Press release

Former Defence State Secretary Katrin Suder appointed as Senior Fellow at the Hertie School

Suder will contribute to research, teaching and public debate with a special focus on the school’s Centre for International Security Policy.

Berlin, 26 October 2018 – Katrin Suder, Chairperson of the Advisory Council on Digitalisation to the German Federal Government and former State Secretary for the German Federal Ministry of Defence, joins the Hertie School as Senior Fellow from 1 November. She will contribute to research, teaching and public debate at the Berlin university. In particular, she will focus on the theme of cyber security as part of the ongoing development of the school’s Centre for International Security Policy, led by Wolfgang Ischinger.

Katrin Suder, who is already affiliated with the Hertie School as a member of its Board of Trustees, strengthens the group of experienced governance experts who support the school as Senior Fellows. They include the former EU Commissioner Lázló Andor, the Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee Norbert Röttgen, and the former former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana. Henrik Enderlein, President of the Hertie School, commented, “The Hertie School’s teaching and research is characterised by a strong practice orientation. This would not be possible without a permanent, close exchange with leading policy makers and representatives of national and international organisations. We are very grateful that Katrin Suder is sharing her immense expertise in the fields of security and digitalisation with the school.”

The first public event with Katrin Suder as part of her fellowship will take place on 9 November at 12 p.m. at the Hertie School. She will discuss, “Defence, cyber and artificial intelligence” with Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger and Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. This event is open to the press. Register here.

The Hertie School is a private university based in Berlin, Germany, accredited by the state and the German Science Council. It prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. Interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, first-class research and an extensive international network set the Hertie School apart and position it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The school was founded at the end of 2003 as a project of the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major partner.