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Christine M. Merkel

Christine Merkel is a social scientist with over twenty years of international professional experience in policy analysis, project management and human development; in her present function, she advises both the Federal Government and Parliament. Her areas of focus are: The organisational development of foundations and public organisations; capacity building of civil society leaders and young experts; the assessment of legal and technical frameworks and resource strategies. She is a seasoned designer and convenor of strategic multi-stakeholder policy dialogues on cultural diversity issues and cultural policy developments, including on behalf of the German Coalition for Cultural Diversity. Assignments included technical expert missions for IDEA International; the European Union; the Council of Europe; the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Foundation and UNESCO. As well, her work experience includes projects and expert missions in and to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Senegal, South Africa, Turkey, Romania, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Colombia, Peru and Chile. She has published widely on cultural diversity and democracy development, including a legal commentary on the 2005 UNESCO cultural diversity Convention (in print).