Women In International Security (WIIS – pronounced ‘wise’) Austria is an independent, non-partisan, non-for-profit organisation headquartered in Vienna. Its mission is to create an international platform for women and men to work side-by-side towards gender equality by advancing women’s leadership and professional development in the field of international security.
WIIS Austria is dedicated to contributing to the inclusive and multidimensional participation of women in fields related to international security including but not limited to peace, conflict resolution, economic development, humanitarian affairs, and human rights. This is done through collaborative research, policy analysis and recommendations, information exchange, professional development and training, networking and new initiatives.
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.
Board of Directors
Margot Dubertrand is a 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. She is an intern at the International Atomic Energy Agency. Her previous experiences 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.
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.
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.
Caitlin Hanratty, a Washington D.C. native, is currently pursuing her cooperative Master’s degree in the field of ‘Advanced International Studies’ at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and Johns Hopkins University. 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.
Clara Knäpper Bohman, our Swedish-German Board Member, has a background in Political Science and Law and is currently studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Clara decided to join WIIS Austria after experiencing a structural discrimination of women in the international security field. Prior to her Masters, she worked for the Swedish Government (2017) at the United Nations in Vienna.