Team

The Global Leadership Academy's work is supported by an interdisciplinary team of creative and passionate minds. All of us have lived and worked abroad and enjoy continuously expanding our horizons across national, cultural and mental borders.

It is the differences in our backgrounds and perspectives and our shared passion for enabling change that bring friction and inspiration to our daily work and that push us to continuously improve what we are doing together with the community.


Dr. Wiebke Koenig

Dr. Wiebke Koenig

Wiebke is convinced that social transformation will only take place if we offer spaces where people can meet, get to know each other, share and understand their perspectives and finally shape common goals. At the core of her interest is the quest to contribute to an improved international understanding. Her main current objective is therefore to support the establishment of international multistakeholder dialogue processes as central elements of international development cooperation.

Wiebke acts as Head of the Global Leadership Academy since 2013. Previously she was serving as Head of GIZ Corporate Communication Office Berlin, held responsibility for the Liaison Office to the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research and acted as Senior Advisor for East Asia. Before joining GIZ, she has been a lecturer in sociology, focusing on transformation processes in East and Central Asia, economical ethics, comparative sociology and world system theory. She holds a Master of Science in Political Science and East Asian Studies and a PhD in Sociology.

Mareike Zenker

Mareike Zenker

Mareike is convinced of the importance of social dimensions in all development areas. Connecting different people and fostering exchange has always been a central aspect of her professional life. She has been actively involved in different global and regional networks.

Before joining the Global Leadership Academy in 2015, Mareike was head of a project on strengthening women’s rights in Indonesia directly targeting at building links between different stakeholders at different levels and sectors. She has been working in various positions supporting governance issues and projects in Asia, Africa and the MENA-region. She graduated in Sociology and is trained in Change Management.

Ramses Bermudez

Ramses Bermudez

Ramses is a Nicaraguan systems engineer, who decided to pursue a life in environmental conservation, obtaining two master degrees, one in environmental science and another in technology and resources management. Ever since, he has focused his professional career in sustainable development working with international cooperation organizations in developing countries, supporting environmental management, and promoting clean energy alternatives.

He joined the Global Leadership Academy in February 2019 to support the development of digital solutions, recommending innovative tools for collaboration and online interaction. Ramses strongly believes in the potential of people coming together to provide solutions to today's complex challenges. With this in mind, his main objective is to provide an easy-to-use platform where people from multiple backgrounds can interact and collaborate on the pursue of an innovative solution that considers all the different aspects of the issues at hand.

Astrid Niehaus

Astrid Niehaus

Astrid started working for the GIZ in 1993. Since then she has worked in various divisions on a wide range of topics: promotion of the public private sector, human trafficking, poverty reduction, gender and human resources. She joined the Global Leadership Academy in 2017 and is in charge of the event management. Because of her long employment with GIZ and former GTZ she has worked, met and connected with different people in all areas across the globe and therefore strengthened her intercultural competence and personal international network. Astrid holds a diploma in English and Business Administration.

Jennifer Hartmann

Jennifer Hartmann

Jenny has been working for the Global Leadership Academy since May 2018 and is responsible for finances, contracts and event management. She started her apprenticeship at GIZ in 2013 and graduated in 2016. Afterwards, she gained practical experience in workshop organization during her time at the GIZ office in Bangkok. Since 2016 and before joining the GLAC, she has been working in the financial department and calculated international projects.

Apart from her work at the Global Leadership Academy, Jenny is currently pursuing a further education in event management. Her vision is to connect different people and to build a network that supports everyone without exception.

Eva Philippi

Eva Philippi

Eva strongly believes that the way of choice for navigating in times of transformation is a clear mind, an open heart, the willingness to deep listening and a genuine inner presence. Eva designs and facilitates dialogue processes that support diverse groups to address their issues and find innovative and effective solutions in today’s complex transitions through a mix of methodologies from reflection and dialogue to awareness-based approaches through to innovation techniques.

Aiming at co-creating and opening to new perspectives, all parts of us are needed to create safe dialogue spaces, authentically meet without hiding behind positions and speak the individual truth. She believes in collective leadership, holistic solutions, the power of overcoming fear as well as the courage to embrace uncertainty.

Before joining the Global Leadership Academy in July 2019, Eva has been working as Facilitator, Leadership Consultant and Systemic Coach. Furthermore, in 2014-16, she was part of GIZ Academy’s group Leadership Development in Bonn and prior to that head of a GIZ networking program with Namibia in Saarbruecken. She graduated in Intercultural Communication and Educational Science, is trained in Leadership Development, Theory U and a practitioner of Transparent Communication.