- Executive Board
- Regional Directors
- Impact Groups
Joana Westphal is director for “Middle East & North Africa” and member of the Impact Group Common Remembrance, Future Relations.
Joana graduated in 2016 with a degree in Arabic and International Relations from the University of St Andrews and currently reads for the MSc in Sociology at the University of Oxford. Besides her studies, she worked with the St Andrews Coexistence Initiative to foster interfaith dialogue and understanding through student events and conferences on the topics of politics, society and religion. She has interned with the Regional Office Gulf States of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Amman, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York and the European Parliament in Brussels. Joana speaks German, English, French and Arabic.
Katja Plambeck is a member of the Impact Group EU-ASEAN Perspectives.
Katja studied Political Science and French Philology at the Free University of Berlin and at Sciences Po Paris (Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris). Currently, she is in the second year of her Master’s degree in International Relations at the Humboldt-University, the Free University and at the University of Potsdam. In her studies, she focuses on the EU, ASEAN and on Southeast Asia. She has complemented her academic focal points by internships in Singapore and Jakarta. At the moment, she is completing a traineeship in the EU Mission to ASEAN in Jakarta. She has previously gained work experience as a student assistant with the ‘Training for International Diplomats” at the German Federal Foreign Office, as an intern in the German Bundestag and as an intern and later as a student assistant with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Katja speaks English and French and has basic knowledge in Russian.
Maximilian Fricke is regional director for “North America” and member of the Impact Group Foreign Policy Talks.
Maximilian is a master´s student in National and International Administration and Policy at the University of Potsdam. He also works part-time in government relations for a foreign industrial group. Maximilian completed his bachelor´s degree in Business, Economics and Political Studies in Berlin in 2016. After, he started a one-year training programme with the German American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago, IL, where he gained extensive knowledge of the United States. Maximilian speaks German, English and French.
Sahra Rausch is member of the Impact Group “Common Remembrance, Future Relations”.
Sahra graduated in 2016 with a degree in political sciences from Free University of Berlin. She specialized in remembrance politics, post-colonialism, and feminist and queer studies. At the moment, she is preparing her PhD-proposal on emotions in post-colonial remembrance politics. Sahra studied a year at Institut d’Études Politiques in Lyon and another semester at Middle Eastern Technical University in Ankara. Besides her studies, she is working as a trainer in political youth education. She has interned with the Regional Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Cameroon, the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) in Düsseldorf and volunteered in a social project in Guatemala. Sahra speaks German, English, French, some Spanish and has basic knowledge in Turkish.
Yunus Emre is assistant of the regional department “Eastern Europe and Eurasia”.
Yunus Emre currently pursues a dual Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations between the Free University of Berlin and King’s College London. Previously, he completed his bachelor´s degree in Political Science at the University of Hamburg and Zurich. He gained work experience during internships at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy in Hamburg and the Center for Strategic Research at the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Ankara. Moreover, he has participated in a summer school of the Institute of Legislation under the Government of the Russian Federation in Moscow. Yunus Emre speaks German, English and Turkish.
Nice to meet you!
Here they are: Everyone actively involved in IFAIR. Regional directors head one of the regional areas in our Think Tank. You also find everyone who is currently part of our Impact Groups and the five members of our Executive Board. Most people have more than one role at the same time. Contact anyone you find here if you have something you want to ask or tell us!