Meet the Team


Felix Janssen 

Felix is a first-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) Student at the Hertie School of Governance. Originally from the lower Rhine area in Germany, he spent almost 7 years abroad in the United States. After he earned his bachelor degree in political science from Kenyon College in Ohio he began working on a local campaign in Vermont before joining Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Cleveland. Felix is particularly interested in studying the behavioral impact of economic policy and effective tools to fight climate change.

Sean Witry

Sean is a first-year Master of International Affairs (MIA) student focusing on public health, protracted conflict, and identity politics. Originally hailing from Chicago, he completed his undergraduate degree at DePaul University in International Studies and Russian. He has previously worked in Berlin’s burgeoning start-up scene and in Chicago as a legal researcher working in asylum law in the US.


Nidhal Lamraouie

Nidhal is an Algerian national, currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance. Besides being interested in effective public policy and efficient governance, Nidhal is passionate about economic and social development, international development, humanitarian action, and youth empowerment. She sits at the executive board of the International Youth Federation. Nidhal is also considered to be a nationally prominent women’s rights advocate and blogger.



Krisha Cyn Escanilla

Krisha Cyn Escanilla is a dual MPA/MPP candidate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and at the Hertie School of Governance as a Julius Blocker Fellow. An urbanist at heart, her interests center on housing, transportation, community development, poverty and inequality. Before starting graduate school, Krisha conducted capital fundraising campaigns, event planning, and operations management for arts and culture organizations. She has also worked for New York City government in real estate asset management.

Sheba George

Sheba George is currently a first-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) student and holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. She has previously worked as a Research and Policy Analyst for international NGOs, think tanks and governmental organizations in Qatar, India and Germany. She is interested in developing sustainable policies for political and social issues


Christopher Winschel 

Christopher is a second-year dual-degree MPP/MAIR student in conjunction with the Hertie School of Governance and Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Christopher’s primary interests lie in transatlantic security specifically with respect to NATO and Russia. He is currently working on his master’s thesis examining major democracies and why in some cases they might intervene in conflict on behalf of autocratic governments.

Marcus Kaufhold

Marcus is currently a first year Master of Public Policy student at the Hertie School of Governance. He is an industrial engineer by training and spend 5 years in automotive project management in Germany, China and India. His research interests include digital transformation and conservation in the light of urbanisation processes. Besides that, he is trying to do a good deed every (other) day.

Johanna Fröhlich

Prior to studying International Affairs at the Hertie School of Governance, Johanna gathered experience with the GIZ (the German Corporation for International Cooperation). in the field of public affairs and in public sector consulting. A German national, she has lived in Istanbul, Turkey and Shanghai, China. She studied European Studies and International Relations at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and at Bogazici University in Istanbul respectively.

Toya Bock

Toya, a Berlin native, is a Master of International Affairs student in her second semester at the Hertie School of Governance. She studied International Business Administration in a corporate study program with IBM. Before starting her Masters, she did a social year abroad as an assistant high school teacher in Camden, New Jersey.


Katja Eichmann 

Katja is part of the 2019 cohort of the Master of Public Policy candidates at the Hertie School of Governance. She pursued her Bachelor studies in international relations with a focus on political science and public international law at University of Geneva. She further enhanced her particular interest for European politics and its respective processes, communities and agents by professionally representing German and French local public enterprises on a European level.

Ashleigh Bartlett

Before pursuing her graduate degrees, Ashleigh worked with the U.S. Department of State at the Foreign Service Institute for several years and volunteered for International Justice Mission, an organization dedicated to end modern-day slavery and trafficking. Ashleigh recently completed an internship with the Pompidou Group at the Council of Europe, where she focused on the intersection of drug policy with gender. She received Bachelors’ of Arts degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Missouri in 2012.

Liad Roytfarb

Liad Roytfarb holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. For the first part of his Dual Master’s Degree at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, he studied International Relations, focusing on security studies. His interdisciplinary interests led him to pursue a Public Management track at the Hertie School of Governance, focusing on corruption, good governance and health policy.

Dominik André

Dominik André is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Policy program at the Hertie School of Governance. He holds a BA in Political Science from University of Mannheim and University of Windsor, Canada. Having working experience in politics, public affairs and consulting, his main interest focuses on the intersection between the public and the private sector.

Malten Rose

Malten Rose is a first year Master of Public Policy student at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Before studying at Hertie, he earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Communication Studies from the University of Rostock. Malten worked as a referee for political education and is especially interested in issues surrounding sustainability, climate change and Europe.


Abeera Atif

Abeera Atif is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the Hertie School of Governance. Having completed her undergraduate studies in International Politics and History at Jacobs University Bremen, her interests revolve around migration, refugee rights, feminism and international security, She currently works at an NGO called Give Something Back To Berlin, which tackles issues pertaining to integration on a local level in Berlin.