Fellows 2021/22

Fellowship Track 2021/22

Dr. Leonie Bell

Leonie Bell heads the Economic Analysis and Evaluation unit in the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union of the European Commission.

Topics of Interest: 
The future of finance, regulation of financial institutions and financial markets, retail financial services and behavioural finance, sustainable finance, digital finance

Dr. Annika Bolten-Drutschmann 

Annika Bolten Drutschmann is Deputy Head of the Unit for Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and the Anti-IS Coalition at the German Federal Foreign Office.

Topics of Interest: Deradicalisation and the reintegration of allegedly radicalised population groups, cyber security/diplomacy and tech geopolitics, citizen-centred foreign and security policy, diversity, inclusion, and gender equality

Beatrice Coda, Ph.D.

Beatrice Coda is Head of Unit at the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency in charge of the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility Energy Programme.

Topics of Interest: Sector integration as a tool for decarbonisation, a new Energy paradigm for Europe, achieving effective climate Action, role of the EU public sector in the transition to a climate neutral and environmentally sustainable economy

Susanne Ding

Susanne Ding, a lawyer, heads the Digital Infrastructure Law Unit at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Topics of Interest: Innovations in digital infrastructure, digitalisation in the field of mobility, competition policy for the digital economy, development in mobile communications/frequency regulation.

Dr. Alexander Dörrbecker

Alexander Dörrbecker as Head of Unit at the Federal Ministry of Justice is involved in the further development of corporate law (limited and stock corporations), corporate constitution, and corporate governance.

Topics of Interest: Wirtschaftsstandort Deutschland und Konjunktur, Politikvermittlung, Konflikt und Partizipation, zukünftiges Zusammenleben der Menschen, neue Krankheiten und Therapien, Forschungstrends in der Physik, Klimawandel, Umweltschutz und Nachhaltigkeit.

Anna Gerits

Anna Gerits heads the Department for the Reparation of National Socialist Injustice at the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Topics of InterestCompensation, politics of remembrance, demarcation of public and private goods, security of supply in the event of supply crises, provision of public transport infrastructures, future of the Catholic church

Angelo Grieco

Angelo Grieco is Deputy Head of the Enforcement Unit at the DG Justice and Consumers.

Topics of Interest
Digital transformation and big data, artificial intelligence, (Covid-19) pandemic, democracy and economic implications, media and communication – misinformation, freedom of expression and the role of social media

Silke Hillesheim

Silke Hillesheim heads the department of Integrated Programme Planning ARD/SWR within the Information Division of Südwestrundfunk.

Topics of Interest: Perspectives on public service broadcasting, digitalisation of the media, dialogue with the audience, diversity, language

Picture: SWR/Monika Maier

Dr. Jan Hoffbauer

Jan Hoffbauer heads the Warning and Information Systems Unit and is deputy head of the Crisis Management Group in the Food Safety Division at the Federal Office of Consumer Protection.

Topics of InterestEarly warning in the food sector, management of consumer portals, influence of social media on social processes and political decisions, human enhancement, sustainable development of rural areas, effects of autosuggestion

Simon Keller

Simon Keller has been Counsellor to an Executive Board Member at the Deutsche Bundesbank since November 2019.

Topics of Interest: Diversity and gender equality, Euro area monetary policy and other central bank tasks, climate policies and the roles of different actors, changes in the international environment, the European project

Dr. Peter Kettner

Peter Kettner heads the Department for Strategy and Planning of Cultural and Educational Foreign Policy at the German Federal Foreign Office.

Topics of Interest: Participation in the digital age, sustainability as a political mandate – ways of implementation, Eurocentrism and (post-) colonialism, digitalisation and culture, gaming and politics

Arno Kirchhof

Arno Kirchhof is Head of the Turkey Unit at the German Federal Foreign Office.

Topics of Interest: 
Politicised religion, international civil society, populism around the globe, digitalisation

Wouter Meester

Wouter Meester is a Competition Expert and Team Lead within the Competition Division at the OECD.

Topics of InterestBig data and digital markets, role of competition in the recovery from the pandemic, competition and sustainability, labour markets and innovation, empirical measurement of competition enforcement (CompStats)

Dr. Astrid Mohn

Astrid Mohn is Director for the European Affaires sub-division at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Topics of InterestTwo-speed Europe, climate protection versus economic prosperity, mobility in the Europe of the future, common security policy in the EU, future of the common financial policy

Josefina Monteagudo, Ph.D.

Josefina Monteagudo is Deputy Head of the Chief Economist team at the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Topics of Interest: Strategic foreign dependencies of the European economy, resilience and competitiveness, green business case, single market and industrial ecosystems, reform incentives

Caio de Oliveira

Caio de Olveira, CFA, is a policy analyst at the OECD, focusing on sustainable finance and corporate governance.

Topics of InterestCorporate finance and governance, business law, accounting, digital innovation, climate action

Carl Gösta Petri

Gösta Petri is deputy Head of Unit E-Justice, IT and document management at DG Justice and Consumers.

Topics of Interest: Safe use of AI in justice, the digital courtroom, intellectual property versus consumer accessibility, consumer profiling, authentication of legal documents

Dr. Daniel Phiesel

Daniel Phiesel heads the Unmanned Aviation Project Group at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Topics of Interest: Digitalisation in administration, research trends in mobility, risk assessment and communication in the transport sector, change management

Dr. Gisela Philipsenburg

Gisela Philipsenburg the Head of the Sustainable Regional Innovation Initiatives unit at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Topics of Interest: Shaping regional change, innovation as a driver of growth, employment and prosperity, status and prospects of research on transfer, principles, methods and indicators for agile and evidence-based policy making

Picture: BMBF / Innovation & Structural Change/ Thilo Schoch

Caroline Roulet, Ph.D.

Caroline Roulet is a policy analyst OECD in the Directorate of Financial and Enterprise Affairs at the OECD.

Topics of InterestStructural developments in global financial intermediation: challenges for banking after COVID-19, digitalisation in finance after the COVID-19 crisis, capital flows, corporate debt developments, and (mis)allocation

Dr. Hannes Schellhorn

Hannes Schellhorn is Deputy Head of the Policy Division at the Ministry of Finance in the Rhineland-Palatinate.

Topics of InterestAgeing and demographic development, social inequality, global economy, social consequences of the Corona crisis, politics and the economy, resilience

Dr. Alexander Schmidt-Gernig

Alexander Schmidt-Gernig is Head of the Sustainability and Health Literacy Unit at the Federal Ministry of Health.

Topics of InterestSustainability within the framework of the 2030 Agenda, digitalisation and sustainability, future of medicine, political participation of citizens, innovations and their implementation in politics

Eric Seng

Eric Seng heads the Division of Arts and Culture in the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts.

Topics of Interest: World economic tectonic shifts towards Asia and its consequences, crisis of democracy, global political developments, consequences of the pandemic, the education system

Dr. Helge Staff

Helge Staff heads the Sexualised Violence Unit in the Church Office of the Evangelical Church in Germany.

Topics of Interest: Research on trauma, education as an instrument of empowerment, participatory decision-making, guilt and responsibility from a multidisciplinary perspective, organisations in an individualised society

Rebecca Stecker

Rebecca Stecker heads the Biodiversity Strategy and Species Conservation Unit at the Hessian Ministry of the Environment.

Topics of Interest: Preservation of biodiversity in Hesse, strengthening biodiversity in cities, impacts of climate change on biodiversity, biodiversity and communication, insect mortality, nature conservation monitoring and digitalisation

Anja Weckmann

Anja Weckmann is head ot the SWR studio in Trier of Südwestrundfunk.

Topics of Interest: Pandemic research, gender justice, social justice, climate change, Europe and the European Union

Dr. Marlene Weiß

Marlene Weiß is head of the science department of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Topics of Interest: Climate change and climate policy, mathematics, science communication and fake news, motivation and human resource management

Sabine Wilke

Sabine Wilke heads communications and political advocacy for the aid organisation CARE Germany.

Topics of Interest: Gender justice as a social and political challenge, economic development and the common good – opportunities and actors, climate crisis, role of civil society and digital mobilisation

Dr. Matthias Woiwode

Matthias Woiwode is Head of Protocol at the State Chancellery of Lower Saxony. for the awarding of federal and state medals.

Topics of InterestRepresentation of statehood, international relations, communication theory, social cohesion, change in voluntary commitment

Dr. Katja Zboralski

Katja Zboralski heads the Innovation and Transfer Policy Unit at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Topics of Interest: Research and innovation, economic policy, future technologies, sustainability, crises, democracy, futurology

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