Our Team

Our Team - 2017
Ulrich Wacker

Ulrich Wacker

Director of the Foundation in Jerusalem

Born in 1954 in Stuttgart. Studied law at the University of Konstanz. After passing his second state examination in 1981, he joined the foundation in 1981. He has served as project leader in Jerusalem from 1991-1999. Until 2016 he served in Potsdam, Mexico City and Amman. Since January 2017 he is again project leader for the Palestinian Territories and Israel in Jerusalem. 

Anne Cohen-Koehler

Anne Cohen-Köhler

Head of the Israeli Desk

Was born in Germany 1974, married with a son and a daughter. After her mid-exams in Germany she moved to Israel to continue her B.A. and M.A. in German Literature, Contemporary Jewry and Yiddish Language and Literature. She lives in Jerusalem since 1997 and works for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty since 1999. Since several years she has been coordinating the projects in the Israel Desk.

Suleiman Abu-Dayyeh

Suleiman Abu-Dayyeh

Head of the Palestine Desk

Born in Beit Jala, Palestine. Holds a B.A. and M.A. in Social Science. Studied at the University of Bochum, Münster, Bonn and Bremen. He made as well Studies in Economics.
He was consultant for different local and international projects and organisations, worked for 8 years as lecturer and Instructor at the German Foundation for International Development in Germany and also worked as a lecturer of Sociology at the University of Bethlehem. After returning to Palestine worked in the tourism sector and since 1994, he is Head of the Palestine Desk at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Jerusalem. 


Rana Amad

Project Assistant, Palestine Desk

Was born in Jerusalem in 1972. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, USA with a B.S in Leisure Studies (focus on Travel & Tourism) and Geography minor. She is a mother of two daughters. She has been working at FNF since the year 2001in the position of Palestine Desk Assistant.


Georgette Habashi

Financial Controlling

Was born in Jerusalem, holds a Business Administration degree from Bethlehem University. Single and lives in Jerusalem since birth. Working with Friedrich Naumann Foundation In the position of Administration/Financial Controller since 2001.


Estie Dayan

Accountant & Administration

Was born in Jerusalem, Israel. Between 1973-1993 she lived in the U.S.A and Europe, mainly in Austria. She studied Sociology, Educational Research and Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in Los Angeles. Since 1994 she works for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in Jerusalem as a bookkeeper. She has two adult sons.

Vivian Farran

Vivian Farran-Mashni

Executive Secretary

Was born 1980 in Jerusalem, holds an LL.B and a certificate in Feng Shui consulting. She works for the Jerusalem office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty since 2004 and holds the position of executive secretary. 


Hanadi Zughayyer

Project Coordinator, Promoting of Transparency, Integrity and Accountability to Combat Corruption in Palestine, Palestine Desk

Was born in Jerusalem. Graduated from Bethlehem University with B.A in Sociology, and Diploma in Production Documentaries Films from Dar Alkalima College in Bethlehem as well. Worked in several Palestinian NGOs. Started working at the Friedrich Naumann in April 2016, as a Project Coordinator for the project “Promoting of Transparency, Integrity and Accountability to Combat Corruption in Palestine”.