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Conference Program

             26th Annual Graduate Student Conference of the
             BMW Center for German and European Studies
                    Walsh School of Foreign Service
                 Georgetown University, Washington, DC

           Building Better Partnerships:
Transatlantic Cooperation with the Developing World

                   Friday, February 12, 2021

                          Online (Zoom)
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Symposium Schedule*

9:00 – 9:05 AM          Welcome by John Armstrong (MAGES ‘21)

                        Introductory Remarks by Dr. Abraham Newamn

9:05 – 10:20 AM                                First Student Panel

                            Dr. Abraham Newman & Carla Adams (MAGES ‘22)

10:20 – 10:30 AM                                       Break

10:30 – 11:50 AM                                   Expert Panel

                                                 Dr. Scott Taylor

11:50 AM – 12:10 PM                                    Break

12:10 – 1:20 PM                             Keynote Address
                                          by W. Gyude Moore
                                        Discussion moderated by
                         Jonas Heering (MAGES ‘21) & Kyilah Terry (MAGES ‘21)

1:20 – 2:00 PM                          Virtual Brown Bag Lunch &
                                    Undergraduate Research Presentation

2:00 – 3:15 PM                               Second Student Panel

                                Dr. Holger Wolf & Nick Lokker (MAGES ‘22)

3:15 – 3:30 PM                                         Break

3:30 – 4:45 PM                                    Alumni Panel

                                                 Dr. Katrin Sieg

4:45 – 5:00 PM                                  Closing Remarks
                      *All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
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Keynote Speaker

W. Gyude Moore
Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development

                                 W. Gyude Moore is a senior policy fellow at the Center for
                                 Global Development. He previously served as Liberia’s Minister
                                 of Public Works with oversight over the construction and
                                 maintenance of public infrastructure from December 2014 to
                                 January 2018.

                                 Prior to that role, Moore served as Deputy Chief of Staff to
                                 President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Head of the President’s
                                 Delivery Unit (PDU). As Head of the PDU, his team monitored
                                 progress and drove delivery of the Public Sector Investment
                                 Program of Liberia—a program of over $1 billion in road, power,
                                 port infrastructure, and social programs in Liberia after the civil
                                 war. As one of the President’s trusted advisors, he also played a
crucial role in supporting President Sirleaf as Liberia responded to the West Africa Ebola
outbreak and shaped its post-Ebola outlook

At CGD, Moore’s research focus is around financing infrastructure in Africa and the changing
landscape of development finance on the continent. His research tracks the channels of private
sources of finance, the rise of China and its expanding role in Africa, and Africa’s response to
these changes. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Master of Science in Foreign
Service Program at Georgetown University. He holds a BS in Political Science from Berea
College and an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Moore was also a 2019-2020
Centennial Fellow at the School of Foreign Service.
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Expert Panel

Dr. Anne-Marie Gulde
Deputy Director for Asia and Pacific, International Monetary Fund

                        Anne-Marie Gulde, a German National, is Deputy Director of the IMF’s
                        Asia and Pacific Department (APD). She is directly overseeing the
                        Department’s work and policy priorities on South Asian countries
                        (India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka) and on several
                        East Asian Countries (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam), and she leads the
                        department’s work on financial sector issues. Before joining APD in
                        2019 she was Deputy Director in the African Department and earlier in
                        the European Department, and previously held a division chief position
                        in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Dr. Gulde studied Economics, Political Science, and History in Tuebingen, (Germany), St. Louis
(USA), and Kiel (Germany) and holds a Ph.D. in international economics from the Graduate
Institute of International Studies in Geneva (Switzerland). She has published widely on different
topics in international economics, with a focus on exchange rate regimes, currency boards, and
financial stability and development issues.

Eric Kite (MAGES ‘98)
Deputy Director, Caribbean Affairs, United States Agency for International

                        Eric Kite is a career civil servant with 22 years of experience working for
                        the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He
                        currently serves as the Deputy Director for Caribbean Affairs in the
                        Agency’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau.

                         Mr. Kite began his USAID career as a Presidential Management Fellow
                         in the Center for Democracy and Governance, working extensively with
                         Transparency International and in the design of Agency transparency
                         and accountability programs in the Philippines, Indonesia, Paraguay,
                         and Mexico. He also worked for six months for USAID/West Bank &
                         Gaza managing support for the Palestinian Legislative Council. He then
served several years as the regional coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean democracy
programs. From 2005-2006, he served as the Office Director for Democracy and Governance in
Kabul, Afghanistan, managing USAID’s program of support for the country’s first parliamentary
election, establishment of the new Parliament, as well as civil society, rule of law, and
decentralization programs. Upon return from Afghanistan, he joined the Latin America and
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Caribbean Bureau as a democracy specialist. After acceptance into the Agency’s Senior Executive
Service Candidate Development Program, Mr. Kite served for three months as the Acting
Mission Director of USAID/Guyana in 2011 and completed a development assignment to the
U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training. Mr.
Kite served as Director of the Central America and Mexico Office from 2014 to 2018.

Mr. Kite holds a master’s degree in foreign service with a specialization in democratic transitions
from Georgetown University. This followed Ph.D.-track political science coursework from the
University of Missouri, and a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Germany studying international
relations and democratic transitions. He has undergraduate degrees in political science and
German from the University of Missouri. He is a native of Columbia, Missouri.

Helga Flores Trejo
Vice President Global Public Affairs International Organizations, Bayer AG

                        As VP for Global Public Affairs for International Organizations, Helga
                        Flores Trejo is responsible for driving Bayer’s relations and partnerships
                        with International Organizations, such as UN agencies and Multilateral
                        Developments Banks, as well as key networks such as WEF, B20 and
                        others. Additionally, she manages Bayer’s multilateral trade policy.

                          Prior to joining Bayer, she led open innovation at the Inter-American
                          Development Bank (IDB), in charge of establishing and maintaining
                          strategic partnerships to foster innovation, such as MIT Media Lab,
                          WEF’s 4​th​ Industrial Revolution Center among others. Previously, she
was Head of External Relations for the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) known
today as BID Invest. At the IDB Group, she held diverse positions, including Chief of the
Constituencies Unit, Head of Strategic Communications for Sectors and Advisor on External
Relations in Brazil for the Representative of the IDB.

Prior to joining the IDB Group, she served as Executive Director of the Heinrich Böll
Foundation, one of Germany’s largest foundations, promoting transatlantic policy exchange on
issues including sustainable development, climate change and global security. Prior to that, she
worked for the Government of Hamburg, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe (OSCE) in Belgrade, and the German Parliament (Bundestag).

Helga Flores Trejo has fellowships with the Brookings Institution, the German Marshall Fund of
the United States, the Prince of Wales’ Business and Environment Program, and the BMW
Herbert Quandt Foundation. She is a Board Member of CulturalVistas. She served in the
Commission for Civility and Effective Governance of the Center for the Study of the
Presidency and, she was as member of the Europe-U.S.-Latin America Task Force of the Atlantic
Council. Helga Flores holds a master’s degree in international Relations from Frankfurt
University in Germany and speaks Spanish, German, English, French and Portuguese.
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Student Panel 1

Alta Alonzi
National University of Singapore, Singapore

“Donor Do’s and Don’ts: More Equitable Approaches to Development Aid in Thailand”

Alta Alonzi is a Master in Public Policy degree candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public
Policy, National University of Singapore. She is interested in the intersection of policy,
environment, gender, and entrepreneurship in international development. She has five years of
experience working in six countries for international development including teaching, donor
research, capacity-building training, and drafting strategy documents for small grassroots NGOs
up to international organizations such as UNICEF, the Asian Development Bank, and BRAC
Bangladesh. Alta completed her undergraduate degree in Global Liberal Studies at New York

Marta Granados Hernández
Fordham University, USA

“A Transatlantic Response to the Belt and Road Initiative in Eurasia: The Cases of
Kazakhstan and Pakistan”

                       Marta is a graduating senior at Fordham University majoring in
                       International Studies and Humanitarian Affairs. She is currently
                       interning at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United
                       Nations in New York. Previously, she held internship positions at
                       Carnegie Europe and Foreign Affairs Magazine. She is interested in
                       European security, EU-Asia relations, and the Belt and Road Initiative,
                       with a focus on Central and South Asia.
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Anna Katharina Scheidemantel
University of Bath, England - UNC-Chapel Hill, USA - Humboldt/Free University,

“Climate Mainstreaming in Development Assistance: Maximizing Synergies Through
US-EU Cooperation”

                           Anna Katharina Scheidemantel holds a B.A. in Media Management
                           from Stuttgart Media University. During a year abroad at Oxford
                           Brookes University, she discovered that her true passion lies with
                           international relations and politics. After finishing her bachelor's degree
                           in 2018, she interned with the United Nations in Brussels as a
                           Carlo-Schmid-Fellow. She is currently undertaking her graduate degree
                           in Contemporary European Studies (Euromasters) at the University of
                           Bath, UNC-Chapel Hill and HU/FU Berlin. Her academic interests
                           include climate and environmental policy, politics in the media and
political storytelling. Katharina is a scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship
Foundation (Studienstiftung) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and
currently lives and studies in Berlin.

Martina Svibic
University of Tuebingen, Germany

“Reforming Transatlantic Development Policy: A Coordinated Effort Towards More
Equality and Sustainability”

                         Martina Svibic is pursuing her master’s degree in Democracy and
                         Governance in Europe at the University of Tuebingen. Her interests are
                         German and European foreign, security and development policies.
                         Currently, she is writing her thesis on Germany’s national role
                         (re-)conceptions by analysing legal bases for deploying its Armed
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Student Panel 2

Jakub A. Bartoszewski & Michael Richter
Texas A&M University, USA; University of Bremen, Germany

“Africa at the Crossroads: A Call for Extended Transatlantic Cooperation”

                        Jakub A. Bartoszewski is a research assistant at Texas A&M University
                        and a student of the Master of International Affairs programme at the
                        Bush School of Government & Public Service. His concentrations within
                        the program are International Economics, Trade and Energy. Before his
                        studies in Texas, Jakub graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics
                        from New York University. As a part of his studies, over the past 5 years
                        Jakub completed academic programs in Abu Dhabi, Washington DC,
                        New York City, Florence and Accra. Jakub is an Old Cranleighan and an
                        alumnus of the British Alumni Society Scholarship Program.

                        Michael Richter is a research fellow and Ph.D. candidate within the
                        Innovative Training Network (ITN) MARKETS programme (EU-MSCA
                        grant) at the Research Centre for East European Studies in Bremen and
                        the University of Bremen. He holds master’s degrees from the College of
                        Europe, the University College London (UCL) and the Higher School of
                        Economics (HSE) in Moscow in international economics, politics, and
                        international relations, as well as degrees in international management
                        from the ESB Business School and the Jagiellonian University.

Miguel Carricas Laspalas
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

“‘Adiós‘ to Maximum Pressure: How Sanctions Relief in Venezuela Sets the Stage for a
Stronger & More Genuine Transatlantic Cooperation”

Miguel Carricas is a Master’s candidate in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of
International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Additionally, Miguel works as
Associate at the Geneva International Sanctions Network, a consortium led by the Institute’s
Global Governance Center to provide expertise on UN and international sanctions. Before
joining the Institute, Miguel combined his studies in Economics in Spain with other academic
experiences at Tokyo’s Waseda University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and
Georgetown University, among others. A former motor-racing journalist covering Formula 1,
Miguel now focuses on two main fields of study: the right to self-determination and the effect of
sanctions, with a focus on Venezuela and North Korea.
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Daeun Lee & Youngjae Pak
National University of Singapore, Singapore

“When They’re All Dammed Up: Revisiting Water Infrastructure Transatlantic
Cooperation in Lower Mekong Countries (LMC)”

Daeun Lee is currently an M.A. student studying Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of
Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She received a B.A. in international studies at
Korea University. Her major research areas are focused on Asian strategic thought and
Northeast Asian politics.

Youngjae Pak is currently an M.A. student enrolled in the Committee of International Relations
program at the University of Chicago. He received a B.A. in international studies and political
science and international relations and an M.A. in comparative politics at Korea University. His
major research areas are focused on great power politics and the dynamics of hegemonic
instability within international organizations.

Nicholas Zalewski
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

“The EU’s Attempt To Protect The Environment Through Trade Deals”

                         Nicholas Zalewski is a second-year M.A. student in European Union
                         Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He
                         triple-majored at the same university in Political Science, Global
                         Studies, and Italian. Nicholas researches the freedom of movement in
                         the European Union and the challenges Eastern and Southern
                         European Union member states face in attracting EU migrants to
                         balance the loss of their own citizens who move to Northern and
                         Western European Union member states in search of work. He is also
                         interested in how the European Union strives to be a leading global
actor and help shape the environmental and human rights policies of other world regions.
Nicholas has a passion for foreign languages and speaks Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. In
graduate school he is studying Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian.
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CGES Undergraduate Fellow Presenters

London Diller
“Illiberal Leaders and Trans-Atlantic Political Learning”

Chris Castaldi-Moller & Christina Luke
"Confronting China via International Climate leadership"

Maya Fernandez-Powell
“Recommendations for the European Union: Strengthening Democracy in the Face of
Radical Far-Right Political Parties and Movements”

Liam Szczepiorkowski
"Willing and Able? Prospects of Reigning in Backsliding Democracies in the EU"
Alumni Panel

Susan Fratzke (MAGES ‘12)
Senior Policy Analyst, International Program, Migration Policy Institute

                        Susan Fratzke is a Senior Policy Analyst with MPI's International
                        Program, where she primarily works with the Transatlantic Council on
                        Migration. Her research areas include forced migration, asylum, and
                        resettlement policy, with a particular focus on Europe.

                        Before joining MPI, Ms. Fratzke worked for the U.S. Department of
                        State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Prior to that,
                        she worked with an adult literacy program serving immigrant and
                        refugee students in Minnesota.

Ms. Fratzke holds an M.A. in German and European studies, with a concentration in European
migration policy, from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she received
the 2012 Jill A. Hopper Award for Excellence. She has also earned a certificate in refugees and
humanitarian emergencies from Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of International Migration
and holds a B.A. in political science (with honors) from Iowa State University.

Amélie Lohmann (MAGES ‘18)
Adviser, Political Affairs, German Mission to the United Nations

                        Amélie is currently part of the political team at the German Mission to
                        the UN. Focusing on human rights issues during Germany's
                        membership of the UN Security Council 2019-2020 and at the UN
                        General Assembly, she is applying her academic experience in European
                        foreign and security policy from Konstanz, Madrid, Brussels and DC
                        (CGES '18) and her work at NATO and the German Think Tank SWP, as
                        well as her experience in development cooperation on the Horn of
                        Africa with GIZ.

Eniola Mafe (MAGES ‘10)
Lead, 2030Vision, Technology and Sustainable Development, World Economic Forum

                        Eniola Mafe is a strategist and international development leader to
                        accelerate Africa’s transformation and inclusive growth agenda. Eniola
                        is the Co-Founder of #TheNewNigerian, an online community born out
                        of #Endsars movement, now with a community of over 26,000 to
                        reimagine, redefine and shape a New Nigerian future. Eniola currently
leads the growth and development of 2030 VisionInitiative, focused on harnessing 4IR
technologies to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals within the next
decade. In partnership with UNDP, Arm and more than 20 top technology companies, this
platform provides a focal point to mobilize more concerted and cooperative efforts by
technology companies, government, civil society and international organizations. In addition,
Eniola leads the Forum’s engagement in Digital Earth Africa focused on leveraging earth
observation to inform policy and decision making and address key challenges. Eniola has also
guided the adaptation of the global Internet for All methodology across multiple countries,
helping governments to align these country-level projects with their national development

Prior to the Forum, Eniola led a $90 million corporate social enterprise for Chevron in Nigeria,
served as a Technical advisor on Social Investment for the Government of Nigeria, and program
manager on Africa at Vital Voices Global Partnership. In 2018 Eniola was named one of
OkayAfrica 100 Women in Africa in 2018. She holds a M.A. from Georgetown University School
of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. from Spelman College (Phi Beta Kappa).

Leila Stehlik-Barry (MAGES ‘11)
Program Officer, Justice & Security Dialogues, United States Institute of Peace

                        Leila is a Program Officer at the US Institute of Peace on the
                        Governance, Justice and Security team, supporting the Institute's
                        Justice and Security Dialogues program in Burkina Faso, Senegal and
                        Tunisia. Previously, at the National Democratic Institute for
                        International Affairs, she supported programs to promote civilian
                        oversight of the security sector and citizen participation in political
                        processes in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger as well as Bosnia and
                        Herzegovina, the Republic of North Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia. Her
                        professional experience includes work at the Chicago Appleseed Fund
for Justice, Chicago Council of Lawyers, Citizens Alert, Czech Consulate in Chicago, European
Commission, International Budget Partnership, International Criminal Tribunal for the former
Yugoslavia, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Search for Common Ground, UN High
Commissioner for Refugees and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Leila holds a Master complémentaire en droits de l'homme (Advanced Master in Human Rights)
awarded jointly by l'Université catholique de Louvain, l'Université de Namur and l'Université
Saint-Louis. She graduated from MAGES in 2011 with a concentration in human rights,
peacebuilding and rule of law and certificates in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies and
Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies. Leila holds a B.A. in Political Science, Legal
Studies and Slavic Studies from Northwestern University.
TAPS Organizers

Conference Co-Chairs

John Armstrong (MAGES ‘21)

                        John Armstrong is a second year M.A. candidate in the German and
                        European Studies program at Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is a
                        graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Biology and a
                        minor in Classics. At Georgetown, John worked as a research assistant
                        for Dr. Abraham Newman and admissions ambassador for the BMW
                        Center. He was an editorial assistant for the Georgetown Journal of
                        International Affairs and a contributor to ​The Transatlanticist​ blog
                        writing on issues of democracy and climate policy. His current research
                        is focused on democratic theory, authoritarianism and comparative
political economy.

Jonas Heering (MAGES ‘21)

                        Jonas Heering is a second year M.A. candidate in the German and
                        European Studies program at Walsh School of Foreign Service. He
                        graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a B.A. in
                        Political Science and a B.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management. His
                        research interests include the impact of social media on international
                        relations, digital disinformation, and public diplomacy. He currently
                        works as a research assistant at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of
                        Diplomacy and the Government Department and has previously worked
                        at the Mortara Center for International Studies and the Academic
Resource Center. He is the co-host of the BMW Center’s podcast, ​The Europe Desk.​

Kyilah Terry (MAGES ‘21)

                       Kyilah Terry is a second year M.A. candidate in the German and
                       European Studies program at Walsh School of Foreign Service. She
                       graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a
                       B.A. in International Relations and minor in European Studies. In
                       MAGES, her research focus is on migration diplomacy and asylum
                       policy, which has led to many rewarding teaching and research assistant
                       positions, including those with Georgetown’s Government Department,
                       the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), and the Council on Foreign
                       Relations (CFR). Currently, she works with Georgetown’s Institute for
Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS) where she researches avenues to increase diversity and
inclusion in APSIA schools.
Conference Committee

Carla Adams (MAGES ‘22)

                 Carla Adams is a first year M.A. candidate in the German and European
                 Studies program at Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her research focus
                 is in environmental policy.

Chloe Laird (MAGES ‘21)

                 Chloe Laird is a second year MAGES student focusing on European
                 security & defense issues. She is especially interested in the question of
                 strategic autonomy and questions surrounding the viability of a
                 "European Army." Currently, she is a non-resident research intern at
                 the Hudson Institute focusing on the Sino-Russian relationship and its
                 impacts on Europe.

Nick Lokker (MAGES ‘22)

                 Nick Lokker is a first year M.A. candidate in the German and European
                 Studies program at Walsh School of Foreign Service. His primary
                 research interests are Transatlantic security cooperation, EU-Russia
                 relations, and European integration. He has worked as an intern for the
                 European Parliament, the Center for European Policy Analysis, and the
                 American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.
Faculty Moderators
     Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Dr. Abraham L. Newman                    Dr. Katrin Sieg
CGES Professor and Director of the       Professor and Director, BMW Center
Mortara Center for International         for German and European Studies
Studies; TAPS Faculty Advisor            (CGES)

Dr. Scott Taylor                         Dr. Holger Wolf
Professor and Vice Dean for Diversity,   CGES Associate Professor and Director
Equity and Inclusion                     of MAGES
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