WIIS Austria President
Jessica Grün is Austrian-Canadian and currently enrolled in the “Master of Advanced International Studies” at the Diplomatic Academy. During her undergraduate she developed a strong interest in security studies and women’s roles in conflict resolution and settlement. Since then she has dedicated much time to the advancement of research on this topic and was keen to take on the role of president to help advance gender equality in international security and build an active network in Vienna.
Elisabeth Gruber, a native of Austria, is currently studying at the Diplomatic Academy specializing in International Law and International Relations. She graduated from Law School in Vienna in 2015, achieving extra skills in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution through additional courses. Besides internships and various student jobs, she was volunteering for the social organization CARITAS in the law department. Due to her interest in different cultures, she lived in Taiwan for a year, gaining work experience in the Austrian Trade Office and studying Mandarin thanks to a scholarship program. Elisabeth aims to use WIIS as a platform to raise awareness and improve the position of women in the field of International Relations.
Margot Dubertrand is a French master student at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. After completing a bachelor in French law and Common law at the University of Nanterre she specialized in international and European law. Her internships in European institutions and embassies paired with her experience at MUN’s sparked her interest for multilateral diplomacy and international security and convinced her of the crucial role of women in this field.
Maria Urbas is currently a masters student at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Prior to her current studies, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College in the United States. She is passionate about female voices in foreign policy and has recently joined the WIIS Austria team in hopes of continuing to advance women’s presence in the international and political field.
Noah Gibbs is a student in the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna’s “Master of Advanced International Studies” program. He is a proud native of Colorado and has completed internships with the U.S. Senate and the U.S. State Department’s American Institute in Taiwan. His undergraduate study at the University of Edinburgh cultivated a deep interest in nuclear strategy, the weaponization of outer space, and the role of gender in the military. A volunteer member of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary for seven years, his experience has convinced him of the need to promote the careers of women in international security.
Clodagh Quain, Attachée at the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the OSCE, is focused on economic and environmental security. Before joining the Mission, she worked in private sector, the European Parliament completing her Pat Cox Fellowship and the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Brussels and Paris. She studied European Studies at UCC in Ireland and Sciences Po, Paris and holds a Master's degree from the College of Europe. Her research interests include EU foreign and security policy and mediation within the UN framework of Women, Peace and Security.
Caitlin Hanratty, a Washington D.C. native, is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in the field of ‘Advanced International Studies’ at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. She previously studied at the University of Glasgow and the Université du Québec à Montréal, and has completed internships with the US Federal Government and Public Relations firms in Washington, D.C. Her interests are focused in international security and terrorism, and she is working to further her contributions and research in the field of international security.