WMO Public Profile

Boris Böttcher
Joined February 1, 2020
City: Windoek
Country: Namibia
WMO Student
My professional expertise and background:
I graduated in a German taught engineer diploma. Later, I achieved an English taught Master of European Studies. Then, I went to France and accomplished a DEA in HIstory of International Relations. After working in the construction sector, I was progressing in my education and graduated in different diplomas and masters. With internships in the German and European Parliament, I started working at the European Commission. In our Executive Agency, we grew from around 10 to more than 100 employees from 22 different Member States. The definition of a conflict became quite complex and the mediation of a conflict was a challenge, which I could witness both on personal level and as being chosen as Confidential Counsellor. Since some years, I was working in development cooperation mainly in Southern Africa. It is then, that I realised that the concepts I grew up with were limited in success since the wounds in societies, as well as of individuals, in these countries were so deep. I understood that even to open up for mediation and conflict solving, without bias on gender or racist level is a challenge for people and institutions.
My professional vision as a member of WMO:
The conviction, that we are equal, is good. Anyhow, 48 years of experience has shown to me that each of us is different. To handle this, society has developed different coping mechanism. For example, I was raised during the 70s as equal as possible with my sister on gender-based level. And even though we were middle class, I was brought in contact with blue collar background and immigration groups. Anyhow, my experiences in different parts of the world with different people and cultural back grounds, has showing me the limits of the concept that I grew up with, that I learnt so far and that I applied. Therefore, I feel that I would like to share my experiences with other WMO members and to further progress in Mediation and Conflict Management on international level, since I am convinced that only mutual respect of human rights to all people, fully applied international laws and further development of conflict solving mechanism are able to overcome the hurdles of the past.

City: Berlin

Country: Germany

Joined: October 3, 2019

Your expertise, company / institute, and field of action:

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Your professional vision as WMO MEDIATOR / FELLOW:

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