Press release

New professorships for former IfW president Dennis Snower and security policy expert Marina Henke

Start of two more competence centres | Record number of new students

Berlin, 3 September 2019 – The Hertie School starts the academic year 2019/20 with two prominent new faculty members: Dennis Snower, former president of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), and Marina Henke, a security policy expert, will teach and conduct research at the Berlin-based university of governance. In addition, the political scientist Simon Munzert, previously a lecturer at the Hertie School, will strengthen its faculty as a junior professor, raising the number of professors to 35. The school will also expand its research with the opening of two new competence centres: the Centre for Fundamental Rights and the Centre for Digital Governance.  

Renowned economist Dennis Snower will become Professor of Macroeconomics and Sustainability. He will also continue to serve as President of the Global Solutions Initiative, which he founded. The association of leading global think tanks and academic institutions aims to support the continuity and sustainability of the G20 process. The Hertie School is a member of the group and its secretariat is based there.

Marina Henke will join the Hertie School faculty as Professor of International Relations. Previously at Northwestern University, Henke holds a PhD from Princeton University and is an expert for military intervention, peacekeeping and European security and defence policy. She will conduct research at the Hertie School’s Centre for International Security and teach students in particular in the Master of International Affairs programme.

Simon Munzert, until now a lecturer at the Hertie School, will strengthen the Data Science Lab, which was founded last year, as Assistant Professor of Data Science and Public Policy. Munzert researches the impact of new media on the formation of public opinion and on political processes. He received his doctorate from the University of Constance.

The effects and potential of digitalisation for governance and administration are the subject of research at the new Centre for Digital Governance under the direction of Professor Gerhard Hammerschmid. The Centre for Fundamental Rights, headed by Professor Başak Çalı, will also take up its work in the new academic year. With its five new competence centres, the Hertie School intends to devote itself specifically to research into the key governance challenges of the coming decades. The Jacques Delors Centre for European Policy and the Centre for International Security already exist; a Centre for Sustainability is in the conception phase.

For today’s opening ceremony of the academic year 2019/20, President Henrik Enderlein welcomes more than 250 master's students from over 60 countries, as well as 15 doctoral students and numerous exchange students from the Hertie School’s more than 30 partner universities.   

Also this week, on 6 September, the 28 graduates of the current Executive MPA cohort will receive their certificates at a ceremony in the Konzerthaus Berlin. The commencement speech will be delivered by Ana-Cristina Grohnert, Chairwoman of the Diversity Charter.

The CVs of Marina Henke, Simon Munzert and Dennis Snower can be found here.

The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school offers master’s, doctoral and executive education programmes distinguished by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, as well as outstanding research. Its extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The school was founded in 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major funder. The Hertie School is accredited by the state and the German Science Council.