Livia Gerster is from Germany, studied the Middle East and Arabic at the University of Leipzig, and Cádiz (Spain). She specialized in economic and social geography of the Middle East and wrote her thesis about rural Morocco. After graduating, Livia worked in Abu Dhabi as a teacher and did a journalistic internship in Paris. She is currently focusing on the Arab world for her MA. Livia views the Global History program as a great chance to learn and study from a different perspective and as an opportunity to exchange ideas and encourage international understanding.