Mr. Maurice Stette (Germany) works as an intern at the Concepts, Interoperability and Capability (CIC) branch of the CCOE from January to April 2019. During his time at the CCOE his main focus is to review and update the “Resilience and Civil Preparedness” publication. Maurice has been studying Political Science at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the Freie Universität Berlin since October 2015.

During his studies he developed interests in the topic of security politics, especially in hybrid warfare and civil preparedness, crisis and disaster management, as well as in civil-military cooperation. From 2016 until 2019 he worked as student assistant at Oxfam Germany, getting first insights into the work of an international non-governmental organization dealing with crisis and disaster management.

Also he completed an internship at the headquarters of the German Red Cross in Berlin, working in the Disaster Management Branch. In that role he contributed, among other things, to the civil-military liaison between the German Red Cross (GRC) and the German armed forces. He attended as a training assistant several exercises and courses like the hygiene and health promotion course in Berlin, also he was part of the working group on civil-military cooperation from the GRC held in the CIMIC Centre of the German armed forces in Nienburg. Furthermore, he participated for the GRC in the “Informations – und Lehruebung des Sanitätsdienstes der Bundeswehr 2018“, in Feldkirchen.

In order to build on these experiences and deepen his knowledge about CIMIC and especially in resilience and civil preparedness, Maurice applied for the CCOE internship.

Ms. Geovanna Giannini de Araujo  (Brazil) works as an intern at the Concepts, Interoperability and Capability (CIC) Branch of the CCOE since August 2018. During her time at the Centre, her focus is to review the ‘Good Governance Makes Sense’ publication.

Geovanna is an International Relations (BA) student at the Institute of International Relations of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/ Brazil (IRI/PUC-Rio). In 2018 she worked as a junior researcher on human rights, sustainable development and housing for the United Nations Human Settlements Program in Cabo Verde, Africa. In this position, she could learn and exercise her abilities on cooperation between actors at local, national and international levels.

She had the opportunity to be part of a research team to take advanced studies in the Brazilian Peace Operations Joint Training Center (CCOPAB) during the year of 2017. Geovanna helped IRI/PUC-Rio, in the context of the Brazilian Research Network on Peace Operations (REBRAPAZ), being responsible for gathering information regarding the Brazilian peacekeeping engagement, with particular focus on the protection of civilians and gender issues. At the same year, she was invited to represent her university in the Armed Forces Headquarters in Brasilia – Brazil capital.

She attend several courses and workshops, like the Integrated Protection of Civilians workshop in 2017, at the Brazilian Superior War College, with the theme being “The work of the various deployed institutions in operations under the aegis of international organizations to promote protection of civilians in unstable environments”. Geovanna was also a participant at the CCOPAB Civil-Military Coordination Course in 2016, which was part of the preparation of the 26th Brazilian Contingent to the United Nations Mission Stabilization in Haiti, along with the peacekeepers.

Geovanna hopes her experience in the CCOE can bring her a broader knowledge about CIMIC and in all of the cross-cutting topics related to it.

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