Board of advisors

The HKI is committed to encouraging the transfer of practical action into academic knowledge, and vice versa, in all its activities. For that reason and many others, the HKI is in constant dialogue and exchange with renowned academics, practitioners, and other resource persons:

Dr. Donna Hicks, PhD is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She teaches conflict resolution at Harvard, Clark and Columbia Universities. Dr. Hicks has spent nearly two decades in the field of international conflict resolution facilitating dialogue between communities in conflict in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Cuba, and Northern Ireland.

Prof. Dr. Ron Fisher, PhD is a Professor of International Relations and Director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.  He is an expert on interactive conflict resolution, which involves informal third party interventions in protracted and violent ethno-political conflict. Ron has over thirty years’ experience as a trainer and consultant in the areas of conflict management, communication skills, small group processes and team building, providing services to a wide range of public and human service organisations.

Prof. Dr. Richard Friedli is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Mr. Andreas Gross is a Swiss political scientist and historian, a senior Swiss MP and leader of the social democratic group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In the Council of Europe he has been special rapporteur for Chechnya, UN-Reform, the conflict resolving potentials of autonomous regions, and the state of Democracy in Europe. He is a specialist on Direct Democracy and lecturer on the global comparison of Direct Democracy.

Prof. Dr. Juan Gutiérrez is an expert in conflict mediation, and has been engaged in the peace movement since 1968. He is the founder of the peace research center “Gernika Gogouratuz” in Guernica, which he headed until 2002. He has worked as an informal mediator among top level policymakers trying to contribute to a peaceful transformation in the Basque conflict.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hofkirchner is Professor for Internet and Society at the University of Salzburg’s Center for Advanced Studies and Research in Information and Communication Technologies & Society. His research focuses on the Foundations of Information Science and Information Society Theory.

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Kempf is Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Konstanz in Germany. He is also the editor of conflict & communication online, a refereed academic journal with a trans-disciplinary orientation.

Prof. Dr. Edgar Morin is the President of UNESCO’s European Agency for Culture and holder of the itinerant UNESCO Edgar Morin Chair created in 1999 at the Universidad del Salvador in Argentina. As a philosopher and sociologist, Edgar Morin is one of France’s leading contemporary thinkers.

Dr. Claudio Naranjo is known for his innovative therapy, research, and teaching methods. He is considered one of the pioneers of the Human Potential Movement, and heads the SAT Institute.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Ottomeyer is Professor for Social Psychology at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. He is Co-founder of ASPIS, a research and counseling center for victims of violence.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Ramsbotham is Honorary Visiting Professor of Conflict Resolution at Bradford University where he led the Centre for Conflict Resolution from 1999 to 2002.  His current work focuses on understanding and responding to radical disagreement.

Ms. Gabrielle Rifkind is Human Security Consultant to Oxford Research Group and Director of the Oxford Process.

Prof. Dr. Jay Rothman is President of the ARIA Group, Inc., a conflict engagement training, action research and consulting organization.  He specializes in identity-based conflict and collaborative visioning and evaluation.

Dr. Norbert Ropers is the Director of the Berghof Foundation for Peace Support and of the Berghof Foundation Sri Lanka.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Scala is the former Director of the Institute for Social Competence at the University of Graz, Austria.

Dipl. psych. Insa Sparrer is psychotherapist and Co-director of the Institute for Systemic Education, Training and Research, Munich, Germany.

Dr. Rudolf Rechsteiner is a member of Swiss Parliament, and independent scientist and an expert on sustainable energy.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Varga von Kibed is Professor for Philosophy at the University of Munich. He is the Co-director of the Institute for Systemic Education, Training and Research, Munich, Germany.

Dr. Annette Weber is a Research Associate in the Research Unit Middle East and Africa with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. She has previously been the Coordinator for the Ecumenical Network on Central Africa and a researcher in the Eastern Africa Team of Amnesty International. She lectures at the Universidad Jaumel in Spain, and the European Peace University and University of Innsbruck in Austria.