DOMINIK LEHNERT was born in Riedlingen, Germany in 1977. After graduating from school and completing his alternative service in a German hospital, he studied aero engineering. Only two semesters passed, he felt the strong desire to work in a rather ‘human field’ again.
Consequently he volunteered for a one-year service with DAPP in Denmark/ Zambia, where he got his first insight working in the ‘development’ sector and the importance of information and communication, in this particular case, related to health and environmental issues.
Back to Germany, this experience brought him back to university, studying Business Administration, Journalism and Public Relations, which he successfully completed in October 2003. During his studies, up to the summer 2005 he worked as a PR Trainee, later as Account Executive on various clients, such as BMW, Burton Snowboards and SEZ.
In summer 2005, he felt experienced enough to take up the challenge to work for AAH-I South Sudan Programme, establishing a project consolidating peace by Information & Communication tools and techniques. The need to learn more about peace by peaceful means brought him to EPU in September 2008, where he graduated in September 2009 with a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies.
In December 2008, he founded Xchange Perspectives, an organization that is carrying out projects in different parts of the world under the directing line of Media for Peace. Dominik Lehnert, Founder and Director of Xchange Perspectives is very keen on seeing the message of peace spread in an informed and aware manner, through the active collaboration with both the people benefiting from these projects, and other organizations dedicated to peace and positive social change.