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Ola is a peacebuilding advisor, radicalisation expert, youth mentor, learning designer and facilitator.
Ola is a creative problem solver who started her journey as a feminist advocate in 2005. Her professional background in grounded in social movements, humanitarian, and development cooperation contexts in the field and head office. She holds a Master’s degree in Conflictology from the Open University of Catalonia, Spain.
Her experience ranges from supporting women’s participation in local political and peacebuilding procceses, track ii and track i efforts, enhancing multi-track approaches, to gender sensitive conflict analysis, developing peacebuilding strategies, and practice informed research.
She has delivered numerous co-learning workshops and one on one coaching to civil society organisations, management staff in Ukraine, BiH, South Caucasus, Rwanda, Liberia, MENA, and Sweden. This includes IRL training, hybrid learning, and e-learning on developing theories of change, DNH and gender, cultural heritage and gender, ideation sessions, as well as various peacebuilding subject matter training and coaching. Furthermore, she has mentored youth change actors to design and deliver social change initiatives in their local contexts. She has also advised senior management teams & boards on antiracist discourse and practice in the development and culture sectors.
Ola is a recognised EU radicalisation expert, she is a second term member of the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network expert pool on preventing and countering violent extremism. Her focus is on gender responsive approaches to preventing and countering violent extremism.