Dr. Gidon Windecker

Gidon has lived and worked in the Middle East for the last 16 years. He is a social scientist and holds a PhD degree in Middle Eastern Studies. He is an expert on consulting international stakeholders, especially in volatile and politically sensitive environments. His consulting work focuses on organisational and capacity development, change management, policy implementation processes, and sustainable strategy development. He has also trained numerous local organisations in project design and management.

Gidon worked for and headed the Regional Office Gulf States of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for altogether six years. He is a passionate advocate for international cooperation, intercultural communication, and rapport building between people of diverse backgrounds. “Building bridges through Dialogue” has been the long-standing motto of his work. Gidon is an enthusiastic networker who aspires to bring people and institutions together, with the objective of creating synergies, fostering mutual understanding, and of shaping a shared vision for a more just and peaceful future. He firmly believes that sustainable change must be a joint cross-cultural and cross-sectoral effort.

The focus of Gidon’s research and project work is good governance, civil society empowerment, prevention of radicalisation, peace education, and inter-religious dialogue. He has published a considerable number of relevant research papers on Middle Eastern politics, socio-economic development, conflict transformation, and media and society in the Arab world. His regional focus is the Levant and the Gulf States. In his research, he combines his analytical skills with a comprehensive and practical, experience-based approach. Some examples of his work can be read here.

Gidon is passionate about social innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives, especially among marginalised and disadvantaged communities. He is an active member of Business Makes Sense – Society for Sustainable Global Development. He is currently based in Manila, the Philippines.



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