Kristina Lunz | Country Coordinator - Germany | Myanmar
Kristina is currently with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar. Just before that, Kristina worked for Sisma Mujer - a Colombian local women’s rights NGO - on the inclusivity of the country’s peace process around the time of the referendum in Bogotá late 2016.
Kristina graduated with distinction from University College London’s School of Public Policy. She did a second master’s at the Oxford Department of International Development in diplomacy. During her time in Oxford she started getting involved in activism and has been campaigning since. Amongst others, she was an advisor to UN Women National Committee Germany on the 'No Means No' campaign to change the German law on sexualised violence and rape. In July 2016 the law was changed making consent the criterion for rape – a milestone for the women’s rights movement. For another grassroots campaign, ‘Against sexualised violence and racism. #Ausnahmslos’, Kristina and her team were awarded a women’s rights prize by a German parliamentary party.
Educational equality and dismantling classism is another of Kristina’s passions. This is mainly inspired by her own story: Making it to Oxford against all odds as a working class girl from the countryside. This has led her to founding ‘Initiative: Augenhöhe’, a mentorship and leadership programme for working-class children from the village.
In addition Kristina has been the research advisor on international arms trade, and international security and female empowerment for the three times Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and founder of numerous NGOs, Dr Scilla Elworthy. She is also a freelance writer and frequently publishes on topics including activism, women’s rights, education, and international politics.