Nicola Duensing studied international affairs with a focus on security and sustainability at the Hertie School. She is interested in the development of sub-Saharan African countries and took classes on corruption, political transition, human rights, gender and the management of NGOs. Before coming to the Hertie School, she interned at Kiron Open Higher Education and at the German development agency GIZ. At GIZ she was part of the task force on communication for the One World No Hunger initiative for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. She was also involved with various processes ahead of the G20 conference on rural development in Berlin in 2017. Nicola holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Geography from the University of Göttingen. She has also volunteered as a teacher in Zambia and worked as a youth coordinator in Turkey, Tunisia, and Spain.
Master’s thesis title
Towards responsible land policies in sub-Saharan Africa: Strategies in German development cooperation