Franziska Sigrist holds a MA in Political Science and International Law from the University of Bern, Switzerland and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux, France. She joined swisspeace in February 2012 to design swisspeace’s first Postgraduate Course in Civilian Peacebuilding (CAS). swisspeace’s training area has grown since and Franziska Sigrist now leads a team of 4 people accompanying 10 postgraduate courses, the KOFF Training Series and other training activities. From 2010 to 2012, Franziska Sigrist was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Federalism at the University of Fribourg. Previously she worked for the UNHCR Representation to the European Institutions in Strasbourg (2010), the Swiss Embassy in Damascus (2009), and UNICEF in Addis Ababa where she also conducted field research on the Ethiopian water policy for her Master thesis within the framework of the NCCR North South (2006). During her studies she worked for the World Trade Institute in Bern (2005), the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes EADI in Bonn (2004) and engaged as peace observer in Chiapas, Mexico (2005). Franziska Sigrist is particularly interested in the Middle East and has lived and travelled in the region in 2008/2009.