Mr Theodore Murphy is founding Director of Mediation Europe.
He holds degrees from McGill University and the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London. His career has spanned the humanitarian, human rights, and political mediation fields.
Theodore managed emergency response missions for Doctors Without Borders, in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan. He has published and lectured on humanitarian issues writ large and specifically in the context of the Greater War on Terror. As team leader for Amnesty International, Theodore coordinated all research and publications on Sudan as well as media appearances. Writing for the International Crisis Group, Theodore focused on the dynamics in the Chad/Darfur region contributing to public reports on these issues.
From 2007-2011, Theodore worked in conflict resolution/mediation with the United Nations and in the non-governmental sector in the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. He served as Expert Advisor to the AU/UN mediation team in Darfur in 2007-08. In 2011, Theodore was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the Panel of Experts for Libya where he served in the post of Regional Expert.
Later on, at the Berghof Foundation, Theodore directed the Special Assignment Team and subsequently founded and directed the Africa Program.
As a Course Director and Fellow for the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Theodore designed and led accredited training for diplomats, military, and multilateral staff on the topic of Engagement with Non State Actors.
Theodore is a registered Civilian Expert for the UK Government Stabilization Unit and a member of the UN Mediation Support Roster.
Mr Marvin de Frenne is Project Officer at Mediation Europe.
He holds degrees in Economics from the University of Heidelberg and the University of Copenhagen. His background lies in development cooperation, with a focus on peace, security and Violence Against Women as well as experimental and behavioral economics.
In a GIZ-Project (German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH) based in Lima, Peru, dedicated to combatting Violence Against Women in Latin America, Marvin oversaw inter-cultural consultation activities and reviewed research publications.
Marvin worked as Project Manager on Projects for the Federal Foreign Office and the GIZ in the Department for Peace and Security at Madiba Consult, a consultancy in the field of development cooperation. He also collaborated closely with and filled in for the Head of the Evaluation Department.
Marvin is experienced in preparing and conducting workshops. As a certified Mediator, he is skilled in Nonviolent Communication.