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Benedikt Hielscher is a core team member of the Department of Peace Operations and offers training support for the International Peace and Development Training Centre. He has background in mediation, mediation support, social mediation, and experience working with Libyan tribal and community leadership, civil society, women’s organisations and youth to strengthen sub-national mediation and peace processes. In addition to his work with the Romanian Peace Institute he engages as a member of the European Youth Advocacy Team of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders on advancing the implementation of European policies and legislation to support youth peacebuilding efforts in Europe and globally. Benedikt holds an MSc. in Political Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast, where he focused on the political psychological analysis of the MENA region.