Ronja Berner is a master’s student at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna.
Currently, she is writing her thesis on the topic of social protection in crises, conducting a comparative analysis on the delivery of cash- and in-kind transfers as disaster relief in humanitarian emergencies.
While she is now completing her thesis, she has already been working as a program coordinator at AFS Intercultural Programs since 2022.
She first encountered the aid sector by delivering education programs and facilitating the foundation of an inclusive project for children with disabilities in a rural community in Peru.
After she graduated in Multilingual Communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne in 2018, Ronja Berner worked at the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) within the department of crisis and conflict management, assisting in several pilot projects designed to provide livelihood support to migrants and refugees.
Previously, she worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the coordination and supervision of various international education projects.
In recent years, she completed several training courses offered by the World Health Organization (WHO), including in “Leadership and Programme Management in Infection Prevention and Control” and “Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management for Resilient Cities”.
As she is constantly expanding her expertise and understanding in humanitarian affairs, Ronja Berner aspires to work in the field of humanitarian aid, preferably in a position where she can respond to and address emergency needs and develop and guide aid projects.