Founded in 2008 by Arend Oetker, Young DGAP is a platform for students and young professionals to explore a wide range of foreign policy issues and debate developments of global concern.
Its more than 1,000 members hail from throughout Germany. In addition to its headquarters in Berlin, Young DGAP has six regional branches: Baden-Württemberg, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Saxony. Hosting around 120 events per year, the platform is run “by its members for its members” to create compelling opportunities to engage with experienced foreign policy practitioners from the fields of politics, academia, culture, and industry.
Through a variety of innovative event formats – including Ambassador Briefings with hosts such as China, USA, or Russia, which provide access to intimate off-the-record debriefs; or Fish Bowls, which illuminate the work of key decision-makers such as the Federal Ministry of Defence’s group on cybersecurity – our discussions aim to challenge and inspire.
The Young DGAP has a Mentoring Program, which has successfully matched over 200 Young DGAP members with professionals from DGAP’s extensive network. Since 2018, it also has a Fellowship Program. This initiative gives four Young DGAP members – who have been chosen through an application process – the opportunity to work closely with the heads of DGAP’s research programs to create events and develop ideas. Working on subjects of their own choosing over an 18-month period, the Junior Fellows conclude their fellowships by presenting their projects at an event open to all members of the DGAP.
- Young DGAP Office
- Laura Strömpel
Community Manager &
- Young DGAP Steering Committee
Co-Director & Events
Co-Director & Fellowship Manager
- Young DGAP Regional Team
Regional Forum Baden-Württemberg
Regional Forum Frankfurt
Christoph Kehr-von Plettenberg
Regional Forum Hanseatic Cities
Regional Forum Munich
Regional Forum NRW/Düsseldorf
Regional Forum Saxony
- Young DGAP Fellows
Fellowship Project: An integrative approach to economic statecraft: examining strategies for cooperative and norm-based geo-economics
Mentorin: Dr. Claudia Schmucker
Christian P. Bell
Fellowship Project: Think Tanks als Plattform für Beratung, Analyse und Diskussion im Jahr 2030
Mentorin: Claire Luzia Leifert
Fellowship Project: Navigating US-China relations in international organizations
Mentor: Tyson Barker
Fellowship Project: Post-Brexit-Europe. Europas Zusammenhalt nach Großbritanniens EU-Austritt
Mentorin: Dr. Claire Demesmay
Fellowship-Projekt: Migration as a shared challenge of Germany and the US
Mentorin: Victoria Rietig
Fellowship Project: "Exploring risks and Opportunties of video games for foreign and security policy
Mentor: Claire Luzia Leifert