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Members of the Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

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Daniela Braun
Born in 1987, based in Berlin
Associate Fellow, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)


  • Previously: Fox Fellow 2016/17, Yale University
  • Program Officer, ‘Berlin Future Forum’, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
  • M.A. Political Science, Otto Suhr Institute, Free University (FU) Berlin
  • B.A. Political and Social Sciences, Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Bonn
  • Academic stays in Warsaw and Washington D.C.
  • Selected Internships: Research Assistant, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford; Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House of Representatives, U.S. Congress; Environmental Policy Research Centre, Free University Berlin
  • Student assistant in the planning group of the CDU parliamentary group at the German Bundestag
  • Memberships and affiliations: Berlin Working Group for Security Policy, Young Transatlantic Initiative, Women in International Security (WIIS)
  • Scholarships: received merit-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, scholarship from the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia for outstanding achievements in the Political and Social Sciences, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Promos Scholarship (research stay abroad)
  • Areas of expertise: Global health security, infectious diseases as threats to national security, Security and defense policy (Germany and USA), transatlantic relations


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Aurélie Domisse
Born in 1991, based in Berlin
Desk Officer, Division OR09, Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Federal Foreign Office


  • Previously: Research Associate, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
  • Dual Master’s Degree (M.A.) in International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris und in Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin
  • Carlo Schmid Fellow with NATO’s Policy Planning Unit at the Headquarters in Brussels
  • Visiting student at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College)
  • Visiting student at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College)
  • B.A. in Political Science, Law and Economics at Sciences Po Paris
  • Professional experience with Roland Berger GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, UNESCO, the German Foreign Office and the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science
  • Areas of expertise: international security, critical security studies, conflict management and crisis preventionAsia


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Sophie Eisentraut
Born in 1986, based in Berlin
Policy Advisor at the Munich Security Conference


  • Previously: Transatlantic Post-Doc Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)
  • Research fellow of the research unit ‘Global Governance’ at WZB Berlin Social Science Center
  • PhD: Talking global democracy. The democratic narrative in the reform debates of international organizations (Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies; research stay at Cornell University)
  • M.A. in International Relations at Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität Potsdam; exchange semester in Madrid
  • B.A. in Political Science and Sociology at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
  • Research assistantships and internships at the German Bundestag, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canberra, Department for International Cooperation at Konrad Adenauer Foundation, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, and Freie Universität Berlin
  • Areas of interest: contestation and reform of international organizations, rising powers, global democracy


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Ulrike Esther Franke
Born in 1987, based in London
PhD candidate in International Relations
Policy Fellow at European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)


  • Previously: Research Assistant to the Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
  • PhD thesis on the military implications of the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) by western armed forces; since October 2012, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
  • Research assistant to the Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Mark Leonard. Work on European Foreign Policy, British Referendum, Geoeconomics
  • MA in International Security, Sciences Po Paris and University of St. Gallen
  • BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Sciences Po Paris and University of St. Andrews
  • Scholarships: received merit-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, PhD scholar of the Foundation of German Business
  • Publications in Parameters, Comparative Strategy, International Politik and others
  • 2013/2014 Managing Editor of STAIR, Oxford’s peer-reviewed academic journal on global affairs
  • Member of Ben Emmerson’s research team, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights, contribution on the report on the use of drones and other forms of targeted killing
  • Internships: IISS London, German Embassy in Washington D.C., CSTPV St. Andrews and others
  • Various research assistant positions at the Universities of Oxford and St. Gallen
  • Areas of expertise: UAVs/drones, revolutions in military affairs, German foreign and security policy, European security policy, terrorism and counterterrorism, British Referendum, Geoeconomics and Sanctions


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Ludwig Jung
Born in 1988, based in Berlin/Abuja
Foreign Service Officer, German Federal Foreign Office

  • Former Mercator-Fellow/Consultant at the Development Research Group (DECIE) of the World Bank in Washington DC. Fellow of the Atlantic Council’s “U.S.-German Next Generation Project”;
  • M.Sc. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service;
  • B.A. in Economics and Philosophy at the University of Bayreuth, exchange semesters in Seoul and Istanbul. Additional B.A. in political science from the University of Hagen;
  • Research assistantships and internships at the Policy Planning Unit of the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Embassy in Dhaka, the South-East-Asia department of the German Ministry for Development and Economic Cooperation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution and the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation’s Korea Office;
  • Alumnus of the Fulbright-Program, the German Academic Exchange Service’s USA-Program (DAAD), Mercator Foundation, and the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung).
  • Areas of interest: international drug control regimes, international political economy, transatlantic security relations, and development policy


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Anna-Lena Kirch
Born in 1986, based in Berlin
Research Fellow, DGAP

  • Research Assistant, Europe Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
  • PhD candidate, thesis on ‘Sub-Regional Cooperation in the EU: The Visegrád-Group and the Nordic Councils’ (working title)
  • Research Assistant, Research Division ‚EU Integration‘, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP, German Institute for International and Security Affairs)
  • Magister Studies of Political Science and Communications, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
  • Research Assistant to the section ‚Politics and Economy‘, Department of Political Science, University of Mainz
  • Teaching of the undergraduate course ‘Introduction to scientific working methods’, University of Mainz
  • Several internships: e. g. with French MEP Sylvie Goulard at the European Parliament in Brussels (ALDE group, ECON committee), at the Goethe Institute in Glasgow (cultural programme), journalistic traineeships
  • Areas of expertise: European integration, EU institutions, EU Governance, Eastern Partnership, Southern Europe, Visegrád-Group


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Hanns Koenig
Born in 1989, based in Oxford/Berlin
Associate, Commissioned Projects at Aurora Energy Research

  • Previously: Executive Assistant to Prof Roland Berger, Founder and Honorary Chairman of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
  • Internships and work experience i.a. at the International Energy Forum, the Boston Consulting Group, Oxford Analytica and the German Foreign Office
  • Studies of International Relations and Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna and Washington, DC, and of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford
  • Received merit-based scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and the Haniel Foundation. Named “Junior Ambassador” at the Munich Security Conference 2013. Served on the Advisory Council of SAIS Europe in Bologna from 2013 to 2016
  • Affiliations include United Europe and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
  • Areas of expertise: energy policy and economics, energy supply security, German and European energy policy, industrial policy


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Jakob Kullik
Born in 1988, based in Chemnitz
Research Associate and Lecturer, International Relations, Chemnitz University of Technology

  • PhD candidate, "Resource Policy and Supply Security of Germany and the European Union with Critical Mineral Resources“
  • Visiting scientist at Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology
  • Scholar of the Foundation of the German Economy (sdw)
  • Received merit-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • Affiliations: „dialog e.V. – Association of German and Russian Economists“
  • B.A. European Studies (Chemnitz/Germany), M.A. Political Science (Chemnitz, Tomsk/Russia)
  • Publications: Book: „Vernetzte (Un-)Sicherheit? Eine politisch-rechtliche Analyse der deutschen Cybersicherheitspolitik“, Verlag Dr. Kovač, (2014), Article: „Konflikt oder Kooperation? Die Arktis als potenzielle Ressourcen-Region“ (2012), if - Zeitschrift für Innere Führung der Bundeswehr
  • Areas of expertise: Foreign and Security Policy of Germany and Russia, Geopolitics, German and European Resource Policy (focus: mineral/metallic resources), IT and Cyber Security Policy


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Aylin Matlé
Born in 1989, based in Berlin
PhD candidate and lectureship at the Chair of International Relations and European Politics at the Martin-Luther-University in Halle-Wittenberg

  • Previously: Academic Assistant at the Chair of International Relations and European Politics at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg
  • M.A. in War Studies at King’s College London
  • B.A. in Public Management and Governance at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen
  • Student assistant in the team „Political Dialogue and Analysis” at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • Selected internships: Team „Political Dialogue and Analysis” at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin; Konrad Adenauer Foundation, London
  • Areas of expertise: NATO, transatlantic relations, security and defense policy (especially Germany and US), Near and Middle East (Mideast conflict and US interests in particular)
  • Memberships: Women in International Security, Youth Atlantic Treaty Association
  • Scholarships: Manfred-Wörner-scholarship for security studies, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.


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Alexander Möckesch
Born in 1986, based in Berlin
Political Advisor, Dr. Johann Wadephul, MP, Deputy Chairman of the CSU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag for Foreign Affairs, Defence Policy


  • MA in Middle Eastern Studies (focus on Political Science and Security Studies), Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), University of Marburg
  • BA in Oriental Studies, Modern and Contemporary History, University of Tübingen
  • Internship at the German Foreign Office, Berlin – Middle East Division
  • Internship at the State Office of Criminal Investigation, Baden Württemberg – Islamism and Islamist Terrorism Division
  • Working experience in Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Iraq
  • Areas of expertise: Security politics in the Near and Middle East, international relations towards the Middle East, German Near and Middle East policy, jihadism, terrorism
  • Publications: Articles on MENA regional politics at www.alsharq.de
  • Member of Young DGAP at the German Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member of the Association of Parliamentary Staffers on Foreign and Security Policy


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Dr. Dorothee Niebuhr
Born in 1988, Munich area
Digitalisation Office, Technical Development, Audi


  • 2016-2018 Online Business Travel Industry: Customer Intelligence (global role at the of interface strategy/data science and analytics) and Sales Strategy & Steering (regional role (Northwestern Europe) at the interface of strategy/sales), HRS
  • 2013-2015 PhD in Economic Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt; Member of the KAS Graduate School “Social Market Economy”
  • 2008-2016 Internships at McKinsey, UNESCO (Paris), German Development Institution (GIZ, Ghana and Peru), Permanent Representation Office for Hesse (Berlin)2008-2011 Postgraduate studies in European Migrations, University of Mainz, Germany
  • 2007-2012 Trinational study program with French and German Master degrees in Geography, Romance Philology and International Relations in Germany (Mainz), France (Dijon) and Canada (Lennoxville)
  • Honours and achievements: Member of the German advisory board of all KAS scholarship holders (representation of interests of 3500 scholarship holders) and alumna of the KAS program for International Politics and Economics
  • Scholarships: KAS, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Deutsch Französische Hochschule (DFH), Conseil de Bourgogne, Cusanus and German National Academic Foundation
  • Areas of expertise: Development Politics, International Economic Politics, European Integration, France, Latin America, West Africa


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Dr. Antje Nötzold
Born in 1982, based in Chemnitz
Research Associate and Lecturer, International Relations, Chemnitz University of Technology


  • 2007 – 2010: PhD candidate and lecturer at the institute for Political Science, Chemnitz University of Technology
  • PhD topic: European energy supply security and challenges posed by the energy policy of the People’s Republic of China
  • 2006-2007: Researcher for the e-Learning project PRO-eL, Chemnitz University of Technology
  • Studies of Political Science and Business Administration, Chemnitz University of Technology and Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)
  • Member of the Expert Advisory Group “European and South Mediterranean Actors – Partners in Conflict Prevention and Resolution” of the KAS Regional Program Near East/Mediterranean, alumna of the KAS vocational seminars for International Politics and Economics (2004-2005), alumna of the Manfred-Wörner Seminar for German-American relations as well as residential research fellow am American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), John-Hopkins-University, Washington D.C. (2013)
  • Publications: books ("Die Energiepolitik der EU und der VR China“ 2011, “Europäische Versorgungssicherheit mit Erdöl und Erdgas“ 2007), articles in various academic journals and online publications
  • Speaker at various scholarly conferences and lecturer for Political Education in Germany and abroad
  • Areas of expertise: resource politics, European and Chinese energy policies, nuclear proliferation, security politics in the Near and Middle East, Middle East Conflict, European Neighbourhood Policy


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Franziska Petri
Born in 1993, based in Heidelberg
Master Student, Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University


  • Bachelor and Master studies of Political Science, Pschology and Sociology at Heidelberg University, study abroad periods at Sciences Po Paris and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Research Assistant and Tutor at the Chair for International Relations and Foreign Policy at the Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University; Research Associate at the Leuven International and European Studies (LINES) Institute at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
  • Internships i.a. at Heidelberg Alumni France (Paris), Secretariat of the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the German Bundestag, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP Berlin)
  • Scientific publications i.a. Schünemann/Petri „Euroskeptiker in der Referendumsoffensive. Das Brexit-Referendum und die neue Bedeutung offensiver Misstrauensreferenden für den Europäischen Integrationsprozess“ (integration 2/2017)
  • Memberships: Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration e.V., „Alternative Europa!“/Junges Europawissenschaftliches Netzwerk, Forum für Internationale Sicherheit Heidelberg e.V.
  • Focus areas: European integration, European Foreign and Security Policy, EU Climate Diplomacy, EU Enlargement EU-Russia-relations, Western Balkans


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Christian E. Rieck
Born in 1978, based in Berlin and Brussels
Senior Analyst for Regional Powers and Regional Integration at the Global Governance Institute (GGI) in Brussels, and lecturer for Foreign Policy and Contemporary History at Humboldt-Universität Berlin


  • Lecturer in Contemporary History and International Relations at Free University Brussels and Humboldt University Berlin
  • Previous research positions: Leibniz-Institute for Global and Regional Studies GIGA, Hamburg; Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin; United Nations in Mexico City, as Carlo-Schmid-Fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung)
  • MSc. in Latin American Studies at the University of Oxford, undergraduate studies of Law, Economics and Politics at the Universities of Bayreuth, Seville and Berlin, further studies and research stays in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Florence, Venice, Athens, Paris, Vienna, and Jerusalem
  • Various publications in Internationale Politik, American Foreign Policy Interest, DIE ZEIT, and others; commentator for different language editions of DEUTSCHE WELLE
  • Internships: European Parliament Brussels, German Embassy Prague, Chamber of Commerce in Montevideo and the KAS offices in Hanoi and Manila
  • Received merit-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • Areas of expertise: regional powers and challenger states, foreign policy strategies of emerging powers, supranational federalism, comparative regional integration, varieties of democracy; regionally: BRICS, Latin America, New Left and competing regional integration schemes, German foreign policy


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Carl-Philipp Sassenrath
born in 1990, based in Berlin
Junior lawyer, Court of Appeal


  • Previously: Researcher, Department of Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law including Public Law in an International Context, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Currently PhD candidat at the Institute of Public International Law of the University of Bonn, working on a thesis on German state practice on the use of force in international law since 1990; PhD scholarship Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • Previously law studies at Universities Heidelberg and Münster, first state examination 2014 at Higher Regional Court in Hamm; East European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin; additional training in journalism and law (Münster); International Baccalaureate in England
  • Internships at the German Parliament and international law firms; participation in conferences inter alia in Italy, Poland, Russia, Turkey, UK
  • Several Publications, amongst others a comprehensive study for the European Parliament: „The Investment Chapters of the EU’s International Trade and Investment Agreements in a Comparative Perspective“
  • Dep. Speaker of Young DGAP at the German Council on Foreign Relations and Editor at CIVIS mit Sonde
  • Research areas: International Peace and Security Law, European Law, International Economic Law, German Foreign and Security Policy, German Constitutional Law


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Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja
Born in 1985, based in Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Academic coordinator and tutor, M.A. International Security Studies-program, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and Bundeswehr University Munich.


  • PhD candidate in International Relations, Bundeswehr University Munich (The impact of alliance frameworks on the effectiveness of coalition operations); PhD-scholarship by the Hanns-Seidl-Stiftung.
  • Previously: NATO Defense College, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, Washington D.C.), Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV, St Andrews) and George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
  • Master of Letters (MLitt) in International Security Studies, University of St Andrews (UK), BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Free University Bozen
  • Lecturer at NATO School Oberammergau and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
  • Publications amongst others for the NATO Defense College, the National Intelligence Council (NIC) and in academic journals.
  • Areas of expertise: transatlantic relations, U.S. and German security and defense policy, NATO, security cooperation, armament policies and cooperation, piracy, energy security


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Jacob Schrot
Born in 1990, based in Berlin
Chief of Staff, Office of Dr. Stephan Harbarth MP, Deputy-Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag, and Chief of Staff, Office of Dr. Dietlind Tiemann MP

  • M.A. TransAtlantic Masters Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Humboldt-Universität Berlin and Free University Berlin
  • B.A. Political Science at Technical University Dresden and American University in Washington, DC
  • Since 2017: Chief of Staff, Office of Dr. Stephan Harbarth MP, Deputy-Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag, and Chief of Staff, Office of Dr. Dietlind Tiemann MP
  • Since December 2016: Chairman of the Association of Parliamentary Staffers on Foreign and Security Policy
  • 2015 - 2017: Policy Adviser to Prof. Dr. Patrick Sensburg MP, Chairman of the Intelligence Inquiry Committee, German Bundestag
  • 2013-2015: President of the Federation of German-American Clubs
  • Since 2011: Founder, since 2015 Honorary Chairman of the Initiative junger Transatlantiker / Young Transatlantic Initiative
  • 2010-2012: Staffer of the State Parliament of Saxony
  • 2009: Volunteer at the Mengo Mengo Senior School Kampala and the refugee camp Gulu
  • 2009: Winner of the ZDF German Television Program “Ich kann Kanzler”
  • 2008: Winner of the Freya-von-Moltke-Foundation’s German-Polish essay competition “Your Vision for Europe”
  • Member of the Körber Network Foreign Policy
  • Alumnus of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Scholarship
  • Alumnus of the Aspen Security Forum Scholarship
  • Alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program hosted by the U.S. Department of State
  • Alumnus of the Manfred-Wörner-Seminar hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Defense (Class of 2017)
  • Alumnus of the German-French Young Leaders Conference (Class of 2017)
  • Alumnus of the Aspen Institute Bundestag and Congress Staffers Exchange Program (Class of 2017)
  • Listed as “The Future Belongs to These 100 Germans” (BILD) and “Young Talents: The List of 100” (DIE ZEIT)
  • Various publications on trade policy, security affairs, and transatlantic relations
  • Areas of expertise: transatlantic relations, German and U.S. foreign and security policy, intelligence cooperation, trade policy


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Patrick Schünemann
Born in 1987, based in Berlin
Political Advisor, Gunther Krichbaum, MP, Chairman of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union

  • MA in Security- and Conflict Studies, University of Sussex
  • BA in Political Science and Public Administration, Universität Potsdam/ Université Montpellier 1
  • After the studies, work as a Trainee in the Directorate-General for Enlargement of the European Commission in Brussels and as an intern in the office of the Political Advisor at NATO’s ACT in Norfolk, Virginia, USA
  • During the studies, internships in several Think Tanks in Berlin and Brussels and at the German Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia
  • After High School, German civilian service in an organization for people with disabilities in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Former scholarship holder, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Alumnus of the "Bundestag and U.S. Congress Staffers Exchange Program" of the Aspen Institute
  • Guest lecturer for EU-seminars at the Federal Academy of Public Administration
  • Areas of expertise: Western Balkans, EU-Enlargement, Eastern Partnership, EU-Institutions, NATO, Russia


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Christopher Sieler
Born in 1984, based in Berlin
Consultant, Deekeling Arndt Advisors

  • Political Advisor, Thomas Silberhorn, MP
  • PhD candidate at the Chemnitz University of Technology (topic: relations between the People’s Republic of China and NATO)
  • Regional Studies East Asia (focus on Political Science and China) the University of Duisburg-Essen and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
  • Received merit-based scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and PhD studies from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • Internships in the German Foreign Office in Berlin and elsewhere
  • Research stay at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, China
  • Member (2010-2012) of the KAS seminar “Comprehensive Security”
  • 2010-2011: Communication consultancy Deekling Arndt Advisors, Düsseldorf
  • Areas of expertise: international relations, China’s foreign and security policy, North Korea conflict, security architecture in East and Southeast Asia, maritime disputes in the South China Sea


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Franziska Stahl
Born in 1986, based in Bamako 
Head of Unit, EU Mission EUCAP Sahel Mali, Bamako


  • Previously: Public Governance Specialist, Basel Institute of Governance
  • Program Coordinator, Institute for Foreign Relations, Stuttgart
  • Project Officer, Council of Europe, Strasbourg
  • Research Fellow, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Geneva
  • MA in International Affairs (focus: security and conflict management), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) Geneva
  • BA in Political Science, Intercultural Studies and Spanish, University of Regensburg and Universidad Pablo de Olavide Sevilla, Spain
  • Study, work and research stays in Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bhutan, Djibouti, France, Kenya, Moldova, Switzerland, Spain, Senegal, Somaliland, Turkey and others
  • Selected internships: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, OSCE in Vienna, KAS Rule of Law Program for Sub-Sahara Africa Nairobi, German Embassy in Nairobi, German Parliament, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
  • Member of the Cologne Forum for International Relations and Security Policy (KFIBS), received merit-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Carlo-Schmid-Program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), alumna of the KAS Vocational Seminar for International Politics and Economics (2009-2010), Chair of the Alumni-network of the vocational seminar “KollinA”
  • Areas of expertise: conflict transformation and democratic transitions, international development, governance, human security, corruption, human rights, rule of law, terrorism, non-state actors, regional focus: Middle and Eastern Europe, MENA, Sub-Sahara Africa


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Lisa Marie Ullrich
Born in 1990, based in Berlin
Head of the Chairman's Office, Munich Security Conference


  • Master of Public Policy at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and Georgetown University in Washington, DC
  • B.A. International Relations at Technical University Dresden and Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
  • Since May 2017: Special Assistant and Strategic Advisor to the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger
  • Previously: Policy Advisor and Communications Manager at Munich Security Conference Foundation
  • Member of the Körber Network Foreign Policy and Women in International Security e.V. (WIIS)
  • Received merit-based scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
  • Alumna of the Carlo-Schmid-Program (jointly run by the German Academic Exchange Service and the German National Academic Foundation) and the ASA program (run by Engagement Global on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • Selected Internships: UNICEF Headquarters, New York; UNICEF MENA Regional Office, Amman; German Federal Foreign Office (Division 311, Middle East and Gulf region), Berlin; Regional Program Gulf States of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Abu Dhabi; Save The Children, Ramallah
  • Areas of expertise: German and European foreign policy, transatlantic relations, security policy in the Near and Middle East, terrorism and political violence


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Dr. Julian Voje
Born in 1981, based in Berlin
Political Advisor, Dr. Andreas Nick, MP, Foreign Affairs Committee, Digital Agenda Committee of the German Bundestag

  • PhD in Bonn (Topic: Afghanistan’s geostrategic significance for America, continuity and change from 1979-2008)
  • Research stay at the University of Texas, Austin
  • Studies (Magister Artium) in Political Science, Economics and Modern History at Bonn University and the Universidad Léon, Spain
  • Co-founder and member of the editorial team of the security policy journal “International Magazine for Security”, including various publications, interviews and background discussions
  • Areas of expertise: security policy, geopolitics, Afghanistan, US-American foreign policy, transatlantic relations


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Judith Weiß
Born in 1991, based in Frankfurt
Fellow, McKinsey&Company

  • Financial Stability Department - International monetary affairs, Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Associate Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations
  • Master of Public Policy (MPP), Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
  • Bachelor of Arts Honors in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), University of York (UK)
  • Selected internships and research positions: Economics Department of the German Embassy in Washington D.C., Foreign Policy Team of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • Academic stays in the US and at the National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Scholarships: Received merit-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Alumna of ASSIST
  • Areas of expertise: international macroeconomics (international finance, trade, exchange rate regimes), international political economy, East Asia (esp. China, China-EU and Sino-German relations), Southeast Asia (esp. Singapore), G7, G20, IMF


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Dr. Ingmar Zielke
Born in 1985, based in Berlin
Policy Analyst at Federation of German Security and Defence Industries


  • Advisor to Roderich Kiesewetter, MP, Representative of the CDU/CSU in Foreign Policy Committee of Bundestag
  • PhD at War Studies Department, King's College London,"The impact of US Ballistic Missile Defence on post-Cold War US-Russian relations“
  • Masters at the University of Edinburgh and the Free University of Berlin
  • Research interests in nuclear disarmament, NATO-Russian relations, European defence industries. 

Contact

Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Dr. Patrick Keller