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 was responsible for a wide range of direct support services to women who experienced domestic and/or sexual abuse (DA/SA) including e.g. advice and advocacy, shelters, counselling services, representation of survivors in the criminal justice system, helplines, group programmes, awareness raising about DA/SA in the health care sector, prevention work with young people and specialist support services for women with complex needs, trafficked women and those from minority backgrounds. 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 from the University of Victoria, and a Master’s degree from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Kelly's has worked for non-profits and 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. 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 TISOVA Project (training carers to identify and respond to elderly abuse) and WHOSEVA (training the health care system to effectively respond to elderly abuse) .
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 Administrator & 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. She joined WAVE in June of 2017.
WAVE OFFICE INTERNS
Amalia is a Bachelor student at Cluj Scool of Public Health, College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Starting the University of Pharmacy in 2015, she realized how much she loves to help people and the need of being closer to them, something that Public Health department offered. The field work and research projects within vulnerable communities were the most rewarding activities for Amalia. She enjoys being involved in volunteering projects, youth exchanges and everything that can make her a better person. The last role Amalia had in Romania, before becoming an intern at WAVE, was as a ECO Promoter of the Electric Castle festival, which improved her knowledge on environmental issues.
Beverly is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Communications and Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. One of her main fields of interest is trafficking in women and she passionately tries to raise awareness about projects on stopping the traffic. Due to her multicultural upbringing as well as her intercultural competences in German, English and French speaking cultures, she is also passionate about supporting projects on intersectional feminism. Before being an intern at WAVE, she did an exchange program at the Faculté de traduction et d'interprétation with the University of Geneva, Switzerland and volunteered at the Austrian Network for Refugees to teach German and English.