About

The Policy Corner is an inclusive, independent platform for students and young professionals to publish research-based articles on global issues. Our mission is to empower young scholars to engage in public debate while providing readers with innovative commentaries on current policy challenges. All articles are subject to double-blind peer review, providing contributors constructive feedback on their argument and writing.

The Policy Corner was founded in 2016 by a group of eleven master’s students studying international affairs at the Free University of Berlin and Sciences Po Paris. The majority of our team is currently based in Berlin. Since October 2016 our team has been supported by six master’s students at Sciences Po, who are contributing as members of a Projet Collectif.

Our Team

Leonardo Balieiro

As part of the editorial team, Leo is responsible for copyediting articles due for publication. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, where he studied international relations. Leo is currently a Master of Arts candidate studying International Economics, Strategic Studies, and Europe. His interests include U.S. foreign policy, grand strategy, U.S.-European relations, and Chinese foreign policy.

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Alina Bill-Weilandt

Alina is our Treasurer and a member of the Communications team, responsible for the organization of the working group’s meetings and for keeping track of the timelines. Alina is completing a dual master’s degree in environmental policy with a concentration in project management and a regional focus on Latin America. She is particularly interested in water and climate politics and has worked on environmental justice, climate-related displacement and the realization of the human right to water.

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Sarah Bressan

Sarah is a founding member of The Policy Corner e.V. and currently serves as vice president. She is a member of the management team and mentors The Policy Corner's team project at Sciences Po Paris. Sarah studied political science and international security in Mannheim, Seoul, Paris and Berlin. She is a research associate in Peace and Security at the Global Public Policy Institute, a Berlin-based think tank.

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Dylan Chambers

Dylan is responsible for strategic direction and is a copy-editor in the Editorial team. Dylan studies International Public Management and Political Science and works as a research assistant at the Berlin Social Science Center. His research interests include economic governance, trade agreements, and development policy.

Felicitas Fritzsche

Felicitas is a member of the editorial management team and co-responsible for the peer-review process. She finished her Bachelor degree at University College Maastricht and is currently pursuing her Master in Public Policy at the University of Potsdam. Her interests include International and European law, international organisations, and development policy.

Nadine Grimm-Pampe

Nadine is one of our founding members and manages the peer-review process together with Felicitas. She also organizes team trainings and workshops on writing and peer-reviewing. Nadine completed a double master’s degree in International Development at Freie University Berlin and Sciences Po Paris. She currently works in the World Food Program's Ecuador office. Her research interests include land use and food security, spatial inequalities and the nexus of conflict and development.

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Felix Hoffmann

Felix is producing and moderating the Policy Corner Podcast and coordinates the work of The Policy Corner. He currently pursues his Masters degree in International Relations and Journalism at SciencesPo Paris. Felix’ research interests include International Relations, Human Rights and Peace and Conflict Studies.

Tobias Jerzewski

Tobias deals with our partnerships & developments and co-manages the policy writing circle project. He studied European Affairs in Paris and Berlin and has a particular passion for Hannah Arendt’s political philosophy. Besides his addiction to French “savoir vivre”, he is a true sports lover.

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Yasser Lahbibi

Yasser is responsible for our website design. He is currently completing his double master’s degree in International Public Management and his main area of interest is the political dynamics and diplomatic relations with Arab countries in the Middle East. He has a strong interest in IT with a focus on web technologies & development.

Bruno Lupion

Bruno runs the social media channels. He studied Communications and Law in São Paulo and currently pursues a master’s degree in public policy at Hertie School of Governance, in Berlin. He works as a freelance journalist and is interested in internet governance, party politics and economic inequality.

Moritz Valentino Matzner

Moritz manages our partnerships and the policy writing network project together with Tobias and Alina. Before pursuing a MA in International Security at Sciences Po Paris and FU Berlin he studied political science at FU Berlin and the University of Chicago and worked as a journalist. He likes to unveil political and economic interests when investigating a security environment and to connect financial flows, development assistance, and foreign policy.

Charlotte Mencke

Charlotte is currently pursuing a dual B.A. in political science with a focus on political theory and philosophy. Her research interests include transatlantic relations, democratic theory and morals in politics. Besides her studies and her work as a Program Assistant for the Aspen Institute Germany, Charlotte loves music and plays the violin in several orchestras.

Isabel Redies

With a background in Social and Political Geography, Isabel currently studies the MSc in Development Studies at London School of Economics and Political Science. Her interests include land and water policy and conflict, environmental peace-building, postcolonialism, feminism and how these topics relate to development.

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Delia Roling

As part of the Communications Team, Delia manages the social media channels. She is also the internal coordinator for the Web & Design team. She studies European Affairs and is particularly interested in diplomatic relations as well as environmental policies.

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Fabio Thoma

Fabio is responsible for the strategic direction of our project and organizes events and trainings. Fabio has a particular interest in questions of sustainable development and inclusive growth. Besides his studies he works as a consultant for the IFC MENA Development Impact Unit.

Paris Team

Valeria Filippova

Valeria is a member of the Policy Corner team project and she is currently completing her Master's in International Security at SciencesPo Paris. She obtained her Bachelor's at the SciencesPo Reims Campus with a focus in transatlantic relations. Her main interests are peacekeeping and conflict resolution strategies, the defense and security industry, as well as relations between Russia and the West.

Margot Jones

Margot is part of the Policy Corner’s Paris-based projet collectif team. She is pursuing a Master's degree in International Security with concentrations in human rights and African studies at Sciences Po Paris. Her research interests include local conflict transformation, gender & environmental considerations in peacebuilding and comparing foreign policy decision-making processes in the EU, US and UN.

Tom Josten

Tom is responsible for partnerships and recruitment in the team project based in Paris. He is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in international public management and political sciences in Paris and Berlin. His research interests include political economy, international trade as well as international institutions and the intellectual legacy of Antonio Gramsci and Pierre Bourdieu.

Martha Selwyn

Martha is a member of the Policy Corner’s Paris-based projet collectif team. After having lived and worked in Berlin for two years, she recently moved to Paris to pursue her masters degree in Public Policy with a concentration in politics at Sciences Po. Before Berlin she studied German and Philosophy in beautiful but freezing Edinburgh. She is particularly interested in applying behavioural insights to public policy, public diplomacy, the future of the media and foreign policy.

Alvin Wang

Alvin is a big fan of napping, and a large cup of bubble tea. A member of the Paris-based Projet Collectif Team, he is pursing his Master's Degree of Economics and Business at SciencesPo Paris. He obtained his Bachelors Degree at the Le Havre Campus of SciencesPo. His passions are within the realm of economics and law, he recently entered the domain of comparative family law. Alvin can speak English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin. He also speaks some Korean and German.

Reviewers and Editors

Isaac Newton Bortey

Sara Chatterjee

Serafine Dinkel

Michael Hürlimann

Balázs Kiss

Dmitriy Miryan

Tim Pfefferle

Marta Pilati

Alexandra Rinaldi

Ila Schoop Rutten

Jill van de Walle

Friends of The Policy Corner

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