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Organizing Committee

 

Kai Brückerhoff, Head of the Organizing Committee

Jacqueline Austermann, Marketing/PR

Jan Bockstiegel , Sponsoring

Lukas Brantner, Panel Speakers

Christian Brei, Sponsoring

Anna-Luise Chané, Logistics

Teresa Conrad, Panel Speakers, Marketing/PR

Maximilian Eber, Panel Speakers

William Greif, Panel Speakers, Sponsoring

Henning Greiser, Sponsoring

Alexander Haas, Panel Speakers

Achim Harzheim, Marketing/PR, Registration

Michael Köhler, Logistics

Verena Kroth, Panel Speakers

Julia Lange, Sponsoring

Mitja Müller, Panel Speakers, Sponsoring

Gudrun Paulsen, Marketing, PR

Matthias Rossbach, Panel Speakers

Andreas Schaab, Panel Speakers

Bryan Scheler, Marketing, Panel Speakers

Thomas Schneider, Sponsoring

Torben Schulz, Panel Speakers

Valerie von der Tann, Marketing/PR, Registration

Alexa Tiemann, Panel Speakers, Website

Fabian Tögel, Panel Speakers, Logistics

Dominic Tschoepe, Documentation/Evaluation

Rebecca Vogels, Panel Speakers

 

Kai Brückerhoff
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, MPP 2014
Head of the Organizing Committee

Kai Brückerhoff is a 2014 MPP Candidate and McCloy Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously spent four years at Goldman Sachs in the firm's Investment Banking Division, where he was based out of the London office with a primary focus on merger and acquisition advisory in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2008, Kai graduated from the University of Oxford (Trinity College) with a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Economics & Management. His key academic interests in Harvard are international diplomacy, US foreign policy, geopolitical conflicts as well as negotiation theory.
His extracurricular interests include modern art, architecture, skiing and tennis.

Jacqueline Austermann
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, PhD Candidate
Marketing/PR

Jacqueline Austermann is working towards her PhD in Geophysics at Harvard’s Earth and Planetary Science Department. After a Bachelor in Physics at the Technical University Darmstadt she pursued an internship at the Environmental Consulting section of Deloitte, which sparked her interest in the Earth's system. She continued with a Master in Geophysics at LMU Munich and graduated in 2011.
Jacqueline is a former scholar of the Foundation of German Industry (sdw) and was given a Peirce fellowship when she came to Harvard. Her PhD thesis deals with understanding past sea level variations to work towards a better understanding of the Earth's climate system.
Beyond her academic work she is interested in Energy, Environment and Sustainability.

Lukas Brantner
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, PhD Candidate
Panel Speakers

Lukas Brantner is a PhD candidate at the Harvard Department of Mathematics with current research interests lying in the intersection of algebraic geometry and topology, in particular in the homotopy invariants of algebraic varieties.
Born and raised in Freiburg im Breisgau, he graduated with a Master of Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2012. During his studies, he was a scholar of the German National Merit Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD and St. John's College Cambridge. In 2010, he was awarded a summer research fellowship at the California Instutute of Technology, where he researched with Danny Calegari in the area of geometric group theory. In 2011, he was president of the mathematical Adams' society.
In his free time, Lukas plays the violin and sails on the Black Forest Schluchsee, where he is also involved as a sailing trainer.

Anna-Luise Chané
Harvard Law School, LLM 2013
Logistics

Anna-Luise Chané is a 2013 Master of Laws candidate at Harvard Law School and an ERP Scholar of the German Ministry of Economy and Technology and the German National Academic Foundation. She studied law at the University of Cologne and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and completed internships with the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Brussels and the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. In addition she was a research assistant at the Chair for Public International Law, European Law, European and International Economic Law at the University of Cologne. As a law clerk, she worked for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and served among others in the Consulate General in Los Angeles and in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Teresa Conrad
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, MPP 2014
Panel Speakers, Marketing/PR

Teresa Conrad is McCloy Fellow and first-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Before coming to Harvard she worked as a consultant for the public and non-profit sector in Berlin, Germany. She was involved in projects on regional economic development, innovation, energy, and sustainability policy, and over the last year started focusing on Social Innovation, Strategic Philanthropy and Impact Investing in particular.
Teresa holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen.

Maximilian Eber
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, PhD Candidate
Panel Speakers

Maximilian Eber is a PhD Candidate and Ashford Fellow at Harvard’s Economics Department. His research interests lie in international economics and financial markets. He previously studied Mathematics, Economics, and Philosophy at Oxford University and at the London School of Economics. During his studies, Maximilian gained work experience in banking, consulting, venture capital, and monetary policy.
In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, jazz piano, backcountry skiing, and photography.

William Greif
Harvard College
Panel Speakers, Sponsoring

William Greif is a visiting student in his senior year at Harvard College. Currently he is pursuing undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and in Economics from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. Prior to his time at Harvard William studied in Copenhagen with an ERASMUS Scholarship.

Henning Greiser
MIT Sloan School of Manangement
Sponsoring

Henning Greiser is a final year Master’s student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he focuses on transportation management. Prior to this program, he worked as an aviation consultant for ICF SH&E in New York and gained additional work experience at Lufthansa and Air Berlin.
Henning received his undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews in Economics and International Relations and spent a year at HEC Paris and the University of California San Diego. While he has had the opportunity to live and work in a number of countries, he has a long list of places he still wants to visit. But whenever time permits, there is no spot in the world where he would rather be than the Borussia Park in Mönchengladbach to support his favorite team.

Alexander Haas
Harvard College, Visiting Student
Panel Speakers

Alexander Haas is a third-year visiting student at Harvard College, completing his undergraduate degree in International Economics at the University of Tübingen, Germany. He is a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service and enjoys the chance to experience the wide array of curricular and extracurricular activities Harvard offers its undergraduates. Alex loves travelling and is interested in foreign cultures, a passion that arose while spending 9 months in Australia and New Zealand prior to his studies.

Achim Harzheim
Harvard College, Class of 2016
Logistics/Facilities

Achim is a current freshman at the Harvard College, who intends to concentrate in Physics with a secondary in Economics. Born in Bonn he grew up in Mainz where he also made his Abitur. In his free time Achim rows as a member of the Harvard Freshman Crew.

Michael Köhler
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, MPA 2013
Logistics

Michael Köhler studied English literature and language, Physical Education and Dance in Marburg (Germany) and London. After an internship with McKinsey & Company he worked for a non-profit school group (Phorms Education) and was responsible for founding and developing bilingual schools (K-12) in Germany. He is particulary interested in social entrepreneurship and education. Currently, he is a Master of Public Administration candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and a McCloy Fellow.

Verena Kroth
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Fellow
Marketing/PR, Registration

Verena Kroth is a PhD Candidate at the London School of Economics and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Government and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. Her research interests are in the field of political economy, in particular in relation to fiscal policy, public service delivery and electoral politics in Sub-Saharan Africa. Verena holds a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick and an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics. During her studies, Verena volunteered in a refugee camp in Ghana, spent a year at Sciences Po Paris and a semester at the University of Cape Town, and interned at the German Embassy in Washington D.C., the European Commission, the OECD and the EBRD.

Julia Lange
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Fellow
Sponsoring

Julia Lange is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a doctoral candidate at the University of Hamburg. Her dissertation focuses on the politics of memory of Americans of German descent and its interrelation with the Holocaust discourse. Julia holds an M.A. degree from the University of Hamburg in American Studies, English Literature and Law. During her graduate studies, she spent a year at Oxford University and interned with the German Foreign Office in London and with the German Mission to the United Nations in New York. Julia is a scholar of the Studienstiftung.
Her extracurricular interests include playing the piano, middle distance running, skiing and the arts in general.

Mitja Müller
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, MPP 2014
Panel Speakers, Sponsoring

Mitja Mueller is a McCloy Fellow and MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. His main academic interests are education policy and international affairs.
From 2010 to 2012, Mitja worked as a Fellow of Teach First Deutschland, teaching politics, English and ethics at a school in Berlin-Neukölln. He also started the school's guidance counseling system. Previously, he worked as a management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group.
Mitja has an MA in International Relations and Modern History from the University of St Andrews. During his studies, he also spent a year at UCLA, where he was strongly involved with the primary campaign of then Sen. Obama.
An avid runner and soccer player, Mitja is thrilled at the prospect of (perhaps, maybe) running the Boston Marathon sometime in the next two years and of getting up on Saturday mornings to watch German soccer for breakfast.

Gudrun Paulsen

Marketing, PR

Gudrun Paulsen studied Business Administration at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and the University of Warwick, UK, focusing on Marketing, Public & Nonprofit Management and Psychology. During her studies, she gained work experience with several public and private institutions and was involved in development activities at Plan International, a children’s rights organization working with communities in many countries to alleviate child poverty. Gudrun was a scholar of the German National Merit Foundation and a Bronnbach Scholar of the Federation of German Industries.
As a trained classical singer in both solo and ensemble, Gudrun is passionate for music and the arts and she also loves spending her free time with Alpine sports, running or dancing.

Matthias Rossbach
Harvard Law School
Panel Speakers

Matthias Rossbach is a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, where he works on his German doctoral dissertation (Humboldt University, Berlin) in the field of public law.
Before coming to Harvard, he received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Yale Law School, where he was an ERP scholar of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and a scholar of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Previously, he studied law at the University of Cambridge (UK) and the University of Münster and obtained his First and Second State Exam.
Matthias gained practical experience in several public and private organizations such as the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (Bundesverfassungsgericht), the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), the European Parliament, the law firm Hengeler Mueller and the political section of the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Bryan Scheler
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Fellow
Marketing, Panel Speakers

Bryan Scheler is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a doctoral candidate at the University of Mannheim. His research interests are in the field of responsible investments, social impact and blended value, particularly on normative considerations and the relationship between financial and social returns.
Bryan holds a graduate business degree from the University of Mannheim, focusing on finance, accounting and philosophy. During his studies, he spent a year at the University of Hong Kong and Korea University and gained working experience with several companies, especially in the area of corporate finance, banking and consulting.
Bryan is a scholar of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and a Bronnbach Scholar of the Federation of German Industries. In his free time, you might find him in the mountains, running or on the tennis court.

Thomas Schneider
Harvard Graduate School of Design, MDes
Sponsoring

Dr. Thomas Schneider is an MDes candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design with concentration in Real Estate Investment and Finance. His main academic interests are real estate derivatives and structuring of complex real estate deals.
Thomas started his professional career in 2005 when he joined Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Transaction Advisory Group. During his time at Ernst & Young, Mr. Schneider worked on major real estate transactions such as the 2.1 billion sale of the real estate portfolio from Dresdner Bank to the Fortress Investment Group LLC. In 2007, he moved to the Global Real Estate Group of Lehman Brothers. Activities of Lehman Brothers Global Real Estate Group include senior, junior and mezzanine financing as well as equity transactions. Thomas currently heads the real estate investment division of the boutique Swiss based real estate private equity company Limmat Group AG. Thomas received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Doctor of Economics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
As an avid fisherman and runner, Thomas tries to spend most of his free time in the nature.

Torben Schulz
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, MPA 2014
Support

Torben Schulz is a 2014 Master of Public Administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School where his interests lie in social business and international security. Before moving to Cambridge, he worked for approx. 5 years at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in São Paulo and Frankfurt with a focus on the Brazilian automotive industry and the German public sector. Torben holds a Diploma in Business Administration of the University of Münster and a double degree with the Montpellier Graduate School of Management. In his free time, Torben is passionate for cooking, hiking and following soccer. He is now keen to learn sailing during his time in Cambridge.

Valerie von der Tann
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, MPP 2014
Marketing/PR, Registration

Valerie von der Tann is a 2014 Master of Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and a McCloy Scholar. Prior to her Master studies, Valerie worked for 2.5 years for McKinsey&Company, a global management consultancy firm, where she focused on energy, transport, and infrastructure projects.
She holds a B.A. degree in Economics and a B.A. degree in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen. During her undergraduate studies, Valerie also gained work experience in several public and private sector organizations such as the German Embassy in Washington D.C., the German Parliament, Deutsche Bank and Booz & Company.

Alexa Tiemann
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Fellow
Panel Speakers, Website

Alexa Tiemann is a PhD Candidate at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Government in Harvard. Her research interests are development economics, international economics and economic history.
She holds a graduate degree from the University of Tübingen. Subsequently, she worked as Senior Associate for KPMG DTG AG in the field of financial services in Frankfurt, and as a consultant on private sector development for the World Bank in Africa.

Dominic Tschoepe

Documentation

Dominic was born and grew up in Frankfurt am Main/Germany. He studied architecture in Frankfurt am Main and in Ascoli Piceno/Italy (Socrates/Erasmus scholarship) and he is a passionate photographer. Dominic was trained and worked for several years at the Hochtief AG and following this he was an employee and freelance architect for architectural offices in the Rhine-Main region and Augsburg. He is married, has a son and has been living with his family in Cambridge/MA, USA since 2011. Parallel to his photography he works for architectural offices in Germany and Turkey. Dominic is intrigued by the challenge to build skills in different sports, such as rowing and gliding and he loves to travel.

Fabian Tögel
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, MPA 2014
Logistics, Panel Speakers

Fabian Tögel is a 2014 Master in Public Administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. He previously worked with the Clinton Foundation in India on HIV care, most recently as senior advisor at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Having volunteered for over 15 years for a German NGO which he now chairs, he founded and keeps funding a free K-12 boarding school for indigenous children in Central India where he spent over a year for the German ‘Peace Corps’. Fabian holds a medical degree from the University of Munich which funded his participation in a curriculum reform program including a Harvard Medical School medicine core clerkship at a Boston hospital. He has a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health from where he received an Albert Schweitzer Award. He is a member of the Bavarian Chamber of Physicians and alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation.

Rebecca Vogels
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Fellow
Panel Speakers

Rebecca Vogels is a DAAD scholar and visiting fellow of the Music Department at Harvard University. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Universität der Künste Berlin and is writing her thesis on the American composer John Cage and musical time. Rebecca was a lecturer at the University of Vienna, the University of Salzburg and the American Heritage Association (AHA) prior to coming to Harvard. Her teaching and research interests are Music in the 20th Century, Music and Place, and Music and the visual arts.
In her free time, Rebecca likes to travel and explore new cities, museums and the local cuisine.