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Robin El Kady is from Berlin and the Editor-in-Chief of The German Diplomat. He is currently a PhD researcher at the University of St Andrews and a Fellow at the Centre for Global Law and Governance. He was a Doctoral Visiting Student at Oxford University and holds a Master’s from Harvard University in ‘Religion, Ethics, Politics’ and another Master’s from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in ‘International Law and Diplomacy.’ His professional experiences include work for the United Nations Secretariat in New York, the German Council on Foreign Relations, the German Ministry of Defense, and the Oxford Royale Academy (Law Teacher). He can be personally reached at

Lucas Althammer is the International Business Editor of The German Diplomat. He is currently a Financial Services Consultant at KPMG in Zürich, where he focuses on Technology & Innovation. He holds a Master’s in International Business from the University of St Andrews and a B.A. in Business from HWTK Berlin. Before joining KPMG, he worked as a Project Manager for the PR Agency Stöbe.Kommunikation in Berlin.

Michael Ganslmeier is an Editor at The German Diplomat. He is currently a PhD Researcher at Oxford University in Social Policy. Prior to his doctoral studies, he has worked as quantitative researcher at LSE, Oxford, UCL and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He holds a MSc in International Political Economy from LSE and a B.A. from Zeppelin University.

Hessa A. is an Editor and the Middle East Correspondent of The German Diplomat. She is currently a PhD researcher at the University of St Andrews, where she teaches undergraduate students in global politics. She holds a Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies (Edinburgh University) and a B.A. in International Relations (Sharjah University, U.A.E.). She has worked for the Foreign Ministry in Dubai.

Simon F. Taeuber is the Asia Correspondent for The German Diplomat and serves on its editorial board. He is a Doctoral Candidate in International Relations at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) where he also teaches on several modules, e.g. Concepts in Global Politics and Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in Global Politics. He holds an MSc in Global Studies from Roskilde University (Denmark) and a BA in International Business from Duale Hochschule Baden-Wuerttemberg Stuttgart (Germany). His main areas of interest and research include Sino–European and Sino–Latin American relations, respective foreign policies, the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on regional and global orders, and disorder in social systems. He won the Critical Edge Alliance’s Best Student Paper award in 2018 and has presented his research at numerous international conferences. He is also the Founding Director of the St Andrews-based political consultancy Stonepine Research and in that role advises practitioners of international relations on matters of foreign relations, policy, and strategy. Want to get in touch? |

Eric Sinski is an Editor at The German Diplomat. He is currently a PhD researcher at the University of California in Los Angeles, where he teaches undergraduate students. He holds a Master’s from Harvard University in Religious Studies and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.


Tabia K. is the Africa Correspondent of The German Diplomat. Having grown up in Malawi, a country with the highest rates of gender inequality, she has always had a passion for fighting for gender equality, women empowerment, and ending violence against women and girls. She has professional experience working with international organizations in North America, Europe and Africa for the United Nations Secretariat, UN Women, CARE International and Save the Children. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics, and a Masters Degree in International Relations.

Her analysis of the importance of recognizing the gender dimension in the response to Covid-19 can be found here.

Constantin Weiss is the German Parliament Correspondent of The German Diplomat. He studied International Relations at Tufts University, before moving to Berlin. For two and a half years, he’s been working as a staffer in the German Parliament.

Marilena Stegbauer is the Law Correspondent of The German Diplomat. She works at the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) in London; an independent institution, promoting, protecting, and enforcing human rights under a just rule of law and preserving the independence of the legal profession worldwide. Previous to joining the IBAHRI, she completed the young professional programme of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague and worked at the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, where she is on the roster of consultants. Her interest lies in establishing accountability for human rights violations and in creating awareness about the gendered nature of law. She holds an LL.M. in International Criminal Law from the Irish Center for Human Rights NUI Galway and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Freiburg. She is also a guest contributor to Justice in Conflict – a leading Public International Law blog. 

Maria Luiza B. is the South America Correspondent of The German Diplomat. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and currently pursues a Master’s degree in International Politics and Security Studies, and an MBA in Market Intelligence at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), where she also works as a teaching assistant for undergraduate students. She has work experience at the Honorary Consulate of India in Brazil and at the India Brazil Chamber of Commerce. Currently, she works at the Laboratory of Research and Competencies in International Relations at PUC Minas.

Sam Selsky is the North America Correspondent of The German Diplomat. He is a Program Officer at Freedom House and an incoming PhD Student in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Government.  He holds a Master’s in ‘Religion and Politics’ from Harvard University.