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Studienforum Berlin
Faculty and Staff

Studienforum Berlin e.V. has assembled an experienced, open-minded, motivated and dedicated faculty and staff.

The 2017 faculty includes:

Katrin Bücklein, Dipl.-Psych. Katrin is an advisor for conflict transformation and systemic organizational development in International Development Cooperation. Working in Asia and Africa over almost 15 years, she has gained valuable experiences in conflict analysis, conflict-sensitive strategy design and implementation of peacebuilding processes. Praxis examples of hers include support to liaising police and civil society in Myanmar, advice to good governance programs in Pakistan, or sustaining mediation and alternative dispute resolution initiatives in Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt. Katrin is proficient in managing co-operations and multi-stakeholder dialogues in culturally diverse settings. She follows a participatory and interactive approach in teaching and counselling – using role play, pictures, photos and films, theatre methods, games or stories.  

Jörg Feuchter, Dr. He studied History and German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin and obtained his Ph.D. in Medieval History from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in 2006. He taught at Humboldt, Universität Konstanz and Universität Heidelberg as a lecturer and visiting professor. He was a visiting fellow at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He specializes in Medieval Europe, in the history of political communication, in transfer studies and in scientific approaches to historical research. More...

Margy Gerber, Prof. Dr. She studied Germanistik/German at the Universität München, the University of Southern California, Stanford University, Universität Freiburg und Universität Tübingen. She got her Ph.D. at Stanford University (1968) and taught at Wellesley College (1965-1967) and Smith College (1968-1972). From 1974 to 1997, when she retired, she was a Professor, since 1985 a full Professor, of German at Bowling Green State University. Her teaching fields include culture courses on Germany since 1945, East German literature and society, utopian thought and post-Wende German literature. Since 1998, she has been teaching as emeritus faculty member of BGU. She was primary organizer of the annual interdisciplinary New Hampshire Symposium on the German Democratic Republic (1977-1990)/New Hampshire Symposium (1991-2000) and a seven-time Director of Bowling Green's Academic Year Abroad in Salzburg program between 1976 and 1996.

Hanns-D. Jacobsen, Prof. Dr. and Chairman of Studienforum Berlin e.V. since its creation in 1997. He studied economics at the universities of Köln and Hamburg and the Freie Universität Berlin. Doctoral degree from the Freie Universität Berlin (1975). Habilitation and venia legendi in Political Science at the Otto-Suhr-Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin (1984). Appointment as Professor of International Economics (1988). Managing Director of the Freie Universität Berlin's Research Project "The Eastward Enlargement of the Eurozone - Ezoneplus" (2001-2004). Visiting Fellowships at Harvard University (1978/79, 1991), the Johns Hopkins University (1984), Georgetown University (1984), The Wilson Center (1986), Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1992) and Visiting Professorships at Stanford University (1989/90) and Beijing University (1998). Summer school lecturer for the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (1992) and winter school lecturer for ISODARCO (1999, 2000, 2002). Lecturer at Stanford University Berlin Campus (1987-91) and the Teikyo University Berlin Campus (since 1993). More than 40 years of teaching experience in international political economy, European integration, East-West relations, economic and political transformation. Research focus on international economic and financial relations. More...

Mir Mubashir, M.A. Since his Masters in Peace Research and Security Policy from Hamburg University in 2010, Mir has been exploring and evolving his niche in the fields of conflict transformation and social change – in the middle ground between research and praxis. As a researcher at the Berghof Foundation he has been involved in projects on dialogue, insider mediation, governance, resistance and liberation movements, cultural and religious dimensions, youth as change-makers, and extremism. As a practitioner, Mir has been active in facilitating arts-based community processes of social transformation with his research/praxis group theater*system. Using interactive theatre and storytelling methods, such processes have explored issues such as consumerism and its link to resource conflicts, homophobia, generation gap, racism and integration.

Lisa Pettibone, Dr. Originally from the United States, she earned a BFA in film and television from New York University and an MPA from the George Washington University. Her interest in politics led her to the U.S. Senate and Department of Energy as well as the German Bundestag. Lisa remained in Berlin to receive her doctorate in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin’s Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), funded by a scholarship from the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU). She currently works at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin on a research project dedicated to citizen science. Lisa has taught sustainability-related subjects at the university level in the U.S., Germany, and the Czech Republic. Her first book, “Governing urban sustainability”, is available from Ashgate.

Antje Rößler, M.A.. She studied sociology, philosophy and musicology at  Humboldt University Berlin. M.A. in Musicology in 2001. 1995/96 she spent a year at the Department of Music of the University of Missouri in Kansas City on a Fulbright fellowship. Antje has been as music journalist and author both for radio (in Berlin and in Peru) as well as newspapers and journals.  Her publications include topics such as "Reception of improvised music", "Processes of commerzialization within 17th century Venetian opera" and "60 years of German Jazz Federation". Antje is fluent in English and Spanish.

The staff director is:

Gisela Jacobsen, Dipl. paed. and Family Therapist, Lecturer in Educational Science, Freie Universität Berlin, and Managing Director of Studienforum Berlin. She studied educational science at the Freie Universität Berlin and graduated in 1979. Almost twenty years of teaching experience on gender problems, drug abuse and minorities in Germany (since 1985) at the Freie Universität Berlin and several transition-focused institutions in the new German states. Research Fellow at "Berlin Forschung" (1981-1983), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Rockville/Maryland (1984), and the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto/California (1990).

Program director is Julia FluthwedelSara Thögersen, a Goshen College graduate, acts as project and development director.

Lecturers having contributed to Studienforum Berlin's programs:

Thorben Albrecht, German Trade Union (DGB), Berlin
Josef van Almsick
, Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
Peter Altmaier, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of the Interior
Hubertus on Amelunxen, Academy of the Arts, Berlin
Alex Austin, Austin Consult
Bianca Barth
, World Future Council, Hamburg
Jochen Bethkenhagen, State Representation of the State of Brandenburg in Berlin
Axel Berg, German Foreign Office, Berlin
Frank Bolz, CDU Headquarters, Environmental and Energy Department
Annika Bose, Jindal School  of Government and Public Policy, India
Micha Brumlik, Former Director of the Fritz Bauer Institute for the Study and Documentaion of the Holocaust
Safter Cinar
, Türkischer Bund Berlin
Olaf Czernomoriez, Board GASAG
Klaus Deutsch, Deutsche Bank Research
Günther Dick, Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Berlin
Burkhard Eberwein, BVG
Markus Engels, Deputy Director Department of International Relations, SPD Headquarters, Berlin
Irmgard Maria Fellner, Chief of Staff to the Coordinator of German-American Cooperation, Foreign Office, Berlin
Ralf Gebel, CDU headquarters, Berlin
Hella Gerth, EU Official (ret.)
Ekkehard Griep, German United Nations Association, Berlin
Jörg Hansen, Director of the Bach House, Eisenach
Eva Harasta, Evangelical Academy Berlin
Gerd Harms
, State Secretary, The Government of Brandenburg
Hans-J. Hass, Chief Economist, Federation of German Industry
Benjamin Hasselhorn, Foundation Luther Memorials in Saxony Anhalt
Robert Hermann
, Germany Trade and Invest, Berlin
Horst Heuter, Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB), Department Energy and Environmental Policy, Berlin
Martin Homola, International Climate Protection Initiative, Berlin
Klaus Hüfner, Chairman, UNESCO Germany
Klaus Jacob, Environmental Policy Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin
Martin Jänicke, Founding Director, Environmental Policy Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin
Thomas Jeutner, Chapel of Reconciliation, Wall Memorial Berlin
Barbara John
, former Commissioner for Foreigners of the Berlin Senate
Nadine Jüdes, Berlin Partner
Simon Junker, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin 
Dieter Kaschke, Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
Margot Käßmann, Ambassador of the Protestant Church in Germany for the Reformation Anniversary 2017
Stephan Kienberger, American Church in Berlin
Thomas Klöckner
, Berliner Stadtreinigung
Christine Kolmar, Anchor Woman, n-tv, Berlin
R. Andreas Kraemer, Ecologic Institute, Berlin
Werner Krätschell, Supter Intendent of the Church District Berlin Pankow (ret.)
David Kramer
, Alice Solomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin
Nadja Kroha, Konrad-Adenauer-Haus der CDU, Berlin
Reinhard Kudiß, Association of German Industry (BDI), Berlin
Peter Lange, Chancellor of the FU Berlin
Caren Ley, Managing Director, Die Linke, Berlin
Katrin Lompscher, Senator, Environmental Administration, Berlin
Wolfgang Lutterbach, DGB Bundesvorstand
Lutz Metz, Environmental Policy Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin
Florian Moritz, Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB)
Werner Niederle, Federal Environmental Agency, Dessau
Holger Osterrieder, Foreign Office
Hermann Ott, Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie
Cem Özdemir, Member of the German Parliament
Reiner Perau
, DIHK, Berlin
Günter Pining, Commissioner for Foreigners of the Berlin Senate
Bettina Pohle, CIEE Berlin
Irene Runge, Head, Jewish Culture Association, Berlin
Frank Ruff, Daimler AG
Franzjosef Schafhausen, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation & Nuclear Safety, Berlin
Konrad M. Scharinger, Foreign Office, Berlin
Kurt-Christian Scheel, BDI
Carmen Schmitting, SPD Headquarters, Environment, Energy and Cosumer Department
Peter Schmuck, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Martin Schölkopf, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Berlin
Helmut Scholz, Head, International Department, Linkspartei
Miranda Schreurs, Director, Environmental Policy Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin
Gesine Schwan, President, Europa Universität "Viadrina", Frankfurt/Oder
Werner Sonne, Chief Reporter, ARD-TV, Berlin
Nihat Sorgec, Bildungswerk Kreuzberg
Aigars Stokenbergs, Minister for Regional Development, Latvia
Michael Tolksdorf, Applied University for Economics, Berlin
Karsten Voigt, Coordinator of German-American Cooperation, German Foreign Office, Berlin
Johannes von Thadden,
General Manager of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Berlin
Arkadij Vocish, Rector, Baltic International Academy, Latvia
Wolf Wagner, Applied University, Erfurt
Fabian Wehnert, Association of German Industry (BDI), Berlin
Valerie Wilms MdB
, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Saadya Windauer, Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ)
Claudia Wörmann
, Association of German Industry (BDI), Berlin

Krzysztof Wojciechowsky, Director, Collegium Polonicum, Slubice/Poland
Johannes Zachhuber, Humboldt University, Theology Faculty
Daniel Zimmermann, DAAD Berlin
Yvonne Zwick, Council for Sustainable Development, Berlin


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