South & East Asia

Noble Credits: False Hope and True Despairs – On the Political Economy of Microcredit
1. July 2011

The disbursing of small credit amounts is hailed as prime pathway out of poverty. But is it really? The case for their high interest rates is poor, the claim of high repayment rates doubtful. I found many former customers entrapped in a vicious cycle of loans. Lastly, micro-credit loans played their part in changing the consumption pattern of rural people, and, in passing, reshaped their life style by integrating them with the international capitalist system.

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India, China and the Influence-Seeking Game in Nepal
2. June 2011

Nepal has increasingly become a place of great power competition between its neighbors India and China. Both the decision not to allow the Tibetan refugee population to vote for its government-in-exile in March of this year and the recent visit of the Chinese army chief who promised a military aid package worth $19 million indicate strong Chinese presence. As India moves to counter Chinese actions, political progress in Nepal will be undermined.

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South & East Asia

Asien
Regional Director

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  • Florian Winkler
    Florian Winkler
    Regional Director South & East Asia
  • Hannah Elten
    Hannah Elten
    Regional Director South & East Asia
  • Dr. Kilian Spandler
    Dr. Kilian Spandler
    Executive Board
Florian Winkler
Regional Director South & East Asia

Florian Winkler is co-director for “South & East Asia” and is programme partner in the Impact Group EU-ASEAN Perspectives.

Florian works as a research assistant at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, contributing to the think tank’s work on peace & security and rising powers & global governance. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where he focused on international relations and international political economy. During his studies, he spent a semester abroad at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he also worked as a research assistant on international trade. Previously, Florian was an intern with GPPi and gained work experience at the German Mission to the United Nations in New York, the German Bundestag and the foreign affairs department of Germany’s federal press and information office. He grew up in Singapore, the United States and Germany and implemented social projects in Cambodia and India during high school. Florian speaks German, English and Spanish.

Contact: Florian.Winkler@ifair.eu

Hannah Elten
Regional Director South & East Asia

Hannah Elten is co-director for “South & East Asia” and is programme partner in the Impact Group EU-ASEAN Perspectives.

Hannah studied International Relations, Political Economy and Asian Studies in a dual degree between the Institut d’Études Politiques Paris and the University of Sydney since 2012. She has been active in the European Youth Parliament and, more recently, organized delegations from the University of Sydney to different Model United Nations Conferences. She was a Youth Ambassador for Oxfam Australia, aiming to get more young people involved with charity work. Hannah gained professional experience in the fields of Development and International Relations by working as an Intern at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Tunisia, as well as at the German Trade Office in Taipei and imug Consulting in Hannover. She is a scholarship holder of the Ev. Studienwerk Villigst and of the German Academic Exchange Service. Hannah speaks German, English, French and some Mandarin.

Contact: Hannah.Elten@ifair.eu

Dr. Kilian Spandler
Executive Board

Dr Kilian Spandler is an executive board member and responsible for IFAIR’s members and diversity management.

Kilian completed his PhD in International Relations at the University of Tübingen in 2016. His thesis dealt with the development of regional institutions in Europe and Southeast Asia. From October 2015 to March 2016, he was a PhD completion grant fellow at the KFG “The Transformative Power of Europe” at the Free University Berlin. Kilian received his M.A. degree in Political Science, Sociology and Economy from the University of Würzburg in 2012. He spent a semester studying at the Université de Genève and the Geneva Graduate Institute and has conducted research on regionalism in various projects at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the Freie Universität Berlin and in other research groups. Together with Lukas Rudolph and Steffen Murau, he founded IFAIR’s Impact Group “EU-ASEAN Perspectives”. Kilian speaks German, English, French and Indonesian.

Contact: Kilian.Spandler@ifair.eu