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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 2020 faculty includes:

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...

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 (1993-2015). 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...

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 is currently working at the Science Center Berlin as academic coordinator of the Research Network "Energy Change". Before, she was 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 Roessler, 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.

Dave Youssef, Dr. He studied World Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and later obtained his doctorate in Comparative Literature with an emphasis in German Studies and Contemporary American Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. Supported in part by a DAAD Research Grant and a Mellon Research Fellowship, his dissertation was a comparative project on the 20th century cultural production and urban geography of Berlin and Los Angeles. His research interests and teaching areas also include film and media studies, Frankfurt School studies, urban studies, medical humanities, and the history of science and technology.

Andrea Zemskov-Zuege, Dr. (in Eastern European History from the University of Konstanz). She has worked in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation since 2000 as a trainer and cross-conflict-line facilitator. From 2003 to 2006 and in 2012 she was an associate research fellow of Oral History for the European University St. Petersburg (Russia) and taught at the St. Petersburg state University. Her research focuses on practices of “Dealing with the Past”, the historical dimensions of conflict, Soviet History and Stalinism and on war memory. Her book „Zwischen politischen Strukturen und Zeitzeugenschaft" on war memory and history policies in post war Leningrad was published in 2012. In 2012-2017, being a Project Manager with the Berghof Foundation, she developed the methodology for the Foundation’s ongoing History Dialogue in Georgia. Since 2018, she is a freelance consultant, trainer and facilitator for PDI Kintha and Mote Oo (Myanmar), OSCE, inmedio, Österreichischer Versöhnungsbund, Culture for Peace, OWEN, Peace Dialogue (Armenia) and other Organizations  in various projects on Dealing with the Past.“ Her website: https://www.change-of-perspective.de/ 

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 Wegen, a Goshen College graduate, acts as project and development director. The 2019 student coordinator was Katharina Rosenau, a graduate of the Freie Universität Berlin's John F. Kennedy Institute.

Lecturers having contributed to Studienforum Berlin's programs:

Thorben Albrecht, German Trade Union (DGB), Berlin
Nele Allenberg, Head of Berlin's Welcome Center
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
Hanan Badr, Research Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin
Bianca Barth
, World Future Council, Hamburg
Alexandra Behr, Diocese Matron, Maltese Emergency Service, Berlin
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
Constantin Bräunig, German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Berlin

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
Felix Eikenberg, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin
Markus Engels
, Deputy Director Department of International Relations, SPD Headquarters, Berlin
Christian Fahrholz, DIHK
Silvia Fehrmann, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 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
Beate Grzeski, Commissioner for Refugees and Migration, German Foreign Office
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 
Serhat Karakayali, Department Foundations of Migration and Integration Research, Humboldt University
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
Elisabeth Kotthaus, EU Representation of the European Union in Germany
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
Wiebke Krause, Research Fellow on Refugees and Integration
Nadja Kroha, Konrad-Adenauer-Haus der CDU, Berlin
Sabine Kroner, Head of "Berlin Mondiale", Berlin
Reinhard Kudiß
, Association of German Industry (BDI), Berlin
Peter Lange, Chancellor of the FU Berlin
Verena Lepper, Curator, National Museums Berlin, Humboldt University, Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences
Caren Ley, Managing Director, Die Linke, Berlin
Konstanza Prinzessin zu Löwenstein, Science Center Berlin (ret.), Volonteer helping migrants
Katrin Lompscher, Senator, Environmental Administration, Berlin
Katharina Lumpp, Representative of the United Nations Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) in Germany
Wolfgang Lutterbach, DGB Bundesvorstand
Lutz Metz, Environmental Policy Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin
Anja Meyer, Head, Refugee Project of "KulturLeben Berlin"
Florian Moritz, Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB)
Joyce Mushaben, University of Missouri, St. Louis
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
Silke Radosh-Hinder, Vice Superintendent of the Protestant Church District, Berlin-Mitte
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
Uwe Schulte, Director, "Kausa Service Point" at Bildungswerk Kreuzberg
Gesine Schwan, President, Europa Universität "Viadrina", Frankfurt/Oder
Werner Sonne, Chief Reporter, ARD-TV, Berlin
Nihat Sorgec, Bildungswerk Kreuzberg
Folkmar Stoecker, German Foreign Office (ret.)
Aigars Stokenbergs
, Minister for Regional Development, Latvia
Dietrich Thränhardt, University of Münster (ret.)
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)
Birgitta Wodke, Program Manager, "Arbeit und Leben" of Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund/Volkshochschulverband

Claudia Wörmann
, Association of German Industry (BDI), Berlin

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


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