WAVE Office

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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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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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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Kelly Blank

Grant Development & ABM Coordinator

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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Katarina Višnar

Campaign Coordinator

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.

Chiara Paganelli


Chiara has a Master´s degree in Law from the University of Pisa and a Master´s degree in Globalization and Law with specialization in International Human Rights from the University of Maastricht. There she had the opportunity to write her thesis on violence against women, in particular domestic violence, as well as the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Italy. Recently, she did a traineeship at the Council of Europe focusing on social rights and social cohesion. She is passionate about human rights, especially women´s rights, gender equality and the fight against gender-based violence.

Ida Larsen


Ida has a Bachelor’s degree in Language and International Studies from Aalborg University in Denmark, where she has continued her studies and is currently doing a Master’s in Culture, Communication & Globalization with a specialization in Global Gender Studies. She has written several projects on the subject of gender equality within leadership, politics and international conflicts. During her studies in Aalborg, she also volunteered at the local women’s shelter for two years.