Sabine Donner

Sabine Donner

Senior Expert

Developing and coordinating the BTI project since its inception in 2001, Sabine is still fascinated by its scope and the tremendous learning experience about democratization and governance trends it provides. She studied Political Science, Slavic Studies and German Literature in Freiburg and St. Petersburg. Transition processes in post-Soviet countries is her particular area of interest.

Hauke Hartmann

Hauke Hartmann

Senior Expert

With a thematic focus on democratization and human rights, Hauke takes particular interest in governance in Arab and Latin American countries. He directs the BTI-project since 2003 and previously was a Fellow at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies. He received a Ph.D. for his thesis on US human rights policy under President Carter from Free University of Berlin.

Robert Schwarz

Robert Schwarz

Senior Project Manager

Robert Schwarz co-authored several BTI flagship reports and oversaw the assessment process of the 2020 edition in consultation with 300 regional and country experts. He focuses on governance and political economy in developing and transitional countries, with a particular eye on developments in East Asia. Prior to joining the Bertelsmann Stiftung, he was Research Fellow of the Korea Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service in Seoul, Korea, and worked as a freelance journalist. Robert studied Political Science, International Relations and History at Rostock University and Kyung Hee University in Seoul.

Sabine Steinkamp

Sabine Steinkamp

Project Assistant

Since 2005 Sabine is in charge of the BTI project’s office. She received Foreign Language Secretary education at Friedrich List College in Hamm, Germany. Organizing events, coordination with our partners and project communication are her major tasks.