The Team

Bernd Asbach

Bernd Asbach is member of the board of Transform e.V. Bernd Asbach studied Social Science and worked at the German Development Service in the Arab Republic of Yemen from 1981-1987 and at terre des hommes in Osnabrück from 1988-1990. In 1990 he began his work at Buntstift e.V. in Göttingen with the establishment of the foundation’s work in the Middle East and North Africa. From 1997 to 2014, he was Head of Department Middle East and North Africa at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. His work focuses on: Democracy Promotion, Ecology and Sustainable Development, Gender Democracy, Middle East Policy. For many years, he has been  engaged in the peace, anti-nuclear and environmental movement.


Dr. Ahmed Badawi

ahmedDr. Ahmed Badawi, one of the co-founders of Transform e.V., joined the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) in 2001. He held positions as Research Associate at the Institute of Development and Peace (University of Duisburg-Essen), the Oxford Research Group, the International Crisis Group and Zentrum Moderner Orient. Prior to leaving Egypt in 1999 he used to work as a print and TV journalist and as a community development specialist. He is a trained group facilitator since 1993, has an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS (University of London) and a PhD in Political Science from Humboldt University in Berlin.


Michaela Birk

Michaela Birk, one of the co-founders of Transform e.V., is an independent project coordinator, researcher as well as moderator and group facilitator based in Berlin. Her special fields of interest are conflict analysis and transformation, effective organization and communication as well as minority and human rights. She is active in Israel/Palestine, North Africa and in Europe working on human rights, democracy and community cohesion. Michaela holds a diploma in Political Science from the University of Duisburg and studied Middle East Politics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


Dr. Dina El-Sharnouby

Dr. Dina El-Sharnouby is board member of Transform e.V.  She holds a PhD  from the department of Political Science, at the Free University Berlin. For her PhD she received a fellowship at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies. Her PhD dissertation theorizes the Egyptian revolution from youth’s perspective. Before her PhD, Dina obtained her Bachelors and Masters in Anthropology and Sociology from the American University in Cairo (AUC). For her Master thesis she received the ‘The 25th of January Award in Recognition of an Outstanding Master’s Thesis’. El-Sharnouby has taught as an adjunct instructor at AUC and more recently assisted in teaching a course on the Arab revolutions at the Free University Berlin. She has published in form of a journal article, book chapter, and occasionally writes opinion pieces in English for open democracy and in German for Die Zeit. Her research interests are on youth, revolutions, the Middle East and Egypt in specific, political participation, and processes of democratisation.


Dr. Michael Sternberg 

Michael Sternberg is a consultant, facilitator and action researcher of conflict transformation and social change initiatives that address the Israeli Palestinian conflict, and work on migration and the promotion of shared societies in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden. He facilitates courses in the fields of conflict transformation for civil society organizations and international and local agencies involved in work in and on conflict in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. He is coordinator of the International Peacebuilders’ Forum, Initiatives for Change, Caux, Switzerland, and a research fellow at the Martin Springer Center for Conflict Studies at Ben-Gurion University. His studies are on the contribution of intra-group dialogue to conflict transformation, on community based strategies to transitional justice, and the use of action research for the support of social change initiatives. Michael has a PhD in Conflict Management and Resolution from Ben-Gurion University, he has Masters’ degrees in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies from Novi Sad University, and in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.