Members of the Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

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Dr. Sophie Eisentraut

Born in 1986, based in Berlin

Senior 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


Policy Fellow at European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Policy Affiliate at Governance of AI programme, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford
Part of the “Sicherheitshalber” podcast team, the German-language podcast on security and defence.

 
  • PhD (DPhil) in politics and international relations, University of Oxford, “The Unmanned Revolution. How Drones Revolutionise Warfare”. Awarded with the John McCain Dissertation Award, Munich Security Conference, 2019.
  • 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 War on the Rocks, Parameters, Comparative Strategy, International Politik and others
  •  Areas of expertise: UAVs/drones, Artificial Intelligence, revolutions in military affairs, new technologies in warfare, German foreign and security policy, European security policy.

 

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Jan Fuhrmann

Born in 1991, based in Berlin

Parliamentary Advisor at the Office of Dr. Andreas Nick MdB, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Head of the German Delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

  • Master of Arts in Political Science from Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • Student employments and internships at NATO Allied Command Transformation, KfW Development Bank, Fraport AG, and “loyal” (security policy journal)
  • Student Research Assistant at the Chair for German and European Foreign Policy (Prof. Dr. Gunther Hellmann) and the Chair for International Relations and Theories of World Order (Prof. Dr. Reinhard Wolf) at Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • Federal Chairman of the Academic Association for Security Studies (BSH), 2015-2017
  • Alumnus of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s scholarship program
  • Publications in „Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (ZfAS)“, „loyal-Magazin für Sicherheitspolitik as well as research papers for the Federal Academy for Security Policy, and Aspen Institute Germany
  • Areas of work: German foreign, security, and defense policy; security strategy; development cooperation; Latin America; Turkey; transatlantic relations; Eastern Europe, Russia
 
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Ludwig Jung

Born in 1988, based in Berlin/Bamako

Foreign Service Officer, German Federal Foreign Office

Currently: Political/Economic Officer German Embassy Bamako, Mali.

Previously: Press and Political Officer German Embassy Abuja, Nigeria;

  • 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; M.A. Philosophy at University of Hagen;
  • 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, security policy in the Sahel region and West-/Central Africa
 
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Anna-Lena Kirch

Born in 1986, based in Berlin

Research Associate, Centre for International Security Policy, Hertie School of Governance

  • Previously: 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

Head of Commissioned Projects, Central Europe 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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Paruvana Fiona Ludszuweit

Born in 1986, based in Berlin

Head of Department European Affairs / Security and Defence Policy, The Economic Council Germany

  • Previously: Program Manager, Atlantik-Brücke e.V.
  • M.A. Political Science, Georg-August-University Goettingen
  • B.A. North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University (FU) Berlin
  • Visiting Student at the University of Arizona (School of Government and Public Policy)
  • Visiting Student at Aarhus University (Department of Political Science and Government)
  • Research assistantships and internships at the Institute for Democracy Research Goettingen, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
  • 2011/2012: Member of the Editorial Board, Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL)
  • Areas of expertise: European Economic and Industrial Policy, European Security and Defence Policy, German-French Economic Relations, Negotiations on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

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Aylin Matlé

Born in 1989, based in Jerusalem

Deputy Head of Israel Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

  • PhD candidate at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Previously: Academic Assistant at the Chair of International Relations and European Politics at 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-Stiftung e.V. in Berlin
  • Selected internships: Team „Political Dialogue and Analysis” at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. in Berlin and 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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Benedikt Meng

Born in 1991, based in Berlin

Senior Consultant at BwConsulting, Inhouse Consultancy of the Federal Ministry of Defense

  • Army Reserve Officer, Federal Armed Forces
  • Master of Public Policy at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and Georgetown University (Washington DC)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Culture and Economy at the University of Mannheim
  • Previously: Enlisted soldier (2 years), Federal Armed Forces
  • Selected employment: Office for Governmental Affairs at Allianz Germany (Berlin), European Office of the Association of the German Chemical Industry (Brussels), Israel Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (Jerusalem), European Parliament (Brussels/Strasbourg)
  • Memberships (i.a.): Young Transatlantic Initiative, Young Initiative Group (“IKZ”) of the German Association of Defense Technology, Federal Association of the Armed Forces Reserve
  • Publications (i.a.): “Rethinking US Missile Defense in Times of Diplomatic Madness”, Georgetown Security Studies Review (2017)
  • Areas of expertise: European defense policy, Aspects of territorial and collective defense (esp. missile defense and A2/AD scenarios), Armament policy and defense industry cooperation, Concepts in military strategy
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Dr. Dorothee Niebuhr

Munich area

Strategy & Transformation, Technical Development, AUDI AG

  • Strategy & Analytics/Business Intelligence, Sales Strategy & Steering in e-commerce industry
  • PhD in Economic Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Internships: McKinsey, UNESCO Paris, German Development Institution GIZ (Ghana and Peru), Permanent Representation Office for Hesse (Berlin)
  • Postgraduate studies in European Migrations, University of Mainz, Germany
  • German and French Master degrees in Geography, French and International Relations at universities in Germany (Mainz), France (Dijon) and Canada (Lennoxville)
  • Honours and achievements: former member of German advisory board of KAS scholarship holders (representation of interests of 3500 scholarship holders), alumna of KAS program for International Politics and Economics
  • Scholarships: Alumna of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 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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Alexandra Paulus

Born in 1990, based in Berlin

Non-Resident Fellow International Cybersecurity Policy, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, and PhD candidate in International Relations, Chemnitz University of Technology

 

  • Previously: Deputy Head, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Brazil Office, Rio de Janeiro
  • PhD thesis on the relation between cybersecurity norms construction and regional power status, Chair for International Politics, Chemnitz University of Technology
  • MA Governance & Public Policy, Passau University
  • BSc Business Administration, Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences
  • Visiting student at Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Visiting student at Universidad de Almería, Spain
  • Scholarships: received merit-based scholarships for graduate and PhD studies from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Promos Scholarship (research stay abroad), Chemnitz University of Technology Fund for Female Scholars (conference participation abroad), Nordmetall valedictorian’s award for undergraduate studies
  • International Management Trainee at Olympus Europe, Hamburg (dual studies system)
  • Selected Internships: German Bundestag, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Chile Office, different Latin American NGOs
  • Areas of expertise: Cybersecurity policy and norms, regional powers, international development cooperation, Latin America (particularly Brazil), Turkey
 
 
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Franziska Petri

Born in 1993, based in Brussels

PhD Researcher in International Relations/European Studies, Leuven International and European Studies, KU Leuven

  • Doctoral fellowship of the Flanders Research Foundation (FWO), 2019-2023
  • B.A. Political Science and Psychology, Heidelberg University and Science Po Paris
  • M.A. Political Science/IR and Sociology, Heidelberg University and KU Leuven
  • Selected internships (2014-2019): Traineeship at European Commission, DG NEAR (Brussels);  Intern at 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), Heidelberg Alumni France (Paris)
  • Selected scientific publications: Biedenkopf/Petri 2019 „EU Delegations in European Union climate diplomacy“ (Journal of European Integration 41:1); Schünemann/Petri 2017 „Euroskeptiker in der Referendumsoffensive. Das Brexit-Referendum und die neue Bedeutung offensiver Misstrauensreferenden für den europäischen Integrationsprozess“ (integration 40:2).
  • Memberships: DVPW, UACES, AEI e.V., Alternative Europa!
  • Areas of expertise: European integration, European Foreign and Security Policy, EU Climate and Energy Diplomacy, EU Enlargement/Neighbourhood Policies
 
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Christian E. Rieck

Born in 1978, based in Berlin

Research Fellow at the University of Potsdam and Senior Analyst for Regional Powers and Regional Integration at the Global Governance Institute (GGI) in Brussels. Lecturer for Foreign Policy and Contemporary History at Humboldt University Berlin.

  • 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
  • Lecturer in Contemporary History and International Relations at Free University Brussels and Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid

 
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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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Stefan Scheller

Born in 1991, based in Berlin

Political Advisor to Roderich Kiesewetter, MP, Representative of the CDU/CSU in the Foreign Affairs Committee at the German Bundestag

  • Reserve Officer, Designation for assignment at the Federal Ministry of Defence, training courses and military exercises at various Bundeswehr posts
  • Studies (M.A. and B.A.) in International Relations, Political Science and Philosophy at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Regensburg, Columbia University in New York, and Universidad de los Andes in Venezuela
  • Internships at the Daimler AG headquarters department External Affairs, at the German Embassy in Buenos Aires, and at the Military Academy of the German Armed Forces
  • Publications and peer-reviews with a focus on foreign policy, security policy, and transatlantic relations
  • Memberships: Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung alumni network, Association of Parliamentary Staffers on Foreign and Security Policy
  • Areas of expertise: German and European foreign and security policy, Near and Middle East, especially Israel, transatlantic relations, foreign trade policy, civil crisis prevention, SSR
 
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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

Public Sector Consultat, KPMG Berlin

  • 2015-2019: 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, workas 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 thestudies, 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 peoplewith 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-seminarsat the Federal Academy of Public Administration
  • Areas of expertise: Western Balkans, EU-Enlargement, Eastern Partnership, EU-Institutions, NATO, Russia
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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 Office of the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger

  • 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: Head of the Office of the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Amb. 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

 

 

Benjamin Thake

Born in 1993, based in Berlin

Public Sector Consultant at PD – Berater der öffentlichen Hand

  •  Master of Public Policy at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • B.A. in Political Science and Economics at University of Potsdam and University of International Business and Economics Beijing (China)
  • Previously: Professional Year at PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH in public sector consulting; Student assistant at the planning group for the chairman of the CDU/ CSU parliamentary group
  • Internships (international context): Gunther Krichbaum, MP, Chairman of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union; Beijing office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • Received merit-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • Memberships: N3GZ, Co:Lab, RCDS
  • Areas of interest: technology and innovation policy, digitization of the public sector, IT and cybersecurity policy, Artificial Intelligence, interdependency of technology and foreign policy, Southeast Asia

 

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Philipp Tüngler

Born in 1985, based in Berlin

Desk officer for Libya in the division for bilateral and EU relations with the Maghreb in the Federal Foreign Office

  • 2017-2019: Policy Advisor for David McAllister MEP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, Brussels and Strasbourg
  • 2004-2016 Officer in the German Navy:

2013-2016 Security Policy, Ministry of Defense

2009-2013 Officer onboard Fast Patrol Boats of the GEPARD-Class, last position: executive officer, completed deployments as a “blue helmet” with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 2011 and 2013

2004-2009 Naval Academy and officer training in Flensburg, Hamburg, Annapolis/USA and Kingston/Canada

  • M.A. in history and political science, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg and Queen's University Kingston, Canada
  • MBA in International Management, ESB Business School Reutlingen
  • Areas of expertise: Maritime security, Maghreb and Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU
 
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Dr. Julian Voje

Born in 1981, based in Berlin

Head of Programmes
Munich Security Conference

  • 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

 

Felicitas Elisabeth Weileder

Born in 1992, based in Berlin

Desk officer, Directorate-General for Security and Defence Policy, German Ministry of Defence

  • Master of Public Policy at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and Master of Public Administration at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, London)
  •  Bachelor of Arts Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz with an exchange semester at Sciences Po Rennes
  • Student employments and internships (i.a.) Headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), German Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Office for Jordan of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, various chairs of the University Konstanz
  • Various regional and national voluntary positions at Amnesty International, i.a. Vice Chair of Amnesty International Germany 2017 – 2019
  • Alumna of Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Areas of work: German foreign, security, and defence policy, strategic foresight, security strategy, development cooperation, comprehensive approach, crisis prevention, human rights


 

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Dr. Verena Zell

Born in 1984, currently based in Berlin

Desk Officer for the parliamentary department at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, responsible for the Foreign Affairs Committee and the foreign affairs team

  • Parliamentary Researcher and Policy Advisor to Dr. Norbert Röttgen MP – Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the German Bundestag
  • Desk Officer at the Federal Foreign Office, responsible for the Cultural Relations with Maghreb, Near and Middle East
  • Work experience at Consulate General of Germany in Novosibirsk, Goethe-Institut Strasbourg, Kienbaum Consultants International, Department of History at the Universität Köln
  • PhD in History at Universität Köln
  • MPhil in History, Spanish and Russian at Universität Köln (Germany), Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), St. Petersburg State University (Russia)
  • Student and PhD Scholarship from the Cusanuswerk
  • Fields of work: Near and Middle East, Russia, Ukraine, EU Common Security and Defence Policy, German Cultural and Education Policy, European Policy
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Dr. Ingmar Zielke

Born in 1985, based in Berlin

Head of EU and NATO Affairs, MBDA Deutschland GmbH

  • 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.