Who we are
Ursula Trummer, PhD, Mag.rer.soc.oec., MSc. (right in the picture), is Head of the Center for Health and Migration and Executive Partner of Trummer & Novak-Zezula OG. She is responsible for the scientific and strategic development of CHM. Ursula lectures at various universities; she works as independent expert for the European Commission, for OSCE, and for national organisations, e.g. the Norwegian Research Council and DEZIM (Deutschen Zentrums für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung). As consultant and personal coach she is specialized in diversity management, management of paradox, and personal development.
Sonja Novak-Zezula, PhD, Mag.rer.soc.oec. (left in the picture), is Managing Director of the Center for Health and Migration and Executive Partner of Trummer & Novak-Zezula OG and responsible for operative realization and implementation. She lectures at various universities and universities for applied studies. Sonja is an experienced moderator and trainer, with a special focus on intercultural competence and diversity management. She is also a trained mediator with a specialisation in intercultural issues.
Yuki Seidler, MA, MSc., holds an MSc in Public Health and an MA degree in International Relations. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna with a topic on Asian migrants‘ health in Austria. Her areas of expertise are qualitative methodologies and issues related to global health. Since 2010, she has been lecturing at various universities in Austria and Germany. Prior to pursuing an academic career, she worked in Humanitarian and Development Cooperation in South and South East Asian countries.
Valérie Harskamp, MSc., graduated as a medical doctor in 2014 from the Vrije University of Amsterdam. She has two years of research experience at the clinical epidemiology department of the Leiden University Medical Center, followed by three years of clinical experience. The last year, she has been volunteering for Boat Refugee Foundation in Lesbos and worked six months in a rural hospital in India. She just finished the Dutch post-graduate program in Global Health and Tropical Medicine, and is currently doing a Master in International Health at the Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam.
Lika Nusbaum, PhD, MN, CEN, RN., is a senior nursing educator at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. The combination of being a trilingual nurse and a former immigrant made her sensitive to all the complexities of the health provider-patient-research participant encounter, and aware of the wide range of factors that can affect it. Her dissertation research focused on the ways to improve risks and benefits communication in the context of the informed consent process of clinical research. Her skills as an expert practitioner, experienced educator, and a researcher are what she hopes to bring to the Center for Health and Migration joining its team.
Amanda Hanemaayer, is a MPH candidate from the University of Guelph, Canada. She is fascinated by the intersections of health and culture, and has previous qualitative research experience involving marginalized populations. During her academic studies, she participated as a volunteer in refugee resettlement programs in Canada, facilitating English conversation classes for newcomers. She is currently working on a research project concerning the integration of young migrants within the European Union.
Anna-Theresa Renner, Mag., MSc, graduated in Economics at the University of Vienna in 2010 and finished the Master programme of “Health economics, Policy and Law” at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL) focusing on the economic analysis of the European health sector and applied health econometrics in 2011. Since 2016 she is working as a research and teaching assistant (prae doc) at the Economic University of Vienna in the Department of Health Economics and Policy.
Zehra Cigirli, Mag., finished her studies in sociology at the University Vienna specialising in sociology of migration. Her master theses was on „Identity and value orientation of Turkish youth in Vienna.“ Her research focus concerns health and intercultural habitats of Turkish women. She is currently working on a women’s project „Zukunft mit Wiedereinstieg“.