Stephanie Futter-Orel – Executive Manager
Stephanie is passionate about fighting Violence Against Women and has a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna as well as a Master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics.
Austrian by birth, she has lived in London for the past 9 years and worked for over 7 years in women’s specialist organisations dedicated to fighting Violence Against women (frontline roles as well as Senior Management). She has also volunteered for several community projects dedicated to empowering women and young people around the world amongst others in Brazil, India, Bolivia, Portugal, etc. Stephanie joined the WAVE Office in June 2017.
Kelly Blank – Project Coordinator
Kelly Blank has a Bachelor’s degree of Political Science and European Studies at the University of Victoria, and a Master’s degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Kelly's has worked for women’s non-profits and campus women’s centers and has specialized training in sexual assault prevention, working closely with police and hospitals in providing immediate counselling and crisis support for survivors of sexual assault. Kelly was also a teacher’s assistant at Simon Fraser Univeristy on feminism, gender, and sexuality in the context of popular culture. Kelly was project manager for the IMPLEMENT Project, which aims to improve the response to gender-based violence in health care settings. For WAVE, Kelly is project coordinator, working on grant project proposals, social media and data collection, as well as coordinating internship placements in the WAVE office.
Andrada Filip – Project Coordinator
Andrada Filip joined the WAVE office in September 2015. She did her BA in International Politics at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom, and her MA in Political Science at the University of Vienna in Austria. She is also affiliated to a think-tank, the Human Security Centre, and to the Academic Council on the United Nations System. At the WAVE Office, Andrada has been working on the 2015 edition of the magazine FEMPOWER, as well as the WAVE Report 2015 on specialized support services for women victims of violence and their children in Europe. She has also been organizing multi-disciplinary trainings for professionals working in the field of preventing and responding to DV, and protecting survivors.
Anca Ciupa – Project Coordinator
Anca Ciupa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and a Master’s Degree in European and National Business Law also obtained in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Babes-Bolyai University. Additionally, Anca has obtained a postgraduate diploma in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in June 2014. Before working at WAVE, Anca was a co-author on a research project, “Analysis of the draft law to permit the Rosia Montana mining proposal”, where she was in charge with reviewing environmental legislation, decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and illustrating opinions in the report. Anca is a strong advocate of human rights and passionate about bringing her own contribution in this environment.
Lina Piskernik - Campaign Assistant
Lina Piskernik is Campaign Assistant to the WAVE Step-Up! campaign, supporting all campaign activities and also seeking fundraising and donor opportunities. She has a Bachelor degree in International Affairs & German from Florida State University as well as a Master of Science in International Relations & Environmental Technology from the Diplomatic Academy and Vienna University of Technology. Lina previously has worked at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the Austrian Energy Agency. She enjoys working in the communications field and is looking forward to contributing to making the Europe-wide campaign a success in every way possible.
Katarina Visnar - Campaign and Media Coordinator
Katarina Višnar comes from the small town of Lovran on the Croatian coast. She has a Degree in History and History of Art from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her early professional career took place in cultural heritage protection, where her interests and work focused on the complex connections between heritage, state and the general public. In the field of built heritage protection, Katarina finished a post-graduate specialization in Bratislava, Slovakia, and then did her MA at the University of York, UK, and a PhD at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana. By the end of that period, her focus shifted from built heritage to the wider environmental issues, thus leading her to deep ecology and feminism, where she continued her work from 2008 on. Before joining WAVE, Katarina worked as a sports coach while also being active in local and international environmental and feminist groups.
Elizabeth Spouse - Office Assistant & Project Assistant
Elizabeth Spouse has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and is currently completing her Master’s of International Development at the University of Vienna. She is passionate about volunteering and supporting social projects within her community and has experience volunteering in shelters for homeless women in the Seattle area. Since arriving in Vienna she has been volunteering as a translator and counselor for FairHelp Austria, helping undocumented workers to attain legality and safety within Austria.
WAVE OFFICE INTERNS
Tori DeRoche is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Human Services at Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts. She has previously worked for several non-profits focusing on the rights and empowerment of women and girls worldwide. At Big Sister Association she recruited women from the community to become long term mentors and positive role models for girls to help grow their self confidence. While at Pathfinder International she worked in project management, remotely overseeing and contributing to several sexual health and rights projects in Africa. As one of the WAVE interns, Tori will be maintaining and expanding the reach of WAVE’s social media outlets as well as assisting with the newsletter and Fempower magazine.