Franz-Lothar Altmann

Associate Professor, University of Bucharest

Franz-Lothar Altmann is Associate Professor at the UNESCO Department for Intercultural and Interreligious Exchanges at Bucharest State University. He is also member of the Board of the Southeast Europe Association. He is (co-) editor of the Journal for Southeast European and Black Sea Studies and of Tirana Observer. His publications encompass 10 books and more than 277 scientific articles. He held teaching appointments and research stipends at Economický Ústav, the German Air Force Officers’ College, Boston University, the Woodrow Wilson Center, Tohoku University, Onassis Foundation and Portland State University.

Christoph Beier

Program Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Tbilisi

Christoph Beier was the Vice Chair of the Management Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and is currently heading a regional project on Good Governance in South Caucasus from Georgia. Before, Christoph Beier held various leading management positions within GIZ, heading the Planning and Development Department and various Regional Departments. He advised the Ministry of the Interior of Indonesia on decentralization and worked as research and teaching assistant to the chair for economics and social geography at the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Stefan Empter

Senior Advisor, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh

Stefan Empter is Senior Advisor as well as Member of the Management Committee of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. He studied Economics and Sociology and gained a PhD from the University of Augsburg. He has been working for the Bertelsmann Stiftung since 1989. Until 2020, Stefan Empter has been Senior Director of the Program Shaping Sustainable Economies. He is engaged in a number of advisory boards of other foundations and institutions – e.g. of the “Institute for Economic Education” (IÖB) at the University of Oldenburg (2006 to 2020) as well as the Global Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD) of the OECD Development Centre (2014 to 2020). In addition, Stefan Empter is Chairman and CEO of the Stiftung Wirtschaft Verstehen in Essen.

Klaus Bodemer

Independant Scholar, Berlin

Klaus Bodemer is a political scientist and expert on Latin America. He was Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies in Hamburg from 1996 to 2006 and Senior Fellow of the GIGA from 2006 to 2018. In 2000, he was appointed professor at the University of Hamburg. His work as project manager at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation took him to Montevideo, Uruguay, from 1991 to 1994. In the course of his academic career, he has been employed at various national and international universities as well as the Rhineland-Palatinate University of Education. His work focuses on international relations and Latin America studies.

Jörg Faust

Director, German Institute for Development Evaluation, Bonn

Jörg Faust is director of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) in Bonn and Vice-Chair of the OECD/DAC Network on Development Evaluation (EvalNet). Previously he was head of department at the German Development Institute (DIE) and Extraordinary Professor of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He studied Business Administration, Economics and Political Science at Mannheim University and received his doctoral degree in Political Science at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. He authored numerous scientific and practice- oriented publications and has extensive experience in implementing and managing complex research, consultancy and evaluation projects.

Eberhard Kienle

Research Professor, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

Eberhard Kienle is Research Professor at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and teaches Political Science at the Institut d'etudes politiques (IEP) de Grenoble and Sciences-Po Paris. He is also Head of the Institut francais du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) in Beirut. He currently works on the dislocation of states in the Middle East and on the regional political order, as well as on the link between economic liberalization and political transformations in the region. His publications include A Grand Delusion: Democracy and Economic Reform in Egypt (I.B.Tauris, 2001) and Democracy Building and Democracy Erosion: Political Change north and south of the Mediterranean (2009).

Rolf J. Langhammer

Senior Fellow, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Rolf J. Langhammer was Vice-President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy between 1997 and 2012. After his retirement, he continues to work at the Institute. Between April 2003 and September 2004 he served as Acting President. From 1995 to 2005, he headed the Research Department "Development Economics and Global Integration" at the Institute. In addition, he has been honorary professor at Kiel University since 1995. Mr. Langhammer has served as consultant and advisor to international and national institutions. His research issues cover international trade patterns, trade policies, regional integration and international capital flows. He has published widely in professional journals.

Wolfgang Merkel

Director emeritus, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB); Senior Fellow, Democracy Institute, Central European University, Budapest

Wolfgang Merkel was director of the Democracy and Democratization research program at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and professor of political science at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is a member of a number of key bodies, including the Berlin- Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is also a non-party member of the Basic Values Commission of the Executive Committee of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). He published extensively on such subjects as democracy and democratization, 21st-century dictatorships, political parties, comparative public policy, the future of social democracy, welfare states and social justice.

Franz Nuscheler

Professor emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), University Duisburg-Essen

Franz Nuscheler was Director of the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) in Duisburg from its foundation in 1990 to 2006. As an expert on development policy he was appointed to numerous advisory boards of the German Federal Government, the Enquete Commission "Globalization of the World Economy" of the German Bundestag, the German Overseas Institute in Hamburg and the Austrian Foreign Ministry. After studying political science, history and public law in Heidelberg, he first worked at the University of Hamburg. After his habilitation, he became full professor for comparative and international politics at the Gerhard Mercator University in Duisburg in 1974.

Ted Piccone

Chief Engagement Officer, World Justice Project

Ted Piccone is a recognized expert on global democracy and human rights policies, emerging powers, multilateral affairs, and U.S.-Latin American relations. He currently is the World Justice Project’s Chief Engagement Officer and serves as a nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution specializing in international order and strategy and Latin America. Mr. Piccone was a senior foreign policy advisor at the State Department, National Security Council and the Pentagon, and in 2017-18, was the inaugural Brookings-Robert Bosch Stiftung Transatlantic Initiative Fellow in Berlin. He holds honor degrees from Columbia University’s Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.

Hans-Jürgen Puhle

Professor emeritus, Goethe University Frankfurt

Hans-Jürgen Puhle is Professor (em.) of Political Science at Goethe Universität Frankfurt. He received his Ph.D. at FU Berlin in 1965. Previous appointments include the universities of Münster and Bielefeld. He has also taught at Harvard, Oxford, Cornell, Stanford and other European, North and Latin American universities. Has published extensively in the fields of European, North and Latin American social and political history, comparative politics, trajectories of modernization, political parties, movements, state functions in welfare capitalism, nationalism and populism, regime change, democratic (de-)consolidation, quality of democracy, and political intermediation.

Uwe Wagschal

Professor and Chair of Comparative Politics, University of Freiburg

Uwe Wagschal is Professor for Comparative Politics at the University of Freiburg. He received his M.A. in Political Science (1992), his Diploma in Economics (1993) and his PhD in Political Science (1996) from the University of Heidelberg. In 2003 he became Professor for Political Science at the University of Munich and in 2005 at the University of Heidelberg. His main interests are public finance, direct democracy and political institutions. He is also author of a book about statistics for political scientists.