Our Team

Claire Payne
Board Member
Claire Payne is a technical peacebuilding expert, having implemented and managed peacebuilding and development projects in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel. She holds a masters in International Security and Conflict Resolution from the University of Kent, Brussels. Her previous academic work examined the role of former combatants in peace-building on the grassroots level, with a focus on Northern Ireland and Israel-Palestine. She has worked at the European Parliament, and with Human Rights Watch, Oxfam, Bousla, and PATRIR- the Romanian Peace Institute.
Christiaan Gevers Deynoot
Board Member
Following a BA law from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Christiaan Gevers Deynoot pursued an MA in International Conflict and Security from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies. While including courses such as 'Negotiation and Mediation', and 'Islam, Conflict and State', his specialisation focused on external governance processes in EU gas sector relations with North Africa. Christiaan spent one year working, studying and traveling in the Middle East in 2010-2011, including Egypt, Syia, Jordan, and Israel/Palestine, and has a strong interest in EU relations with the Arab world. He currently works as an EU Affairs Consultant in Brussels. ​
Manoela Moraes
Board Member
Manoela Azevedo Moraes holds a BA in International Relations from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo and a master in International Conflict and Security from the University of Kent, Brussels. Having worked in both Jewish and Arab environments in Brazil, she deepened her interest for the Middle-East during an exchange program at Sciences-Po Paris. After travelling to Israel and Palestine, Manoela moved to Brussels to deepen her studies in nonviolent conflict resolution strategies, negotiation and mediation, as well as alliance formation in the Libyan civil war. She joined EPMED in June 2017 to contribute with her skills and also to add the perspective of a Southern to the team.
Olivier Loose
Advisor
Olivier Loose received his MA in Commercial Engineering from the KU Leuven and his MA in International Conflict and Security from the Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent), with a specific focus on negotiation and mediation. Olivier is currently being trained in transformative mediation and nonviolent communication in Germany. He is also the co-founder of the independent and non-political organization Global Network for Change (GN4C), which supports conflict resolution initiatives in (post-)conflict zones. His main areas of interest are the socio-psychological approaches to conflict resolution and transformative mediation. In December 2013, he supported the organization of a Track II Mediation Dialogue with leaders from the Egyptian society. In August 2014, he spent time in Israel/Palestine, Turkey and Lebanon where he engaged in several discussions with local peace makers and worked with Syrian refugee children.
Paula Cerruti
Advisor
Paula Cerruti holds a BA in Social Communications and Journalism from the Universidad Católica del Uruguay in Montevideo and will be going into postgraduate education towards an MA in Public Affairs & Political Communication at Dublin Institute of Technology, School of Public Relations. She has also pursued other further education courses in Political Science and International Relations, focusing on Human Development and Social Justice. She joined EPMED in May 2017 to help the team with Social Media handling and other external communications
Amir Salameh
Advisor
Amir Salameh, born into a Palestinian family in Haifa, Israel, is an Electronic engineer based in Dublin, Ireland, since 2011. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, and currently studying towards a postgraduate certificate in Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. Amir’s interests, which span from technology to volunteering, lead him to join EPMED in May 2015 to help in organizing events that promote constructive and meaningful dialogue of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.