Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

Network for young foreign policy experts

The working group consists of about 25 young academics, journalists, and parliamentary staffers. Some of us did or still receive a scholarship by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for either graduate or Ph.D. studies. Members of the working group include students of political and regional sciences, economics and business, national and international law, military strategy and many other academic disciplines. Despite these diverse interests and expertise, we all share one passion: We harbour great interest in foreign policy with all its many facets and aspects, reaching from the politics of the European Union to the importance of the transatlantic relationship(s), from issues of defence and security policy to the impact of economic and developmental policy on international relations.

The working group Young Foreign Policy Experts was established by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in 2001 in order to bring together young experts with an interest and a competency in foreign policy issues and offer them a visible platform for mutually beneficial cooperation on pressing political problems. In addition, the working group is supposed to improve the identification and subsequent interconnection of foreign policy expertise and relevant commitments in Germany. With the establishment as well as long-term support and promotion of this working group, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung aims to make a meaningful contribution to Germany’s existing foreign policy culture.

In the early months of 2003 the working group published its first study on German Foreign Policy in the 21st Century which the former Deputy Chairman of the CDU for Foreign and Security Policy and current Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, presented to the media. Since then, the working group has organised international conferences on selected foreign policy topics in Paris, Istanbul, Cadenabbia and Moscow and published widely on all aspects of foreign policy and international relations.

Members of the working group at a glance: A–H

Alexander Badenheim
Born in 1989, based in Berlin
Parliamentary Advisor to Stefan Rouenhoff MP, Member of the German Bundestag’s Economic Affairs and Energy Committee

  • Previously: Programme Manager at the Beijing office of KAS and Desk Officer China at KAS Headquarters
  • M.A. in International Security at King’s College London
  • B.A. in Asian Studies at the University of Bonn; two semesters abroad at Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • Scholarships: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), University of Bonn
  • Internships at the German consulate general Shanghai and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in Beijing
  • Areas of interest: German/European foreign trade policy, China, Asia 



Dr. Sophie Eisentraut
Born in 1986, based in Berlin
Head of Research and Publications 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



Dr. Ulrike 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.



Jan Fuhrmann
Born in 1991, based in Berlin
Consultant Security and Risk, secori advisors

  • prior: 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



Markus Hildebrand
1996, Warsaw/Bonn
Doctoral candidate German-Polish Relations in the field of Foreign and Security Policy 2007-2015, Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS), University of Excellence in Bonn 

  • Student Assistant at the Henry-Kissinger-Chair
  • M.A. International Relations at the Andrássy Universität Budapest
  • M.A. Governance and Public Policy at the University of Passau
  • B.A. International Relations at the University of Warsaw
  • Scholarship holder of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, Deutsches Polen-Institut in Darmstadt and University of Warsaw
  • Graduate from the Academy of Young Diplomats at the European Academy of Diplomacy
  • Former Assistant at the Department of Foreign and Security Policy at the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, and the Polish Foreign Ministry
  • Member at the Euro-Atlantic Association (SEA) in Warsaw
  • Research focus: German and Polish Foreign and Security Policy, Defence Policy, Diplomacy and Strategy, Public Diplomacy, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Members of the working group at a glance: I–P

Dr. Ludwig Jung
Born in 1988, based in Gao, Mali
Civilian Stabilization Advisor to the German Bundeswehr MINUSMA-contingent, Camp Castor, Gao, Mali

  • Previously: Foreign Service Officer, German embassies Abuja/Nigeria and Bamako/Mali. Mercator-Fellow/Consultant at the Development Research Group (DECIE) of the World Bank in Washington DC.
  • Ph.D. in Economics “The Political Economy of International Prohibition Regimes”, University of Bayreuth, 2021. M.Sc. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
  • 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 policy, international political economy, transatlantic security relations, security policy in the Sahel region and Lake Chad, stabilization and peacekeeping operations.



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



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



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



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



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

Members of the working group at a glance: Q–T

Carl-Philipp Sassenrath
born in 1990, based in Berlin
Political Advisor for Economic Affairs, Climate Action and Energy, CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag

  • previously: Strategic Planning, German Federal Ministry of Health, Task Force Artificial Intelligence, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • PhD candidate at the Institute for 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
  • 2019-2021: Editor-in-Chief of the debate magazine CIVIS mit Sonde; 2015-2018 dep. Speaker of Young DGAP at the German Council on Foreign Relations
  • 2017-2019: Legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin with stages inter alia at the Division for Foreign and Security Policy at the German Federal Chancellery and at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York
  • 2015-2017: Researcher, Department of Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law including Public Law in an International Context, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2009-2014: 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 UK
  • Internships at the German Parliament and international law firms; participation in conferences inter alia in Italy, Poland, Russia, Turkey, UK
  • Several academic publications, inter alia on German constituational law, international peace and security law and international and european economic law
  • Research areas: International Peace and Security Law, German Constitutional and European Law, International Economic Law, German and European foreign and security policy, Economic and technology policy



Alexander Schäfer
Born 1991, living in Heidelberg
„Examenskandidat“, Law

  • Studies in Law, International Law, Legal Philosophy at University of Heidelberg and Cambridge (St. Catharine’s College) (UK); Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), University of Warwick (UK)

  • Speechwriter to the Member of the German Parliament and Federal Minister of Defence Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, MdB

  • Personal Assistant (“Cambridge-Assistant“) to Professor Dr. habil. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter-Christian Müller-Graff, Ph.D.h.c., MAE (“Cambridge Beauftragter der Universität Heidelberg“)

  • Research Assistantships: University of Heidelberg Law Faculty (Professor Dr. Martin Borowski); Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law und International Law Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Armin von Bogdandy)

  • Internships: German Bank Association; Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs (Ministers Office, Press Unit); Court of Justice of the European Union (Cabinet of General Advocate Prof. Dr. Juliane Kokott, LL.M., S.J.D. (Harvard)); Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (International Law Unit)

  • Scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (“Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“); Linklaters LLP Scholarship; Full Scholarship to study at University of Cambridge (St. Catharine’s College) (UK)

  • Conferences, Summer Schools etc.: Harvard Law and Logic Summer School; Young Königwinter Conference (Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft), Transatlantic Seminar taught by Prof. Dr. Russel Miller, LL.M.; Max-Planck-Masterclass taught by Prof. Joseph H. H. Weiler, LL.B., LL.M.(Cantab.)

  • Interests: International Law, Human Rights, European Law, Constitutional Theory, Comparative Constitutional Law, Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy, Ethics, British Constitutional Law, International Cybersecurity Policy 



Stefan Scheller
Born in 1991, based in Berlin
Policy Planning and Strategy, Hessian State Chancellery

  • 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



Katharina Scheuerer
Born in 1995, based in Berlin
Foreign Policy Advisor and Parliamentary Assistant to Thomas Erndl MP - Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee

  • M.A. Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Kent Canterbury and Phillips University Marburg (Joint Master Degree), B.A. Governance & Public Policy at the University of Passau
  • Fellow of the DAAD Integrated International Studies Programme
  • Research employments and internships in the Global Project Quality Infrastructure of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), at the German Embassy Managua (Nicaragua), and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, project manager of the Passauer Politiktage 2019
  • Areas of expertise: stability of states and destabilization, regional cooperation of authoritarian states (authoritarian regionalism), German foreign and security policy, development cooperation; regional focus on Latin America, especially with regard to the states of the "Pink Tide".



Anna-Lena Schmidt
Born in 1992, based in Berlin
Parliamentary Advisor to Annette Widmann-Mauz MP – Member of the German Bundestag‘s Foreign Affairs Committee

  • Previously: Assistant at the planning group for the chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group at the German Bundestag
  • M.A. in International Relations at Humboldt University Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, University of Potsdam
  • B.A. in Political Science/Roman Philology at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg; semester abroad at Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Scholarships of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Internships among others at the German Embassy in Brazil, the office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Argentina and at the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development in Bonn
  • Areas of expertise: Latin American foreign and security policy, critical security studies, international development cooperation, the Global South, geopolitics



Jacob Schrot
Born in 1990, based in Berlin
Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the CDU Parliamentary Group

  • Since March 2022: Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag
  • May 2021 - February 2022: Personal Assistant to the Federal Chairman of the CDU of Germany, Armin Laschet MdL
  • 2019-2021: Senior Advisor to the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Federal Chancellor, Federal Chancellery
  • 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



Patrick Schünemann
Born in 1987, based in Lusaka
Advisor GIZ Zambia

  • Since 2021: GIZ Zambia, Advisor
  • 2019-2020: KPMG, Consultant Public Sector
  • 2015-2019: German Bundestag, Policy Advisor to Gunther Krichbaum MdB, Chairman of the EU-Committee
  • 2014: NATO, Intern in the Office of the Political Advisor
  • 2013-2014: European Commission, Blue Book Trainee in the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
  • 2012-2013: MA in Security and Development studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
  • 2008-2012: BA in Political Science and Administration, University of Potsdam/ Université Montpellier 1, France
  • 2008-2012: Various internships (KAS, DGAP, SWP, German Embassy in Skopje, North Macedonia)
  • 2007-2008: Civilian service in an institution for people with disabilities in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Working focus: Western Balkans, EU-enlargement, US foreign policy, EU institutions, development policy, Sub-Saharan Africa



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



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

Members of the working group at a glance: U–Z

Lisa-Marie Ullrich
Born in 1990, based in Berlin
Director of Programs, 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 August 2020: Director of Programs & Member of the Board of Directors, Munich Security Conference
  • Previously: Head of the Chairman's Office, Policy Advisor and Communications Manager, Munich Security Conference
  • 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



Vanessa Vohs
​​​​​Born in 1998, based in Berlin
Research Assistant at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) for the project International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (iPRAW)

  • LL.M. International Law at London School of Economics (LSE)
  • B.A. International Relations and additional certificate in Latin American studies at TU Dresden and Hebrew University Jerusalem
  • Podcast host of "UNrecht" from DGVN Mitteldeutschland, the beginner's podcast for international law in international politics
  • Previous jobs: House of Commons UK (Research Assistant Mark Logan MP), Student Assistant at the Chair of International Politics TU    Dresden, Freelance Writer Orange YC
  • Internships: Headquarters of the CDU (Analysis and Strategy for EU and Foreign Policy), KAS Jerusalem, Landtag NRW (Dr. Anette Bunse, MdL), WDR Essen
  • Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung)
  • Former spokesperson of the Studienstiftung for the region Dresden-Chemnitz-Freiberg and representative of the Studienstiftung in the Scholarship Forum "StipFor", the cross-scholarship network
  • Participant in the of the development policy programme "weltwärts" in Ecuador 2016/17
  • NRW state winner of the national competition "Jugend debattiert" 2013
  • Main areas of work: International Peace and Conflict Law, Technology and International Law, United Nations and Security Council, regions: Middle East (Israel), Europe and Latin America



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



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



Dr. Ingmar Zielke
Born in 1985, based in Berlin
Arbeitsgruppe Überbrückungshilfen, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

  • 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.

Former members of the working group at a glance

Dr. Martin Agüera
Head of External Communications, Airbus

Christoph Bender
Chief Executive Officer, Mineralölwirtschaftsverband e. V.

Prof. Dr. Stephan Bierling
Professor for Inernatioal Politics, University of Regensburg

Markus Bodler
PhD Student, University of Bonn

Ivonne Julitta Bollow
Global Director Public Policy, METRO

Daniela Braun
Head of Foreign Office Philippines, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Sebastian Brökelmann
Foreign Ministry

Dr. Angelika Bucerius
Author & Journalist

Dr. Nadine Carlson (geb. Mensel)
Private Tutor

Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja
Academic Coordinator & Tutor, University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich

Catrin Czyganowski
Head of Department of Economics, German Embassy Serbia

Dustin Dehéz
Head, secori advisors

Tomislav Delinic
Head of Office Czech Republic & Slovakia, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Dr. Marcel Dietsch
Commodity Derivates Trader

Aurélie Domisse
Desk Officer, Foreign Ministry

Sebastian Enskat
Head of Department Democracy, Law & Parties, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Dörte Erlen
Head of Office to Anja Karliczek, MP

Christian Fischer

Dr. Patrick Fitschen
Head of Political Affairs, MBDA

Dr. Benedikt Franke
Chief Executive Officer, Munich Security Conference

Dr. Ulf Gartzke
Managing Partner & Founder, Spitzberg Partners LLC

Nina-Birke Fitschen
Policy Advisor, Press Department of the Federal German Government

Dr. Ulrike Graalfs
Project Manager, The American Academy Berlin

Dr. Christoph Grams
Head of Department, Ministry of Health

Dr. Gudula Gutmann
Head of Office to Dr. Helge Braun, MP

Stefan Haid
Managing Partner, Roland Berger

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Harnisch
Professor for Inernational Relations, University of Heidelberg

Jan-Olaf Hausotter (†)
Political Affairs Officer, UN Stabilization Mission Haiti (MINUSTAH)

Prof. Dr. Gunther Hellmann
Professor for International Relations, University of Frankfurt a.M.

Dr. Patrick Keller
Vice President, Federal Academy for Security Policy Berlin

Anna-Lena Kirch
Research Fellow

Christian Klein
Head of Division, Foreign Ministry

Markus Lackamp
Desk Officer for Defence Policy, CDU Germany

Dr. Pamela Luckau
Life Coach

Anke Marei Ludwig
Policy Advisor, Ministry of Economic Development

Paruvana Fiona Ludszuweit
Policy Advisor, Department International & Security Affairs, Konrad-Adenauer-Sriftung

Prof. Dr. Carlo Masala
Professor for Security Politics, University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich

Dr. Aylin Matlé
Vice Office Director Israel, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Dr. Stormy Mildner (M.Sc.)
Head of Aspen Institute Germany

Alexander Möckesch
Parliamentary Advisor to Dr. Johann Wadephul, MP

Philipp Müller
Head of CDU Baden-Württemberg

Dr. Dorothee Niebuhr
Strategy & Transformation, Audi AG

Dr. Antje Nötzold
Lecturer, Department of International Politics, Technical University Chemnitz

Dr. Heiko Piesbergen

Dr. Jana Puglierin
Head of European Council on Foreign Relations Berlin

Prof. Dr. Julia Püschel
John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University Berlin

Christian E. Rieck
Lecturer, Department of Military History, University of Potsdam

Dr. Maria Elisabeth Rotter
Desk Officer, Press Department of the Federal German Government

Dr. Frank Sauer
University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich

Prof. Siegmar Schmidt
Professor for International Relations, University of Koblenz-Landau

Dr. Christian Schmies

Dr. Markus Schmitz
Chief Information Officer, Bundesagentur für Arbeit Nürnberg

Heinrich Schwabecher
Director International House, Technical University Braunschweig

Christopher Sieler
Head of Government and Public Affairs Germany, Syngenta

Franziska Stahl
Head of Desk Office, EU Mission EUCAP Mali

Dr. Anna Babette Stier
Federal Ministry of Health

Oliver Stuenkel
Assistant Professor, Getulio Vargas Foundation Sao Paulo

Luise Torvelainen Richter
Country Director, KfW Benin

Dr. Julian Voje
Head of Policy, Munich Security Conference

Judith Weiß
McKinsey & Company, Frankfurt a.M.

Michael Winzer
Head of Office in Bundapest, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Maik Zarandi
Parliamentary Advisor to Ronja Kemmer, MP

Publications to the topic

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Gekommen, um zu bleiben – Deutschlands Engagement im Indo-Pazifik III
Mehr Freihandel wagen: Für die Stärkung des barrierefreien Handels mit den Ländern im Indo-Pazifik
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Gekommen, um zu bleiben – Deutschlands Engagement im Indo-Pazifik II
Dauerhaft, nachhaltig und substanziell gestalten: Sicherheits- und technologiepolitische Initiativen starten
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Gekommen, um zu bleiben – Deutschlands Engagement im Indo-Pazifik
Strategische Rohstoffpartnerschaften aufbauen: Der Indo-Pazifik als Achillesferse der deutschen und europäischen Rohstoffversorgung
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Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries, Part 3
Part III: Security and defence policy
Die geopolitische Rolle Deutschlands in Zeiten globaler Großmachtrivalitäten kas
Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries, Part 2
Part II: Economic and technology policy
Strategische Außenpolitik
Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries, Part 1
Part I: Strategic foreign policy
Panel: Deutschalnd im VN-Sicherheitsrat 2019/20: Bereit für mehr globale Verantwortung? Marco Urban
Welche Themen werden die deutsche Außenpolitik 2019 beschäftigen?
Außenpolitischer Jahresausblick des Arbeitskreises Junge Außenpolitiker, 31. Januar 2019
Die Teilnehmer der Reise
Arbeitskreis Junge Außenpolitiker
Konferenzbericht Türkei

Media library

Interview mit Alexander Badenheim
Warum sich Deutschland und EU für mehr Freihandel mit den indopazifischen Staaten einsetzen sollte
Im Interview mit Daniela Braun plädiert Alexander Badenheim für die Stärkung des barrierefreien Handels mit den Ländern im Indopazifik sowie eine Ausweitung des Freihandels.
Interview mit Jan Fuhrmann und Stefan Scheller
Wie Deutschland sich sicherheitspolitisch im Indopazifik engagieren kann
Jan Fuhrmann und Stefan Scheller erklären, wie man deutsche Sicherheitspolitik nachhaltig und substanziell durch sicherheits- und technologiepolitische Initiativen gestalten kann.
Interview mit Wissenschaftler Jakob Kullik
Warum Deutschland seine strategischen Rohstoffpartnerschaften im Indopazifik ausbauen sollte
Im Gespräch mit Daniela Braun erklärt Jakob Kullik (TU-Chemnitz), wie ein Engagement in der stetig an Relevanz zunehmenden Region für den Bereich Rohstoffhandel aussehen könnte.
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