Chair of the Organizing Committee
Fabian Baldauf studies Economics and Computer Science at Harvard College and is a Bachelor in Business Administration Candidate at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Furthermore, he is a Research Associate at the Institute of Public Finance, Fiscal Law and Law & Economics and a Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. Prior to his enrollment at Harvard, Fabian served as President of Europe’s leading student-run business consultancy Esprit St. Gallen and co-founded a manufacturer of connected beehive scales. Fabian also worked at Siemens, MAN Diesel & Turbo and Berlin-based brain-training startup Memorado. He is a passionate swimmer and enjoys jogging alongside Charles River.
Chair of the Organizing Committee
Gregory Dobak is a Juris Doctorate Candidate at the Northeastern University School of Law. During his first two years in law school he has held a judicial internship position at the Federal Court of International Trade in NYC and a summer legal internship at a MIT tech start-up in Cambridge. Prior to law school he worked in Hamburg for an industrial software company and later in Bangkok managing their overseas office. He holds three bachelor degrees, a B.A. in Political Science, a B.S. in Psychology, and a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in German from the University of Idaho. Gregory enjoys traveling, diving, and is an avid snowboarder.
Chair of the Organizing Committee
Currently, Rachel serves as part of the management team at the MIT Senseable City Lab, where she oversees admissions, Lab events, and internal operations. Rachel also has extensive experience working with U.S. and international students in Student Affairs with offices of First Year Experience, Study Abroad, and Service-Learning. Most recently, Rachel oversaw 151 students studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia as Assistant Site Director for Northeastern University’s N.U. in Program. She is excited to apply her passion for international education and cross-cultural relations to the GAC. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Classics and a Master’s degree in Higher Education in Student Affairs. In her free time, Rachel enjoys running, reading, and exploring new cities.
Chair of the Organizing Committee
Tim Enke started his doctoral studies at ETH Zurich and came to Massachusetts Institute of Technology during his PhD. Tim is interested in how interactions between microorganisms in the ocean impact global ecosystem processes. He holds a Bachelor degree in Molecular Biotechnology from Heidelberg University and a Master degree in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from ETH Zurich and University of Zurich. He was supported by the German National Foundation throughout his higher education and the German Academic Exchange Service for his studies in Zurich. Tim was an intern with pharmaceutical companies such as Bayer and Novartis, participating in the Novartis International Biotechnology Leadership Camp 2011. At ETH Zurich, he was a board member of the academic association of scientific staff (AVETH). Not busy with research, Tim likes to climb, sail and dance Salsa.
Chair of the Organizing Committee
Sophie is pursuing a joint Master in Public Policy (MPP)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Harvard Business School (HBS). She is a Rubenstein Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at HKS and a Fellow of the German Academic Foundation. Prior to coming to Harvard, Sophie worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, based out of their Berlin office. Sophie holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Yale University. A passionate musician, Sophie is a member of the a-cappella group “Heard on the Street” at Harvard Business School and the Dudley Orchestra at the Harvard Graduate School for Arts and Sciences.
As a McCloy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Tobias is working in particular on European geopolitics in the transatlantic relationship. Prior to coming to Harvard he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Sciences Po Paris and Oxford and International Relations & Politics at Cambridge, where he wrote his dissertation on European geopolitics of Islam. He is a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation and has acquired work experience in the German Parliament and the Policy Planning Staff of the German Federal Foreign office. He is also head of the North America section of the Project of Democratic Union (PDU), an Anglo-German think tank that makes the case for a full political Union of the Eurozone. Tobias is an avid rower and president of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Rowing Club.
Tamer has studied mechanical engineering in Duisburg, Germany and participated in research on renewable energies at the local Fraunhofer Institute. He has been living in Cambridge since 2013, studying energy and environmental policy and economics and working for an MIT-based NGO on small-scale solar energy systems for electrifying remote villages in Africa. He is currently a McCloy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School.
Uyanga is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. As a current McCloy Fellow, her interests lie with the role of private sector capital in advancing large and complex development undertakings like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She holds an MSc. in Business Administration from Humboldt University Berlin and looks back at a decade of cross-sector experience in development finance. Previous career stations included London, Ulaanbaatar and Berlin, where she has worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and other development finance institutions. She also has consultancy experience in several frontier and developing markets, e.g. Myanmar and Central Asia. She grew up in a German-Mongolian family and hence speaks 5 languages (and 1 dialect) to varying degrees of fluency. She enjoys time outdoors, music and trivia quizzes.
As MPP candidate and McCloy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Thomas focuses on Business-Government relations. Before coming to Cambridge, Thomas was a Consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in the Middle East, mainly working on projects for Public Sector and Energy clients. During college, Thomas did a German-Chinese Double Degree in International Business Administration, before pursuing a Master of Law and Business at the Bucerius Law School and the Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. In his free time, Thomas enjoys jazz music, dancing and the occasional game of chess
Head of Fundraising - DE
Christin Victoria Brutsche is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. She holds an industrial management degree from the German Chamber of Commerce and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. During her time at university she worked as a research associate and a tutor at the Department of Economics and wrote her bachelor thesis in cooperation with a board member of Siemens on the topic of diversity. As part of a rotational dual study program at Siemens, Christin had responsibilities in several positions around the globe. Before coming to Harvard Business School, she worked full-time as a financial analyst in macroeconomic fields, as well as a business accountant in the energy sector and as Head of Finance in a non-profit organization to enhance intercultural exchange. Christin’s interests are in economic and governmental topics and she loves to travel in her spare time. She also enjoys excellent food and wine.
Head of Fundraising - US
Conrad Classen is an analyst with CoStar Portfolio Strategy in Boston. He is responsible for the firm’s European client advisory service, providing real estate portfolio strategy using proprietary market analytics and forecasts. Conrad holds a B.A. in Economics and German from Roanoke College, where he founded the Economics Club. After studying International Economics at Otto-Friedrich Universität in Bamberg, Germany, he completed his thesis, The Foundations of the Soziale Marktwirtschaft. Conrad is pursuing his Certificate in Real Estate Finance at Boston University. He is a member of the German-American Business Council of Boston and its Young Professionals group. Conrad enjoys sailing, rowing, cycling, and taking long walks with his dog.
Panel Head: Academia in the Face of Globalisation and Digitalisation
Christina Neckermann is studying economics and government with a focus on international relations at Harvard College. She also has a strong interest in foreign languages and linguistics, which is reflected in her coursework. Christina grew up in the Boston area in a German-speaking household, and travels back-and-forth to Germany very frequently to remain connected with her family there. At Harvard, Christina is a staff reporter for The Harvard Crimson, the college newspaper, where she covers news related to virtual education, Harvard Summer School, and Harvard Extension School. She is also involved in organizing Harvard’s Model United Nations conferences for high school and college students. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exercising, and playing the piano.
Panel Head: Energy - Leaders Across the Atlantic
Anna Lea Albright is an Advanced Standing/Graduate Student at Harvard. She has an AB with a major in Integrative Biology focused on ecology, climate, and virus dynamics and is spending her senior year at Harvard working on a master’s in Earth and Planetary Sciences, concentrating on atmospheric sciences. She grew up as a dual citizen of the United States and Germany. This summer, she interned in the Environment Committee of the German Parliament working on the “Energiewende”. Earlier, she learned French at the Alliance française in Paris and studied globalization at Sciences Po. As a member of the Harvard Environmental Action Committee, she co-chaired Earth Day in April 2014. She loves figure skating and is a U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist. Anna Lea enjoys talking about anything German, exploring local restaurants, running, and visiting art museums.
Head of Fundraising - DE
Fabien Rozzi is a visiting student at MIT. He is a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service and currently writing his Master’s thesis at MIT Sloan on the influence of the gig-economy on the labor market. Prior to moving to Cambridge, Fabien performed his M.Sc. in Management at Technical University Munich (TUM) and HEC Paris. He holds an engineering degree from both TU Dresden and ESTP Paris for which he was awarded the Dreßler-Prize, the M-Regeneratio Certificate and nominated for the Kurt-Beyer-Prize. Alongside his studies, Fabien served as Vice Chairman of the TUM Business Club, Head of the TUM Speakers Series and President of the TUM Business Game which he co-founded and was member of the student organization HEC Débats. Fabien co-founded TripCar GmbH, a peer-to-peer carsharing service for which he won the business plan contest of UnternhemerTUM and the elevator pitch contest of the city of Ulm. Fabien enjoys trail running, swinging the golf club and visiting history museums.
Head of Marketing
Sonja Pankow recently graduated with a Master’s in Corporate and Organizational Communications from Northeastern University in Boston. In her Master’s she focused on Corporate Cultures and Organizational Leadership. Before starting her graduate program in the United States, Sonja studied Culture, Communication, and Media as well as Business Psychology at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. She is a scholar of the Otto Group program with Leuphana University and worked for different departments at Otto in Hamburg. Parallel to her graduate studies, Sonja worked for Northeastern University supporting international students in seeking employment opportunities and with a bilingual team at the e-commerce company Wayfair. In her free time, Sonja enjoys cooking and rock climbing and loves traveling to see friends and family all over the world.
Head of Innovation Lounge
Patrick Grossmann is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Medical Physics Divisions of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. In this position, he leads research on Radiomics, an emerging field aiming at digital phenotyping of tumors. Patrick was trained in biostatistics and machine learning in Bielefeld (Germany) and at ETH-Zurich (Switzerland). He is a recipient of the Otto-Bayer fellowship and is known to share strong passion for the European and American entrepreneurial tech scene, where his main interests are in innovating health with data science. His spare time is filled with running, volunteering, and connecting internationals in the Greater Boston Area.
Head of Panel: Next Generation Mobility
Joerg is a graduate student from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Switzerland. He is writing his Master’s thesis at MIT on the influence of fuel economy standards in the U.S.. Prior to moving to Cambridge, he performed his M.Sc. in Management, Technology and Economics (M.Sc.) in Zurich. Joerg holds a scholarship from the European climate innovation initiative (Climate KIC). Between his Bachelor and Master studies, Joerg spent a year in China studying and doing an internship with a large European automotive manufacturer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.
Head of Panel: Next Generation Mobility
Alphonse Vial is currently finishing a Masters in Engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany and came to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue his Thesis at the MIT Senseable City Lab. His research focuses on future urban mobility based on large-scale data. Having been raised in a German/French environment, he pursued a Bachelors degree in France, Germany and Switzerland. His prior work experience includes Fraunhofer, ETH Zürich and Daimler. Over the last 8 years he successfully combined his academic education with professional football. In his free time, he is leading a software project, which aims to combine sports with new technologies.
Erik Bauch is PhD Candidate in Physics at Harvard University with a research focus on quantum optics, nanoscale magnetometry and super-resolution microscopy. He received his Diploma in Physics from the TU Berlin in 2010 and conducted research projects at the synchrotron facility BESSY Berlin, CERN in Switzerland and the University of California Berkeley. In his free time, you can find him DJing on parties or working on his startup openrev.org. He has been co-organizer of the German-American Conference at Harvard 2014, 2015 and 2016/2017 and is a 2016 fellow of the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute. In the future he wants to use data science to transform research.
Hailing from Germany, Vanessa is currently spending a gap-year abroad as cultural Au Pair in the Greater Boston metropolitan region. She especially enjoys being in the United States during election year and thereby learning a lot about the US political system. Vanessa is also very interested in cultural diversity and is eager to learn more about transatlantic relations between the US and Europe and how this relationship is changing in recent times. Vanessa wants to become a jurist and will start her studies at law school in Germany in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, exploring new cultures and languages, and spending time with her friends and family.
Christoph Plöger studies Economics at Harvard College and MIT, currently focusing on negotiation behavior and leadership. He also is a bachelor candidate in Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland. Prior to his enrollment at Harvard College, he served as chairman of the Student Council at the University of St. Gallen and is fellow of the Foundation of German Business. Rooted in Germany and Brazil, Christoph grew up in an international setting and is passionate to contribute to the GAC’s international platform. In his spare time, Christoph enjoys photography, black coffee and loves to travel internationally.
Nathalie Waldschmidt is a senior Business Management major at Monroe College, New York. She served as the Student Representative for the 2016 Northeast Regional Honors Council conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now holds the position of the Assistant of the Conference Chair for the 2017 conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Nathalie also acts as the President of the Honors Student Board at Monroe, as well as the Editor-in-Chief for Monroe’s newspaper, The Echo. Prior to her time at Monroe, Nathalie earned a degree in Business Management in Germany, and she also lived in Vancouver, Canada, before making her way to the United States in 2012.
Head of Innovation Lounge
Elena is a Senior at Northeastern University enrolled in a BSc International Business and International Management dual degree program, with a major in finance. The first two years of the program she studied at ESB Business School in Germany, where she gained first professional experience during a six-month internship in the Improvement & Monitoring Department at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. Additionally, Elena led a project team at ESB Student Consulting e.V. developing an expansion strategy for a German start-up in the consumer goods industry. Last semester, Elena was with the Latin America Equity Sales at Scotiabank in New York City.
Silvano D’Agostino is a junior at Harvard College, concentrating in Anthropology and Visual and Environmental Studies (Film Production) with a secondary in Psychology. He grew up in Germany with an Italian father and has spent about a fifth of his life in the US. Silvano’s interests lie interdisciplinary intersections of various kinds, specifically the future of human society in light of technological and cultural changes. Besides his obsessions with Hamilton and traveling the world with his girlfriend, you will always see him smile when eating a great meal.
Head of Panel: Inequality and Populism
Caroline currently pursues the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Before coming to Harvard, she worked as content lead and institutional spokesperson of the World Economic Forum’s flagship Global Risks Report series. She also acted as economist for the regions of sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe and was chief contributor to the Global Competitiveness Report series. She further led the Forum’s competitiveness practices on Africa, including the Africa Competitiveness Report series, the Action Agenda for Africa’s Competitiveness (both as a joint effort with the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the OECD) and the Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report series. She holds a MSc and BSc in International Economics and looks back at ten years of professional experience at the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission, a UK-based economic policy consultancy and the World Economic Forum.
Head of Panel: Energy - Leaders Across the Atlantic
Linus is currently interning at Meister Consultants Group in Boston, a German-based international sustainability-consulting firm with a focus on renewable energy and policy design. He received a B.Sc. in Economics at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin with an exchange year at UC Berkeley. As a scholar of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, he is passionate about the intersection of business, politics, and the environment. While at UC Berkeley, he was a project manager at the university’s student environmental consulting club, BEACN, the only one of its kind in the US. Prior to his studies, Linus volunteered as an English teacher in rural Ecuadorian elementary schools in the Ecuadorian rainforest. This experience shaped his perspective on the impact of local actions on global problems such as climate change, motivating him to organize a GAC panel on this topic. In his free time, Linus enjoys running, swimming, sailing, and occasionally playing piano (to the extent that his nomad lifestyle permits).
Head of Panel: Energy - Leaders Across the Atlantic
Rebecca Coombs strives to advance relations between the US, Germany, and China on sustainable energy transitions. She is currently an intern at Meister Consultants Group, a Boston-based international sustainability-consulting firm with its parent company in Germany. Prior to this, Rebecca interned with the Energy and Environment Program at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Washington, DC. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Maine. Throughout her studies, Rebecca was involved in conducting research on community energy transitions in Germany, working on island energy transitions in Maine, co-founding a platform for environmental consultants in Shanghai, China, and conducting research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. Prior to COA, she graduated with an International Baccalaureate diploma from Li Po Chun United World College in Hong Kong. She has a passion for languages and is fluent in English, German, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. She enjoys biking to work and dancing salsa and swing at every opportunity.
Head of Gala Dinner
Paulina Jedrzejowski is a second year undergraduate student at Tufts University majoring in Quantitative Economics and minoring in Portuguese. She has helped organize the Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship International Symposium and an Inquiry Conference for High School students at Tufts University. Paulina has also traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina with the United States Department where she researched ethnic divisions and their impact on youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina today. She is excited to use her experience to help out in organizing the German American Conference as well as learn more about current German politics. During her free time she likes to dance Ballroom, read, and travel.
Head of Panel: Academia in the Face of Globalisation and Digitalisation
Before Dennis came to Harvard Kennedy School where he is pursuing the Mid-Career Master of Public Administration, he was based in Tehran, Iran. From 2010 - 2013 he established the Country Office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), so far the only western representation of international scientific, academic exchange and science diplomacy in the Islamic Republic. Prior to the Middle East, worked as DAAD representative in South Asia, particularly in Sri Lanka where he focused on joint projects between academia and the development sector as a tool for peace-building and reconciliation. During his studies of educational sciences, history and literature at the University of Bielefeld he was engaged in various cultural and development projects in Laos, Tanzania and Hungary.
Head of IT operations
Michael recently graduated with a Bachelor in Applied Computer Science from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart, where he was cooperative Student with IBM. During his undergraduate he worked at IBM within different positions, like the strategic in-house management consultancy or in different research facilities all over the world. At the Almaden Research Center his research focused on distributed high performance database systems. In Boston, as part of the Thomas J. Watson Research Center, he conducted research on artificial intelligence based assistants. Michael won several Blockchain and Finance Technology Hackathons in Germany and in the US. In his current position at IBM Research in Germany he works on a cloud infrastructure platform.
Head of Panel: Review of the New Administration
Markus Schramm, M.D., is a resident in internal medicine and fellow of the German Research Foundation currently spending a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases and the Evergrande Center for Immunological Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Markus graduated from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and gained additional clinical experience at the hospitals of the University of Zurich, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine New York and the University of California, San Diego. After having worked as a clinician for two years he now continues his previous research in immunology and aims to further elucidate the pathogenesis of common autoimmune diseases and discover possible new therapeutic targets. Time permitting, Markus takes advantage of the broad cultural opportunities Boston offers and enjoys swimming and traveling the world.
Head of Panel: Democracy in a Digital Age
Constantin is a Senior at Tufts University, double-majoring in International Relations and Music. Having grown up in Munich, but attended school in the UK, Constantin is interested in identifying change and opportunity in the intersection between media, journalism and politics. Internships at Universal, SoundCloud and The European have given him first experiences in that industry. As part of the GAC Organizing Committee 2015, Constantin was part of the Innovation Lounge & Fundraising Team, where he worked closely together with Berlin-based start-ups. When not busy, Constantin can be found on squash courts, at a piano, or exploring New England.
Sven Engelhardt is a graduate student at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Sven is studying Plastics and Textile Technology with focus on medical applications. He is currently a visiting graduate student at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and is writing his Master’s thesis on soft robotic devices that are specifically intended for interacting and cooperating with humans. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering also from RWTH Aachen University. Before coming to Cambridge, he was a consulting intern at Roland Berger and has industry experience, interning at Airbus in Germany and Edwards Lifesciences in California. In his spare time, Sven likes playing tennis, badminton and watching football.
Fascinated by the emerging field of neuroimmunology, Ruth is working on her doctoral thesis at the Functional Neuroimaging Lab and the Elyaman Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Back in Germany, she is a medical student in her fourth year at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, a member of the medical student’s council in Mainz and and a chair of the project “Teddy Bear Hospital”. Ruth holds a fellowship of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and a scholarship of the German Society of Biological Psychiatry. She enjoys hiking, singing in the Harvard Radcliffe Choir and swimming.
Fatema Waheb Wassie is a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York, where she works on sanctions policy and implementation. Ms. Waheb started her UN career in the Office of the Spokesperson of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan and also served in UN Management, where she advised the intergovernmental machinery of the General Assembly on the administration and financing of peacekeeping operations and special political missions. Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Waheb spent three years as Special Assistant to the Director at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where she analyzed political developments related to the Court’s jurisdiction, including Security Council referrals, the question of the crime of aggression, and the legal basis for the inclusion of acts of terrorism in the Rome Statute. As Policy Adviser in the Dutch Government, Ms. Waheb specialized in social cohesion and anti-radicalization policy development, working closely with EU policy makers, law enforcement and border control agencies. Ms. Waheb is currently a Mason Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Candidate MPA. In the Netherlands, she studied International Relations, Law and Political Science at the Universities of Leiden and Utrecht, and was a Board Member of the Netherlands Dance Theatre.
Richard Dunn is studying the Classics at Harvard College, with a focus on Ancient Greek and Latin literature. He has a strong interest in European Business, and serves as the Director of Corporate Relations for the Harvard College European Business Group. He debates competitively for Harvard in the American and British parliamentary styles, and directs international outreach for the Harvard College Mentors for Urban Debate. Richard enjoys traveling to Europe, including visiting his relatives in Italy. In his free time he pursues tennis, lacrosse, reading, and writing poetry.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, David attended Tulane University for undergraduate school, where he studied political science. Upon graduating, David spent two years in Costa Rica serving in the Peace Corps as a youth development volunteer, and one year in Spain through Fulbright as an English teacher. David is currently a master in public policy student at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Having studied abroad in Cologne, Germany in high school and studied German language and culture in college, David maintains a strong interest in German-American relations.