journal of Organizational Transformation and Social Change.
Based in Seattle, Washington, USA, Kendra holds master’s degrees in journalism and religious studies. She is a trained facilitator, and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in organizational systems focusing on questions about how ingenuity may serve to foster systemic change under constrained and complex conditions. In 2017, she was appointed a fellow of the Systemic Change Lab and is on the founding editorial team for the Systemic Change journal.
Bastian Kenn MA
Bastian Kenn studied International Relations at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and previously gained experience with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the African Rural Development Movement (ARDUMO). Bastian now assists in keeping the European Democracy Lab running on a day-to-basis and contributes to a variety of projects, from research to the organization of events. His main scientific interest is the identification and analysis of the most important factors for viable democracies and peaceful cohabitation in Europe and beyond.
Partnership Building/ Senior Advisor
25 years of bridging lives, cultures, problems, solutions, hopes and ambitions, throughout the Arab region and the Euro-Mediterranean area.
Through market research in Egypt, workers‘ and water rights in Palestine, communities, local authorities, entrepreneurs in Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, Benedetta Oddo has experienced the joy and the frustrations of a journey that has finally given her the privilege of seeing and supporting the current radical and ongoing critical changes …
No matter where or whom she was working for – the UN, Governments, NGOs, Multinationals – to her, the only driving force for holding off discouragement and fatigue has always been the people and their struggle for a better life.