Holding a PhD in Eastern European History (University of Konstanz) Andrea Zemskov-Züge has worked in the field of peacebuilding since 2000. From 2003 to 2006 and in 2012 she was guest lecturer of Oral history for the European University St. Petersburg (Russia) and taught several courses at the St. Petersburg State University. In research and various articles she concentrated on the historical dimensions of conflict and on war memory as well as practices of “Dealing with the Past”. Her book “Zwischen politischen Strukturen und Zeitzeugenschaft” on war memory and history policies in post war Leningrad was published in 2012.
In addition to her scientific background, Andrea is an experienced facilitator and trainer in peacebuilding processes. Working in the South Caucasus since 2004, she has gained deep insight in the South Caucasian conflict settings. At the NGO OWEN she was responsible for the project work, focused on history and memory between 2004 and 2012, from 2010 to 2012 she also served as a board member. Since 2012 she is working as a project manager for the Berghof Foundation Caucasus Programme. She developed innovative and effective methods of enhancing and facilitating cross-conflict-line dialogue, based on oral history methods. Currently her main working focus lies on the Berghof Georgian- Abkhaz-South Ossetian History Dialogue Process.