Senta Höfer is passionate about planting and nurturing new ideas, programmes and institutions in manifold environments.
Before establishing the Global Diplomacy Lab Secretariat at the Federal Foreign Office, which she has directed since 2014 and continues to build and expand today, Senta created and managed executive training programmes for international diplomats, as well as cultural initiatives in Eastern Europe. All of these – just like the Global Diplomacy Lab – are public-private partnerships between the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs and private foundations.
Before returning to Germany in 2005 to work in international relations, Senta spent many years abroad – always in intercultural and multidisciplinary environments – be it establishing and directing the German Cultural Centre in Timişoara (Romania) or working for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in post-war Croatia. This is also where, in addition to her regular work, she co-founded an NGO fair, at a time when members of the Croatian political leadership called NGOs the “cancer of society”. The motivation for this work was not least the fact that Senta was born and grew up as a member of the German national minority in Bucharest, Romania, which was a dictatorship at the time. She was able to emigrate at the age of 17.
Once she arrived in the “free world”, Senta began to travel, live and pursue studies in journalism, German and art history in Würzburg, London, Bamberg, Antwerp and New York. Senta had the pleasure and luck to be awarded fellowships by the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Karl Gerold Foundation and Columbia University, as well as to work as a journalist for, among others, the BBC World Service, the Bavarian Broadcasting Company (BR) and Die Zeit weekly newspaper.
Senta lives with her partner and their two almost grown-up children in Berlin-Schöneberg, where she organises literary salons and loves listening to and playing music in her free time.
Sue Lyn Chong has been working with the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) as an event manager since October 2014. Her expertise lies in the coordination and planning of sustainable and innovative networking events all over the world. Social responsibility and supporting local change makers are part and parcel of her work. Before joining the GDL, Sue Lyn organised alumni meetings for the Training for International Diplomats programme at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Prior to that, she completed her traineeship in Brand Communications during which she had a strong focus on identifying new trends, experiences and perspectives. Before that, she worked as a freelance project manager in the creative sector for several years, always in search of new challenges.
With both Chinese Malaysian and German roots, Sue Lyn grew up in Heidelberg between two different cultural backgrounds, laying the foundations for her work in an international environment today. In her daily life, she combines an eye for detail and respect for everyone in order to create a joint vision that generates trust and cooperation.
Sue Lyn holds an M.A. in Cultural Management and Cultural Tourism from the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and a B.Sc. in Economics from the Freie Universität Berlin. Her speciality lies in combining rational analytics with creativity when developing new solutions to special tasks. She strives for an environmentally friendly lifestyle and tries to be mindful of the consequences in everything she does.
Gaga is a student assistant at the Global Diplomacy Lab and an MA student of North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he focuses on the politics and sociology of North America. His main interests include urban politics, especially the role of the cities in the future of transnational relations, as well as the global struggle for social equality. Alongside his studies, Gaga enjoys reading, cooking and playing Dota 2.
With her deep-rooted curiosity about everything from politics to psychology, Corinna has studied and worked in very different fields. Whether you talk with her about advances in renewable energy sources, possibilities for using artificial neural networks in medicine or how to make the United Nations a more effective global player, she will listen closely and surely give you her opinion on the matter.
Her passion for communicating with people around the globe and from diverse backgrounds brought her to the GDL in September 2018. This step was only a stone’s throw away, as she previously worked in the same building, where she managed a workshop for Chinese diplomats for the Federal Foreign Office.
Corinna holds a Master’s degree in Media and Political Communication from Freie Universität Berlin. In her studies she focused on the use of social media by political organisations.
While she loves Berlin city life, in her free time Corinna often explores nature on foot or by bike.
From July through September, Finn will be working as an intern at the Global Diplomacy Lab.
In 2016, Finn completed a year of international voluntary service, initiiated by the German Commission for UNESCO, at a school in Skopje, North Macedonia, where he was able to focus on questions related to cultural relations and education policies. His work in Skopje provided him with the opportunity to assist in German classes as well as to organize extracurricular projects for the students.
Since 2017 Finn’s fields of interest – ranging from modern history and sociology to politics and economics – led him to pursue the interdisciplinary B.A. programme “Governance and Public Policy” at the University of Passau. As an optional part of the programme, he spent two-semester abroad at LUMS University in Lahore, Pakistan, supported by a DAAD scholarship. This outstanding learning experience significantly deepened his cultural and anthropological understanding of a region he had a keen interest in. The focal points of his studies mainly lie in international relations and sociology.
During his free time, Finn enjoys hiking in the woods and reading historical novels.
Viktoria is studying interdisciplinary Russian studies at the University of Potsdam and is in her final bachelor semester. One of her biggest passions is foreign policy and geopolitics. Her greatest career dream is to play an active role in shaping multilateral and bilateral relations. To move closer to achieving her dream and her goals, she recently completed a four-month internship at the Global Diplomacy Lab. During her internship she assisted in the preparation and organisation of this year’s GDL prE-Summit. In her current capacity as a project coordinator, Viktoria is coordinating the training sessions of the upcoming European Diplomatic Programme.
Driven by her other interests, travelling and intercultural affairs, she has participated in various cultural and political projects. Together with Ukrainian students, Viktoria designed an exhibition in Kyiv and Potsdam and also organised a workshop on media freedom with students from Russia. In addition, she worked as an interpreter for Russian and English speaking refugees in hospitals for a couple of years.
In her free time she loves to meet friends, play sports and work at her favourite bar in Berlin!
Jacob Behrendt is a student assistant and an MA student of Intercultural Conflict Management at the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin. In his studies he focused mainly on alternative dispute resolutions, social movements and the impact of networks. Furthermore he is very much interested in international as well as German politics. His background in law with a focus on human rights has helped him to gain a deeper understanding of these issues.
He has spent a year doing voluntary work in Cape Coast, Ghana and studied a year abroad at the Università degli Studi di Firenze in Italy. Jacob has a passion for non-formal education and has therefore organised and participated in various international youth exchanges as a trainer on anti-discrimination and human rights.
He loves to explore the international cuisine in Berlin, and enjoys sports, literature and theatre.
As a student of International Relations, Jacqueline´s intellectual curiosity and interest in cultural versatility have continually driven her to leave her home country of Germany and seek new adventures. That is why she studied at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and spent several exchange semesters abroad, namely in Canada and Poland.
She is fascinated by global politics and values the knowledge one can gain from interacting with people of different social and cultural backgrounds. As she is interested in a career in politics or diplomacy, she is happy to assist the Global Diplomacy Lab during a two-month-long internship in Berlin.
Jacqueline is eager to have a positive impact on this planet. Thus, she is mindful about her lifestyle and its consequences for the environment. Currently she is writing her bachelor´s thesis on the energy system transformation in the European Union, with a focus on decarbonisation and renewable energy.
In her free time, she is either by the sea or the mountains, doing yoga, horse-back riding, sailing or gliding.
Jessica is a student of business law at the Hochschule Osnabrück – University of Applied Sciences. In her studies she focuses mainly on intellectual property law and human resources management.
An internship abroad in the south of France aroused her interest in choosing a job where she has a lot of contact with other people. At the beginning of the year she completed a five‑month internship in international human resource management, thereby gaining many insights into human resources and international business. She subsequently completed a further internship in the legal department, where she learned how to put the legal aspects of her studies into practice. Beyond that, she also has a keen interest in diplomacy on the one hand and in political and cultural relations worldwide on the other. That is why she decided to do an internship at the Global Diplomacy Lab.
In her free time she enjoys sports, travelling and cooking.
Felix is an internationally-minded young professional who pursued multidisciplinary studies in Law, Public Administration and International Management. Due to his broad interest in current trends and local developments in different regions of the world - ranging from the BRICS countries to Latin America and the European Union - Felix is aiming to pursue an international career path.
After living abroad in France, South America and Canada, he decided to study in Beijing, Berlin, Paris and São Paulo, enabling him to attend classes in four languages. During his studies at Sciences Po Paris, Felix also discovered his strong interest in Franco-German cooperation and diplomacy.
Felix is fluent in five languages and is currently enhancing his Chinese and Russian skills. He moved back to Berlin just recently to take up new challenges.
He is passionate about consulting, innovation and value creation as well as about sustainability and the European Union. He is also inspired by global media and has gained professional experiences at the DER SPIEGEL news magazine and the ZDF broadcasting company’s Rio de Janeiro studio.
After work, Felix enjoys playing music, travelling, swimming and Indian cuisine.