Antje Herrberg is co-founder and CEO of mediatEUr, and an Adjunct Professor for International Peace Mediation at the College of Europe. She is a well-known peace entrepreneur, faciliator, mediator, process designer and yogini with 20 years of global experience in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Between March 2013 and March 2014, Antje was Senior Mediation Expert for Process Design on the UN Stand-By Team of Mediation Experts, where she supported peace efforts in the Maldives, Mauritania, Malawi, Moldova, Turkey, and Ukraine and the UN Headquarters. With a keen interest in EU affairs, she has been one of the intellectual advocates and practical supporters to build up EU mediation support capacity as it stands today. In this vein she also led a multi-year process that led to the eventual set up of the European Institute of Peace.
Besides building the network of mediatEUr, Antje is also a member of the UN Roster of Mediators, and was UN Mediation Advisor for the Maldives in 2010. She is an experienced trainer and coach, including to senior-level EU diplomats.
She has been recruited to provide advice on conflict transformation and capacity building in mediation by many clients, from the non-governmental and governmental sector, in Europe and beyond. She advises and coaches high level negotiators and processes, as much as she works with grassroots mediators. Over the years she specialised in dealing with non-recognised entitites, mediation during electoral violence, and how to build overal mediation capacity.
She is a highly experineced trainer and coach, including to senior-level EU diplomats, negotiation parties and civil society. Besides building the growing network and partnerships of mediatEUr, Antje is also a member of the UN Roster of Mediators.
Prior to mediatEur, Antje was the Director for Mediation and Dialogue of the Crisis Management Initiative from 2004 to 2012. She worked as the Chief Facilitation Advisor to the Aceh follow-up peace process for Martti Ahtisaari, having worked on the negotiations since the start up of the process that led to the signing of the peace agreement. At CMI, she also worked on the creation of the Black Sea Peacebuilding Network on conflict resolution and coordinated the influential Mediation Cluster of the Initiative for Peacebuilding, also acting as Project Director for capacity building of the African Union on mediation. From 2000-2004, Antje was the Regional Director for Europe at the EastWest Institute, where she worked on, amongst other things, trilateral cooperation between the Russia, the U.S. and the EU, and cross-border cooperation in the Balkans and North-West Russia. Before that she was an activist, academic and advisor working for governmental and nongovernmental organisation in the transition processes of the former Soviet Union.
As a mediator, Antje received her credentials from the Centrale für Mediation (Cologne); and holds an MA in Mediation from the European University Viadrina (2008), having attended a wider number of professional mediation trainings worldwide. On the postgraduate level, she holds an M.Econ.Sci in European Economic and Public Affairs from University College Dublin; and a Doctorate in International Relations from Aalborg University (PhD) in International Relations and Intercultural Communications.
Posts and publications by Antje Herrberg:
• Can we mediate a peace process with(out) land?
• Is Peace Mediation in Ukraine Possible, and How?
• Peace in the Neighbourhood: the EU and stability in Syria
• It is rather simple: the need for peace making is right here, right now, with you and with me
• Dealing with Election-Related Violence — Lessons from the Training
• The EU Nobel Peace Prize Laureate — Let it Inspire Us
• Mediating electoral violence – key dilemmas and tensions
• Exploring the role of third parties in the mediation of electoral processes