Meet The Team

Liska Blodgett
President
Liska Blodgett is a Real Estate Developer in Austria and the United States and she has an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France). Previously to that, Liska learned 6 languages in France, Spain, Germany, USA, Israel, and Japan. Her native language is Czech. Her travels and studies took her around the world many times and she was struck how we are all the same and that there is really a global Culture for Peace. This is in contradiction to the Military Industrial Complex who tries to make money off of War, Defense Spending, Military Budgets and Military Turmoil Worldwide.
Ali Ahmad
Director
Ali Ahmad is an international peace activist and the founder of Kabul PeaceLibrary in Afghanistan, his home country. He holds a Masters degree in ‘Peace and Conflict Studies’ and has been an integral part of the team at the Peace Museum Vienna since early 2014. For Ali, peace is the multi-dimensional outcome of interactions between two or more groups of people or parties in any given society. Peace means respite from violence of all kinds and presence of social justice. At the personal level, this implies calmness, contentment and serenity within the self and with one’s immediate surroundings. At the inter-personal level, peace is best characterized by harmony, nonviolence and creative approaches to transform conflicts.
Willfried Janko
Board member
ng. Mag. Wilfried Janko is CEO of a Management Consulting Company in Austria. For more than 14 years he is helping companies in improving their business and their performance. He coordinates the Austrian group of Self Realization Fellowship – a worldwide organization for Meditation and Peace, founded 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda. “Peace starts in our own hearts and minds. From there it radiates to others and to the world. We have to begin with ourselves”.
Zak Kilhoffer
Board Member
Zak Kilhoffer is a teaching assistant of advanced research methods in international relations and co-founder of Bring Forth Progress, a non-governmental organization. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in international relations from McKendree University and Webster University Vienna, respectively. Zak is presently consulting with the Peace Museum to expand funding and public outreach initiatives. For Zak, peace means overcoming the worst parts of human nature through knowledge and communication. Through targeted education and connecting people to one another, it is possible to break out of the mindsets of competition and antagonism.
Robert Blodgett
Board Member
Robert Blodgett Robert is completing his Master in Philosophy at the University of Vienna. Peace means poverty elimination. Peace means everyone having access to the objects of human rights. Human rights such as the right to have a certain quality of life which allows for satisfactory level of well-being for one's self and one's family, are absolutely essential to peace, and the elimination of poverty is essential to these rights. Thomas Pogge says poverty is like slavery, there either exists poverty or there does not, reducing poverty in this sense is then not an option; poverty must be eliminated. Peace, then, does not consist in half-measured efforts but in the total elimination of poverty, and the promotion of human rights. Once we eliminate poverty and ensure everyone has access to the objects of human rights, war is over. This is not some pie in the sky dream. Pogge estimates that if society's very richest members just relinquished 2% of their wealth, poverty would be fully elimated. Not only is this attainable, it's readily and immediately attainable "if we want it". Peace isn't a dream, it's our only hope."
Katarina Manojlovic
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Katarina Manojlovic is a Masters student of Peace Studies at the Belgrade University. She has been engaged with activities concerning civil society through various organizations, AIESEC, Balkans Let’s Get Up!,MitOst, among others.
Peter Van Den Dungen
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Peter van den Dungen, the head and General Coordinator of the International Network of Museums for Peace, who is himself a Professor in peace studies with experience opening over 10 peace museums, joined the project in September 2013, as a volunteer. He will be able to give valuable input to the development of the museum and share his experiences in running other museums.
Erich Leitenberger
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Erich Leitenberger is a journalist. Born in 1944 in Vienna he studied history and journalism in Vienna and started his journalistic career at „Die Presse“newspaper in Vienna. In 1974 he joined the office of public relations of the archdiocese of Vienna as a spokesperson for Cardinal König. As such he worked also for Cardinal Schönborn until may 2011. Parallel to this engagement he worked as the director of the Austrian catholic news agency „Kathpress“from 1980 until the end of 2009 when he retired. He is now working on a voluntary basis as a spokesperson for the „Pro Oriente“foundation and for the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Austria (ÖRKÖ).
Nadia Sheng
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Nadia Sheng is a Master’s Student at the University of Vienna. Prior to this, she worked for 2-years as an Online Manager in Hong Kong. In the words of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Jody Williams, I believe that “What we need today is people getting up and taking action, to reclaim the meaning of peace, it’s not a dirty word, it’s hard work every single day. And if each of us who cares about the different things we care about, got up off our butt and volunteered, as much time as we could, we would change this world.” Actively participating in educational initiatives to promote a culture of peace is altruistic — an attitude I believe human beings are capable of achieving. Further, harnessing one’s creativity in peacekeeping projects, such as with the tree-planting program introduced by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, and with Peace Museum Vienna’s own Windows for Peace is important as new ways of engaging the public and enhancing communication between peacekeepers are often discovered.
Sandeep Mehta
Board Member
Sandeep Mehta is an entrepreneur and business man who has lived and worked in many countries: UK, Thailand, Turkey and India working in field of real estate, investment and finance. He is the grandson of the peace hero and freedom fighter who had a life long association with Mahatma Gandhi and several peace heroes.
Rosmarie Engelhart-Ladis
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Rosmarie is an entrepreneur and expert in the field of sales, with an extensive managerial background on international sales projects in the field of online business, media and tourism. She is a Vienna native and speaks English and Greek fluently. There is no peace without the nobleness of the heart, human warmth, love and true interest in and understanding of different opinions and people as well as the willingness to sole any kind of dispute without killing each other’s children. We cannot “wish” for peace, we can only start with creating peace in our own hearts and pass it on to others. We shall never forget, that all sadness and suffering we do to others on purpose may happen to us too, one day. War does not necessarily mean arms and does not necessarily mean killing people, war starts from much smaller things in times of “peace” in our daily lives. Hatred is a seed of war. In the many discussions I’ve had on this topic, I was told many times that it has never been different throughout history. True, but war is mostly the result of fear, and like Marian Anderson says: Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman. Now I question myself: do we really want to continue down that course and never improve?
Fritz Fuhrmann
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Fritz Fuhrmann is a Marketing-Consultant and has his agency here in Vienna. He has his degree in Economics and worked several years for multinational advertising agencies before he became self employed in 1987. ”Since 40 years I am looking for ways to support peace and the prevention of wars. One of my cognitions was, that war is built on lies. One day I found the following quote of Julian Assange: If wars can be started by lies they can be stopped by truth. I put it in one of my windows of my office. Liska saw it and since then I am a member of this wonderful group. I am happy to be able to contribute in terms of ideas, design and whatever else.”
Edin Skoric
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Edin is our newest member and Web Designer for Peace Museum Vienna. He was ex volleyball player for national team of Serbia and winner of Europe championship gold medal. Since he is from Serbia he said he knows a lot about peace. For him, Peace has no alternative.
Bhavana Mahaja
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Bhavana Mahajan is working towards her doctorate in Peace Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Prior to this she has worked with corporate, government as well as social organizations. Her work at the Peace Museum allows her to explore her interest in social media and communications. For Bhavana, Peace is the only way to make sense of this world. She holds that human beings are essentially social creatures and one can never truly be free unless each of the others is – free of conflict, destruction and fear i.e. till each is at peace. Peace is freedom.
Vivien Kabar
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Vivien Kabar is a painter and writer who currently lives and works in Vienna. She has dedicated her art to fight against violence, and created an art society together with Werner Horvath “Kunst gegen Gewalt”:”The media coverage has determined collective immunity, which supposedly protects us from what should affect us directly. A single artwork has the power to break through this inner deafness to confront the viewer in a direct way. An artwork has no temporal limitation. It does not move, it affronts the beholder, it waits…remains. It does not change its message…One meaning, one mission for centuries…The “power” of an artwork is the message behind. In times like these, the full potential of artistic expression should be used to open the eyes of our society. To demonstrate, to accuse, to arouse.In these days the critical work of the artists is no more longer a possibility, it has to be a necessity! As an artist, I feel constrained to stand up for peace!”