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About Inna Rudolf
Based alternately in Berlin and Tunis, Inna Rudolf is representing the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt across the Middle East and North Africa region. In this capacity she has been seconded to the role of Research Director for the Maghreb Economic Forum, a think-and-do tank founded in 2011 to support further Maghreb integration and facilitate an informed public debate.
She completed her master’s degree in political science and Islamic studies in 2012 at the University of Heidelberg, specializing in International Conflict Research. Her areas of expertise are peace building, conflict resolution, and international security with a special focus on the processes of political transformation and transition in the Middle East. During her studies, she headed the regional group on “Conflicts in the Middle East and Maghreb” at the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research.
Bulgarian by birth and Yemeni by heart, she has lived in Libya, Yemen, Egypt, and Palestine, and is known among her colleagues as “desert queen” and “street fighter” for her exceptional survival skills in hostile environments. In her current research she is concentrating on approaches to preventing radicalization and violent extremism – particularly through social and cultural inclusion.
Her interest in the ideological moderation of Islamist movements was sparked by an internship in the Jerusalem office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, during which she conducted field interviews with Hamas members of the PA parliament in the West Bank. An avid reader of Zenith Magazine, she also serves as an advisory board member for the Candid Foundation and enjoys writing on the political, social and cultural challenges facing Muslim communities north and south of the Mediterranean.