Annemarie Fischer

Annemarie Fischer is a founding member and Director of International Public Relations for the Ngiyabonga - Human Rights Resources Initiative.

Miss Fischer is currently undertaking a postgraduate qualification in 'German as a Foreign Language' at the Herder Institute at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Among various volunteer programmes she has participated in, Miss Fischer took part in the FIFA World Cup 2006 held in Germany. As a member of the Volunteer Management Committee in the city of Leipzig, her duties included contributing to the volunteer newsletter, as well as to a photo diary of World Cup events and activities of the FIFA volunteers in that city.

In 2005, she completed a Magistra Atrium degree in German Studies, Eastern European Sciences and Journalism at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

During 2004, Miss Fischer completed an internship at the United Nations, Department of Public Information, at the UN headquarters in New York. She participated in the operations of the Programme Support Section, which comprised the monitoring and evaluation of the public information outreach programme activities of the global network of 68 United Nations information centres, services and information components. Furthermore, she contributed to the inter-departmental report on women's issues, and took part in the fifty-ninth session of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee. She completed a computer course in UN documentation, search engines, and methods of optimizing Internet research, offered by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. Miss Fischer furthermore served as co-editor of the UN Intern Yearbook.

In 2003, Miss Fischer completed a Master of Arts degree in Political Science at the State University of New York, Binghamton, in the United States. She specialized in International Relations, focussing particularly on interventions and resolutions of civil war, as well as post-civil war reconstruction. Her thesis examined the never-ending/recurring characteristics of civil war, and discussed and compared the various paths to peace.

While in the United States, she served as a translator and research assistant to Professor Kathy Livingston, Quinnipiac University, CT. Her duties included assisting with the research, categorization and translation of Holocaust records relating to euthanasia, which were located at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

In 2002, she participated in a seminar on the conflict resolution policies of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in the changing (European) world, held at the University of Leipzig in Germany, which included a site visit to the OSCE Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Miss Fischer took part in a language and cultural studies exchange programme at the Belarus State University in Minsk, Belarus, and was responsible for organizing a meeting between OSCE representative, Andrew Carpenter, and the participants of the exchange programme.

In 2000, Miss Fischer studied Journalism and Russian Studies at the Lomonossow Moscow State University in Russia, as a scholarship recipient of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Her journalistic accomplishments include articles written for several newspapers, online newspapers and publications, including: SPIEGELonline;; a local Leipzig magazine port01; the Swiss literature magazine Neuschnee (published by the Department of German at the University of Leipzig); and Sankt Petersburgische Zeitung, a German newspaper which is published in Saint Petersburg. In 1997, she edited and translated the 10-year jubilee chronicle of the French-German sister-city partnership between Kirchheim, Germany and Renazé, France.

Miss Fischer is fluent in several languages, including English, French, Russian and German, and has a working knowledge of Spanish, as well as basic Czech and Belarusian. She has completed language studies programmes at the Charles University in Prague, the Belarusian State University in Minsk, and expanded her knowledge of the Spanish language while attending a language course in Malaga, Spain.

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