Bianca Pointner was born in Austria to an Austrian mother and an Indian father. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Art and Design from the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg. She continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Germany until 2017. She was introduced to nonviolent communication and restorative practices in 2011, and in 2016 attended a one-year intensive training to become a certified Transformational Coach through the US-based “Leadership That Works” Program. She has been involved as a trainer and artist in jail projects in both Germany and India and transitioned into self-employment as a trainer serving/empowering individuals around gender inequality, grief and belonging. In 2017, she moved to Rochester and joined the Gandhi Institute in October 2018. Bianca now serves as a community trainer, facilitating restorative conversations and offerings around conflict resolution, grief, anger, and nonviolence. Currently she is participating in a certification process to become a Kingian nonviolence trainer.
Bianca feels passionate about traveling to her many homes, merging art and nonviolent/restorative/transformative principles as well as exploring the importance of home and belonging within a biracial context