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Senta Höfer

Senta Höfer

T +49 (0)30 1817 4838
senta.hoefer(at)diplo.de

Sue Lyn Chong

Sue Lyn Chong

T +49 (0)30 1817 2158
sue‑lyn.chong(at)global-diplomacy-lab.org

Corinna Fischer

Corinna Fischer

T +49 (0)30 1817 6144
corinna.fischer(at)global-diplomacy-lab.org

Lea Schindler

Lea Schindler

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Nehle Finsel

Nehle Finsel

nehle.finsel(at)global-diplomacy-lab.org

Philipp Breer

Philipp Breer

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Frederieke Cirksena

Frederieke Cirksena

frederieke.cirksena(at)global-diplomacy-lab.org

Eva Antonia Steding

Eva Antonia Steding

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Luis Schmitz Contreras

Luis Schmitz Contreras

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Marcel Becker

Marcel Becker

marcel.becker(at)global-diplomacy-lab.org

Julia Jaroschewski

Julia Jaroschewski

Blog Coordinator

julia.jaroschewski(at)global-diplomacy-lab.org

Julie August

Julie August

Graphic Designer

julie.august(at)global-diplomacy-lab.org

Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed

Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed

Social Media Manager

yandeh.sallah-muhammed(at)global-diplomacy-lab.org

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Senta Höfer

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.

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Sue Lyn Chong

Sue Lyn Chong has been working with the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) as a project 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.

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Corinna Fischer

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, where she supports the growing GDL community. Corinna’s work has inspired her to dive deeper into the underlying questions of how member-driven networks can be managed. Hence, she is currently researching the subject outside of her work for the GDL Secretariat together with the Partnership Resource Center at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Corinna holds a Master’s degree in Media and Political Communication from Freie Universität Berlin.

While she loves Berlin city life, in her free time Corinna often explores nature on foot or by bike.

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Philipp Breer
Philipp is a student of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Cologne and is currently working as a student assistant at the Global Diplomacy Lab. It was his desire to take part in new forms of diplomacy, specifically the exchange between state and non-state actors, which brought him here.

During his studies, he mainly focusses on the integration process of the European Union with a spotlight on discursive strategies in the European Parliament. While working at the political science institute at his university, he was able to gain more in-depth insights into the research process about international organisations and the EU.

Since he is interested in computing sciences, he spent time in courses concerning the development of integrative computing methods in humanities.

He enjoys reading books, visiting the theatre, and trying to cook Asian cuisine.

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Nehle Finsel
Nehle is in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve and is currently working as a student assistant in the Secretariat of the Global Diplomacy Lab.

Alongside her degree Nehle has participated in various Model United Nations and Model African Union simulations which have contributed to her strong interest in international politics and especially in the fields of international security and diplomacy. Nehle has also taken part in two seminars on EU-Russia relations together with students from other universities in Germany, the Netherlands and Russia, allowing her to gain deeper insights into the European Union’s work and its international ties as well as to meet people from different countries and fields of study. Participating in these events and studying at an international university has encouraged her keen interest in intercultural communication, the work of diplomats and the importance of international relations.

In her free time Nehle enjoys cooking and baking, jumping fitness, travelling and spending time with friends and family. 

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Lea Schindler
Never one to run out of questions to ask, Lea is passionate about what makes other people tick. Not only does she enjoy delving into her fellow humans’ stories, but she also loves sharing those stories, be they in a personal or – as is the case with the GDL – professional environment. As a PR consultant, she brings her knowledge and expertise in the world of media to the table to ensure that the members’ stories reach as wide an audience as possible.

The GDL’s and Lea’s paths first crossed in 2017, when she interned with the department for International Training for Diplomats at the Federal Foreign Office. Fortunately for her, the GDL enlisted her help to plan and organise the 7th Lab, entitled “Truth, Memory and Justice”, which took place in Berlin. Witnessing first-hand the incredible drive and hunger for change that the members share, the idea of one day returning to work with the GDL took root in the back of her head. What was once just a hope has now become reality, as she has taken on the role of public relations manager for the GDL.

Lea is responsible for PR and communications within the Secretariat. She is currently also studying Business Psychology as a Master’s at the HMKW University of Applied Sciences. In her leisure time, she can most likely either be found on her road bike, in the swimming pool or with her nose buried deeply in a book.

Julie August

Julie August is a graphic designer and art curator. She works as a freelancer for publishing houses and architects and organises cultural and social projects, as well as exhibitions. Before moving to Buenos Aires, she lived in Berlin for 15 years. While being art director and chief producer at the publishing house Verlag Klaus Wagenbach, she converted part of her home into a project space for contemporary artists from 2004 to 2014.

The “18m” gallery led Julie to other curatorial projects. She has been directing the women artists’ network “Frauenmuseum Berlin” and is involved with the feminist artists’ forum “Nosotras Proponemos”. She is an active member of th collective "Asamblea Desobediente", fighting for memory, truth and justice alongside other human rights organisations. With Liliana Furió, she co-organises the monthly "Cinedebate Desobediente", online discussions about human rights-related films.

Julie studied German literature in Munich and graphic design in Leipzig. In addition to her cultural activities, she sees a profound necessity to participate in social and human rights issues.

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Learn more about Julie in this article.

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Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed

Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed is a professional in the environmental conservation field with a long-term focus in marine conservation and a specific passion for shark conservation. Yandeh uses their passion for the ocean and nature to spread knowledge and awareness in the Gambia.

They also focus on nature-based solutions for community sustainable solutions through the project of the Gambian Marine and Environmental Conservation Initiative that utilises sustainable recreation, permaculture and free education to be able to share knowledge on these themes, as well as physically immerse within these landscapes to fully grasp the effects of climate change and environmental degradation due to the exploitation of natural resources.

In addition to working as the Director of the Gambian Marine and Environmental Conservation Initiative, Yandeh works as an Environmental Officer for the Fandema Women Development Center that offers free training for women in rural areas to become solar installers. 

Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed is also a Regional Coordinator for Bosch Alumni Network funded by iac Berlin

To join forces and collaborate with fellow African changemakers, Yandeh Sallah-Muhammed is a member of the Resilient 40 network, bridging the gap between African environmental change-makers. 

Julia Jaroschewski

Julia Jaroschewski is a reporter and founder of Buzzing Cities Lab, a think tank focusing on digital technology and security in informal settlements such as the Favelas in Rio. She works for Die WELT, Spiegel Online, fluter and WIRED, covering mainly foreign politics, organised crime, the war on drugs and security policy. She studied in Portugal, has an MA in political sciences from Berlin and has worked for the UN in New York and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Mozambique.

Julia has attended the Axel Springer Akademie and Columbia School of Journalism. As a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the Besser-Stiftung she reported from Brazil and South Africa, and from Mozambique as a scholar working for Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung. In 2016 she was part of the international journalism programme for South America, working for the Brazilian newspaper O Globo. She has also spent three months in India as a Media Ambassador for the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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Read more about her engagement and how cities can function as future labs for innovative forms of diplomacy. More about her ideas on Women in Crime can be found here. Or read her article on community-led crisis response or on Guinea Bissau.

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Eva is a highly motivated student at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, where she is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. With a keen interest in politics, law and administrative tasks, Eva has sought out opportunities to develop her skills and experiences in those areas. As part of her final year, she has recently joined the Secretariat of the Global Diplomacy Lab for a four-month internship. She was also a member of Model United Nations at her high school, which sparked her desire to work in the international field.

 

To further her global education and gain hands-on experience, Eva spent six months studying the Korean language as a trainee at Konkuk University in Seoul. Upon successfully completing her language programme, Eva did a three-month internship at the Korea Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. During her time there, Eva worked alongside project managers on a variety of tasks and events, including interviews, roadshows and other political events. She also had the chance to work on her own project, a country report on digital government in South Korea.

Eva values the opportunity to take on responsibilities and work independently, and is grateful for the experiences that have helped shape her career goals. She is very excited to join the Global Diplomacy Lab and challenge herself throughout her internship. In her free time, Eva enjoys discovering new places abroad or in her hometown Berlin. Sitting down in a café with her friends or family shapes most of her afternoons.

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Frederieke is a Master’s student of International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in communication science and worked as an intern at the Training for International Diplomats programme at the Federal Foreign Office before joining the GDL as a student assistant.

Climate justice is the field of expertise that she is most passionate about, and it is also the topic of her Master’s thesis. Professionally, she is well versed in content marketing and political journalism and never gets tired of creating new pieces of text.

Having been brought up bilingual, she has always been interested in intercultural communication and learning new languages, with a special focus on Korean, Japanese and French. After completing her Master’s degree, she is planning on delving deeper into the study of law in order to gain a greater insight into European law.

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Luis is currently gaining an insight into the Global Diplomacy Lab during a three-month internship.

He is a student of History and Romance Philology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum with a focus on exploring the causes of individual aggression in disaster situations and migratory history. His current field of research, Forms, Strategies and Practices of Nuclear Deterrence in the 20th and 21st Centuries, offered him valuable insights into international relations and current political conventions.

Furthermore, he was able to broaden his skills within the administrative field while working for the local health administration of his local government and for the Robert Koch Institute supporting the federal management of the COVID-19 pandemic within the state.

Thanks to his family background, Luis was raised in a multilingual environment and speaks several languages, which makes him an outgoing, open-minded and highly communicative person.

Luis loves to listen to many different types of music, goes to concerts and, occasionally, to festivals. Since this is his first time in Berlin, it is likely that you will meet him by chance while exploring the city. Do not hesitate to talk to him!

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Marcel is a student of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the Karlshochschule International University and is joining the Global Diplomacy Lab for a three-month internship. The interplay between state and non-state is what inspires his work at the GDL. Prior to this, he was able to observe this dynamic first-hand during his practical experiences in the healthcare and agribusiness sectors.

A keen interest in international affairs and intercultural experiences cement his aspiration to work at international level, especially concerning cross-sectoral and international collaboration. With this in mind, he engaged in a French citizens’ initiative to create intercultural events in the region between Karlsruhe and Strasbourg.

Outside of his studies and work, Marcel is an attentive discussion partner and a passionate cook and has a keen interest in oenology.

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