To become a leader in impact-oriented research and engagement focused on empowering people locally to achieve peace globally.


At TRENDS Global, our mission is built upon our core values: we listen before we speak, we assess before we provide, and we collaborate to succeed. TRENDS Global promotes needs-sensitive engagement to develop community-based solutions.


Areas of expertise:
Conflict Management, Peace and Security Studies, Civil-Military Relations, Social Identity Research, Case Writing and Simulation Development

Volker Franke, PhD Chairman & Founder

Volker is a Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University and the founding director of the PhD program in International Conflict Management. He holds a PhD in political science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from NC State University and a MA in political science and sociology from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Volker has published widely in the areas of peace and conflict studies, national and international security, development policy and civil-military relations and has extensive grant writing and program management experience, including the implementation and supervision of government and foundation funded research and training projects, conferences, workshops, and exhibitions.

Areas of expertise:
Community Engaged Research & Practice
Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding
Refugee Resettlement, Diversity, Marginalization

Birthe C. Reimers, PhD Director of Community Peacebuilding

Birthe is a graduate of the International Conflict Management PhD program at Kennesaw State University. She holds a M.A. in African American Studies (concentration: Psychology) from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Education, English, and French from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Birthe is a certified community and family mediator and has served as an adjunct instructor at Kennesaw State University. Her interests and experience include conflict transformation, peacebuilding, refugee resettlement, diversity, and marginalization. Birthe has published and presented in national and international journals and conferences on topics such as using Photovoice as a constructive conflict engagement strategy, overcoming ethnic hatred, post-conflict social identity reconstruction, and the interconnectedness of community engaged scholarship, practice, and pedagogy.

Areas of expertise:
Technology Development
International Negotiation & Mediation
Global Business Development

Graham Gintz, MSCMDirector of Marketing & Development

Graham is a social entrepreneur focused on developing ideas and products that serve to responsibly resolve today's global conflicts. As the holder of five US patents, he has spent the majority of his life innovating and growing socially impactful businesses. Having earned his MS in Conflict Management (concentration: international mediation) from Kennesaw State University and a BS in Business Administration (concentration: Entrepreneurship) from the University of Texas-Dallas, Graham brings a combined understanding of business and social responsibility to the TRENDS Global team.

Amanda GuideroResearch Associate

Amanda is a Research Associate at TRENDS Global and the inaugural Fellow of Conflict Engagement at The Werner Institute at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Amanda holds a PhD in International Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a MS in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and a BA in International Studies, from Southern Oregon University. Her research focuses on civil society organizations, and specifically humanitarian security practices. She is also a licensed mediator in the state of Oregon and has conducted research on bi-communal peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts in Cyprus and has experience as a grant writer and program evaluator.

Gunawork WondimnehCommunications Intern

Gunawork is a communications and community outreach intern working with Birthe on TRENDS' Clarkston projects. As a native Ethiopian who moved to the US at the age of 9, she is a natural cross-cultural ambassador. As of 2016, Gunawork is a sophomore at Georgia State University, double-majoring in Marketing and Computer Information Systems and an active member of the GSU and Clarkston communities.

The Atlanta Team

From left to right: Nicole Newton (Project Development Coordinator), David Bansah (GOAL Project Coordinator), Lina Tuschling (Grants & Special Projects Coordinator), Kate Dowd (Research Assistant)

TRENDS Global Headquarters

With a special thanks to Goethe-Zentrum/German Cultural Center of Atlanta, we are pleased to announce that our headquarters are located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta at the historic Colony Square.

As we continue to expand and grow, we hope to expand our offices and build a center of excellence for resolving conflict through research and engagement.

Atlanta, USA

TRENDS Global Headquarters
1197 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30361
United States

Telephone: +1.(404) 865-1309