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Vision & Mission

We believe that the foundation for a peaceful and just future is that people feel mentally well, respect diverse ways of life, build actions on equal partnerships globally and jointly act against the dangers of climate change.

Our Vision

We strive for a world in which people experience good mental wellbeing, live in peaceful communities and in balance with the natural environment.


Our Mission

We support communities in reaching a sustainable and peaceful way of functioning through mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), social cohesion (SC) and adaptation to climate change (ACC).

Our work feeds into the achievement of the sustainable development goals defined by the United Nations. They aim to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change by 2030.

We consider development as a holistic process and our work links to all 17 goals. Our core focus and area of expertise is Good Health and Well-being (3), Climate Action (13) and Peace, Justice and strong Institutions  (16). Our actions further target No Poverty (1), Gender Equality (5), Affordable and Clean Energy (7) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (11).

The Team

We at Hudara are a collective of people with long-standing experience in humanitarian and developmental programming. We worked with a wide range of non-governmental organisations, UN organisations and research institutions and in challenging locations in the global south.

Hudara is managed by Lena and Boris.

Dr. Lena Schmid

Managing Director
Lena is a psychologist (PhD and MSc) with over 10 years experience working at different international NGOs and the UN in the humanitarian field, clinical practice and research. She lived and worked for long time periods in Egypt, Iraq and South Sudan where she refined her knowledge and skills on how to translate research findings into context-sensitive, practical programming and how to design participatory approaches. She set up, examined and managed implementations of humanitarian interventions in very challenging contexts and supported integration efforts of mental health policies into national public health systems.
The main focus of Lena's work is on the association of cultural processes and social relatedness with well-being and mental health of people and the impact on peaceful social life.

Prof. Dr. Boris Heinz

Head of Programme
Boris (PhD Environmental Studies, MSc Economics and Policy, MSc in Environmental Engineering) pursues an integrated approach of climate protection, environmental policies and development. He shaped his vision over the past 10 years while working at the UN and research institutions in humanitarian and developmental projects in various countries.
Boris leads the department of energy systems at Technical University Berlin and is an active founding member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association.
Boris is particularly interested in the interrelatedness of climate change impacts with community functioning and peaceful social life.

The Advisory Board

Hudara is guided by an international advisory board which adds to the diversity of perspectives and enriches our knowledge and skills.

Dr. Salam Said

Scientific Adviser for Socially Just Development

Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Tunis, Tunisia

Gulistan Chalabi

National Coordinator for Psychosocial Support

International Organization for Migration, Duhok, Iraq

Kristoffer Tangri

Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Specialist

United Nations Development Programme, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Christoph Nedopil

Director Green Belt and Road Initiative

International Institute of Green Finance, Beijing, China


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