Silvia-Lucretia Nicola was born in Timisoara, Romania, in 1990. After attending two Romanian schools with German as the language of tuition – the Nikolaus Lenau Lyzeum in Timisoara, and the Samuel von Brukenthal Gymnasium in Sibiu – she moved to Germany for her university studies.
She studied Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin, and the University of Granada in Spain. From the first semester onwards she focused on Peace and Conflict Studies. Only after she moved to Germany the prospect of a European comparison enabled her to fully appreciate the enormous importance of a substantiated way of dealing with the past and conflict transformation. These are the topics she dedicated her attention to during her masters’ degree course “Military Studies” at the university of Potsdam.
In addition to her studies, Silvia set a high value on combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience. During the past three years she worked on various development politics projects on Afghanistan on behalf of the GIZ and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Furthermore Silvia did not only contributed to the organisation and administration of seminars and programs but also participated herself at numerous workshops and advanced trainings on conflict transformation and reconciliation. She gained additional valuable experience in the realm of youth work as a travel assistant for the Pädagogischen Austauschdienst. In this context she mentored student groups from many different countries (among them: Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Greece, India, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, Portugal, The Republic of Moldova, Sweden, South-Africa, Turkey and Hungary).