Beatrix Austin (was Schmelzle) (since March 2004), Senior Coordinator
Researcher at Berghof Foundation (currently on maternity leave)
Special interests: dialogue, coexistence and reconciliation in conflict and post-conflict societies, notably the Middle-East and former Yugoslavia; training in negotiation and conflict transformation; facilitation of reflective practice and learning in organisations.
Dr. Martina Fischer (since January 2000)
Deputy Director of Berghof Conflict Research, Berghof Foundation
Special interests: dealing with the past, transitional justice and reconciliation initiatives in the Western Balkans; crisis prevention and conflict management in the southern Slav regions; European security policy within the framework of the EU and OSCE; training schemes for specialist peace staff.
Prof. Hans J. Giessmann (since October 2008)
Director of Berghof Conflict Research, Executive Director Berghof Foundation
Special interests: conceptual and practical interaction of non-state and state actors in key areas of crisis prevention, conflict transformation and peacebuilding; alternative approaches to prevention and overcoming the use of force in manifest conflict relations; cooperative models of regional peace and security policies in Europe and Asia.
Former members of the Berghof Handbook team include Alex Austin, David Bloomfield, Clem McCartney, Norbert Ropers, Reiner Steinweg and Oliver Wils.