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Elisabeth Hell

practitioner and trainer
Elisabeth Hell joined Violence Prevention Network Germany in early 2020 as a project manager and trainer at the department for right-wing extremism. In her work she focuses on the field of disengagement from violent political extremism by assisting clients’ rehabilitation and reintegration and counseling their families. Moreover, she leads trainings for professionals from various fields on topics closely linked to violent extremism and the prevention of violence. In her early twenties, Elisabeth volunteered in the field of youth work and several community building projects in Berlin. By now she draws on a decade of professional experience in the field of (youth) social work with young people in so-called „multi-challenge situations.“ Among other projects, from 2015 onward, she ran an open youth club and counseling center for young women*. Her main focus here was the empowerment of young women* affected by (gender based) violence and racism. To this day, her work is deeply shaped by working with members of communities, which are affected by discrimination, especially racism and violence. Therefore gender-reflection, intersectional perspectives and antidiscrimination work remain important cross-cutting issues in her work for Violence Prevention Network. At the moment, she focuses on how to reach out to girls and women as a target group in tertiary extremism prevention and on the development of gender- specific prevention strategies and approaches. Elisabeth studied Political Science (B.A.) at the Free University of Berlin, and Gender Studies (M.A.) at Humboldt University of Berlin and she is a certified anti violence trainer.

Robert Örell

practitioner and trainer
Robert Örell has more than two decades of experience in the P/CVE field working with the rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists. For more than fifteen years he provided interventions with clients in exit work. For ten years he worked as a director and manager of exit programs (Exit Sweden & ExitUSA). Currently, he works as a senior international expert focused on capacity development, training, and setting up exit programs. Robert is a senior consultant & trainer for the Violence Prevention Network USA's RESTORE program, where he also serves as a member of the VPN USA board. His recent work includes advising on setting up exit programs, advising on policy guidelines and recommendations, online counselling in the exit field, and conducting research interviews with former members of violent extremists. He advises on several projects around the world. Robert co-teaches an academic course on the psychology of violence and hate, addressing violent radicalisation and violent extremism. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Steering Committee of the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), co-chairing the working group on Rehabilitation. Robert was the director of Exit Sweden for ten years and the program director at Exit USA for three years. In 2020-2021 he advised and contributed to the Council of Europe’s counter-terrorism strategy. In 2016 Robert held a TEDx at TEDx Vilnius. He studied psychotherapy, social pedagogy and holds a Master's degree in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding.

Christopher Kieck

practitioner and trainer
Since 2011, Christopher Kieck has worked for Violence Prevention Network as specialist for right-wing extremism, working with radicalized (young) adults both inside and outside of prison, one-on-one as well as through group trainings. Early on, his biggest insight was the significant role a strong relationship plays in the distancing work of politically motivated and violent individuals. In addition, Christopher also works with the relatives of radicalized people whenever possible. His experience is that this increases the likelihood of a successful change process. For several years, he has also worked as a project manager and lead trainings for professionals who want to deal with issues such as discrimination, right-wing extremism and conspiracy theories. In order to gain further perspectives and possibilities for action for his work with (radicalized) individuals and to reflect on himself and his own growth areas, he completed training as a systemic counselor and therapist (GST - Society for Systemic Therapy and Consulting Berlin). Christopher studied Health Sciences (diploma) at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and he is a certified anti-violence trainer.