Annabelle Böttcher is part-time professor at the Center for Middle East Studies at SDU. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Freiburg University and a Habilitation in Islamic Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin. She spend extensive periods researching in the Middle East and held positions or was affiliated with the Institut Français d’Études Arabes de Damas in Damascus, Orient Institute Beirut, Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Harvard University, Universität Wien, and Freie Universität Berlin.
From 2005 to 2015 she worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a delegate and advisor on humanitarian access in war and conflicts zones, such as Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Bangladesh, Niger, Syria, Lebanon, Switzerland and Turkey. As such she managed various aspects of health needs and health infrastructure.
Currently she is funded by SDU’s Welfare Innovation Fund to work on cultural negotiation processes by Muslim migrant patients in the Danish health care system. Since 2015, she is also expanding a Danish-German cooperation on patient diversity management with the Charité University Hospital in Berlin. She was appointed a fellow sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foundation in the 2018-2019 cohort of the SCIANA – The Health Leaders Network - and is part of an international expert group on disruptive innovation in health care.