Raphael Robiatti works as Project Coordinator at the Willy Brandt School. He is the administrative staff representative in the blog editorial team. He coordinates meetings as well as the blog’s strategic orientation. Raphael has obtained his MPP at the Brandt School in 2015 and is now a PhD candidate at the University of Erfurt. His research focuses on the governance of Development Financial Institutions in Latin America.
Maria Brackin is an MPP candidate at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, specializing in Political Economy and International Relations. Maria gained a BA with honors in Philosophy from Northwestern University, and an MSc in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. Her previous research, generously funded by the Saint Andrews Society of the State of New York, focused on the epistemology of testimony and organizational applications of social epistemology. As a part of the blog editorial team, she is the host of The Bulletin Podcast.
Max is in his second year of the master program at the Brandt School. He holds a Bachelors degree in communication science from the University of Hohenheim, specializing in political communication and public affairs. His interests include sustainable development, social progress, the influence of technology on societies and agile methods. He is currently writing his master thesis on the engagement of the private sector in sustainable development efforts.
Shaheera Syed is a second-year Master of Public Policy student majoring in conflict studies at the Willy Brandt School. She has completed her Bachelors in Public Administration from National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan and has worked for a number of organizations, ranging from World Wide Fund for Nature to the United Nations. She has also written for various newspapers in her home country and plans to use her experience here, since she loves writing almost as much as she loves talking about politics.
Oluwatosin Fatoyinbo is a first-year student at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. He is in the Conflict Studies and Management track of the MPP programme. He holds a bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and qualified as a lawyer in Nigeria in 2014. He worked as an Associate at Banwo & Ighodalo, a full-service commercial law firm in Nigeria. His areas of interest include Illicit Financial Flow, Democratic Peace theories, Artificial Intelligence governance and Water Cooperation.
Urquia Martinez is a first-year MPP candidate at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy specializing in Conflict Studies and Management (CSMP). She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the Central University of Venezuela. She has experience with International Organizations such as the Organization of American States and, on a national level, the Venezuelan National Assembly as an analyst for the presidency of the body. Her main areas of interest are Democratic Challenges, Security International Issues, Latin America and Caribbean Issues, International Politics and Disarmament initiatives.
Rakshit Mohan is currently enrolled at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt as a Masters candidate for Public Policy. His specializations are International Affairs and International Political Economy. He holds an undergraduate degree in social sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Rakshit's areas of interest include Indian foreign policy and security. Rakshit has a keen interest in writing and has previously contributed articles for reputed institutions such as the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Chennai Centre for China Studies, South Asian Voices hosted by Stimson Centre and Maritime Executive. Apart from his involvement in the subject of foreign policy and security, Rakshit also likes to reflect upon issues of poverty and development from the point of view of developing nations.