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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.

Dr. Lena Schmid

Managing Director
I believe in the power of cooperation, mutual support and the bundling of knowledge, skills and resources of all actors involved to have a lasting impact and to reach real change in the lives of people affected by poverty, conflict and climate change. To follow this vision I develop in equal partnership with people in different contexts and grounded on community-based approaches interventions for mental health and social cohesion. I am interested in the interconnections of cultural processes, social relatedness and mental health and wellbeing of people affected by poverty, conflict and climate change and the impact of such on peaceful social life.
Before I founded Hudara together with my colleague Prof. Dr. Boris Heinz, I worked for over 10 years at different international NGOs and the UN in the humanitarian field, clinical practice and research. For this I spend long time periods in Egypt, Iraq and South Sudan where I refined my knowledge and skills on how to translate research findings into context-sensitive, practical programming and how to design participatory approaches. I set up, examined and managed implementations of humanitarian interventions in challenging contexts and supported integration efforts of mental health policies into national public health systems.
My responsibilities at Hudara are representation, vision and strategy, organisational management, program delivery and fundraising.

Prof. Dr. Boris Heinz

Head of Programme
I pursue an integrated approach of climate protection, environmental policies and development and build my vision over the past 10 years while working at the UN and research institutions in humanitarian and developmental projects in various countries.
Currently I am an active founding member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association and a professor at Technical University Berlin. I am particularly interested in the interrelatedness of climate change impacts with community functioning and peaceful social life.

Adrian Bornmann

Social Media
I want to make good things visible in the Internet and I am concerned with the question of how communication can contribute to a fairer and more peaceful society. Since 2016 I have been working in the field of digital marketing, online community management and social media management. I am gaining first experiences in the conception of campaigns and public communication of culturally and politically effective projects. Since 2018, I have been studying for a Master's degree in Governance and Human Rights at the Leuphana Professional School in Lüneburg, which I am expecting to complete in 2020.

Johanna Tunn

Project Manager
I take a critical look at power relationships in development cooperation. I am particularly interested in the socio-political effects of carbon offset projects and has experience in the field of market-based climate change mitigation measures and I am actively involved in developing sustainability strategies for companies and multilateral climate protection pilot projects. I combine perspectives from decolonial and feminist science studies to find out what a just global cooperation against climate change could look like.

Katharina Bach

I am interested in interpersonal interactions, communication and the influence of life events on personality, mental health and community life. I have quantitative and qualitative research experience in social and personality psychology as well as political science with a focus on migration and refugee studies. For Hudara I am analysing activities and tools used in community-based approaches in humanitarian and development settings. Herein I am focusing particularly on the field of adaptation to climate change and mental health.
Before, I gained various practical experiences, for example, in a refugee camp in Greece and in educational work with underage Mexican immigrants in California. I am currently enrolled in a Master's program in psychology at the University of Muenster, which I plan to complete in 2023.

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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