Our Team

Claire Payne
Co-Founder
Claire Payne holds a masters in International Security and Conflict Resolution from the University of Kent, Brussels. Her academic work examined the role of former combatants in peace-building on the grassroots level, using the examples of Northern Ireland and Israel-Palestine. She has worked in the International Relations Service of the European Parliament, with a particular focus on the water sharing issue between Israel and Palestine, whilst following closely the Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Security and Defence, Development, and Civil Liberties Committees. Claire has worked with Human Rights Watch and Oxfam. She spent the summer of 2014 in Israel-Palestine with peace activists, settlers and former prisoners. Her work with EPMED centres on local outreach and Dublin-based activities.
Olivier Loose
Co-Founder
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.
Christiaan Gevers Deynoot
Director
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. ​
Paula Cerruti
Director
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
Manoela Moraes
DIRECTOR
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.
Amir Salameh
Director
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.