born in Hamburg, holds an academic degree for Feminist Education and Politics (Rosa-Mayreder-College, Vienna). From 1986 until 1988 she was the assistent of director Egon Bahr at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Hamburg University. In 1989 she collaborated with Günther Bächler to establish the Swiss Peace Foundation (swisspeace) in Bern. Working there until 2003, she was particularly concerned with the thematic focus „Women in Peace Processes“. From 1988 until 1999 she deepened her knowledge in „Constructive Conflict Management and Mediation“ at the Berghof Center for Constructive Conflict Management, Berlin and the Swiss Red Cross). From 2003 until 2005 she directed projects of the initiative „1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005“ and coordinated it’s activities in Western Europe. From 2006 until 2012 she was programme director at PWAG „Peacewomen Across the Globe“ at their international office in Bern and coordinator of the thematic focus „Ecology and Livelihood“. 2014 she established the association „Fuge für Gender und Nachhaltigkeit“ (Fugue for Gender and Sustainability) in Bern. Maren is member of the board of "Momavlis Mitsa" (Future Earth), a Georgian society for community evelopment and organic agriculture in the Caucasus. In fall 2015 she returned to Switzerland after a longer stay in Georgia.