WAVE Office

Kelly Blank

Grant Development & ABM Coordinator

Valentina Canepa

WAVE Office Intern

Valentina holds a Bachelor´s degree in Modern languages from the University of Venice and a Master´s degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Bologna, where she recently graduated with a thesis on the prevention and contrast of domestic violence in the context of international human rights law. She´s passionate about human rights, women´s rights and migrations, and has volunteered in other Italian non-profit organizations in the field. As a former teacher, she also strongly believes in the power of education to bring social change and to eradicate gender stereotypes.

Katie Clarke

WAVE Office Intern

Katie is a student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada, studying Psychology and Contemporary Studies as a LORAN scholar. Passionate about women’s rights and mental health, she uses poetry and playwriting as a medium for activism. In her spare time, Katie is currently on the National Youth Council for Kids Help Phone (a Canadian mental health support line), she runs the Oxfam Society at Dalhousie University, and she volunteers as a literacy tutor at the Burnside prison in Halifax. Katie does freelance work as a technical writer and editor for a company in Victoria, Canada.

Anca Ciupa

Membership & Legal 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”,

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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.

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Andrada Filip

Data Manager & Analyst

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,

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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.

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Elena Floriani

Communications & Research Officer

Elena Floriani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural mediation and a Master’s degree in Comparative international relations. After study and work experiences in Italy, France, Germany, Tanzania and Austria, she joined the WAVE office as Communication and Research Officer in May 2019. In the last years, Elena made of her interest in feminism and women’s rights her area of research and work. Following an experience in the field of development cooperation in Tanzania, she decided to focus her Master’s thesis on the legal protection of women’s rights in Africa, conducting a research on the recent developments of the African Union’s human rights system in the protection of women’s rights.

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After her graduation, Elena interned at WAVE for three months, a great opportunity to get familiar with the fight against VAW from a European perspective. Later on, she started working for one of WAVE’s members, the Domestic violence intervention center of Vienna, in the public affairs office. Elena is now collaborating with the WAVE team on data collection, publication of country reports and communication strategies for WAVE’s projects.

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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).

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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.

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Maria Knaub

Office Administrator and Project Assistant

Maria has a Bachelor’s Degree in East Asian Studies and is currently finishing her Master’s in Development Studies at the University of Vienna. She is passionate about feminism, gender equality and social justice. Previously, she has worked in a variety of positions and industries, spanning from algorithm research to editorial offices. As WAVE’s Office Administrator and Project Assistant, she is looking forward to putting her prior experiences into social use for ending gender-based violence.

Beverly Mtui

Youth Engagement Consultant

Beverly Mtui is studying Transcultural Communications with working languages German, English and French as well as Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. She did an exchange program with the Université de Genève in Switzerland, before volunteering at the Austrian Network for Refugees to teach German and English. In 2018, she interned with one of our Members “Work With Perpetrators European Network – WWP EN” for half a year. One of her main fields of interest is combatting human trafficking.

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She thus currently supports the NGO FOOTPRINT based in Vienna as head of the fundraising team, which offers free social and legal counseling as well as language courses to survivors of trafficking. She is also a freelance journalist and co-founder of a local radio programme highlighting Austrian-African matters.  She passionately advocates for intersectional feminism and aims to pursue her Master’s degree in that field.

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Lina Piskernik

Digital & Social Media Coordinator

Lina Piskernik is Digital & Social Media Coordinator, ensuring that WAVE’s many projects and achievements are as visible as possible across several social media networks. She is also Communications Coordinator for the Erasmus project DIS.CO & UN Women project CSSP, and assists the WAVE Step Up! campaign. 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

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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.

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Elizabeth Spouse

Office Administrator & Project Assistant

Elizabeth Spouse has a degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. 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.

Katarina Višnar

Campaign Coordinator