- Executive Board
- Regional Directors
- Impact Groups
Carlotta Schilling is Regional Co-Director for Latin America & Caribbean.
Carlotta currently studies International Relations and Economics in her bachelor’s degree at the University of Erfurt and during an exchange semester at the Université Catholique de Lille, France. She works as a student assistant at the Institutional Economics and Economic Policy department and is involved in the student council of her faculty where she is responsible for public relations. Carlotta interned at the German Foreign Ministry in the Crisis Prevention, Stabilization and Post-Conflict Reconstruction unit with a focus on the MENA region, and at the Körber foundation where she gained further experience in project management related to her work for the EUSTORY network. Before Carlotta started studying, she worked as a “weltwärts” volunteer in a day-care center and with a mobile school for street children in Nicaragua, where she also taught German classes at a language academy. Carlotta speaks German, English, French and Spanish.
Lena Apke is Regional Co-Director for Latin America & Caribbean.
Lena is currently working as an intern at the department of sales and foreign trade for the region Latin America for a German automobile company. Prior to this, she graduated with a Bachelor´s degree in International Cultural and Business Studies from the University Passau and studied as an exchange student for one semester in Guadalajara, Mexico. Lena gained practical experience as a volunteer of the German Red Cross in Bolivia and as intern at the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Peru, the German Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mexico-City and Germany Trade and Invest in Bonn. Lena speaks German, English, Spanish and learns Portuguese.
Charlotte Freihse is responsible for press and public relations at IFAIR.
Charlotte is currently in the second year of the master’s programme Peace and Conflict Studies at Otto-von-Guericke University with a focus on Digital Technologies in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Economics from University of Cologne and studied one semester at Universidad de Cartagena in Colombia. Parallel to her studies, Charlotte has gained practical experience through working for the magazines Handelsblatt and Wirtschaftswoche, the department of communications at the German Chamber of Commerce in Madrid and the German public service broadcasters NDR and ARD. She has been a student consultant for international mobility at University of Magdeburg before she started working as a freelancer for the radio station NDR Info and NDR Kultur at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) in Hamburg. Charlotte speaks German, English, Spanish and Italian.
Robert Demendi is Regional Co-Director for EU & Europe.
Robert is currently pursuing a Masters in “International Relations – European Studies” at the Andrássy University Budapest. His thematic focus is on EU policies, Public Diplomacy and EU foreign and security policy. Robert’s other research interests include the mechanisms of cooperation and power relations between EU institutions and the influence of lobby groups on the European legislative process. In the course of his Master’s studies he was a trainee at the German Federal Foreign Office, in the Economic Department of the “Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union” in Brussels. Prior to this, Robert completed a bachelor’s degree in “Energy and Resource Management” and specialized in European and German energy and climate policy. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he completed two internships in Brussels in the field of public affairs. Robert speaks German, English and has basic knowledge of Spanish.
Julien Strandt is Regional Co-Director for EU & Europe.
Julien is currently enrolled in a triple master programme, studying International and European Governance as well as International Affairs. He spends his time between the University of Münster in Germany, Sciences Po Lille in France, and the European campus of the Johns Hopkins University in Italy. During his bachelor, also in Lille and Münster, he specialised in international security and defence matters, writing his thesis about the future of European defence. Julien has gained practical knowledge through internships with the Economic Council in Germany, the Centre for International Crisis and Conflict Studies in Belgium, and at the French Parliament. He speaks German, French, English, Italian, and is learning Russian.
Jessica Kininger is an executive board member and responsible for Website and Social Media.
Jessica studied Regional Studies Asia/Africa and Economics at the Humboldt University in Berlin and Kasetsart University in Bangkok. Her focus was on society and transformation in Southeast Asia. She conducted fieldwork in Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. She has worked in various foundations and NGOs in the field of communication and has experiences in project and event management as well as in public relations and online communication. She is currently studying Language and Communication at TU Berlin. Jessica speaks German, English, Thai, Lao and Spanish.
Florian Schöler is an executive board member and responsible for IFAIR’s member management.
He currently works as a legal clerk in the diplomatic protocol division of the German parliament in Berlin. He has finished an LL.M. in international criminal law at the University of Amsterdam and Columbia Law School in New York. He spent most of his time studying for the German law diploma at Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, from where he also worked for an international law firm in Frankfurt. He has previously spent a year studying in Glasgow and interned with both the German Foreign Office in Saigon as well as with a small law firm in Lima. He has been active in various NGOs for over a decade, providing manpower and later legal advice to political integration projects, legal counselling for refugees and private sea rescue. He spent some time teaching English in Colombia before he started studying. Florian speaks German, English, French and Spanish.
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.
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.
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!