The first student government at the Brandt School was elected by the student body in October 2012. The student government is currently in its 10th year with 6 elected members from the MPP student body.
The student government serves as the main channel of communication between the Brandt School faculty and staff and its students.
The student government holds meetings with the staff throughout the semester, in addition to holding a general meeting with the student body at least once per semester. Furthermore, the Student Government has organized panel discussions, informal get-togethers and fundraising events.
You can find out more about their initiatives here: Useful Links
Hello everybody, my name is Julia and I am from Germany. Prior to my Master studies in Public Policy here in Erfurt, I completed a dual studies program in Business Administration at the Hamburg School of Business Administration. During the practical phases of this degree, I worked for a big European energy provider in the sales department. My interest areas are foreign policy, transnational cooperation and international trade. I hope to work in the Diplomatic sector or a part of the government at some point in my career.
If you were forced to watch reruns of a favorite show, which would you choose?
I would go with Modern Family or Friends, something light and funny to take my mind off of all the serious things going on in the world.
Hello, This is Shreesh, from India. I have a bachelor's degree in political science. My interests lie in International Relations, Foreign policy. I am also passionate about English Literature and you’d find me discussing films, theatre and music from my country. In the future, I think I’d probably end up somewhere in political communications because the field fascinates me.
If you can have an unlimited supply of one food or drink, what would it be?
Waffles. It's the perfect light breakfast to get you through the day.
Hello everyone! My name is Ari, and I'm from Indonesia. Before coming to Germany, I worked as a Tax Officer for an Indonesian state-owned company, where one of my responsibilities was ensuring that tax regulations were followed in my institution. Currently, I am doing my master's degree in Master of Public Policy under the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Programme. I am passionate about finance, tax, financial literacy and financial inclusion. In the future, I'd love to work on a project that will take me to this area of expertise.
If you can have an unlimited supply of one food or drink, what would it be?
Coffee, without a doubt! It is such a blessing, and how life could be easier if I could begin each day with a freshly brewed hot cup of coffee automatically!
Molly Hall is a first year MPP student concentrating her studies in Conflict Studies & Management and International & Global Public Policy with support from the Haniel Foundation scholarship. A seasoned public affairs professional from the U.S., Molly brings experience from working in a state legislature and in strategic communications in Washington, D.C. Molly holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and German from Michigan State University. She is excited about building bridges between WBS students and the broader university community so that everyone can benefit from the rich resources and expertise across WBS and the University.
Hello there, this is Calep Pimienta from Mexico. I studied political science and public management at the University of ITESO and a Master's in Public Policy from The Public Policy School of Willy Brandt in Erfurt, Germany. I am currently the coordinator of a national collective of NGO´s "Fuerza Ciudadana Anticorrupción". I worked as a project coordinator at Transversal and was an advisor to the Social Participation Committee of the State Anti-Corruption System in Jalisco. I've participated in the research project “Federalismo en COVID” to understand state policies against COVID-19 in collaboration with CIDE and the National Public Policy Laboratory, as well as a study on the Post-COVID 19 fiscal decentralization process in Latin America together with the Inter-American development Bank. I previously collaborated as a teacher and coordinator of studies in the Diplomat in Analysis and Control of Corruption at the Subnational Level taught by El Colegio de México.
What fictional world or place would you like to visit? No doubt, Star Wars.
Hiya! I am Mafer (short version of a very long name) from Peru. I hold a Bachelors of Laws from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and am currently a first-year student at the Masters of Public Policy thanks to the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt Scholarship. Before coming to Germany, I interned at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and worked for the Cabinet of the National Peruvian Ombudsman Office. My academic interests are development policies, peace studies, democracy, and human rights. In my free time, I enjoy taking part in social gatherings, going to the theater, opera and movies, and traveling. As Social Planner, I hope to be able to create a comfortable and friendly environment for the WBS community to interact and bond, as well as enjoy their time in Erfurt beyond their studies.As for my future, I would love to work in an NGO focused on development and/or conflict resolution with an intersectional focus.
What fictional world or place would you like to visit?
Narnia, most definitely! And explore all the wonderful landscapes and cultures it has to offer.
Hello! My name is Florencia Otero and as a student representative, I will be your point of contact with the student government executive committee and the WBS administration. So, feel free to contact me, questions and suggestions are always welcome :). Talking a little bit about me, I am originally from Uruguay. I graduated as a lawyer in 2017 and since then I have worked for law firms, specialising in corporate law and tax law. After much consideration, I left my career and moved to Germany to start the MPP at the WBS, what implied a 180 degree turn in my life! After the Masters I would like to see myself working as a public policy advisor in an international organisation, especially in the field of social and economic development. I also have a strong interest in diplomacy and international conflict mediation.
If you were forced to watch reruns of a favourite show, which would you choose?
It would be Outlander or Downtown Abbey. Any period series that combines historical and romantic components is a perfect fit for me.
Stephanie is a research associate to the Gerhard Haniel Professor for Public Policy and International Development, Prof. Achim Kemmerling. She is interested in political communication and computational social science. Her PhD project focuses on the public discourse on digitalisation and its socio-economic implications in Germany.
She holds a B.A. in International Cultural and Business Studies from the University of Passau and an M.A. in International Political Economy from King’s College London. In her B.A. thesis she studied the association between cosmopolitanism and migration by correlating survey results from several countries with data on migrant stocks. For her M.A. thesis she analysed issue salience in public opinion, the European Parliament and EU legislation, for which she relied on Eurobarometer survey results and a unique dataset of topics modelled with Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA). Before joining the Brandt School, Stephanie gained professional experience in the public and private sector through different international internships and fellowships.
Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt