Dr Kai Monheim is the Director and Managing Partner of the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations which he started in September 2015. Kai received his PhD from the London School of Economics on the topic of Multilateral Negotiations. He researched the key variables in the negotiation process contributing to the regime formation of climate change, trade, and biosafety.
Kai also holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a law/bar school degree from Humboldt Universität in Berlin, Germany. He previously worked as a Project Leader with The Boston Consulting Group and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE. He is trained as a mediator and works in political, business, and family mediation.
Dr Magnus Lundgren is the Deputy Director and Managing Partner of the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations. Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stockholm University, Magnus has 10+ years of practical experience from international organizations and research on International Relations. His research focuses on mediation, specifically in conflict contexts, and the conditions under which international organizations can reach effective decisions on global challenges.
He previously worked for the United Nations, focusing on political affairs and analysis, and has been a consultant for several international and national agencies, including UNDP, UNV, PRIO, and GIZ. Magnus also holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Dr Henrik Jepsen is a Senior Consultant at the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations. He holds a Master Degree in Political Science and a PhD from Aarhus University where he analyzed the dynamics of negotiating package deals in the UN climate change negotiations. Henrik has worked with the Danish Ministry of Climate where he was an advisor to the Danish Board member of the Green Climate Fund and part of the DK and EU delegations that negotiated the COP21 Paris Agreement. Outside his role at the Centre Henrik is a senior advisor at the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food.
Baptiste Raymond is a consultant at the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations. He has 8 years of experience at the nexus of the public, private and social sectors, including 4 years with the Boston Consulting Group in Europe, Africa and the Middle-East, and 3+ years with Lafarge global sustainability team. An alumni from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, Baptiste facilitated conflict resolution initiatives in Africa and the US. He is also an alumni from ENS Ulm in Paris (MSc), the Paris School of Economics (MSc), Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (Master), and various other leadership programs (WBCSD, IMD-WWF, etc.).
Susanna Leesik is currently studying for a Masters degree in Political Science at Uppsala University and has a M.A. in Politics and History with Honours from the University of Glasgow. International politics in general, and EU external action in particular have been central focus areas throughout her studies. Before taking up her studies again, Susanna has worked at the Brussels-based units of both The Stockholm Region EU Office and The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.
Peter Martin is enrolled in the Master programme Economics and Institutions at the University of Marburg. There, he works at the Macroeconomic Unit of the Department of Economics. Peter received a grant from the development service agency Engagement Global, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, to work as a short term expert for the Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation on microfinance and cooperative banking in Rwanda.
Johanna Weberhofer holds a Master of Arts with Honours from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in Arabic-International Relations, where she wrote her diploma thesis on the evolution of UN peacekeeping. Johanna is also a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (6th Special Programme of International Studies). After a placement with the Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Department of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Johanna is currently with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in Vienna. Johanna is assigned to the Knowledge Hub of the project, where she contributes to the set-up of a database on best practices of multilateral negotiations. She has worked with the UN-system in New York, Geneva and Vienna.
Hayley Walker is a doctoral researcher at the Université catholique de Louvain and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She is also a member of the Belgian delegations to the climate and chemicals negotiations. Her research focuses on chairs, chairmanships and other facilitators of multilateral environmental negotiations and seeks to discover why, when and how they influence the negotiation process and final outcome. It employs a socio-psychological perspective to better understand the perceptions, attitudes and beliefs of individuals involved in the negotiations and the implications for those responsible for managing the process. She received her master’s degree from KU Leuven and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford.
Tabea Dorndorf is currently studying for a double bachelor degree in Economics at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and in International Economics and Trade at the Beijing Institute of Technology, China. Besides, she is actively involved in debating at university. Having lived and studied in five countries across the world, she enjoys exploring new cultures and learning about international relations.
Vera Bartsch is a consultant at the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations and is currently working as an intern in the Department of Field Support at the United Nations. She has experience in private sector management consulting working as a Visiting Associate at the Boston Consulting Group. Vera recently finished her M. Sc. in Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany, including 1+ years of research projects at the University of California, Berkeley, and Princeton University.
Asgeir Barlaup holds a bachelors degree in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen and American University. He has previous experience from the National Endowment for Democracy and the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment. He is currently working as a trainee at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C., where he covers security policy issues.
Samuel Gall is a graduate chemistry student at the Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg. His active involvement in the German universitarian debating scene coined his beliefs in goal-oriented communication and curiosity in all things argumentative. Through various workshops at local schools he hopes to bring this mindset of argument-based discussion into all parts of society.
Having been brought up in Singapore, he cherishes multiculturalism and values solutions that explore maximum benefits of all involved.
Belinda Schäpe is currently studying her master double degree in International Affairs at Peking University and London School of Economics. She holds a Bachelor in Chinese Studies and Business from Tübingen University. Furthermore, she already gained working experience in international organisations like the State Agency for International Economic and Scientific Cooperation of Baden-Württemberg, the China International Investment Promotion Agency and the German Trade Office Taipei and assists in several consulting projects in China. She has a profound knowledge about international development and cooperation with a special focus on China and the EU.
Lena Schwarz holds a law school degree from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. She specialised in legal policy and legislation. Lena gained professional experience in policymaking and administration by working for the Social Democratic Party, the administration of the German Parliament and a Member of Parliament. Besides that, she is interested in International Arbitration as she participated in the Willem C. Vis Moot Court as a team member as well as a coach for the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Currently she is working for a law firm as a research associate.
Jatziri Landaverde holds a Master degree in Comparative Law and International Business from the University of Mannheim, Germany and the University of Adelaide, Australia. She holds also a law school degree from Anahuac University, Mexico. She is interested in international arbitration as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution. Through her professional practice she has gained experience in commercial and civil litigation, while her current role in the private sector in an international company has contributed to build a deeper understanding of the business and global dynamics.
Tendiso Mashonganyika is currently undertaking her Master of Science degree in Economics and Institutions at Philipps Universität Marburg. She holds a Bachelor Honours degree in Economics with Management from Edinburgh Napier University and another Bachelor degree in International Business Administration from Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. She has research experience as a student research assistant in the Empirical Institutional Economics department at Philipps Universität Marburg, and work experience from among the largest banking groups in the United Kingdom, as well as a small but successful investment company in Edinburgh. She is also experienced in contract and proposal writing and is currently working on impactful awareness campaigns in Zimbabwe. Lastly, she has spent numerous years fundraising and working with charities in her home country. After living in 3 countries in the last 7 years, she has a deep appreciation of several cultures, and understands and encourages the process of finding harmonious solutions in discussions where frames of reference may differ.