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Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany Photo Copyright: Bundesregierung/Steffen Kugler
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Frank-Walter Steinmeier was born in Detmold (Lippe district) on 5 January 1956. He has been married to Elke Büdenbender since 1995. They have one daughter.

After attending grammar school in Blomberg and doing two years of military service, Frank-Walter Steinmeier began his degree in law at Justus Liebig University in Giessen in 1976. From 1980, he also studied political science. He passed the first state law examination in 1982 and then did his practical legal training in Frankfurt am Main and Giessen. He completed this training when he passed the second state law examination in 1986, after which he worked as a research fellow at the Chair of Public Law and Political Science in Justus Liebig University in Giessen. In 1991, he was awarded a doctorate in law for his thesis "Homeless citizens – the duty to provide housing and the right to a place to live. Traditions and prospects of state intervention to prevent and overcome homelessness".

In the same year, Frank-Walter Steinmeier moved to the State Chancellery of Land Lower Saxony in Hanover, where he worked as a desk officer for media law and policy. In 1993, he became Head of Office to Gerhard Schröder, Minister-President of Land Lower Saxony. The following year, he was appointed Head of the Department for Policy Guidelines and Interministerial Coordination and Planning. Two years later, he became State Secretary and Head of the State Chancellery of Land Lower Saxony.

In 1998, he was appointed State Secretary at the Federal Chancellery and Federal Government Commissioner for the Federal Intelligence Services. He also served as Head of the Federal Chancellery from 1999. Frank-Walter Steinmeier was appointed Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2005 and was also Deputy Chancellor from 2007. In 2009, he won a directly elected seat in a constituency in Land Brandenburg and became a Member of the German Bundestag. The parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany in the German Bundestag elected him as chairperson. Four years later, he became Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs for the second time, and served in this role until January 2017.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Ignatz Bubis Prize for Understanding, the Europe Prize for Political Culture, the Bosphorus Prize for European Understanding, the Willy Brandt Prize, the Tolerance Prize of the Evangelical Academy of Tutzing and the Ecumenical Prize of the Catholic Academy in Bavaria. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by Paderborn University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Piraeus and Ural Federal University of Ekaterinburg. He is also an honorary citizen of the cities of Sibiu and Reims.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected as the twelfth President of the Federal Republic of Germany on 12 February 2017.

Source: http://www.bundespraesident.de/EN/Federal-President/Curriculum-Vitae/curriculumvitae-node.html

Kristina Lunz
Kristina Lunz
Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, Co-Founder and Germany Director Photo Copyright: Dominic Packluat
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Kristina Lunz is an award-winning human rights activist, co-founder and Germany director of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, and advisor to the German Federal Foreign Office. She was also recently named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.
Born in Southern Germany to a working class family, Kristina moved on to study at Oxford and Stanford, where she gained a background in diplomacy, human rights, and psychology. She has since worked around the world in cities including Yangon, Myanmar, and Bogotá, Colombia, for organisations including the UN Development Programme, and as a research advisor to the three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Scilla Elworthy. Kristina has published numerous works for a variety of media outlets including Zeit Online, ze.tt, and the United Nations Association of Germany on issues related to feminist foreign policy, violent extremism, activism, and entrepreneurship.
Above all, as a public speaker and feminist activist she continues to raise her voice against sexism, educational inequality, and racism, with “zero tolerance for social injustice,” as she says.
Emily Yasmin Norris
Emily Yasmin Norris
Consul for Political and Economic Affairs U.S. Consulate General Leipzig
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Emily Yasmin Norris assumed duty as Political, Economic, Management, and Security Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Leipzig for the states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia, in November 2018.

Mrs. Norris joined the Foreign Service in 2009 and has served as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, Indonesia, Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Human Rights Officer with the Office of Iranian Affairs in Washington D.C., and most recently as Assistant Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, she has a degree in Public Policy and International Affairs, with a Certificate in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.  She speaks Farsi, French, Arabic, German, and Indonesian.

Source: https://de.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/leipzig/leipzig-key-officers/emily-norris/

Shakuntala Banerjee
Shakuntala Banerjee
Deputy Head, ZDF TV’s Berlin-Based Department of Political Affairs
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Shakuntala Banerjee was born in Rheydt, North-Rhine-Westfalia and started working with the media during her studies in Bonn. She began her career at ZDF in Erfurt and Mainz, served as Personal Assistant to the editors in chief Nikolaus Brender and Peter Frey, before returning to current affairs as reporter in Hesse. From 2015 to 2019 she was Foreign Correspondent in Brussels. Since March 2019 she holds the position of Deputy Head at ZDF TV’s Berlin-based department of political affairs. Together with Theo Koll, she presents Berlin direkt, a show dedicated to analysing German federal politics, and the Sommerinterviews, inviting Germany’s heads of political parties to an extensive one-on-one talk. Shakuntala Banerjee studied Political Science and International Law at the University of Bonn. She participated in NMUN in 1998 and 1999.
Bradley Bowman
Bradley Bowman
Senior Director, Center on Military and Political Power (CMPP) at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
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Bradley Bowman serves as Senior Director of the Center on Military and Political Power (CMPP) at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

He has served as a National Security Advisor in the U.S. Senate to members of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, as well as an active duty U.S. Army officer, pilot, and Assistant Professor at West Point.

Bradley has nearly nine years of experience in the U.S. Senate.  This includes working for two years as National Security Advisor to U.S. Senator Todd Young (IN), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Bradley served for six years as National Security Advisor (formerly Military Legislative Assistant) to U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH), Chair/Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee.  He also worked as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Prior to working in the Senate, Bradley served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army for more than fifteen years, including positions as a Company Commander, “Blackhawk” pilot, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, Congressional Affairs Officer on the Army staff in the Pentagon, and staff officer in Afghanistan.  At West Point, he taught courses in American politics, American foreign policy, as well as a course entitled “Studies in Grand Strategy: Lessons for U.S. Policy.”

Bradley currently teaches a course entitled ”Congress and U.S. National Security Policy” as an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  He earned an M.A. degree in International Relations from Yale University and B.S. degree in American Politics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

https://www.fdd.org/team/bradley-bowman/

Hannah Birkenkötter
Hannah Birkenkötter
Research Fellow, Humboldt University Berlin Board Member, United Nations Association of Germany Photo Courtesy of Frank Peters
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Hannah Birkenkötter is a research fellow in international law at Humboldt University Berlin with active research agendas in international institutional law with a focus on the United Nations, the rule of law in the UN system, and the argumentative structure of international law with a focus on international courts. Her research interests include international human rights law, collective security, the interplay of international and domestic law and legal theory. Hannah holds law degrees from the Universities of Berlin, Cologne and Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I) and has clerked amongst others with the German Foreign Office (international treaty section) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (Appeals Chamber). She is also a board member of the German UN Association, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that informs the German public about the objectives, institutions and activities of the United Nations and promotes the UN’s core values through public events, educational activities and a range of on- and offline publications. Hannah's interest in the United Nations was first sparked when she participated in NMUN New York over a decade ago. She was a volunteer staff member with NMUN New York for many years and was also on staff at its Korea conference.
Martin Malek
Martin Malek
Civilian Researcher, Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management / Institute for Strategy and Security Policy
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Born in Stockerau, Austria. Dr. in Political Science (Vienna State University, 1991). Since 1997, civilian researcher at the Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management, then at the Institute for Strategy and Security Policy, both of the National Defense Academy in Vienna. Several internships in research institutes and think tanks in Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S.

Areas of interest and expertise: State failing theories, theories of separatism, theories of ethnic conflicts, security and military policy in the Commonwealth of Independent States (especially Russia, Ukraine, South Caucasus), post-Soviet language policy, military-industrial complex and arms trade of the post Soviet republics, relations NATO – CIS and EU – CIS, Eurasian energy policy etc. Author/editor of several books and some 300 articles, published in a dozen countries.

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