Who We Are
14km is a non-profit organisation that helps to develop good ideas across border lines. Our founders come from both sides of the Mediterranean, our team works mainly in Berlin. It is our goal to help co-operations and equal partnerships become reality between Europe and North Africa/the Middle East.
Anja Carolin Gebel (Head of board) in parental leave
Anja joined 14km in order to support the NGO in starting up its activities in Germany by providing her communicative, conceptualising and management talents. As a politically minded individual she promotes the activities of 14km as an important contribution to improving mutual understanding and partnership between Europe and North Africa as well as to fostering socio-economic justice between the two regions. Having graduated from the University of Cologne in Latin American Studies she recently finished her PhD in International Relations at Aberystwyth University, Wales.
Caroline Bunge (Vice Head of Board, Coordination Volunteers Berlin, Volunteer Programme Morocco)
Caroline is coordinating the volunteers in Berlin. She also supports 14km in being the volunteer programme officer for Marocco. Caroline studied South and Central Asian Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Therefore she learned Arabic. After her studies Caroline spent several months working as a volunteer at a women’s organization in Tata/South of Morocco. Since then she is fascinated by the cultural diversity of the country and wants to support development projects and cultural exchanges with this region.
Sarah-Isabell Müller (Board member, Finance Officer)
Sarah coordinates the intercultural seminar at 14km. Furthermore, she supports the team with organisational tasks. Sarah studied environmental engineering at the Technical University in Berlin. During her master thesis she investigated the field of olive mill wastewater that occurs during the production of olive oil. In order to gain realistic data and to see the local problematic she did an research stay in Sfax, Tunisia. With her work at 14km she wants to spread her overall positive experience she made in Tunisia.
Susanne Kappe (Board member)
Susanne is coordinating public relations for the 14km volunteer programme. She graduated in political and islamic studies at the Univserity of Heidelberg and spent time in Egypt and Jordan. In several projects she has contributed to promote intercultural dialogue between Europe and the Arab world, especially in the field of human rights. With her experience in communication 14km intends to intensify contacts with our partner organisations in the MENA region and to expand the volunteer programme in Germany.
Lucia Linares (Coordinator Volunteer Programme)
Lucia joined 14km as volunteer for the volunteer programme in Lebanon. She did her undergraduate degree in History and Politics at the University of York where she developed a keen interest in International Relations; in particular ‘humanitarian’ intervention and theories on political violence. With family ties to Gibraltar (the shortest distance between Europe and North Africa), Lucia was drawn to the work of 14km on a personal level, especially its aim to promote intercultural exchange between Europe and the MENA region. Bringing her knowledge from previous NGO volunteer work Lucia is excited to help and support likeminded enthusiastic individuals to maximise their international exchange experience.
Tabea Louis (Country Officer Lebanon, Volunteer Programme)
Tabea Louis takes part in the 14.4km-Team since 2018. She studies sociology and political science at Lake Constance and Ben-Gurion-University in Israel and got the chance to intern in Lebanon 2016 through 14km. Her stay enabled valuable insights and strengthened her motivation to support the exchange between Lebanese NGOs and German volunteers. Fields of interests within her studies are philosophy of science, feminist theory and corruption.
Josef Baumert (Country Officer Egypt, Volunteer Programme)
Since 2018 Josef belongs to the 14.4km- team, where he supports the internship programme for Egypt. He is a student of agricultural sciences at University of Goettingen and focuses on rural development and agricultural economy. In 2017 he interned in Egypt with the help of 14.4km and from this time on he is fascinated by the country and its inhabitants. He now wants to share the experiences he gained there with other young Europeans to support them to make the most of their stay in the country.