Hermann Gmeiner Day 2017

I wish above all that all polemics soon come an end that are carried out on the backs of the children who need our help and which onlyserve to harm them.

Hermann Gmeiner

"SOS CV’s in the Middle East Interconnected with local environments creating future for children"

The Hermann Gmeiner Day 2017 took place on 26 April 2017 at SOS Children's Village Hermann Gmeiner Academy in Innsbruck.

What to expect?

  • Living conditions on the ground prior to the war
  • How SOS CV’s responded to them and does it to today’s circumstances of aggravation
  • The role of women in Middle East societies


  • 08:30 am Welcome
  • 09:00 am Opening and greeting - President Introduction to the programme
  • 09:10 am Christian Kayed with glimpses of life from Syria prior to the war
  • 09:45 am Nabeela Al Mulla about current developments in the region from diplomatic agent perspective
  • 10:20 am Break
  • 10:40 am Afifa Arsanios about history of SOS CV in the region
  • 11:15 am Katharina Ebel about setting of new SOS CV programmes
  • 11:55 am All presenters jointly on stage ready for open questions
  • 12:30 pm Rounding off and lunch break
  • 02:00 pm Departure to SOS-Kinderdorf Imst
  • 03:00 pm Hermann Gmeiner memorial divine service followed by coffee and tea
  • 05:00 pm Individual journey home / departure to Innsbruck


* Mrs. Nabeela Al Mulla
Political scientist (BA), MA in International Relations, former Kuwaiti ambassador to many Latin American, African and European countries, including Austria; first female ambassador from the United Arab Emirates, nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, long-term supporter of SOS Children's Villages

* Mrs. Afifa Arsanios
Studied law, held numerous diplomatic positions in international organizations, including the UN and World Bank, General Assembly, Educational Counselor with a focus on improving education for women and safeguarding women's human rights, President of SOS Children's Village Lebanon

* Mrs. Katharina Ebel
High school diploma in communication design, journalist and PR specialist, trained security consultant, one of her focuses crisis communication, project consultant for SOS Children's Villages in the crisis areas of the Middle East, current operational area Iraq

Mr. Christian Kayed
Study of philosophy and German studies, certified tour guides, story guides, guided tours, lectures, fairy tales, seminars on narrative techniques, developed a theme city tour on the subject, The roots of the SOS Children's Village in the city of Innsbruck '

Thank you for joining us!

Further Hermann Gmeiner Days

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For more information please contact:

Dr. Christian Honold
+43 512 3316 5682