Keynote – Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Netherlands

Schuwer Henne blauweachtergrond (2)In a 36-year career with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the emphasis of the work of Henne Schuwer has been on the European Union and the Transatlantic relations. Since the Netherlands EEC Presidency in 1986, he has been involved in all the Netherlands’ Presidencies, ending with his Chairmanship of Coreper I in 2004. He has chaired various working groups in the field of structural funds and CFSP and was secretary of the EU-Coordination Committee in the Netherlands. On the transatlantic side he has, due to two assignments in the US, extensive knowledge of US politics and trade issues. At NATO he was responsible for the Bucharest Summit in 2008 and the Strassbourg-Kehl Summit in 2009.


United in Diversity or Fortress Europe? Tackling the Evolving Migration Crisis

PADr. Philipp Ackermann joined the German Foreign Service after he received a Ph.D. in art history from Bonn University. He currently serves as the DCM of the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. Until March 2014, he worked as Deputy Special Representative and head of the Task Force Afghanistan/Pakistan in Berlin. Among other appointments, Dr. Ackermann has served at the German Embassy in Rabat, Morocco and at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York. In 2002, he became the principal speechwriter to former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. From 2005-2006 he worked in the private office of Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier. In 2006, Dr. Ackermann accepted an assignment as civilian head of the German PRT in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and from 2007 to 2010 oversaw the Political Department of the German Embassy in New Delhi, India.

Klaus BotzetKlaus Botzet joined the European Union Delegation to the United States in March 2014 as Head of the Political, Security and Development Section. An experienced diplomat, he has served for more than two decades in the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. Most recently, Mr. Botzet served at the Foreign Office headquarters in Berlin, as Director/Head of Division of the U.S. and Canada office. He was responsible for monitoring German and EU relations with those nations and advising for all foreign policy aspects of EU-U.S. relations, particularly the Common Foreign and Security Policy cooperation with the U.S. on the Middle East, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. He was previously Legal Advisor and Consul General at the German Embassy in Washington, DC, and a Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. A native of Krefeld/ Duesseldorf in Germany, Mr. Botzet earned degrees in law in Bavaria, following law studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, the University of Geneva, the University of Strasbourg, and the University of Bonn.

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David DiGiovanna, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, currently serves as Deputy Director of the Office of Multilateral Coordination and External Relations at the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. He has more than seven years’ experience in humanitarian and migration affairs, first at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, where he was primary U.S. Government liaison with the International Organization for Migration, and subsequently at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels where he monitored and reported on EU policy related to humanitarian and refugee assistance, migration and asylum issues. The bulk of his Foreign Service career, however, has been spent in Asia working on trade and economic policy, including three tours in Indonesia, and assignments to Bangladesh and Japan. He also served a one-year detail at USTR’s Office of Trade and Environmental Policy. David holds a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary and is a native of New York.

emgportraitDr. Elżbieta M. Goździak is Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University. She has held positions with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the US Department of Health and Human Services, and she previously taught at the Howard University’s School of Social Work. Prior to immigrating to the US, Dr. Goździak received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, where she later was an Assistant Professor of Anthropology. She is a recipient of two Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research in Poznan as well as a residential fellowship in Bellagio, Italy to participate in the Migration Dialogue sponsored by the Rockefeller and the German Marshal Foundations. Her book Trafficked Children and Adolescents in the United States: Reimagining Survivors will be published in spring of this year.

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Dr. Demetrios G. Papademetriou is Distinguished Senior Fellow, Co-Founder and President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), and President of MPI Europe. Dr. Papademetriou has published more than 270 books, monographs, articles and research reports on migration and related issues, and advises senior government officials, foundations, and civil society organizations in dozens of countries. He also convenes the Transatlantic Council on Migration and the Regional (North American) Migration Study Group, and is Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of Metropolis.

European (In)Security: Addressing External Threats and Pressures

Motria PictureMotria M. Chaban currently serves as the International Republican Institute’s Program Officer for Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan in the Eurasia Division.  In her position, she designs and implements programming which seeks to strengthen political parties, foster mechanisms for transparent and participatory governance, support the next generation of political activists, and develop a more transparent electoral system.  Last spring, Motria took a sabbatical to teach American Politics and Foreign Policy at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. She received a Master’s degree in  German and European Studies.  Prior to graduate school, she worked and studied in Austria on a Fulbright scholarship.  She also worked at the United States Tri-Mission to Austria in Vienna.  Motria received a bachelor’s degree in government and German from the University of Notre Dame.


Thomas CunninghamThomas Cunningham serves as  the Energy Diplomacy Officer for Europe at the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources since 2013, he serves as a senior foreign policy advisor on European energy issues.  Mr. Cunningham worked on climate change and energy policy legislation in the U.S. Senate in 2009.  Since he joined the State Department in 2003, Mr. Cunningham has served at U.S. Embassy Budapest and in the Bureaus of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, European and Eurasian Affairs, Economic Affairs, and Diplomatic Security.  Mr. Cunningham teaches a graduate course on European energy security at Georgetown’s BMW Center for German and European Studies.  His interest in transatlantic energy issues has included fellowships with the Atlantik-Bruecke association, the EU Visitors Program, the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., and the University of Bonn.  He holds an M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Colorado College.

Peter Eng photoPeter Engelke is a Resident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, which aims to enhance analysis and policymaking through understanding future challenges and opportunities at global scale. His work involves identifying and assessing long-range trends, connecting them to current challenges, and designing innovative strategic responses for policymakers and thought leaders in Washington and beyond. Dr. Engelke’s project work at the Council examines how trends in demography, technology, economy, and geopolitics are shaping US national security and the transatlantic alliance, how rapid global urbanization is shifting the global governance challenge for foreign and security policymakers, how technological changes are altering labor markets in Europe and the United States, and how global trends are affecting food, water, and energy security in Africa and the Atlantic basin.

BrentBrent Goff is the Chief News Anchor for Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster in Berlin. With a passion for politics and foreign affairs, Goff hosts his own DW talk show, “AGENDA,” and he is also DW’s main anchor. Deutsche Welle’s AGENDA with Brent Goff Goff’s broad news presence ranges from CNN in Berlin and Washington, Time Magazine in Germany and German radio stations to news outlets in the U.S., NewsChannel11 in North Carolina and mid-Missouri’s own KOMU-TV. Before working as a television and online journalist in Germany, he has produced and reported at CNN, NBC and ABC in the US. Brent Goff has a Master’s degree in German & European Studies from the BMW Center for German & European Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He hold three Bachelor degrees in German, Political Science & Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a Fulbright and a Bosch Fellowship alum.


Confronting External Forces: Europe in a Global Context

Studio Session-4528Salvatore Berger  is graduate student enrolled in a dual degree master’s program between the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris, in European Affairs. He also obtained a BA from Sciences Po’s Euro-American campus in Reims and studied at Boston College for a year. His areas of interests are European foreign policy as well as transatlantic relations. In Paris, he is a member of the Parisian Youth Council, an advisory committee to the Paris municipal authority, working on local issues such as urban-ism, youth engagement and local environmental policies. Mr. Berger worked in the fields of public relations and journalism. Growing up between France and Switzerland, he remains strongly attached to multiculturalism and has gained a taste for international cooperation. Advocating for a further modernization of the European Union, he believes in the importance of a renewed common European foreign policy. He thinks that the current challenges of the Union must be taken as an opportunity to drive forward the Union’s cooperation in terms of defense or environmental policies.

Hlavka photoJakub Hlávka is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. His research addresses R&D investment by the public and private sector; the impacts of innovation on health care and the theory and practice of national security. Since joining RAND, he has contributed to studies for NASA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, and other national and international clients. Prior to joining RAND, he served in research and consulting roles at the Fraunhofer Society in Leipzig, Germany, at RAND Europe in Cambridge, UK, and Brussels, Belgium, and at the Czech Government and Ministry of Finance in Prague. He has worked on intellectual property regulation, defense and aerospace industry trade, additive manufacturing (3D printing), fight against corruption and the regulation of derivative trading. Mr. Hlávka received his master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University specializing in technology policy, and his undergraduate degree in international trade from the University of Economics in Prague. He has also joined the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Prague Security Studies Institute as a regulatory and security policy scholar.

Unbehaun headshotSarah Unbehaun is pursuing a dual degree (Master of Public Policy/Master of Arts in German and European Studies) at the McCourt School of Public Policy and Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. During the 2015-2016 academic year, she is on an exchange at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where she focuses her studies on energy and climate policies. She has real-world experience in a variety of social policy topics, having worked in Washington State for the Senate Committee Services, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, and Department of Labor and Industries. Most recently, she interned for the Commerce Branch of the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, DC. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with majors in Government and German Studies and a year of study abroad in Hamburg.

bw_bearbeitetElisabeth Winter is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS), a collaboration of Freie Universität Berlin, Hertie School of Governance, and Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). Her dissertation examines the role of international institutions in global economic governance, focusing on the politics of trade in services. Related research interests are the political implications of trade agreements, transatlantic relations, and EU/US foreign policy. Ms. Winter received her bachelor’s degree in International Socio-Economics from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. She graduated in North American Studies from Freie Universität Berlin, specializing in US politics and economics. She also spent a semester abroad at Indiana University Bloomington, and finalized her master’s thesis on institutional choice in the global political economy as a visiting student at the Transatlantic Business Council (TABC) in Washington, DC. During her studies, Ms. Winter interned at the UNHCR and worked at several research institutions, including the WZB and the IAB, the research institute of the German Federal Employment Agency. Ms. Winter is currently in charge of a transnational youth project on TTIP. The EU-funded project aims to promote knowledge and foster engagement among younger generations on global matters.

Challenges from Within: Navigating Internal Divisions

Luke DevenishLuke Devenish is currently studying his masters’ degree in European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Poland) as part of the 2015-16 Chopin Promotion. His major is ‘The EU as a Global Actor’ and his studies focus on the European Unions’ external relations, including Transatlantic, Russian, and particularly East Asian relations. Previously, he has studied a bachelors’ degree in Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Leicester, in the UK, where he researched the ancient civilizations of northern Europe. Luke grew up in a small village in the south of England before moving to university. After receiving his B.A., Mr. Devenish relocated to another small village in South Korea, where he spent over a year teaching English as a foreign language at the local high-school. He now resides in Warsaw, Poland were he studies his masters’ degree

© 2015 www.vegeldaniel.comFatlum Gashi is a graduate student at the School of Public Policy at Central European University studying Public Administration with concentration on Governance and Development. His bachelor’s degree is in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Iliria College in Prishtina, Kosovo.  He was awarded an Undergraduate Exchange Fellowship through Kosovo UGRAD, to attend one academic year at the Global Studies department of the North Central College (NCC) in Naperville, USA. Afterwards, Mr. Gashi interned as a Research Assistant at the Ministry of European Integration of Kosovo, where he compiled major reports on the progress of Kosovo in its path towards European Union integration. Additionally, he is a regular blogger for the New-Perspektiva NGO, writing about the current political and social events in Kosovo as well as in the region.

KolovosAmaleia Kolovos is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her primary fields of study are international political economy and comparative politics. Ms. Kolovos ‘s research focus is on comparative regionalism as her dissertation research analyzes critical factors associated with regional cooperation in Latin American organizations. Her past work includes a comparative analysis between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the European Union. Her academic interest in the European Union began during her undergraduate career and was sparked by her Greek heritage. She looks forward to the opportunity to discuss the potential implications of a Greek exit through a political economy lens during this symposium. Ms. Kolovos received her B.A. in political science from the University of Colorado Denver followed by her M.A. in political science from Portland State University.

SMSilvia Merler is a PhD student in European and Eurasian Studies at SAIS Johns Hopkins and an Affiliate Fellow at Bruegel, Bruxelles Economic Think Tank. Her research interests include international macro and financial economics, with a special focus on capital flows and the European dimension of policy making. Before joining Bruegel, she worked as Economic Analyst in the DG Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission (ECFIN), in particular on macro-financial stability as well as financial assistance and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). She holds a MSc in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan and graduated in 2011 with a thesis on Current Account Imbalances within the Euro Area. Ms. Merler obtained a BA in Economics and Social Sciences from the same university in 2008, with a thesis on Ukraine and Moldova in the European Neighbourhood Policy.