Dr. Katrin Kinzelbach
Dr. Katrin Kinzelbach is associate director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, and visiting professor at the School of Public Policy, Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. At CEU, she teaches the politics and practice of human rights and directs the OSIRG clinic on rights and governance. She also serves on the German Advisory Board for Civilian Crisis Prevention. Prior to her current positions, she worked at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna, Austria. During this time, she completed a PhD at the University of Vienna on European human rights diplomacy vis-à-vis China, and won the Körber Foundation’s Deutscher Studienpreis 2011 (first prize), an award that honors outstanding PhD research of particular value to society. Her current research focuses on political persecution and is funded through a Schumpeter Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation. From 2001 to 2007, Katrin Kinzelbach was a staff member of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She initially worked in the Afghanistan Taskforce, then joined the UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and finally served as project manager in UNDP’s Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia. In this capacity, she focused on democratic governance and security sector reform. Previously, she briefly worked for the UN’s Refugee Agency in Geneva, and as an election monitor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.